While there are plenty of bold, bright, and compelling trends for the taking this summer (think peppy pink hues, micro-minis, and floss tops), 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.
From white tank tops to denim shorts and minimalist sandals, I can’t picture ever regretting buying these fashion person basics. Below, I’ve rounded up thirteen refreshingly modern summer staples to stock up on and take a peek at how cool girls are styling them.
Black or White Tank Top
The basic white or black tank top is a favorite among fashion girls and celebs alike and will truly never go out of style. Wear the simple staple with skirts, shorts, and jeans alike. For a modern look try a silhouette with a higher neckline and a ribbed texture.
This may just be the most versatile skirt you'll own. A silky satin midi slip skirt is perfect to take you from meetings to margaritas on long summer days and will transition seamlessly into the next season.
You can't scroll through Instagram without seeing a fashion girl sporting a relaxed oversize button-down. Whether it's styled over a tank or teamed with shorts, it adds an effortlessly cool touch to any outfit.
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.
Whether you opt for thong, slide, or strappy, a pair of sleek and minimalist sandals will anchor any outfit from dresses to denim and are a chic no-think option for every casual summer occasion.
Denim shorts will always be a summer fashion-girl favorite. Whether you're styling it with a billowy blouse, or a simple white tank top, it's the best investment you'll make for the warm months.
Relaxed trousers are classic and timeless yet at the same time trend relevant with the fashion crowd right now. This warm-weather season opt for a cream or ecru pair cinched at the waist with a black belt and wear with your bodysuits and tanks.
One-Piece Textured Swimsuit
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.
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.
There's no doubt light-wash denim jeans will always be a go-to, but it's cool white (and off-white) jeans that have become an essential year-round amongst the style set.
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.