While there are plenty of bold, bright, and compelling trends for the taking this summer (think tie-dye, neon, and metallics), we never want to overlook the reliable and versatile basics that are the building blocks of our wardrobes. This season, our trusty staples are not getting overlooked. In fact, the latest iterations of so-called “boring” basics possess a sartorial strength in their simplicity when worn alone and serve as an anchor when worn with statement pieces. So what are the staple pieces fashion girls can’t live without this summer? From white tank tops to denim shorts and strappy sandals, scroll below for 13 refreshingly modern summer staples to stock up on and take a peek at how cool girls are styling them this summer.
White Tank Top
The basic white tank top is having a huge resurgence in popularity this summer. Fashion girls and celebs (Kendall and Gigi are fans) are sporting the simple staple with skirts, shorts, and jeans alike. For a modern look try a silhouette with a higher neckline and a ribbed texture.
From beach to bar—a basic one-piece swimsuit in a neutral hue is super versatile and will serve as chic top under a skirt when you're headed for dinner and drinks.
Minimalist strappy sandals will be your go-to shoes throughout the summer months. They'll anchor any outfit from dresses to denim and are a chic no-think option for every casual summer occasion.
Fashion girls know the power of chic white pants to add an effortless touch to any summer outfit. From cream to ecru, all shades of white are fair game. Opt for lightweight linen pants to keep you cool or swap your blue denim for a summer white pair instead.
There's nothing that looks more sensual and French-girl chic than a little lace poking out of a V-neck white tee or camisole top. Stock up for summer.
Denim shorts will always be a summer fashion-girl favorite. Whether you're styling it with a trendy neon top, a billowy blouse, or a simple white tank top, it's the best investment you'll make for the warm months ahead.
A lightweight jacket for the cool evenings is a summer must. Fashion girls are favoring a slightly oversize silhouette in clean and crisp white hues. A white denim shacket (jacket meets shirt) will fit the bill.
This may just be the most versatile skirt you'll own. A silky satin midi skirt is perfect for summer days in the office and will transition perfectly for al fresco drinks after hours.
Straw Tote Bag
Nothing says summer quite like a carefree straw or basket bag. This Loewe woven tote has quickly become a cult fashion-girl favorite.
While denim shorts are perfect for more casual affairs, you'll want a chic alternative for more stylish soirées. Step into some flowy high-waisted slightly longer-length linen shorts—preferably belted at the waist to add polish to your look. Opt for a neutral shade for the ultimate versatility.
Your easiest and most effortless summer date night dress, found. Wear with chic strappy sandals to exude a simple elegance. Or style with a white tee for daytime affairs.
Little White Dress
Whether maxi length or mini, linen or lace, a little white dress is the ultimate outfit saver no matter what the occasion.
A striped tee will forever be your go-to weekend summer staple. Classic, timeless, and chic.