Summer is rapidly approaching and one of my favorite things to wear is a black tee with white pants or shorts with turquoise jewelry. I traveled west many times growing up because my grandparents had a house in Arizona and it was the perfect place to visit in the winter and spring. There are TONS of different turquoise jewelry in the southwest and over the years, I’ve received some great pieces from my mom and grandmother. If you ever visit Sedona, you need to check out Garlands. That’s where I got the stud earrings I’m wearing below (from E). If you’re not heading to Arizona or New Mexico any time soon, Kendra Scott has some pretty blue & green pieces and I am in love with these earrings & teal bracelet. I wish that bangle above wasn’t sold out– too cute.
But let’s get back to your staple summer items. White & Denim shorts and of course White & Denim pants are summer necessities… 99% of your summer tops will work with these options and you better find a pair that you love! White shorts are tricky because I find that I usually buy a new ones each year as they dirty faster than denim. I love this pair from Nordstrom and this pair from Loft. Old Navy has a cute chino pair and its only $22!
Denim shorts are another summer staple. There are so many washes and fits to choose from! I bought a pair in high school that I still wear every year from Guess. I find it’s okay to invest a little more in your denim because it lasts a lot longer than white. Nordstrom has a lot of options and brands and I’m really loving these boyfriend shorts & cuff denim pair (both under $50!).
Alright, onto our basic tees and tanks. If you haven’t walked into H&M recently, you probably should. You can get 2 tees for $10 bucks and many other awesome affordable basics. My favorite favorite (FAVORITE) place for basics is Banana Republic. I’ve talked about this in the past, but they have extremely comfortable clothing that lasts FOREVER. I’m still wearing stuff I bought in 2006. I also love Gap & Loft. Luckily, most stores want to sell you basics because well…they’re basic. Soooooo basic (ugh just put your hand over my mouth now).
Moving on… Let’s talk about shoes! Can you believe the cute sandals & wedges on the market right now? I can’t get over these adorable flats from Madewell. I just love the style! They can make an outfit. I’ve also had my eye on these strappy sandals & basic thong sandals from Sam Edelman… I think I love every single shoe in their collection. I’m also obsessing over these open toe booties from TOMS. Ahhh think I’m digressing from basics. But you love them too, right? 2016 shoe game is so strong right now. Damn.
Another summer basic necessity is a good ole pair of sunglasses. I strongly believe in investing in pairs that have great UV protection. I know it’s rare, but my grandfather had cancer in his eye and the damage the sun can do to us is no joke. If you have a brand of sunglasses that you think have fantastic protection, please share. I love Rayban. I bought a pair a couple of years ago and they are a daily wear. I have had my eye on these trendy shades and think they are a perfect summer accessory.
So let’s review. Our summer staples include white & denim pants & shorts, basic tees & tanks, comfortable & stylin’ sandals and/or flats, and a good pair of sunglasses. I love to dress up my outfits with fun jewelry, especially in turquoise, and a plain yet adorable bag. What are your thoughts on this Madwell Transport Tote? Yep, I’m dying too… And last but not least, I love a good watch & some pink gloss. I’m obsessing over this leather band watch from Daniel Wellington. It’s so simple & stylish. And this lipgloss from NARS, but duh.
Photography by Kelsey Butler Photography
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