With the weather warming up and spring in full bloom, many of us are doing our annual spring cleaning. Spring cleaning is a fantastic time to take stock of what’s in your wardrobe and see if it still works for you. Do you wear it? Do you feel confident in it? Does it still fit you? Is it too dated?
While you go through your closet, you’ll likely be feeling the urge to shop as “out with old” goes hand in hand with “in with the new.” This may go for everything from that pair of dangle earrings you received as a gift or your favorite purse that isn’t just right for summer.
You may know all the staples for winter, but what about summer? Let’s look at the 5 Top Spring & Summer Staples every woman needs in her wardrobe to look and feel her best.
5 Top Spring & Summer Staples
One of the biggest mistakes women make when shopping for clothing for warm weather is choosing fashion over function. While being fashionable is not bad, look for those “fast fashion” and trendy pieces in breathable textiles. This means no synthetics or synthetic blends. You want to curate a summer wardrobe with fabrics like 100% cotton, linen, or silk.
Synthetics are bad for the environment, and they make you sweat and cling to all the wrong places when it’s hot outside. So while you should always and only purchase pieces that you love, make sure you pass on the pieces you love if they’re not going to keep you comfortable in high temperatures.
A Maxi Dress
Every woman needs a maxi dress in which she feels great. While mini dresses are in trend and should be included in your closet, a maxi can go from day to evening in a cinch – and with its length, you know it’s appropriate for any event you may be attending.
Even solid color maxi dresses can be dressed up with the right statement jewelry and trendy sandal or dressed down with a jean jacket and white sneakers – making them a must-have for everyone. You only need one or two to get you through the season, and they’re the perfect thing to wear on beach trips too.
Maybe you’ve been coveting a new pair of designer sunglasses for a year or two; bite the bullet this season, buy yourself a pair, and make sure they’re oversized. Large sunglasses not only protect the delicate skin around your eyes, but they can also hide the effects of a late-night celebration on vacation.
Maybe your kids have a million sports and extracurriculars this summer, and you’re burning the candle at both ends – you’ll still look chic at their soccer game while hiding the bags under your eyes in giant sunnies.
Spring and even summer weather can feel unpredictable. It isn’t until you’re well into the “dog days” of summer that you know that you can wear shorts and tanks or sundresses every day, so your best bet is layers you feel great in. A flowy tank, a light ladies sweater, and a jean jacket are must-have staples when it comes to layering.
Especially if you’re going to be traveling in the summer, you want to be comfortable on and off the plane, or the weather could be starkly different from point A to point B – so make sure you’re prepared with light layers that flatter your figure, and in which you feel good.
You may have thought the trend died in the nineties, but chunky sandals are in, and they look phenomenal on everyone. Perhaps you held off last year because you weren’t sure if the puffy or cloud sandal would stick around, but it has. The great thing about these chunky sandals is that they even out your proportions and draw attention to your feet instead of other areas about which you may be insecure.
They look great paired with shorts, skirts, pants, and any dress length. They’re worth the investment this season, and you’ll get a lot of wear out of them – not to mention, they feel like heaven on your feet.
Of course, individual tastes and budgets will determine all the things you bring into your wardrobe this season. Still, this list is a great starting point for items that are not only in trend but functional during the hot summer weather and vacation season. Happy Shopping!