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My Lovely Summer Style Essentials
My lovely summer style essentials are revealed in this blog. Dress for the summer you’d like, not for the summer you have! A selection of fashionable summer staples curated by your very own personal stylist.
These are the items that make my summer. Your list might look a bit different than mine but this is a nice start. Think fabulous sunglasses, a flirty sundress, that turquoise necklace that takes you right back to Amalfi coast…
Without these essentials my summer just wouldn’t feel the same. Mine are classic pieces that you can keep on wearing over and over again. For this article I have added some of my summer style favorites on the LIKEtoKNOW.it shopping app. Let me know in comments which ones were your favorites. Please note that I may earn a small kickback on LTK on your purchases but it will not affect my style preferences.
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My Summer Fashion Favorites
1. Printed Maxi Dress
A beautiful printed maxi dress will take you effortlessly through the summer. You can wear it to many brunches and lunches. It will work on summery strolls in town, on picnics and barbecues. Styled right, it can be worn even to weddings and other family summer events.
Style yours with sleek accessories and you can even wear your maxi dress to work (given that your office is open). Choose a happy print that you love a lot and the same fabulous maxi dress will stay with your for years to come.
2. Broderie Anglaise
Broderie Anglaise is a breezy classic cotton lace fabric that is my all time favorite summer material. Some people call it eyelet just in case you are wondering if they are the same thing. Despite the lacy feel to it, Broderie Anglaise is actually quite low-maintenance fabric and at it’s best in the warmer months.
Nowadays you can find Broderie Anglaise in all the colors of the rainbow but white remains my favorite. It’s so pretty, girly and a bit nostalgic. It makes me think of long lazy days on the French Riviera or in the beautiful British country side. Summer just doesn’t feel like summer without it!
3. Simple Navy Sundress
This classic chic summer staple goes a long way in your wardrobe. A summer frock doesn’t get much more practical than this. The darker colors are not as delicate as the lighter ones and therefore they don’t require as much maintenance. A simple navy sundress can be dressed up for work with a cardigan or a nice jacket.
You can also style yours up for a nice lunch, chic picnic or a night out in a flash. I am thinking bold turquoise or beautiful mother-of-pearl jewelry. Think embellished sandals, stunning sunhat and fabulour sunglasses. Ideas for those amazing accessories will follow so sit tight!
4. Large Sunhat
Keep your head cool and protect your most valuable asset: Your brains. A hat protects your eyes, skin and hair from the burning sun. It saves you from bad hair days and it adds a glamorous edge to your outfit. The wider the better! This summer fashion investment will stay with your for years so don’t wait for too long.
5. Embellished Sandals
Every outfit will look instantly more polished with a gorgeous embellished sandal. I can’t resist them and usually have to stop myself from buying more. After all, there’s only so many sandal days in the year. But what can you do? They are just so gorgeous, with heels or without. I do prefer flat though. How about you?
6. Sunglasses With An Attitude
Sunglasses are my all-time favorite summer accessory. I like to pop mine on and skip the eye make up. That kind of multi-tasking is totally my thing. Actually, I need to wear sunglasses because my eyes are quite sensitive to bright sunlight. They get all teary followed by a headache, both something that I’d very much like to avoid. Also, I love all that old-school Hollywood glam that comes with a pair of great sunnies!
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Wishing you lovely long lazy days wearing your lovely summer style essentials
This post was originally published on 25th July 2018 and updated on 9th June 2022 with new fabulous style picks for you to fall in love.
31 thoughts on “My Lovely Summer Style Essentials”
Me too! They are so nice to wear. I got a floral one recently. It’s a wrap model and looks super flattering. I hope you’ll find your dream maxi dress soon xx
I LOVE maxi dresses, and I only own one, but I would love to find another one. Also, the navy sundresses look pretty!
Play suits are fantastic! You have an instant outfit and a very flattering one too xx
I love short play suits or long play suits as well as maxi skirts and maxi dresses. Thank you for sharing your summer style picks!
Thank you Charlie! I love those styles in the summer too xx
These are great ideas. I love wearing maxi dresses and scandals in the summer months.
Thank you for chiming in Alexandra! I am sure you would look stunning in a maxi dress xxx
Maxi dresses and large sunhats are absolutely stunning! I don’t know why but I don’t like how I look with them, lol. However, I love seeing them on other girls. <3
Sunglasses are a must for the summer. They look so stylish and they are really necessary.
Thank you for sharing Quinn! Midi is a really good length for me too and for many easier to wear than a full length maxi. Halter necks are so lovely but indeed not so easy to find. Maybe vintage stores have a better selection than high street? Enjoy your summer xxx
Thank you so much Nancy! Dresses are always a winner for me too xxx
Thank you so much Jenish! That’s great to hear 🙂
Thank you for sharing your summer essentials Roni. They sound so stylish xxx
Thank you so much Lovely!
I still haven’t found the maxi dress for me, but I do love a midi length. That’s definitely a summer staple for me! But I absolutely agree with you over Broderie Anglaise, it’s so pretty and l love it in a blouse or a dress. My favourite for summer is a halter neck cut, but they’re becoming very hard to find nowadays!
Oooh love all of these summer essential pieces! I am big on the dresses. The sandals look so cute too!!
Nancy ✨ exquisitely.me
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I love your summer essentials – many of mine are the same! My top summer essentials is a versatile pair of shorts that I can wear with pretty much any tshirt or crop top!!
Roni | myelevatedexistence.com
You have wonderful essentials!
Thank you so much for stopping by. Hope to see you back soon xxx
Such nice pieces! I love embellished sandals too, so comfy and cute!
Thank you and you xxx
Thank you Lauren! I love your summer essentials. Protecting your skin from sun is so important. Nobody likes a nasty sunburn. Hopefully people will observe social distancing on the beaches this summer all over the world. Enjoy your upcoming holidays in style xxx
You are welcome Amber! You should give maxi dresses a chance as they are fantastic! An easy way to get used to the length is to try first now very popular midi dresses and then go gradually longer. A maxi dress in a thinner fabric or with a long side slit might help you get used to the volume of fabric too. Hope this helps xxx
I’d love to get into maxi dresses a bit more! I love the style but never wear them myself! Thanks for sharing!
Amber – https://theunpredictedpage.com
These are some great summer essentials. I can’t wait for summer holidays and being able to enjoy the beach without it being unsafe. A couple of my summer essentials are sunglasses and sun tan lotion.
Lauren | http://www.bournemouthgirl.com
Thank you Lisa! I love maxi length so much but midi will do too. It’s easier to match shoes to a midi but maxi is so forgiving indeed xxx
I think I have most of your summer essentials, Jenni, except for a maxi dress. I have a couple of maxi skirts though, and they are THE most forgiving items in my wardrobe, haha. Great tips, love all of these suggestions! Lisa x
Thank you so much Abbeygail! I love sunglasses and have a pair for every outfit xxx
I love it all, especially sunglasses! I have way too many x
Thank you so much Didi xxx
I love everything,everything looks very nice on you. But these red sunglasses???? oooo man that’s something I have to have????