I'm Completely Revamping My Summer Wardrobe—I Cut These 8 Staples First
I might be jumping the gun here, but I'm already looking ahead to my favorite time of year: summer. I'm looking forward to the long days and warm nights ahead that are hopefully peppered with beach trips, rooftop happy hours, and picnics in the park. While I sit here and daydream about the rising temperatures and outdoor activities to come, naturally I'm also examining my summer wardrobe and doing a good bit of gutting.
I think we can all agree that the past two summer seasons have not exactly felt "normal," so the staples I used to wear between the months of June and September could definitely use an update. I took a look at my closet and will be removing eight outdated summer fashion staples, in particular, simply because they no longer feel like the freshest option. Items like tiny crop tops and random fanny packs that I hoarded for years are getting the boot, and now I have my eye on a few 2022 updates that will make all my summer 'fits feel truer to where my style is at today.
With that, keep reading to see which staples I'll be relying upon over the course of the next few months, and consequently, which older ones I'm cutting out for good.
Cutting: Complicated "Floss" Sandals
Adding: Sporty-Inspired Soles
While I love the look of strap sandals, I'm done with anything overly complicated and frankly uncomfortable. Instead, styles with cushy soles feel fresh and undeniable walkable. I know I'll reach for them a ton this summer.
Cutting: Bucket Hats
Adding: Retro Baseball Hats
If you know me at all, you know I'm a bucket-hat girl. I'll never truly ditch them, but I'm removing a number of the über trendy ones I acquired over the years to make room for retro baseball caps, a summer staple I can't wait to wear.
Cutting: Neutral Bikinis
Adding: "Hot" Hues
Ironically, my vacation wardrobe is bright and bold in comparison to my largely neutral day-to-day style. So when it comes to bikinis, I'm all about saturated shades like cobalt blue, tangerine, and lime green that look especially good with a sun-kissed glow.
Cutting: Fitted Denim Shorts
Adding: Looser and Longer Denim Shorts
Longer and looser denim shorts have been trending for a while now, and I'm ready to prioritize them fully over anything too short. I like how easy and relaxed they are to wear.
Cutting: Fanny Packs
Adding: Woven Bags
Whether I'm heading to a music festival or a hike, I somehow racked up a number of fanny packs that I simply don't wear anymore. I'll be replacing them with elevated straw and woven bags that are truly timeless.
Cutting: Basic Crop Tops
Adding: Oversize Button-Downs
Seeing as button-downs are a staple that's both forward and classic, I'm continuing on with my affection for them by taking them from my spring closet into my summer wardrobe, too. I'll be adding some looser and brighter colors to my arsenal for the warmer weather.
Cutting: Oversize Babydoll Dresses
Adding: Sleek Skirt Sets
Who doesn't love a matching set? Summer style for me is all about easy dressing and these sleek column skirt sets are effortless and cool. I'll be wearing them on repeat while phasing out oversize dresses.
Cutting: Chunky Beaded Jewelry
Adding: Delicate Body Jewelry
There's no time like the summer to show off some body jewelry. Whether it's via an anklet or body chain, I'm a fan of adding a dainty sliver of gold to accent a crop top or bikini. On the other hand, I'm tired of all the chunky beads that were trending so hard last summer.
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