5 Summertime Wardrobe Essentials

As staples of summer fashion, flirty silhouettes, lightweight fabrics, and relaxed styles perfectly reflect the lighthearted and breezy mood of the season. Whether you love a classic look or are all about the trendiest pieces, this season's offerings include something for everyone. Warmer weather, festive celebrations, and weekend getaways filling the months ahead, so there's no better time to update your wardrobe to include these summer must-haves.

Off-the-Shoulder Neckline

Feminine, sweet, and just a little sexy, the off-the-shoulder neckline is one of those trends that works on everyone. Not only is it easy to wear, the cold-shoulder silhouette also allows the wearer to decide how much skin they’d like to show. A full off-the-shoulder style leaves your collarbone completely exposed while tops or dresses with shoulder cut-outs or asymmetrical necklines are more subtle in their reveal. Best of all, this particular trend can be found on everything from blouses to maxis to crop tops. Also, according to Fashionista, it's a classic silhouette you can safely invest in without having to worry about whether it’ll go out of style next season. 

Classic White Sneakers

No longer a shoe worn only to the gym, the sneaker has become a versatile staple that can easily be rocked in a variety of settings. This season, the classic white kick—whether clad in casual canvas or supple leather—is the go-to style, and it's not hard to see why. With its crisp hue and timeless design, the white sneaker pairs just as well with a sundress as it does jeans and a T-shirt. People Magazine's how-to guide notes that white sneakers can be worn with anything you’d wear black flats or sandals with, proving they’re the ultimate, yet unexpected, neutral shoe for summer.

Denim Mini Skirt

Just as wearable as your favourite pair of cutoffs, the denim mini skirt offers a bit of a twist on a summer classic. And—just like when it comes to shorts—the denim mini looks fab with just about anything. Pair with a graphic tank top or slouchy tee and slip-on sneakers for a laid-back afternoon or elevate your look by wearing your denim with a print button-up, fitted blazer, and heeled booties. 

Slip Dress

A staple of '90s fashion, the slip dress is back again—and better than ever. Available in every colour imaginable, from neutral hues to bright, electric shades, and in a variety of fabrics, as seen in Lyst's extensive collection, the slip dress is versatile enough for virtually any occasion. For an event that’s more on the elegant side of things (date night, drinks out with the girls, a wedding), opt for a slip in a luxurious material, such as silk, and pair with strappy sandals or a low, chunky heel. If you’re heading off to a low-key affair, choose a style in breathable linen or jersey knit and finish with flat mules. 

Huarache Sandals

Inspired by the traditional Mexican style, this season's huarache sandal is effortlessly chic. Most designs feature woven leather, but from there, anything is possible. Bright hues, playful adornments, and varying heel heights (from flats all the way to platforms) make this trend truly customisable. Wear the huarache with a maxi dress, skinny jeans, and everything in between this summer season.