In a perfect world, we'd all be people who carefully selected a full new summer wardrobe some time in mid-March. Oh, sure, maybe there would be some holdovers from our resortwear, but mostly new.
I usually decide in mid-July that my ratty white t-shirts and ketchup stained shorts should be replaced and then get around to buying new in August. In lieu of the former and trying to avoid the latter, I've come up with five pieces to add to my wardrobe (and subsequently yours!) to get ready for summer.
A Classic Tunic: Roberta Roller Rabbit Classic Kurta Jemina
These tunics are a classic for a reason. They are perfect as a swimsuit cover up - both pool and beach and they are the best in the city summer heat. The thin material is cool and it comes in a billion (not a scientifically accurate statement) different patterns. It works well paired with jeans or shorts, belted or loose, heels or flats. WIN.
New Shades: Anthropologie Keyhole Shades
I have a serious problem with sunglasses. I have real trouble finding ones that fit me...sounds weird right? But it's true! I love Ray Bans, but they are way too big. These are a quarter of the cost, have the thick black frames and a fun retro pin-up vibe.
Mint Colored Jeans: Topshop Denim skinny jeans
True story, 99.7% of the pants I own are black or navy. Which makes it really hard to wear black or navy tops without looking like I'm joining law enforcement or a Johnny Cash tribute band. Even though colored denim has been everywhere for the past 18 months, I've held back. Well, no longer! I liked the mint because it's similar to white jeans, which are classic, but with a little twist.
Flat Sandals: Loeffler Randall ankle strap shoes
Last Friday, I hit the Loeffler Randall sample sale with one objective...flat sandals. Most of the ones I own have been worn into the ground. I was hoping to find a fun color like orange or red, but instead fell in love with this rose gold pair. They go with everything and will be put to good use at a beach wedding in July. P.S. Philosophical question: if a wedding happens and no one wears heels, did it really occur?
Accordion Pleated Skirt: YesStyle Button front skirt
I am just in love with accordion pleated skirts. We are going to get married (and wear heels!) and register for china and never send out thank you notes. It will probably be annulled in a year or two after the fabric falls apart and goes out of style (or you know, because I married a skirt), but it will be glorious while it lasts.
In all seriousness? Perfect with a t-shirt and ballet flats for breezy afternoon strolls and playground jaunts, but I also see it dressed up with peep-toe heels and a silky top for a date night out.