Summer is the time for fun in the sun and a laid back attitude. But that doesn't mean we can dress in shorts and a tee everywhere we go. Even though we may just want to sit poolside all day, there are still birthday parties, weddings, family reunions, and other events that we may need to put a bit of effort into our outfit of the day for. Enter this list we've gathered of essential clothing pieces that work for any occasion this summer.
I appreciate a good list of clothing recommendations, especially for summer, because I need to know what works best for different body types. If it works for everyone then it will probably work for me too and we love to see that. It's also a huge plus if the pieces will hold up for this season and possibly more. These are staple pieces with longevity and at affordable prices, which means you and I are on our way to creating our wardrobes full of items for every occasion.
These Cat Eye Sunglasses Give a Sexy AF Vibe in the Best Way Possiblevia Amazon
Normally I would steer clear from sunglasses like this as I have a hard time pulling off really trendy looks. However, I can't get enough of these. They look retro without being corny and would make a great accessory to wear by the pool with your girlfriends or while lounging on the beach.
This Embossed Message Sunhat Will Keep You Protected
This flattering sunhat has so many features to appreciate! It's packable, provides 50 SPF, and comes in 18 colors. Best of all, it costs under $20! If the embroidery is too much for you then there are plain options also.
This Versatile Large Scarf Comes in a Variety of Printsvia Amazon
Ooh, another scarf and this one is just as beautiful as the first! This scarf comes in TONS of color options, so you can match it with any outfit or buy a couple. If you're not a fan of the bandana look, it's also great to tie around your purse or neck.
Every Lady Needs a Sturdy Wide Brim Fedora to Compliment Their Lookvia Amazon
This wide-brim fedora is not like the ones that were popular in the early 2010s. This hat gives an outfit a carefree boho look with minimal effort. It's a quarter of the price of the trendy ones without sacrificing quality, so you'll be able to look fashion-forward without breaking the bank.
These Colored Sunglasses Add a Pop to Your Look Without Breaking the Bankvia Amazon
I like a colored frame to go with certain look and I like these stylish square ones because not only are they trendy, but they're also less than $20. That means you can grab a pair for yourself, a second pair for yourself (why not — you deserve it), then maybe another for a friend.
This Super-Soft Tie Dye Sweatshirt is a Must Cart Itemvia Amazon
Customers say this cute Tie Dye Sweatshirt is like a cross between a t-shirt and a sweatshirt: lightweight and super-soft. Though it fits true to size, order up a size and half-tuck it to look on-trend. Looks fantastic with denim shorts!
These Button Covers Prevent Tiny Holes in Your Shirtsvia Amazon
I kept getting tiny holes near the front hem of my t-shirts. I was mystified (and mad!) until I realized the problem was the button on my jeans. Luckily, there's an easy solution: these silicone button covers. I have one on every pair of jeans and shorts, and they stay in place through the laundry. No more holes!
This Woven Bag Carries All the Bits You Needvia Amazon
This woven material is ideal for a summer handbag, making this bag an absolute must-have for the upcoming warmer months. It would look cute with literally every outfit, and it's incredibly spacious. Carry all of your necessities in style with this one and watch the compliments roll in.
This Blouse Looks Like the Price Tag is Triple What You Will Payvia Amazon
Blouses with fun details are some of my favorite pieces, and this one is no exception. It can be worn with slacks for a business professional look or paired with jeans for a dressed-down yet feminine look. And it's a piece that you can wear over and over again.
This Tunic Dress is Cool and Comfortable Regardless of the Mercury Levelvia Amazon
This tunic dress is so versatile that you can wear it with leggings, jeans, or even go bare-legged. The billowing sleeves help you stay cool, while the pleated bottom gives the hemline a little swing as you move. Just make sure to order one size down for a more fitted look, as many reviewers found their regular size a little large.
These Water Shoes Have Over 58,000 Ratings on Amazonvia Amazon
Protect your feet with these Water Shoes, which are value-priced and come in a zillion colors. Customers like them for water sports, yoga, running on the beach, and other activities where your feet need some traction but not the full protection of a heavy pair of shoes.
Rock Hailey Bieber's Effortless Look with these Sunglassesvia Amazon
I'm going to be honest. I'm a little salty that I'm just now coming across these sunglasses. I bought a very similar pair from a very popular retail store, and the quality was absolutely terrible for double the price. These are such an easy statement accessory and have over 2,700 stellar reviews on Amazon. And you get two pairs that you can switch out depending on your mood and your outfit choice!
You Can Shoulder Anythingvia Amazon
I'd seen this off-shoulder romper on popular lists for years so I had to finally buy it to see what all the fuss was about. And holy romper, you guys, this one is truly legit. It has a loose (but not too loose) fit and an elastic waist in a figure-flattering style whether you're a small or a 3X. Reviewers repeatedly call it "cute, comfy and versatile," with one adding, "I may even order this in other colors, though black hides so many body flaws!"
These Stylish Polarized Sunglasses Can Be Worn by Men and Womenvia Amazon
Sunglasses are a summer must-have item, and these are a great buy because both men and women can wear them.
My boyfriend first bought them, and I kept taking them to wear, so he ended up buying a second pair for me!
This Kimono is Ideal for Raising the Stakes on Your Lookvia Amazon
Will the world ever get tired of kimonos? It doesn't seem like it. This floral kimono is perfect for hanging around the house, going out for drinks, and long days by the pool or beach. It's the perfect accessory because it's so versatile and can be worn with absolutely everything for a ton of different looks. Just look how cute it is! Best part is that it comes in a variety of prints and colors.
This Cherry Cropped Cardigan is So Super Cutevia Amazon
I could browse Instagram shops for hours. And while I love supporting small businesses, a lot of the clothing that I like ends up being crazy expensive. That's why I get super excited when I find dupes like this cropped cardigan. It looks like it came from a popular fashion brand, but your wallet won't be crying after buying it. Wear it with bell-bottoms, and you'll have that 70s look nailed–just saying.
These Shorts Can Be Dressed Up or Down and Come in a Variety of Stylesvia Amazon
These shorts work whether you are looking to pair them with some espadrilles or trainers. There are no buttons to dig into you, the wide legs are extra comfy, and they can be dressed up or down. Check out the different styles and prints they have if this shade is not your bag.
Get This Showstopper Transparent Crossbody for Guaranteed Complimentsvia Amazon
This crossbody bag may easily be one of the most unique purses that I have ever come across, and I can't get enough of it. The patterned inside pouch can be used to hide your items or can be taken out and used as a clutch. And the transparent body of the bag can also be used as a crossbody or handheld purse.
This Pack of Four Belts are So Versatile and Useful for Every Outfitvia Amazon
Belts are one of the easiest ways to highlight your waist when wearing baggier clothes or pieces without an accentuated waist. They also dress up an outfit with minimal effort. These belts are small enough that it won't draw attention away from your overall ensemble, but it will also add a pop of color and help you look oh-so-snatched. And the fact that it's a 4-pack means that you can mix and match and have more options!
This Printed Blouse is Fashionable and Flowy for Maximum Comfortvia Amazon
This chic top is about to become a main go-to in your closet. The ruffle sleeves are a cute twist, while the flowing bodice looks seriously fashionable paired with skinny jeans. Reviewers loved how it's great for any occasion — "I have wide mama hips and an average waist," wrote one. "I have a hard time finding clothes I truly feel comfortable and confident in. I always get compliments when I wear this top."
Summertime Calls for Vintage Style Mirrored Sunglassesvia Amazon
For less than $20, you can grab these fashionable sunglasses — and since they're so affordable, you can go ahead and lose them without wanting to cry. What's that? You're saying I'm the only person here who's cried when they lost their Ray-Bans? Well then, don't be like me — buy affordable specs, not designer ones.
These Leopard Print Beach Shorts Are Flying Off the Online Shelvesvia Amazon
Leopard print shorts are the perfect beach outfit with a cream or black top. The drawstring closure on these shorts means they're adjustable around the waistline, and they're light and cool for hot days.
This Straw Hat is Fit for Style and Sun Protection with A UPF50+via Amazon
Straw hats are such a symbol of summer fashion that I can't wait to wear mine again. This one on Amazon is one of my favorites because it's so stylish and also offers fantastic sun protection. So it is possible to be practical and stylish at the same time!
This Pretty Garden Maxi Dress Comes in a Variety of Prints and is So Chicvia Amazon
Looking for something to wear to garden parties or out to brunch with your besties? Then you need this maxi dress. It's chic enough to dress up and wear for special occasions and casual enough to wear it out every day while out and about. The minute you put it on, you're going to want to wear it everywhere. The best part is that it comes in a variety of gorgeous prints. I absolutely love this leopard print version. So gorgeous!
Customize Your Look with this Boho Knot-Front Topvia Amazon
I'm seeing a lot of breezy floral tops hitting the market right now, and this Knot-Front Top is one of my favorites. The loose cut and knotted detail are flattering over the belly, and the knot can be adjusted to customize the fit.
There's a Reason I Own This Shirt in Multiple Colorsvia Amazon
I own this shirt in multiple colors, it's also lightweight, breezy, and the pocket on the chest is a cute touch. The material isn't see-through, and it comes in almost too many colors. No, really — choose from more than 40 shades! This is my go-to basic tee, and I use it to create a lot of looks.
This Slim Wallet Will Hold Everything That You Need to Carryvia Amazon
Boss babes need a high-quality wallet to keep all of their belongings in order. This bifold wallet has nine card slots, two ID windows, and a zipper pocket to hold cash. It's also super slim, so you don't have to worry about it taking up too much space, and it's RFID blocking which means your identity will never get stolen. I personally love all the vibrant color options.
Buy These Shorts If You Don't Want to Sacrifice Comfort for Fashionvia Amazon
Since I began working from home full-time, I am all about comfy clothes. And the fact going out in public in sweats right now is trendy is even better. If you're not ready to wear a head-to-toe sweatsuit, consider these shorts. There are no buttons to dig into you, the wide legs are extra comfy, and they can be dressed up or down.
These Oversized Vintage Sunglasses Suit Every Face Shapevia Amazon
By now you are going to think I need to get therapy for my addiction to sunglasses. I love oversized sunglasses because no matter how late you were out the night before, you still look effortlessly glamorous. These are my go-to glasses that are the perfect summer accessory with a vintage vibe. I like to pair mine with a summer dress or even jeans and a tank top.
This Sarong is Hot, Hot, Hot
Another trend to get in on this year? Sarongs! I've seen at least five influencers that I follow rant and rave about these sarongs from Amazon, so of course, I had to see what the hype was about. They're a feminine way to give yourself a little coverage on the beach. I love them for covering up when I don't want to be showing too much skin at hotels, pools, etc.
This Dress is Comfort and Style but It's Super Easyvia Amazon
Some days I'm just too lazy to put an outfit together, but I've still got plans for the day. Plans that I can't show up to looking like a hobo. This dress not only makes it look like I threw a whole outfit together, but the billowing sleeves help me stay cool when it's warm out. It's also seriously versatile — wear it with everything from wedges to sneakers.
This Floral Kimono is Your Summer Wardrobe Workhorsevia Amazon
If your shorts-and-tee summer uniform is looking stale, dress it up with this Floral Kimono, brimming with a beachy, carefree, feminine style. It's so lightweight, but keeps the sun off you during a long day on the beach. Works great as a swimsuit cover-up, too. Comes in sizes Small to 3XL, in 34 colors and prints.
This Button-Down Tank Top Comes in Ten Shades of Chicvia Amazon
This button-down tank top has been my go-to look from spring through summer because it's so versatile and easy to slip on with any outfit. Whether I'm wearing shorts, jeans, or a skirt, this lightweight sleeveless blouse with spaghetti straps matches perfectly, and there is a range of colors to choose from.
This Flattering High-Waisted Bathing Suit Comes in a Range of Colorsvia Amazon
This is the only swimsuit I liked enough to include on this list! Not only is this High-Waisted Bathing Suit cute and affordable, but it's earning top ratings from Amazon customers who appreciate the high-waisted bottom and adjustable top.
This Shoulder Purse is the Same Quality as Designer Brandsvia Amazon
This shoulder bag may easily be one of the chicest purses that I have ever found on Amazon, and I can't get enough of it. It's very similar to the purses that were popular in the 2000s which have made a major comeback recently. While it may look small, it can hold a wallet, phone, and more comfortably.
This Sleeveless Top with Zipper Detail is Easy Wearingvia Amazon
I'm always low-key shopping for new shirts to pair with jeans, so as soon as I spotted this Sleeveless Top, it went immediately into my Amazon shopping cart. I love everything about it: the silky fabric, the tunic length, and especially the fun zipper detail at the neckline.
This Tank Top Adds a Great Pop of Color to Your Closet
One can never have too many tanks for layering. Not only can you wear them alone in the summer, but they're also great for layering in the winter. This tank top is the ideal basic layering piece that can be worn with anything and everything. Keep it simple, or pair it with jewelry and other accessories for a more dressed-up look. Plus, how fun is this color?!