Summer Essentials: 8 Must-Haves

Summer Essentials: 8 Must-Haves

Summer has arrived which means longer days, more time spent outside, and a bucket list of adventures to tick off. But thinking of what to wear in the heat might fill you with dread, especially if you're not a fan of shorts and t-shirts.

Dressing for hot weather is a real struggle. It's hard to enjoy the sunshine in an uncomfortable outfit. But knowing what the best clothes to wear in summer isn't easy either.

If you're wondering what to wear in a heatwave that isn't a short skirt or bikini; keep reading for the 8 must-have pieces every capsule wardrobe can’t do without this summer.

We're sharing our must-have summer essentials so you know how to feel cool, comfortable, and confident in the heat. From the perfect maxi dress to the best swimsuit, this is your summer style guide.

Summer Essentials: 8 Must-Haves

1. A Maxi Dress

When the weather gets unbearable, nothing beats throwing on a casual-yet-cool maxi dress. It’s the all-in-one outfit everyone can wear that makes dressing for the heat easy and effortless. Choose the right style and you'll look as chic as you feel comfortable. If a maxi dress isn’t your thing, try a slightly shorter midi dress or a classic shirt dress instead. Both work just as well in the summer heat at keeping you cool and feeling fantastic.

2. A Sun Hat

A hat is the epitome of summertime cool and a stylish way to keep the sun off your face while looking elegant in the process. A classic straw boater or wide brimmed sunhat is the perfect choice for summer. Whatever style you prefer, either one can be worn with any outfit making them the perfect summer accessory.

3. Day-To-Night Jewellery

Summer calls for fuss-free jewellery. Choose easy-to-wear jewellery pieces, from layering necklaces to stacking rings to everyday earrings. Studs or hoops and barely-there chains are perfect if you're looking for jewellery you can put on and never take off.

These pieces will take you from day to night making summer outfit styling effortlessly easy. Make sure to follow our jewellery packing tips if you're planning to go away for summer—and don't forget to use a travel storage box to keep your jewellery safe while travelling!

4. Easy-To-Wear Shoes

Whatever your plans are for summer, you'll need shoes that can handle the heat. The best footwear options for summer include a pair of slides, flats, or sandals. But whichever pair or style you decide on, make sure they're comfortable and easy to wear—as well as looking cute!

Summer Essentials: 8 Must-Haves

5. A One Piece

What’s summer without a dip in the pool or a trip to the beach? Opting for a one-piece swimsuit means you can wear it to the pool or as part of your outfit. Opt for a classic yet versatile swimsuit, and it’ll look just as cute when worn as a bodysuit—and no one will even know!

6. Skin Care

It’s important to look after your skin all year round but during summer it takes a little more consideration. The heat may be wreaking havoc with your complexion and avoiding sunburn should be top priority. Make sure your skin care regime is up to scratch; switch to lightweight products that help hydrate your skin and don’t forget to apply sunscreen daily.

7. Classic Sunglasses

No summer wardrobe is complete without a pair of sunglasses. Look for lightweight and comfortable frames that are versatile enough to pair with all your summer outfits. Classic designs with a modern style are what we suggest going for, and you'll find they'll look good no matter what you wear.

8. A Catch-All Bag

The perfect bag for summer is one you can throw everything into; an ideal catch-all that’s casual, care-free, and cute. Whether you opt for a bucket, tote, or backpack, make sure it’s big enough to carry all your summer essentials—and more.

Summer Essentials: 8 Must-Haves

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Written by Sophie Davies

Sophie is a freelance writer and full-time jeweller. She has been writing about simple living and sustainability for over ten years; exploring simple living, sustainable style, and slow travel. She writes for a variety of brands and publications as well as her personal blog, A Considered Life.

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