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5 Summer Wardrobe Staples

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Jacqueline Gubiani

There are a few must-have items every woman needs to complete her summer wardrobe, like a go-to tote or dress that looks good every time you wear it.

Our five wardrobe staples have you covered for anything—and everything—you have planned this summer.

The Casual Slides

Slides are the go-to shoe in casual footwear. Today’s pairs are sporty-chic and can be worn for almost any occasion—whether you’re going to the beach or a backyard barbeque.

The Nike Benassi is a fan favourite. Its wide strap fits snugly over the foot while foam padding ensures your soles are comfortable. Nike continues to redesign this slide, so wearers can choose from their classic black and white pair or opt for the white logo against a floral background.

The Breezy Sundress

From day to night, weekend or weekday, the sundress is a summer wardrobe staple you’ll reach for more often than not thanks to its various styles: short-sleeved or spaghetti strap, monochrome or patterned. You can dress it up with espadrilles or go casual in flats.

The sundress is so versatile because of its flattering shape. Whether yours is cinched at the waist or shift-style, made of light linen fabric or cotton, you can be sure to look—and feel—effortlessly cool all summer long.

The Cute White Top

Many of us love wearing white in the summer as it accentuates our tans, giving us a fresh glow on bright, sunny days. A variety of cute white tops emerged on the racks this season, making them a must-have item.

Popular styles include flowy tube tops and ruffled short-sleeve cropped shirts. White eyelet t-shirts and off the shoulder shirts with long billowy sleeves look great with everything, from denim shorts to culotte pants.

The Everywhere Beach Bag

We’re calling it a beach bag, but you’ll take this summer tote to more places than the beach. One big bag is perfect for all summer activities: It fits your towel and sunscreen for beach days and holds your farmer’s market groceries on Saturday mornings.

Look for bags in shades of beige or brown, made of canvas or straw material—it’ll get a little love from being toted around town. Pre owned designer bags, like this Michael Kors straw tote, are perfect for making your way from brunch to the pool.

The Office Sweater

Even when it’s 30 degrees outside, the office thermostat hovers anywhere from 12 – 20 degrees. A light cardigan is the perfect solution when you need something to throw over your shoulders and cover your arms without overheating at your desk.

Pale lilac, blush pink, eggshell yellow and cream-coloured button up sweaters can be quickly thrown over a dress or blouse for a classy look that keeps your comfortable in the cool AC.

What are your personal summer wardrobe staples? Let us know in the comments!

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