Fashion Girls Think You Can Pass on These Summer Items (But These 6 Are Staples)

As we’ve been spending time cleaning out our closets over the last few months, we’ve gone over a smattering of pieces—from basics to jeans—that we’re thinking of getting rid of in favor of other items. Well, today we're going to focus on the summer items we potentially want to ditch as we head into those warmer-weather months.

Below you’ll uncover a range of summer pieces our fashion editors will never remove from their closets given their versatile and inherently chic nature. Alternatively, you’ll also spot a selection of items our team members aren’t as into at the moment. Of course, all of this is based on personal preference—and you should always wear whatever you love, no matter what anyone says.

With all that in mind, keep scrolling to check out the items we’re into (and those we’re passing on) this summer. And if you’re shopping at the moment, you’ll also find cool summer staples to consider as well.

Adding: Prairie-Style Dresses

Passing On: Jersey Knit Maxi Dresses


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"Jersey-knit maxi dresses are something that I wish would go away. I see them a lot in the South, where I'm from, and they just look very dated and sloppy to me. If you want something just as comfortable but far chicer, I'd go with a prairie-style dress, like the ones that Dôen does so well." — Allyson Payer, senior fashion editor

Adding: Modern Shorts

Passing On: Standard Skirts


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"I used to think summer was all about skirts, but this year, I'm all about a variety of shorts trends—from sweatshorts to athletic-inspired nylon pairs to longer, tailored versions." — Nicole Akhtarzad Eshaghpour, senior market editor

Adding: Ribbed Tanks

Passing On: Camis


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"There was a time when I would wear a lot of camis in the summer with all my shorts and skirts, but now they feel irrelevant as far as basic tops go, and any versions I used to own are now long gone from my closet. Instead, ribbed tanks, especially those in a racer-back style, are the basic summer top I plan on wearing with anything and everything—and already have been." — Anna LaPlaca, associate editor

Adding: Woven Totes

Passing On: Giant Oversize Bags


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"Giant, oversize bags are a trend that's been on the rise but one I don't think I'll personally be adopting. Instead, the bag I want most right now is a woven tote—a style that feels equally practical and cool." — Kristen Nichols, managing editor

Adding: Billowy Dresses

Passing On: Body-Con Minidresses


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"I've never really been into body-con minidresses, as they don't really suit my frame and feel restrictive. Instead, I'm favoring comfortable billowy dresses with plenty of volume and room to move." — Judith Jones, market editor

Adding: Tailored Shorts

Passing On: Short Denim Cutoffs


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"Short denim cutoff shorts are an item that I'm more than ready to let go. They don't make me feel cool or polished, so instead, I'll be focusing my shorts on soft elastic-waist pairs while we're staying at home and more tailored versions later." — Kat Collings, editor in chief

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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 retailers 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.