It doesn't matter the time of year, as I always have a single goal when getting dressed: to keep things simple. While I don't ascribe to the extreme minimalism of Mari Kondo, I'm partial to a streamlined wardrobe, if for no other reason than the fact that I'm lazy and want to make things easy for myself. For summer, that means focusing on a handful of pieces that keep me cool while still feeling appropriate for the office (but can easily transition to the weekend if necessary). Living in New York, it's not enough to have clothes that look good, as they have to be functional too.
Below you'll find five simple wardrobe staples that are the heaviest hitters in my June-to-September wardrobe. On days I'm feeling particularly uninspired or just plain overheated, these are the workhorse pieces I know that I can count on. Read on for a look at the five items crucial to New York summer style and to shop each style for yourself. Because no matter where you call home, having hero pieces you can count on will make summer dressing that much easier.
A little white dress may seem simple, but there's a reason that it endures. It's lightweight enough to keep you cool, and it fits the feel of warm-weather dressing. Add in neutral accessories or a pop of color and you're all set.
While flat sandals may be great for the beach, during the week, my go-to shoes are one with a comfortable block heel. It's important to choose shoes you're actually able to walk in, but low heels feel just dressed up enough.
Jeans and heavy trousers can become a major nuisance during the summer, which is why I usually switch to a lightweight slip skirt. It looks dressed up, but it will still keep you cool as you go about your day.
Come summer, you want a bag to feel just as easygoing as the rest of your wardrobe (goodbye, briefcase). My go-to is anything macramé, as it adds a focal point to your look while still managing to be practical.
A lightweight blouse is a simple convertible piece for summer. It's light enough that even with sleeves you won't be sweating, and it's a perfect piece for dressing up or down the rest of your ensemble.