I'm 55 and a Former Nordstrom Buyer—These 9 Summer Items Go With Everything

We’re always down for a bit of sartorial advice from Susie Wright—the 55-year-old former Nordstrom buyer, current stylist, and mastermind behind So Susie. And while age should have nothing to do with your style preferences, Wright’s style perspective over 50 is particularly intriguing given her long fashion career and experience over the years crafting well-rounded wardrobes for herself and her clients. Basically, she just knows what’s up.

Last month, we asked for her tips on the chicest pieces that pair well with jeans. Next, we thought there might be interest in the summer items she swears by. But we’re not talking about just any warm-weather pieces here. The staples Wright turns to are especially noteworthy because they’re all highly versatile and can be paired easily with other basics in her wardrobe. 

With all that in mind, keep scrolling for a digest on the nine summer items Wright loves because they go with so much. You’ll also find a bit of visual and shopping inspiration if you’re interested in adding a piece or two into your rotation this season.

1. Shirtdress


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"A white shirtdress goes with every summer shoe you own. From sneakers to slide sandals to higher heels, this is a dress style you’ll enjoy all season long." — Wright

2. Chambray Shirt


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"One of the most versatile pieces to own in the summer is a denim shirt. Pair it with more denim for a cool double-denim look, throw it on over any sundress (fasten the first couple of buttons and tie it as the waist), or leave it open over a tighter tank top and scrunch up the sleeves." — Wright

3. White Denim


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"Whether you add new shorts, a skirt, or a pair of jeans, white denim will be your go-to piece for every summery top." — Wright

4. Graphic Tee


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"Graphic tees are always a favorite and are perfect for summer. They’ll go with a breezy summer skirt, your favorite denim shorts, and of course with every single jean you own!" — Wright

5. Slide Sandals


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"Not only are slide sandals super comfy, but they work with all outfits—dresses, jeans, shorts, and even beachwear. Find a neutral go-with-everything color, and you’ll wear them 24/7." — Wright

6. Maxi Dress


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"Known for its versatility and comfort, a simple maxi dress can take you from running errands to a backyard barbecue to cocktails on the patio. If you’re chilly, throw on an oversize white shirt and tie it at the waist for a stylish way to stay warm on a cool summer night!" — Wright

7. Crossbody Bag


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"My clients thank me when I convince them to buy a smaller crossbody bag. It’s perfect for running around hands-free, and it feels good to only carry around the essentials. And, they are the finishing touch to every outfit." — Wright

8. Denim Jacket


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"A great denim jacket is the year-round staple we can’t live without. Wear it over a summer dress with the sleeves casually rolled, or tie it around your waist." — Wright

9. Hat & Sunglasses


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"The two most popular summer accessories are a cute hat and stylish sunglasses for style and protection." — Wright

Next, check out the items Wright is loving from the big Nordstrom sale.

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.