5 Summer Wardrobe Essentials

It’s fun to follow the trends from season to season but you’ll always need stylish wardrobe essentials for easy pairing. With just a few quality staple pieces, you’ll be able to put trendy looks together all summer long. Here are five styles you need in your closet to get started.


1. Carryall Tote

As soon as the days get longer, we tend to pack weekends with as many errands, outings and get-togethers as we can manage in 48 hours. Enter the carryall tote, a bag that can hold everything you could ever imagine needing. A roomy tote will make carrying your phone, wallet, sunscreen, water bottle, extra clothes and snacks for the kids a breeze.

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Clear Tote Bag
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2. Denim Shorts

When we think everyday summer outfit, wearing shorts and a t-shirt comes to mind. It’s a comfortable combination that’s ready to be dressed up or down on the fly. Give the timeless look an update by opting for a knee-length cut in a dark denim wash. Pair it with a cropped jacket and accessories or go for a lightweight tee.

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Modern Fit Denim Shorts
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3. White T-Shirt

A fitted white t-shirt is the most versatile piece you’ll ever own—even if it isn’t the most exciting. It doubles as a layering staple and a standalone top that goes with any colour. Wear it with everything from capri pants, midi skirts and walking shorts, to a sleeveless maxi dress as an under layer.

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Embroidered T-Shirt
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4. Oversized Straw Hat

Looking for shade outside and adding SPF to your daily skincare routine are becoming the new norms, as both are recommended by dermatologists to prevent lasting sun damage. Let taking care of yourself and accessorizing come together with your new floppy straw hat. Shield your face from harmful UV rays while adding the final touch to your look. Yes, you can wear it to the beach, but you can also wear it to lunch, brunch—wherever.

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Wide Brim Straw Hat
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5. Shirt Dress

A loose-fitting shirt dress is the easiest outfit option for day or night. It’s already styled for you with button details or a belted waist, and pairs effortlessly with a light denim jacket. When choosing the perfect staple dress, look for breathable fabrics—like linen—to keep cool on hot summer days. Wear it casually with strappy sandals or polish up the look with classic pumps.


Let us know how you style your summer wardrobe essentials in the comments below.



Written by Kylee Ross

When Kylee isn’t writing fashion, beauty & lifestyle blog posts for Laura Canada, she’s flipping through the glossy pages of fashion magazines and reading anything by Vanessa Friedman in The New York Times. She’s always up for travelling to new places or pretending to be a tourist in Montreal. Wherever she is, you’ll probably find her quoting Breakfast At Tiffany’s, drinking coffee with almond milk, and trying to solve all of her problems with coconut oil.

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