I love sundresses. They’re the easiest way to get dressed in the morning: simply put on a pair of panties, perhaps a bra, sundress and a pair of cute sandals. All done. For this season, a white dress is essential. Nothing speaks pretty simplicity than white. Most every retailer has an option to suit any budget. My favorite is this one from Anthropologie, retailing at $138.
Pick a bold, bright color. Since likely you’ll be wearing sandals and flip flops, having nice toes is essential.
3. A New Hair Color
Try going for a whole new color that’s not “you.” While you’re at it, get a good trim and maybe even splurge on a scalp massage.
4. Statement Sunglasses
I love wearing funky sunglasses. Pick a pair that you like, perhaps two, and keep your eyes happy (and stylish) all summer long.
5. Flip Flops With Bling
A new pair of fun flip flops are a summer must-have. Personally, I love lots of bling on them. The great news about flip flops is that they are available for just about any price. At Ross, you can find many options under $15. Nordstrom’s shoe section leaves me weak in the knees but the prices are a lot more than at Ross or Target.
There are swimsuits perfect for laying out, and then there are those made for doing stuff. A month ago, I went to Ahtleta and purchased two pairs of board shorts and two tops– one bikini, the other a more covered version. Both are amazing for snorkeling and doing athletic activities without worrying that you’re showing your breasts or your bottoms are riding up your bum. Ahtleta’s quality is fabulous and the bigger price tag is well worth it. In the photo here, I’m wearing both the shorts and top from Athleta. That day, we went snorkeling in Roatan, Honduras and not once did I need to tug, pull or readjust my swimsuit. Plus, after we were done, I simply threw on a white skirt and it was appropriate to go out to a nice restaurant for lunch afterwards. Dang I love it when swimwear is so versatile.
A new pair of shorts (or three) are a summer wardrobe essential. This year, I purchased a few pair from Ann Taylor Loft that were outside my comfort zone of the typical solid colors. I purchased them during a 50% off sale so they were less than $30 per pair. Plus, I love the length– not too short, not too long. With a nice top, they’re a bit dressy.
8. Straw Bag
A cross between a purse and a beach bag, an oversized straw bag is the perfect choice for the summer. It should be big enough to fit all your essentials (like money pouch, cell phone, keys, and lip balm) plus extras, like a beach towel, book, sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat. I found some cute options at Target for under $30.
9. Tinted Moisturizer and Lip Balm with SPF 15
Staying properly sunscreened up is a must. Try finding a slightly tinted moisturizer with SPF of 15. I love Physician Formula’s Organics line. I also love Burt’s Bees lip balms– they’re chemical-free.
I love wearing hats during the summer. From baseball caps to straw hats to a cowboy hat, they protect scalp and face from the blazing sun and look great with almost any outfit.
I often get cold in the evenings and instead of reaching for a sweatshirt, cardigans are perfect. I have one in just about every color. They are easy to pack into a handbag, too. H&M has them for $15 each in almost every color you can think of.
12. Glass Water Bottle
Stay hydrated all summer by carrying a water bottle with you. To be extra stylish, opt for a colored glass version and refill it, which is far more environmentally friendly and will save you a ton of money. Plus, you can add fruit, like lemon or watermelon, to give it flavor.