Summer, perhaps more so than any other season, is known for its fads. Who can forget the great gauchos look of 2001? Oh wait, we did. But there are a few summer fashion staples that have lasted throughout the ages. These six looks are here to stay, so you might as well invest in them.
Summer can sometimes feel like one, big, outdoor music festival, but if there was ever a time to channel your inner Woodstock chick, this is it. Think fringe, think braids, peasant shirts, ponchos, kimono tops or a flowy maxi dress, and get ready to see an indie band you have never heard of.
Lilly Pulitzer is always timeless, but there is something about sporting a little shift dress that is summer. And if you were able to get your hands on the immediate sell-out collaboration with Target last year, you may have some cute Lilly items to show off. The perfect accessory for Lilly? A glass of rosé, of course.
Women have been wearing two-pieces since 1913, but it wasn’t until the 1940s that the classic bikini look we know and love (and fear in all dressing rooms) popped up. And though some days we wish we could go back to wearing a dress and bonnet on the beach since our diet went out the window in March, the bikini isn’t going anywhere and is an iconic part of summer (and essential to all James Bond movies). If you’re on the market for one, adorable new line Bykini has a great variety of suits that won’t break the bank.
The LBD is always a classic, but white in the fall, winter and spring can be tough. Summer is the season of the LWD, white jeans, white skirts, white shoes and white bags. This great white dress from Banana Republic is perfect—or this skirt from Aritzia.
Nautical is always cool, but summer is truly all about celebrating the water and anchors. White jeans, a striped top and some Sperrys are always a classic look. This cute striped dress and romper will also do the trick. Next step is to make friends with someone who owns a boat.
They aren’t for everyone, but they just convey summer. On the beach, at the ranch, just hanging around town, jean cutoffs will never go out of style. Just be prepared for a few Daisy Dukes jokes. Try this cute pair from Madewell.