These Summer Basics Are Starting to Feel Dated, so We're Buying These 5 Instead


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Melissa Meyers and her daughter, Rachel Meyers, have inspiring sartorial points of view as a mother-daughter duo that shares similar style tendencies. As a result, we turn to them each season for tips and tricks. They both happen to rely on elevated basics to complete their A+ wardrobes, so we wanted to learn about the specific basics they’re feeling for summer. On the flip side, we thought there could be interest in hearing about the pieces they’re not as into because of their somewhat outdated nature. Of course, it’s always key to remember that you should always wear whatever you love and what makes you feel comfortable.

Below you’ll find the next-level basics the Meyers women will and won’t wear over the next few months. Naturally, there’s a range of styling references for inspiration. And if you’re in the mood to shop, don’t miss out on the smattering of product recommendations as well. 

Wearing: Linen/Cotton Shorts

Won't Wear as Much: Short Denim Shorts


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On Meyers: Everlane shorts

"We love wearing dressier shorts and pairing them with a blazer to suit up or just to wear casually at the beach or shopping around town." — Melissa Meyers


(Image credit: Rachel Meyers)

On Meyers: Girl of the Earth shorts

Wearing: Relaxed Shirts

Not Wearing as Much: Fitted Cardigans


(Image credit: Rachel Meyers)

On Meyers: Grayson shirt

"We are wearing our button-up shirts oversized these days and using them as an outer layer instead of our cardigans. However, oversized cardigans are always classic and great to have on hand for travel." — Rachel Meyers


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On Meyers: Grayson shirt

Wearing: Short and Maxi Dresses

Not Wearing as Much: Midi Dresses


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On Meyers: Yummy Tummy dress

"Whether you like to rock a mini dress or cover up with a longer style, both are huge trends for this season. We will leave our in-between-length dresses at the back of our closet for now." — Melissa Meyers


(Image credit: Rachel Meyers)

On Meyers: KITTENY dress

Wearing: Strappy Sandals and Platforms

Not Wearing as Much: Peep-Toe Shoes


(Image credit: Melissa Meyers and Rachel Meyers)

On Meyers: Charles & Keith sandals

"Strappy heels (mid and high) and platform sandals are must-haves this season. We are updating our shoe game for sure with a few of these fresh styles. I wished I saved all my platforms from the nineties...I had a closet full of them!" — Melissa Meyers

Wearing: Oversize Sunglasses

Not Wearing as Much: Tiny Sunglasses


(Image credit: Melissa Meyers and Rachel Meyers)

"Wearing statement sunnies always brings out rock star vibes so we love that this trend is hot again. We are excited to go bigger with our frames this season and happy to have the extra sun protection." — Melissa Meyers


(Image credit: Kelly Gullett)

Next, check out more basics to consider for the season.

Bobby Schuessler
Market Director

Bobby Schuessler is a fashion editor with over a decade of editorial experience covering shopping, style, and beauty. He's spent over seven years at Who What Wear, currently leading the market team to deliver highly covetable and convertible content. He creates data-driven shopping guides featuring top retialers like Nordstrom, Shopbop, and Net-a-Porter and is at the forefront of Who What Wear's shopping tentpole strategies, including Amazon Prime Day. He also works on branded content initiatives and appears on camera in video and shopping livestream franchises. He has also worked across a variety of other media brands and fashion retailers like Refinery29, PureWow, Men's Health, and Gilt covering commerce, trend reporting, women's and men's fashion, home, and lifestyle.