8 Classic and Timeless Summer Styles You Can Start Shopping for Now

sun hat

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For those of you who have classic and timeless style yet struggle with dressing for summer, you are about to be thrilled. I know how you feel. Summer is the time of year certain brands lean into trendy colors and patterns, and it seems like finding anti-trend, elevated picks to wear during the warmer months can be difficult. After the summer of quiet luxury last year, there have never been more examples and easy outfit formulas to copy when dressing for summer while keeping a classy, polished vibe.

While scrolling through my Instagram feed, saving simple but elevated outfit combinations to copy, I noticed eight hero items that kept coming up over and over. Rather than keep these items to myself, I wanted to share them with you, as they will be the backbone of my summer wardrobe and can be yours, too.

You can thank me later. Keep scrolling to see which eight summer items I'm eyeing for an elevated look.

Relaxed Button-Down Shirt

white button-down shirt and belt outfit

The seasonless staple especially comes in handy in the warmer months. Tuck yours into jeans or jean shorts or wear as a swim cover-up.

White Jeans

white jeans styling

Make the switch from darker washes as soon as summer hits.

Breezy Midi Dress

black and white sundress

The one-piece outfit simply never fails.

Simple Bodysuit

bodysuit outfit

Tanks are great and all, but I love how bodysuits ensure the perfect clean tuck.

Linen Pants

linen pants styling

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When you want to be relaxed but still polished, go for a pair of linen pants.

Black One-Piece

Black one piece

The swimsuit choice that screams classic and chic.

Oval Sunglasses

oval sunglasses

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Simple, chic, and goes with everything? It's a yes from me.

Striped Sweater

striped sweater in summer

Throw this over a dress or tank-top-and-shorts combo to elevate any low-key summer look.

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Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Grace has always been a lover of all things fashion and beauty. Upon receiving her first degree in visual communications from FIDM in Los Angeles, she moved to New York City and continued her education at LIM College, majoring in fashion media with a minor in society and culture. Grace has worked for PhotoBook magazine, Insider, and Harper's Bazaar. As a writer, Grace has had pieces published covering topics including racial justice, fashion, politics, and current events. During her free time, she loves wine tasting, creating content for her social media, spending time with friends, traveling to new places, and Pilates, and has a love for reality television, especially The Real Housewives. Grace is the person in your friend group everyone goes to for recommendations for the best place to grab drinks in NYC on a Friday night or the best hotels and restaurants to try when traveling to a new city. While fashion is her main love, she loves all things wellness and lifestyle as well. Her ideal sunday is brunching with friends then walking around furniture shopping and listening to a podcast. As the assistant shopping editor at Who What Wear, Grace loves finding the best buys out there for the WWW readers.