The Summer Fashion Essentials Your Closet Needs
Summer must haves seem cuter this year than ever, probably because we finally have places to go and get dressed up for again. Summer fashion is my favorite season as it tends to be the most feminine, flattering and colorful. As much as I live in black in Winter, color always makes me happy. Stocking up on summer wardrobe essentials makes it easy to update your wardrobe rather than a complete closet overhaul. Summer must haves are the fashion essentials that make everything more summery and in style for Summer fashion 2021. Perfect for updating what you already have or if you’re curating a Summer capsule wardrobe. This Summer fashion essentials for 2021 guide of feminine and flattering summer staples works for all occasions and budgets.
1. White Double Breasted Blazer
This Summer wardrobe essential is top of my summer must haves not just for 2021 but any year. A blazers a more stylish option than a cardigan for staying warm when they crank up the AC when you’re wearing your cutest summer dress. It’s such a versatile layering piece for all seasons that makes any outfit look more polished. Even better if it’s a co-ord blazer and shorts or skirt set you can mix and match with.
I have both a gold button double breasted version and slouchier version with no buttons so there’s one for both more dressy and more casual looks.
I love it with denim shorts and a cami or basic tee, some oversized sunglasses and either white sneakers if I’m running around or barely there strappy sandals for lunch with the girls.
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2. Little White Dress
A white dress is always a fresh summer look and summer wardrobe essential. There’s something youthful and playful with floaty styles that I love. Cap sleeves and halternecks are super flattering, while the thinner straps are great for hotter days. I struggled to choose just 2 white dresses but ended up with these. One’s actually off white but I had to share it as the puff sleeves and skirt are so romantic and gorgeous and the other is easy and breezy for hot and humid holiday destinations and summer days.
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3. Summer Must Have Shoes | Braided Woven Flat Sandals
Flats are a summer must have for running errands, vacation and effortless chic. More stylish than flip flops and kinder on your feet. Woven slides look more stylish than rubber slides and are one the comfier fashions I’m glad have stayed in style for Summer 2021. If this styles not for you, check out these 19 flat slide sandals trending now.
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4. Nude Strappy Sandals
Nude strappy sandals are another summer must haves for 2021 (and every year). Slide heels and mules are still in but strappy sandals are easier to run around in as they won’t fall off. Neutrals are perfect for Summer as they don’t look as heavy as black with Summer outfits, plus they go with everything. Another things I love about nude and white sandals is that they make your legs look longer.
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5. Statement Sunglasses
Sunglasses aren’t just a summer wardrobe essential but a personal style statement. They’re something I’ll always invest in to protect my eyes and because I wear them year round. Sunglasses are pretty personal and a way to show your personality, there’s no right or wrong. I tend to go for more classic shapes, tortoiseshell or dark colors and if they have some sparkle even better.
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6. Floaty floral dress
A floral dress is always a Summer wardrobe essential. It’s just the style of it that changes each year. For Summer 2021 think floaty or fit and flare rather than bodycon. This years all about volume which after gyms being closed for so long, comfort eating and working from home more I’m grateful for (I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one).
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7. Flattering swimsuit
I used to only wear bikinis, now I’m pretty much the complete opposite and one-piece swimsuits are my go-to. They’re so flattering, classic and also totally on trend for Summer 2021. If you’re on a budget, get more use out of it by choosing one that you can also wear as a bodysuit. If you want to splurge these are the best designer swimsuits and bikinis to wear this season.
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8. Oversized Sun Hat
For when you want something that gives you more sun protection and shade than your cute wide brimmed structured hats. The 4 major hat trends for 2021 are straw hats, bucket hats (I remember when they were popular back in the 90’s and they’re back), trucker hats and wide brim beach hats. You’ll see these styles popping up everywhere in 2021.
The 2 hats below also roll up which makes them perfect fro throwing in your luggage or carryon for vacation without worrying about damaging them.
The more structured shaped beach hats are more on trend but the giant floppy ones give more sun protection so I’m wearing the smaller for everyday and the large for the beach and pool. It’s a bit extra but that’s what I love about it. Plus the amount of shade it gives as I try and stay out of the sun as much as possible.
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9. Carryall Tote
The canvas Saint Laurent tote was one of the trending bags and Summer must haves 2021. This is another tote from Saint Laurent that’s slightly more afforable and with more beachy vibes, perfect for the city or vacation. As much as I love small bags, totes make the Summer must haves list for being able to carry your entire life around. Check out the 16 Best Totes to find the perfect bag for you.
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10. Summer Must Haves | Gold Jewelry
The gold layering jewelry trend is still going in 2021 and makes dressing up outfits easy. Whether you prefer chunky gold chain necklaces and bracelets or more delicate pieces, gold adds a luxe touch. If I buy one piece of designer jewelry this year it will be this Saint Laurent gold choker (I’m hoping the hubby might buy it as an anniversary gift if I drop enough hints). For more affordable pieces, The Girlfriend Box lets you pick the styles you love and curate your own jewelry box which can be scheduled for whenever you want (great for gifting)!
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Summer Must Haves | What should I wear for Summer 2021
These 10 summer must haves are easy ways to update your Summer wardrobe and looks for Summer fashion 2021. Another few pieces that are also versatile and great if you’re creating a summer capsule wardrobe is a white shirt, white shirt dress and neutral bodysuit that you can style with your favorite jeans, jean shorts and skirts.
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Eve Dawes is a Blogger, Podcaster, Mrs. England World 2020, a WBFF Pro Diva, SAG-AFTRA actress, NASM certified Personal Trainer, Founder of Dawes Custom Cosmetics and GlamourandGains.com. Eve's also the host of BFF (beauty, fitness & fashion) segment on Spill The Tea Live! The show for British Expats. Eve has over 15 years experience in the fashion world, is an avid traveller and cruelty-free beauty advocate.