white maxi dress
Every summer wardrobe needs an easy, breezy, white dress that you can throw on during a hot day or dress up for a dinner date. I love cotton dresses because they’re breathable and washable so you don’t have to worry about “playing” in them. Wear your clothes! This classic silhouette by Jenni Kayne is my favorite this season (you can use code: CindyT20 for20% off). This is a great under $60 version and I also found this one for under $150. This is the one I’m wearing in my IGTV. More sizes here and here.
This blouse is a great piece for Summer. The weight of it is ideal for the heat and the sleeve length makes it so versatile. Wear it tucked into denim shorts or throw it over a bathing suit and tie it at the waist. I also love a classic button-down like this one, but for summer I thought the collarless style felt fresh. You can find this one in my Fall Capsule Wardrobe.
This is my original favorite tee in my closet. I first discovered it when I was working for Theory and bought a couple more of them right before I left. They last and only get better with age (and washing!). If you’re looking for an off-white style, I also have this one. The texture is great!
For me, Summer style is defined by basics - white tees, maxi dresses, and soft denim. So how do you make a classic look stand out? Jewelry! When it comes to jewelry I like to keep things simple. Around my neck I wear a tiny initial necklace that my best friend gave me for my 30th birthday. When I want a little more of a layered look, I add necklaces like this wishbone style or this beaded style. I also love this herringbone chain style. I suggest sticking to 2-3 at various lengths!
I never really wore denim shorts until I found this pair. This is the exact style and color I have. I found the exact same fit in a non-distressed style here in denim and here in black. They are nearly sold out everywhere but wanted to link in case this is your size or you wanted to look it up in the future! Looking for an alternative under $100 style? This pair is great and is under $60. The fit is called the “cheeky” and they’re very flattering! I have them in the black too! Looking for a pair of white shorts? Love this creamy colored pair!
Light Summer Denim
When I think of Summer denim I want something that is either white or light! I have this denim pair and its the best light wash for Spring, Summer, and even into Fall. I love the hem on these - it’s perfect for showing off a great sandal or for a barefoot night at the beach. This style is also a great alternative to white denim for bicycle riding and cool summer nights. They’re high waisted and easy to tuck in summer blouses our wear with a bathing suit. Looking for a great pair of white jeans? I love these!
Cotton linen sweater
When you first think of a Summer wardrobe your mind doesn’t immediately think “sweater” but you’ll use one more than you think! A great light cotton sweater is a closet essential for this season. Breezy nights, fighting off mosquitos, I love wearing this one with shorts or throwing it over my shoulders with a maxi dress. This sand colored one is also under $100 and would be great into Fall!
It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with these sneakers. They’ve been to Europe and back with me, are machine washable, and have been worn countless times over the last two years. To be honest, I don’t know what I was wearing before them! Actually I do…my converse! I still love them but for Summer, these are so easy to slip on and go and their insanely comfortable. You won’t be disappointed!
A great hat is the most essential Summer accessory. I love this classic Panama style from one of my favorite small businesses, Hat Attack. It comes in a natural style, and this black one as shown above and offers SPF protection from the sun. More about the brand - Hat Attack is a family owned business based in the Bronx, NY and all of their products are made in the USA. I can attest to the quality and craftsmanship which is so important when it comes to hats - they last year after year and travel well!
I love these sandals. They are one of the best under $100 styles I’ve ever worn. The leather is so buttery soft and they feel like you’re wearing a glove. I’m wearing the light taupe color. I often get asked about the Hermes Oran sandals. I LOVE and am obsessed with them but they are probably one of the biggest splurges in my closet. That being said, are they worth it? For me they were but its such a personal answer. If you’re going to love them every.single.time. you put them on and they’re going to give you a little pep in your step? Then yes! Save up and go for it! I store mine in their original box and treat them with kid gloves when I’m not wearing them - a pair of shoes like these should last you a LONG time!