The Summer Fashion Essentials Your Closet Needs
Summer must haves 2022 seem cuter and more colorful than ever this year, 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 and the bright color trends for 2022 are giving life to our looks. Stocking up on summer wardrobe essentials makes it easy to update your wardrobe with a few pieces rather than a complete closet overhaul.
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Along with the other summer essentials 2022 I did also purchase this Lady Dior bag for Spring/Summer but didn’t add it to this list as it’s more of a splurge than a staple.
What are Summer must haves for 2022?
Summer must haves are the fashion essentials that make everything more summery and in style for Summer fashion 2022. Perfect for updating what you already have or if you’re curating a Summer capsule wardrobe.
This Summer fashion essentials for 2022 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 2022 but any year. A blazer’s 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. As much as oversized blazers are in style for 2022, you can never go wrong with a classic gold button double breasted blazer.
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.
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2. Classic Summer Must Haves | 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 more breezy for hot and humid holiday destinations and summer days.
White Off The Shoulder Mini Dress
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3. Summer Must Have Shoes | Stylish Slides
Flats are a summer must have for running errands, vacation and effortless chic. More stylish than flip flops and kinder on your feet. Slides look more stylish than rubber slides and are one the comfier fashions I’m glad have stayed in style for Summer 2022. If this styles not for you, check out these 36 flat slide sandals trending now.
Budget Woven Slides
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4. Nude Strappy Sandals
Nude strappy sandals are another summer must haves for 2022 (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.
Nude Strappy Sandals
Budget Strappy Sandals
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5. Summer Must Haves 2022 | 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.
Budget Square Sunglasses
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 2022 think floaty, fit and flare, cut out dresses. This years all about volume and color.
Luxe For Less Floral Dress
7. Swim Summer Must Haves 2022 | Flattering swimsuits
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 2022.
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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Budget belted swimsuit under $15
8. Summer Essentials 2022 | Oversized Sun Hat
For when you want something that gives you more sun protection and shade than your cute wide brimmed structured hats. Some of the major hat trends for 2022 are straw hats, wide brim beach hats and bucket hats. I remember when they were popular back in the 90’s and they’re back! You’ll see these styles popping up everywhere in 2022.
The 2 hats below also roll up which makes them perfect for 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 and it keeps my wine cool.
Straw Panama Roll Up Beach Hat UPF50+
ASOS Summer hat haul
If you’re looking for an affordable Summer hat ASOS has lots of choices. They offer free shipping and returns as hats are something you really need to try on to see if they suit your face and fit.
9. Carryall Tote
The all new Versace La Vacanza straw tote bag coming out soon might be this years replacement for the Saint Laurent tote which was one of the trending bags and Summer must haves last year.
This tote from Saint Laurent is slightly beachy and perfect for the city as much as it is poolside or on 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 25 Best Beach Totes to find the perfect bag for you.
Budget Tote Bag
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10. Summer Must Haves 2022 | Gold & Pearl Jewelry
The gold layering jewelry trend is still going in 2022 and makes dressing up outfits easy. Pearlcore is another Summer fashion for 2022 so grab some gold and pearl jewelry to complete your summer look.
Whether you prefer chunky gold chain necklaces and bracelets or more delicate pieces, gold and pearls add a luxe touch. For more affordable pieces, ShopLC has some great pieces like these gold hoop earrings. Use code EVE25 for 25% off.
Pearl & Gold Jewelry
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Summer Must Haves 2022 | What should I wear for Summer 2022
These 10 summer must haves are easy ways to update your Summer wardrobe and looks for Summer fashion 2022.
Another few pieces that are also versatile and great if you’re creating a summer capsule wardrobe is a neutral bag, white shirt, white shirt dress and neutral bodysuit that you can style with your favorite jeans, jean shorts and skirts.
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