Stuck in a summer shopping rut? Have no fear, dear readers, because we have a plan of action in place! We have spent countless hours scouring the shops, soaking up all the major summer trends, and taking style notes from all your favorite stars. And the result is a shopping guide on the pieces you need now! It doesn’t matter if you are ready to go on a major shopping spree, looking for one key piece to complete your closet, or you just want to know which pieces you should pull from your own wardrobe—today’s Top Buys story has ideas for everyone! Click inside to discover all our summer essentials and make sure you take notes!
In summer, less is always more, so we have picked out just a few key clothing pieces and then scooped up a slew of statement accessories to complete your closet. On that note, if you want to start your summer shopping off on the right foot, we suggest you pick up a 70s-inspired dress such as Free People’s Avenue West Chemise ($248). Not only is it breezy and lightweight, which is essential in summer, but its modern-boho vibe makes it perfect for music festivals, sultry summer nights, and poolside parties. Speaking of the latter, a swimsuit is obviously a major must in summer! This season, we are leaning towards swimsuits with understated, flirty embellishments—think lace, crochet and ruffles. In particular, we like Chloé’s Laser Cut Bandeau Bikini ($413.74) as it has a subtly sexy aesthetic and a flattering silhouette.
When it comes to accessories, we are leaning in two directions this summer. On the one hand, we are definitely looking to pick up some bright and bold pieces, but on the other hand, we plan to temper these pieces with a few classic accessories that will stand the test of time. To start, we suggest picking up a pair of bright flat sandals that will add a pop of color to any ensemble you put together. In particular, we like Topshop’s Hesta Jade Tie Up Espadrille Sole Sandals ($50). They definitely stand out and they will look amazing with a pretty sun dress. Now, if you are looking to pick up a handbag this summer, we recommend opting for a leather satchel like Chloé’s Marcie Leather Satchel ($1,265). It is modern, oh-so chic, and timeless, making it a true investment piece. Of course, given that it is summer, you should also make some room on your shopping list for practical pieces that protect from the sun—namely, a great pair of sunglasses and a chic hat. Of course, you don’t have to sacrifice your style in the name of sensibleness. On the contrary, we suggest you pick out pieces with a chic twist. Our favorites? We like House of Harlow 1960’s Sasha Sunglasses ($149) and Eugenia Kim’s Honey Velour Felt Floppy Hat ($297).
Now that you have these major pieces in hand, you can put the finishing touch on your summer shopping list by adding something for your jewelry box and something for your beauty kit. When it comes to jewelry, you should look for anything with a hint of neon. For instance, we love this Fluoro Turnlock Bracelet ($98) by Marc By Marc Jacobs. The neon pink hue gives the classic silhouette a contemporary vibe. In the same way, we suggest picking out a bright nail polish with a summery vibe. In particular, we like American Apparel’s Neon Orange Nail Polish ($6). Plus, did you notice how budget-friendly this polish is? No matter how tight your budget is this summer, everyone can afford this key beauty buy! On that note, now that you have your summer shopping cheat-sheet in hand, it is time to get to work! Happy shopping!