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13 "Boring" Staples Our Fashion Friends Are Wearing This Summer

There are plenty of adventurous trends to experiment with this summer (see g-string and clogs), but it's helpful to remind ourselves of the reliable, and not to mention versatile, basics that are the building blocks of any sustainable wardrobe. True, they don't get the heart racing quite like a shimmering metallic skirt but these "boring" pieces look chic and minimal when worn alone and allow statement pieces to really shine. Although the same staples reappear every summer, if you need to restock or just want to add another key piece to your wardrobe, we've found 13 items that you'll be wearing forever. From white tank tops to denim shorts and strappy sandals, take a peek at how to style them this season and shop our favourite picks below. 

1. White Vest Top

summer wardrobe essentials: white vest top

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@smythsisters

Style Notes: For a modern look we love a slouchier fit. 

2. One-Piece Swimsuit

summer wardrobe essentials: one-piece swimsuit

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@monikh

Style Notes: The one-piece is officially one of the items that flatters every shape. Opt for a neutral or a black and you can also wear this as a top under skirts and shorts, fresh off the beach. 

3. Basic Sandals

summer wardrobe essentials: basic sandals

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@sylviemus_

Style Notes: Whether heeled or flat, minimalist strappy sandals will be your go-to shoes throughout the summer months. They'll work with any outfit from dresses to denim and are a chic, effortless option for every casual occasion.

4. White Trousers

Style Notes: From cream to ecru, all shades of white are fair game. Opt for lightweight linen trousers to keep you cool and pair with a statement blouse. 

5. A White Shirt

Style Notes: Where you're using a white shirt as part of a cool office outfit or a poolside cover up, there are plenty of ways to wear this ultimate versatile piece. Our favourite is taken from the Jenna Lyons school of styling by pairing it with a statement skirt. 

6. Denim Shorts

summer wardrobe essentials: denim shorts

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@asos_lotte

Style Notes: This is one of the best investments you'll make for the warm months ahead. Slip on over your one-piece or wear with a silk shirt as part of a casual weekend outfit. 

7. Denim Jacket

summer wardrobe essentials: denim jacket

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@basicstouch

Style Notes: A lightweight jacket for the cool evenings is a summer must. For a more modern take on the staple, try a slightly oversized silhouette in a neutral hue. A white denim shacket fits the bill perfectly. 

8. Midi Skirt

summer wardrobe essentials: midi skirt

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@asos_lotte

This may just be the most versatile skirt you'll own. The more adventurous might like to wear it with a clashing print but a plain top works too. 

9. Straw Tote Bag

We dream about this Loewe tote often. 

10. Linen Shorts

While denim shorts are perfect for more casual affairs, you'll want a chic alternative for more stylish soirées. Step into some flowy high-waisted slightly longer-length linen shorts—preferably belted at the waist to add polish to your look. Opt for a neutral shade for the ultimate versatility.

11. Slip Dress

Your easiest and most effortless summer date night dress, found. Wear with chic strappy sandals for classic elegance or style with a white tee for a nod to the '90s. 

12. Little White Dress

summer wardrobe essentials: little white dress

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@nicoleocran

Whether maxi, mini, linen or lace, a little white dress is the ultimate outfit saver no matter what the occasion. 

13. Striped T-Shirt

summer wardrobe essentials: striped t-shrirt

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@joiedejude

Classic, timeless and chic. 

Next up, the biggest spring/summer 2021 fashion trends to know. 

This piece was published at an earlier date and has since been updated. 

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