10 Basic Pieces to Get You Through Summer

denim dress and vans

This past weekend, I was in the mood to take it easy. It was hot and I just needed to wear something I could breathe and move in. So I naturally went for my go-to dress, Vans, tote bag, and my favorite pair of sunglasses. Fastest I’ve been out the door. It actually took me longer to decide if I wanted to do my brows. (P.S. I didn’t).

So if you’re interested in getting back to the basics, here are the 10 pieces I’ve been wearing on repeat.

1. Throw it on and go summer dress

For those “I have nothing to wear” moments / when you need to run out the door.

off the shoulder dress
I’m wearing: Zara (no longer available)

off the shoulder dress 2
(Photo: Lulu’s)
Similar: Lulu’s ($59)

2. Easy, breezy cotton top

For when you want to be comfortable and stylish in the heat.

stripes, denim, and vans
I’m wearing: Faithfull the Brand

cotton top
Similar: & Other Stories ($65).
(Photo: & Other Stories) Tempted to get this one too!

3. Denim Shorts

No surprises here.

denim short 2
(Photo: Reformation)
I’ve been wearing these Reformation ones ($98) on repeat.

Budget friendly alternative: H&M ($9.99)
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(Photo: H&M)

4. Statement Tee

For when you want your shirt to do the talking.

graphic tee and shorts
I’m wearing: Zara (no longer available)

Love this one from Everlane ($22).

100 percent human tee
(Photo: Everlane)

5. Cropped White Denim

For breezy summer days and nights.

4-29-17 outfit 1
I’m wearing: Madewell


& Other Stories ($85)
cropped white denim
(Photo: & Other Stories)

Reformation ($128)

white denim
(Photo: Reformation)

6. Sunglasses

Because being able to see is very important.

karen walker sunglasses
(Photo: Shopbop)

I’ve been wearing these Karen Walker ($250) ones everyday. The classic oversized shape and tortoise shell print will work all year round too.

Budget friendlier alternative (if you still want quality sunglasses): Quay ($55)

tortoise shell sunglasses
(Photo: Shopbop)

7. Straw Tote

Perfect for running errands and carrying the essentials for the beach, errands, and everything in between.

I got this J.Crew version just last week and it’s already sold out.

straw tote bag.jpg
(Photo: Sophie with a blog)

Similar version: Etsy ($46.19) that is lined and has a zipper.

straw bag
(Photo: Etsy)

8. Bikini (Classic stripe print)

For all those beach/pool weekends.

striped bikini
I’m wearing: Skye & Staghorn

Budget-friendly option: H&M top and bottom (both for under $40)


(Photo: H&M)

9. Slip-On Sneakers

For when you need to walk everywhere. I’ve had these Vans ($50) for about 5 months and they’ve been with me to Coachella, Spain, and will be with me in Montreal this weekend.

pink vans
(Photo: Vans)

10. Slide Sandals

For letting your toes breathe / showing off your pedicure. Also perfect for when you’re running late.

I’ve been alternating my Vans with these Sam Edelman slides ($54.99).


Chic (handmade in Italy) alternativeM.Gemi ($178)
slides 2
(Photo: M.Gemi)
I recently wrote a review about the brand here.

What are your favorite summer basics? I would love to know!

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you in my next post!

Sophie 🙂 

Disclaimer: Not an ad. Just sharing some summer style inspiration.