If You're a Minimalist (or Want to Be), These Are the Summer Basics to Buy Now

If you're like me and are counting down the days until summer officially starts, then you're going to want to take the recommended shopping assortment below very seriously. Once summer begins, you're not going to want to spend your time stress shopping for all the things you didn't buy beforehand, which is why I've curated a list of all the must-have summer basics of the season. If you identify as a minimalist, chances are you already own a majority of the pieces ahead, but if you simply want to be a minimalist and are looking to streamline your wardrobe just a smidge, then pay close attention—this one is for you. 

Ahead, you will see the eight summer basics that should definitely be on your radar. Featuring everything from dresses to sandals, the staples found below will be some of the most heavily rotated pieces in your closet come summer, and honestly, that's what basics are for, so get to shopping. 

Relaxed Denim Shorts



If you're not living in loose denim shorts, you're doing something wrong. Swap your jeans for this more weather-appropriate alternative for a summer filled with both comfort and style. 

Black Swimsuit

Even if you don't identify as a minimalist, a black swimsuit is a must-have in any well-rounded wardrobe. Choose a style that's timeless over something trendy and you'll wear it for years to come. 



A white button-down shirt is easily the most versatile summertime basic that exists. Wear it with everything from your jean shorts to your black bikinis for the perfect casual yet polished addition. 

Breezy Summer Dress



Summer without a laid-back, breezy dress just doesn't feel right. We suggest buying into the more neutral hues for as much versatility as possible. 

Simple Sandals

Simple sandals will make getting ready this summer 10 times easier. With a well-curated assortment of versatile sandals in timeless shapes and hues, you'll have a pair of shoes to match with your look time and again. 

This one needs no explanation, really, so consider this more of a reminder that a strong pair of classic sunglasses can make or break a look. 

White Tank



White tank tops will be your saving grace this summer and beyond. Finding the perfect one can be tough, but the below three are the ones we know and love. 

Flowy Trousers



A comfortable pair of trousers in your summertime wardrobe is something I cannot encourage enough. They go with everything, can be dressed up or down, and won't leave your bare legs stuck to a gross park bench on a sweltering day. 

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