12 Timeless Summer Essentials to Complete Your Wardrobe

Here’s our list of timeless summer essentials every girl needs. From cool tee shirts to hot shorts, make sure you have them all stacked up in your closet. 

summer essentials tee-shirt-swim-suit-must-haves-dressHey beautiful! Every summer wardrobe should consist of the classic must haves. Each summer, we seek comfort clothing that let us be stylish without breaking a sweat, literally! To deal with the humongous temperatures, we have also written about summer fashion tips. So, we made a list of the timeless wardrobe staples that every girl needs. If you already have them – you’re well prepared for the hot weather. If not, invest on these classics, and you’ll always have something for those busy mornings when you need to get dressed in a hurry.

Let’s check out the summer must haves!

Timeless Summer Essentials

1. Tee Shirts

Cotton tee shirts are a must have in summer wear. Whether it’s for casual or office wear on Fridays, they are a savior. Try different types of tee shirts – from half sleeved to sleeveless, from cropped to long ones. Avoid full sleeves in this scorching heat. I loved the Neon graphic print tee shirt by Zara paired with cropped white trousers – perfect for summer!


2. Classy Jeans

Jeans are everyday essentials. Go for relaxed-fit cropped jeans or boyfriend jeans with folded hems this summer. Also, try ripped jeans for a casual outing or vacation in summer fashion essentials. Patchwork and embellished jeans, too, are a cool choice for parties or night-outs. Pair them with crop tops, bodysuits or embellished tees. Avoid skinny jeans in the peak of summer as they might cause irritation to the skin due to sweating.

Dolce & Gabbana (L & R) and Ralph Lauren (center) from FW17 collections

3. Stylish Shorts

A hot pair of shorts is a summer fashion essential, specially if you’re on vacation. Go for cotton shorts over denim ones. Pair them with crop or tank tops and you’re ready to take over the summer. I loved the striped shorts by Zara.

4. Pretty Skirts

Maxi, midi or mini skirts – all work perfectly on the hottest of days, especially cotton ones. In fact, structured A-line skirts work well for office, too! Pair them with button up shirts, tops or casual shirts. Also, try sheer skirts in summer fashion essentials for parties and night outs. Try crochet or plain ones for work or casual outings.


5. Cotton or Crepe Dresses

Long maxi dresses are perfect summer wear in India. Go for a mini dress when you are going out for coffee or parties. For a more modest look, try the runway-inspired dress with pants trend this year to stand out! Try off-the-shoulder dresses to create a statement!

Also read: Cover It Up with Modest Clothing | 6 Runway-Inspired Ideas


6. Trousers, Culottes and Capris

If you don’t even know any of the basic fashion tips and tricks, you can still rock capris easily! For formal summer wear, relaxed or loose fitted trousers are a must have in summer essentials. You don’t want to mess up your meetings, presentations or your productivity at work. Pair them with half-sleeved or sleeveless button-up shirts in light pastels. Try chic crepe or cotton culottes and capris for work Fridays, shopping or casual outings.


7. Crop Tops and Bodysuits

Crop tops go well with anything – shorts, jeans and skirts. Pair an asymmetric crop top with midi skirt for a chic look in summer wear! Or go for a trendy bodysuit with ripped boyfriend jeans to look cool yet comfy!

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8. Tank Tops

Tank tops are a must have for summer. They are a savior with the rising temperature! Sport a graphic or text-printed tank top with loose fitted jeans. Pair a button up shirt if you’re traveling in public transport to avoid creepy men’s stares!!

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9. Fitted or Peplum Kurtis

Go for well fitted cotton and khadi kurtis for ethnic wear. Pair them with salwar pants, palazzos or even cropped jeans for a casual look. Peplum kurtis work great with jeans or matching dhoti.


10. Intimates & Lingerie

Try cotton bras or bralettes, especially non-wired ones for extreme comfort. Avoid lacy bras in the hot days.

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11. Sleepwear

It’s important to wear the right summer nightwear in summer fashion for women. You don’t want to struggle the entire night by wearing satin pajamas. So, invest in cute but loose cotton nightwear. Sleep dresses, shorts with tank tops, cotton PJ sets and cotton rompers are perfect ideas for summer essentials.


12. Sexy Swimsuit

When you’re on a vacation, a swimsuit is a must-have. Try a swimsuit with high-waist bottom if your body ain’t summer ready!! Also, try floral print sarongs on beach as they are super-hot.

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Are you ready to beat the heat in style? How many of these timeless summer essentials do you already have? Did you like these summer fashion for women? Let us know!

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