This season sees plenty of bold, bright, and fun trends for the taking (tie-dye! neon! animal print!), but it’s our versatile basics that are the true sartorial saviors in our summer wardrobes. From white tank tops to slip dresses, these staples are the hardest-working items in our closet that we can always rely on to get us out of any fashion pickle. Luckily, this warm-weather season, our trusty staples are not getting overlooked. The latest iterations of so-called “boring” basics are strong enough to be worn alone and serve as an anchor when worn with statement pieces. Fashion girls know the power of said basics, and just one scroll on Instagram proves that they do not go unnoticed.
When it comes to buying our summer staples, there’s nothing easier than shopping them from Amazon. (Plus, it’s hard to resist two-day shipping!) The trickier part is the exhausting time and effort it takes to scour through the depths of Amazon to find the absolute best options. Luckily, we’ve done the hard work for you! Scroll below to find the only basics you need to see you through this season and beyond. Bonus: They're all under $70.
White Tank Top
The basic white tank top is having a huge resurgence in popularity this summer. Fashion girls and celebs (Kendall and Gigi are fans) are sporting the simple staple with skirts, shorts, and jeans. For a modern look, try a silhouette with a higher neckline and a ribbed texture.
A silky black slip dress is truly the most versatile day-to-night staple you'll own. Wear with white sneakers, a denim jacket, and straw bag during the day and strappy sandals, a longline blazer, and gold accessories at night.
Simple Flat Sandals
Minimalist strappy sandals will be your go-to shoes throughout the summer months. They'll anchor any outfit from dresses to denim and are a chic no-think option for every casual summer occasion.
Beige Linen Pants
Easy and effortless linen pants in ecru hues will be your go-to this warm-weather season. Easy to smarten up for work with the addition of a blouse or blazer and perfect for lounging on weekends, the staple is a great alternative to heavier jeans.
There's no doubt a beige or black blazer will serve you year-round for work, evenings out, and for a casual-chic daytime look. The cool girls are wearing them slightly oversized this season.
I've already proclaimed my love for the best white tee on Amazon, which clocks in at a mere $5. This is one of our best sellers on Who What Wear and will serve as the foundation to any outfit no matter the season.
Midi Slip Skirt
The silk slip skirt is the unsung hero of our closets. The staple adds instant sophistication to our white tee and can take an outfit to next-level chicness. Its versatility is vast—taking you from breakfast to bar, summer to fall—in utmost style.
Our summer weekend go-to, denim shorts look great with everything from breezy blouses, tees, blazers, and button-down shirts. Opt for a high-waisted slightly longer length to keep your look polished.
The simple white button-down should never be overlooked. A slightly oversize fit looks modern, chic, and effortless and is perfect for summer in the city.
From beach to bar, a basic one-piece swimsuit in a black or neutral hue is super versatile and will serve as a chic top under a skirt when you're headed for dinner and drinks.