39 New Summer Clothing Items I'd Buy Even If I Weren't a Fashion Editor

Best summer shopping



The term "the dog days of summer" was definitely coined in reference to these long, hot July days. As much as I love summer, when it's in the 90s every day with no relief in sight, I'm kind of over it. The only thing getting me through it is my summer wardrobe, which I try to keep stocked with as many airy, easy pieces as possible. The new arrivals section at every retailer is still filled with tons of pieces that fit into this description, so my wishlist is long at the moment.

As a fashion editor, I'll be the first to admit that I buy more "fashiony" items than the average person, but I also love wearable, accessible, versatile items that I think would appeal to anyone who does or doesn't work in fashion. Below, you'll find some of my favorite things right now, including the best Levi's jeans, chic summer accessories, and lightweight dresses from some of yours and my favorite brands. Stay cool and scroll to shop!

Not all masks are created equal—this pretty silk one is perfect for hot days.

This just in: these incredible Staud shorts.

I just bought these and can confirm they're the best bike shorts I've tried.

How pretty is this Insta-famous pajama set?

I think about these sandals a lot. Can you blame me?

Pretty much all I want to wear this summer are shirts like these.

Goes with everything and won't break the bank.

I love the little Nike logo on these sneakers.

They also come in tan, if you want something a little more versatile.

I couldn't help but throw this pretty tank into the mix.

The perfect summer jeans, in my opinion.

I've been wanting a Hunza G swimsuit for years, and I'm not sure what I've been waiting for.

Oliver Peoples x The Row shades are a very worthy investment if you want to splurge.

I just realized I need fuzzy flip-flops in my life.

This can also be used as a mask chain—genius, right?

This is far cheaper than it looks.

The only type of dress I want to wear right now, because heat.

These are certainly trendy, but far from over-the-top.

The only type of dress I want to wear right now, part II.

Can you see why I'm obsessed with Malachite jewelry?

I found the perfect sleep shorts, you're welcome.

They're comfy, affordable, and they support the ACLU.

If you really want to stay cool, wear a shirt with lots of holes in it.

There's nothing wrong with just wanting to wear a pretty dress sometimes.

I'm obsessed with this sweet print.

Every fashion person's favorite top comes in a chic new color (that will sell out).

I'm in the process of retiring my crazy sunglasses in favor of more neutral ones.

A good 50% of my summer wardrobe consists of tie-dye, so I'll take it!

These feel much fresher than super short blue denim cut-offs.

A chain belt makes even the most basic outfits exciting.

Take note of the cool criss-cross waistband.

Next up, what my fellow editor Nicole wants from Nordstrom this summer (and she's a picky shopper).