11 "Boring" (But Brilliant) Items You Need to See You Through Summer

There are plenty of cool trends for the taking this season (tie-dye! lime green! velcro sandals!), it’s the “boring” but essential basics that we're zeroing in on today. These are the types of trusty pieces you can always rely on no matter the occasion, and while basic in nature, they remain striking in their simplicity. These staples will unquestionably see us through the sweltering summer months in style. So whether you’re spending summer in the city or jetting off to a faraway location, below we’ve rounded up the easy, simple separates for your day-to-day as well as your upcoming holidays. From jumpsuits to sleek, walkable sandals, add these to your cart for your effortless summer looks.

The Sun Hat

A cool sun hat is the answer to any summer hair woes. Not only will it protect you from the sun, but a chic hat will make also your whole summer look infinitely cooler. Opt for an of-the-moment bucket hat that can be rolled up for easy packing.

The Beach-to-Bar One-Piece Swimsuit

A one-piece not only serves you for a day at the beach, but add a midi-skirt or pants, and it will also swiftly take you into the evening in style. A trending one-shoulder silhouette looks particularly striking and can easily pass as a top. 

The Wear-With-Everything Sandals

Sure, there are plenty of crazy, cool, colourful and chunky sandals you can get your hands on for summer, but for true versatility, a pair of minimalist and sleek walkable sandals will get you through every situation this summer. 

The Modern White Tank Top

The humble white tank top is having a resurgence this summer. Opt for a modern silhouette like a high neck and texture like a ribbed fabric for a cool-girl look.

The Effortless Shorts

An effortless pair of shorts is easy to throw on in lieu of your heavy jeans. A high-waisted linen or tailored pair that falls mid-thigh is a great option to keep your look polished.

The Statement Sunglasses

You can't get through summer without a pair of sunglasses. Go for this season's trending shield or oversized shades for an Insta-worthy look.

The Little Floral Sundress

The ultimate dress to see you through summer. A pretty slip version can be dressed up or down is truly your saviour for day, night and every occasion in between.

The Perfect Hoop Earrings

There are plenty of fun jewellery trends to up the ante of your outfits, but a pair of not-too-big, not-too-small hoops will be the ultimate versatile piece you can wear to work, for the weekend and beyond.

The Insta-Worthy Straw Tote

Just one scroll of your Instagram and you're likely to spot the Loewe straw tote bag—an absolute favourite among fashion girls right now. Get one while you can as they're bound to sell out. 

The Jumpsuit

For the easiest two-minute, no-think summer outfit, a jumpsuit is your chicest option. Dress up with heels or down with a pair of Converse. 

The City-Chic Midi Skirt

At this point, animal print is a neutral, so it's easy to pair with anything in your wardrobe. From white tees to sneakers, it's as ideal for the weekend as it is for the office.

Up next, we try before you buy the best summer dresses

This article was originally published on the Who What Wear US site.