To Top

Style Essentials: Summer 2011

This summer, I plan to stay true to my seasonal strategy. On that note, read on to discover the eight essentials I will be shopping for this summer!

Style Essentials: Summer 2011

Unless you have a bottomless budget, it can be tricky deciding which pieces you will invest in each season and which pieces will be categorized under the “maybe one day” section on your shopping list. This summer, I plan to stay true to my seasonal strategy: I will pick out a few on-trend pieces, I will refresh the basics in my closet, and I will select a few key accessories that are sure to make a statement. Easier said than done, I know, but it is a tactic that seems to work. On that note, read on to discover the eight essentials I will be shopping for this summer!

When it comes to summer, I always keep one thing in mind when creating my shopping list: ease. You see, I don’t want to be bothered with fussy details and finicky silhouettes; I want to be able to slip in and out of my favorite pieces without any effort. Happily, two of the trends I am truly excited about this season—little white dresses and pleated skirts—fall into line with this philosophy. Accordingly, I’ll be picking up a white lace dress—inspired by Dolce & Gabbana’s spring 2011 collection, naturally—and a pleated maxi skirt pronto! Another trend that caught my eye this season? The 1970s! While there are many ways to channel this trend, I’ll be keeping it simple by picking up a floppy boho hat that I can wear with wide-leg jeans or a sun dress.

Next, I want to refresh my summer basics. This means swapping out last year’s bikini for a crochet bikini—not only will this give my closet a hippie-luxe element, but I love the interesting texture. In addition, I plan to pick out a boho cover-up for lazy days by the pool. Finally, I am updating my shoe closet with a pair of beaded sandals—again, I love the texture, but I also love the muted tangerine hue.

Finally, I am filling out my shopping list with two must-have accessories: a pair of statement sunglasses and a printed hobo bag. The sunglasses are sure to elevate anything I wear this summer from simple to stylish. As for the bag, I love how versatile it is—I will carry it to the flea market, to the beach, and while running errands. After all, the most important thing to remember—for me—is to buy pieces you will wear time and time again! On that note, I am thrilled to share my summer Style Essentials with you, and I’d love to discover what you are coveting in the comments section below! Happy shopping! –Bryna, Editor in Chief.

  1. Cool Cat Sunglasses ($135) by D&G
  2. Pleated Maxi Skirt ($83.09) by ASOS
  3. Ikat Slouchy Hobo Bag ($24.50) by American Eagle
  4. Kiss Embellished Suede Sandals ($230) by Antik Batik
  5. Galapagos Crochet-Knit Triangle Bikini ($370) by Missoni Mare
  6. 70s Floppy Felt Hat ($46.16) by ASOS
  7. Patch Lace Shift Dress ($455) by See By Chloe
  8. Long Printed Kaftan Dress ($468) by Mara Hoffman

Please note that this post may contain one or more sponsored links. If you happen to shop using these links, Mama’s A Rolling Stone will receive a commission from the store.


  1. Andrea

    May 25, 2011 at 1:03 AM

    That hat is a ‘must have’. Workshopped how to wear it here..

  2. Anonymous

    May 29, 2011 at 10:31 PM

    Love these pices and need them all for summer!


Leave a Reply


Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


  • Home Décor: Black IS BACK

      Black home décor is back. Mixing different black-colored pieces into your home can create a chic and bold statement in...

    Danielle IdanJuly 10, 2013
  • Summer Dresses: $50 AND UNDER

      Now that summer has hit full force, it may be hard to wear anything but your favorite summer dress. Luckily,...

    Danielle IdanJuly 9, 2013
  • Trending: Holographic Print

      Rihanna was recently spotted in London wearing a holographic crop top, heels, and Stella McCartney clutch. Naturally, this got us...

    Danielle IdanJuly 3, 2013
  • Mixtape

      Currently listening to: Get Lucky ft. Pharrell Williams by Daft Punk White Noise ft. AlunaGeorge by Disclosure The Line by...

    Danielle IdanJune 14, 2013
  • We’ve Got Unpredictable Weather Covered

    No matter what part of the world you live in, escaping the unpredictable heat or cooler temperatures may seem like an...

    Andrea SingerApril 9, 2013
  • Festival Time!

    {Shades by Madewell, stackable rings by Forever 21,  horn necklace Michael Kors, fringe necklace Forever 21, backpack, low cut espadrilles Madewell, Blank NYC jean shorts, Rebecca Taylor top, Emerson Ryder earrings, Emerson Ryder bracelet, Urban Outfitters hat} In photo:...

    Andrea SingerApril 5, 2013
  • Why Blend In?

    It used to be all about the military jacket. Now we’re seeing this masculine-inspired trend be interpreted in everything from shoes...

    Andrea SingerApril 4, 2013
  • Hot Buy: Spring Jackets

    Investing in a new lightweight jacket is a fashion essential this Spring. It’s one of the most versatile pieces you can...

    Andrea SingerApril 2, 2013
  • Trending: Daffodil Yellow

    Hello, yellow! Claire Danes brought confidence to the red carpet when she wore Lanvin while pregnant last award season.  Yellow hues have continued...

    Andrea SingerApril 1, 2013