21 Summer Must-Haves 2017: Shopping Guide with Shilpa Ahuja

After looking at countless fashion shows and celeb outfits, I’ve compiled a list of 21 summer must-haves for 2017. Here’s the ultimate shopping guide!

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Hey gorgeous! The temperatures are rising with every passing day and the stores have already filled up with the Spring Summer collections. And if you’re like me, your shopping trips to update your wardrobe have already begun!! So many choices for summer clothes, but we can’t buy it all – the sad truth of life! 😛

So that’s why I’ve made your task easier by narrowing your shopping list down to the must haves. From total basics to the trendiest of trends, these 21 items are the summer must-haves for 2017!

Some of these are variations of what we already have in our closets and we need update them for that perfect 2017 look. (You can’t go out in those old jeans anymore, can you? They’re so 2016!) While the other items are totally new styles that are a must try this season.

All runway inspired. Plus I’ve done some extra homework to come up with the Summer fashion forecast. I’ve spotted these trends on celebs (which is what makes them must haves) and of course, selected affordable alternatives to the designer, big-ticket items. So after lots of hard work, countless views of SS17 fashion shows, researching latest celebrity outfits, and many trips to the mall to select these items, this 2017 summer shopping guide is months in the making.

So start updating your wardrobe!

Summer Must-Haves for 2017: Shilpa’s Shopping Guide

1. Crop Top

You probably have this in multiples already, and if so, you’re good to move on to item #2. Or you can try some trendy styles like peasant sleeve crop tops or embellished ones.

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Cape Crop Top: ₹1,790

2. White Sneakers

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Again, you probably already own a pair. If not, grab one now. They’re absolute essentials and are perfect for travel, weekend outings or casual Fridays, and will be in next season. Try the all white basic sneakers, or go for embellished or patchwork styles.

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Nike Air Max Thea Ultra Women’s Shoes: ₹9,897

All White Sneakers

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3. Choker

Both slim leather or metallic chokers or extra broad embellished ones are absolutely new styles. So pick your faves. Personally for me, summer must-haves include slim leather ones with a tiny pendant!

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Forever21 Drop Chain Chokers Set: ₹539

4. Cropped Ripped Boy Jeans

We’re seeing less of skinny and more of boy jeans on the runways. And they have to be cropped this season. Extra long denims with ankle wrinkles are totally out. Try the Ralph Lauren style faded ones (below) or Dolce & Gabbana inspired embellished jeans.

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Mid-Rise Boyfriend Jeans: ₹3,990

5. Structured Mini Sling Bag

We can’t have enough of ’em! Mini sling bags are still in, and will be trendy next season, too! Bright colors and metallics are a great idea. Go for structured ones – either rectangular or circular.

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Aldo Pink & Red Colourblocked Textured Sling Bag: ₹4,492

6. Off-the-Shoulder Top/Dress

A must try trend. Show off those toned shoulders in an off-the-shoulder top or dress. Great for dates, shopping trips and casual Fridays in the office.

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Forever21 Fold-Over Collar Bodysuit: ₹1,049

Off Shoulder Dresses

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7. Bodysuit

Another summer must-haves trend you have to try this season. Instead of the hip-length tops, wear a chic bodysuit with denims or a skirt for the perfect tucked-in look!

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Forever 21 Cutout Mock Neck Bodysuit: ₹1,119

8. Layered Chain Necklaces

You can wear layered necklaces in combination with your choker, or as it is. Go for slim ones – pendant chains mixed with collar length chain-link necklaces. Or layer a couple of them for the jumbled up Madonna-esque look that was seen in Dolce & Gabbana FW17 show.

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Forever 21 Faux Leather Choker Set: ₹469

9. Leather Mini Skirt

Leather tops and jackets are high up amongst summer essentials, too, but leather skirt is the perfect trend to try in the summer heat. Wear a mini A-line skirt with a casual tee, or over a bodysuit for a really youthful look!

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Zara A-Line Black Leather Skirt: ₹1,890

Black Leather Mini Skirts

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10. Athleisure

We’re seeing this tricky trend way more on the runways and on celebs than on the streets in real life! Co-ordinate an athletic jacket or crop sweatshirt with a pair of jogger pants or trendy leggings. Wear with matching sneakers or heels.

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Nike Dry Crop Women’s Long Sleeve Training Top: ₹3,695


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11. Round/ Cat-Eye Mirrored Sunglasses

You need sunglasses to complete any summer look. So go for a fashionable pair of mirror sunglasses – preferably round or cat-eye. Or a mix. I tried these silver ones below myself and they’re very statement-making! Although I ended up buying gold mirrored aviators. 😛

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Forever21 Cat-Eye Sunglasses: ₹669

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12. All White Outfit

Another tricky trend in our list of summer must-haves, but it’s an essential nonetheless. The trick is to match your shade of white. Match your accessories too – pile on white earrings or a choker with a white bag. So, so celebrity-inspired – this trend. And you can even wear a white co-ord set with black shoes.

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Stalk Buy Love White Desire Co-ords: ₹819
Zara Leather Effect Jacket: ₹4,990
Basic White Shoes: ₹2,890

13. Ruffle Sleeved Top/ Dress

I’m seeing this Spanish-inspired trend everywhere. Although I’m not trying it – yet. But it’s great for those who like ruffles.

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FabAlley Rose Bell Sleeve Skater Dress: ₹1,800

14. Sheer Top

They come in so many variations. You can go for a fully sheer top, or sheer back or sleeves. Or lace. You can even layer a sheer tee over a cute backless halter top.

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Forever21 Lace Dreamer Graphic Tunic: ₹1,399

15. Statement Belt

Studded, velvet, embellished belts are all great to try in SS17. I’m loving the knotted styles, like this Gigi Hadid one.

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Mango Studded Belt: ₹1,390

16. Nude Lipstick

Nude lips were all over the SS17 runways and are total summer must-haves. They’re great for parties, office, or casual outings, too. You can pair them with smokey eyes, or matching cream-colored eyeshadow. So versatile!

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Maybelline he Buffs Lip Color: ₹1399

Nude Lipsticks

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17. Choker Top

When you wanna go a step further than wearing a choker, wear a choker top. Totally stylish! Go for a cool asymmetric or crop style. Or try a choker bodysuit with jeans.

choker-top-rmust-haves-fashion-wardrobe-dresses-summer-2017-ss17-essentialsKoovs Choker Neck Front Top: ₹1,680

18. Patchwork/ Embroidered Denim Jacket

Patchwork, embellishments, embroidery – they’re all in. And a jean jacket is the perfect thing to layer on in the cool breezy summer nights or to keep us cozy in those chilly offices!

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Denim Jacket with Embroidered Roses: ₹5,990

Patchwork Denim Jackets

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19. Chunky Heels

These are anyways more comfy than slim pencil heels. So I’m all for them. Perfect for office days, or dance nights! Go for metallic, embroidered or embellished ones for parties.

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Zara Slingback Leather Ankle Boots: ₹5,990

20. Metallic Dress/ Top

Sequin or metallic dresses are a great investment for impromptu night-outs. This one below is something I spotted in the store today and it seemed totally comfy and light-weight.

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Zara Sequin Dress: ₹3,990

21. Modern Classics

We’re seeing so many unique shirt styles this season amongst the chicest summer must-haves – a fresh spin on the classic wardrobe essential. Try crop off-the-shoulder shirts or asymmetric tie-ups. Or something with statement sleeves.

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Zara Striped Blouse: ₹2,790

So, my beauties, hope this summer must-haves for 2017 guide was helpful. How many of these do you already have in your closet? I have 17 of these 21 summer must-haves, and I’m hoping to get to 19 on my next shopping trip! What’s your score? And what are you dying to try? And which trend are you not into? Cowmment below! Lemme know!

Muaah 🙂

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