Your Guide to Summer 2021's Wardrobe Essentials

These are your better basics.

What to Wear This Summer

(Image credit: Diego Armando Mendora)

We’ve grown accustomed to the comforts of sweats and timeworn tees, but this season we’re peeling off the layers. Liberating ourselves via clothes, author and lingerie expert Cora Harrington explains, is a convention steeped in history. Following the darkness of World War I, sultry skin-baring silhouettes demonstrated a lighthearted ethos. “The 1920s were an era when people were exploring themselves, exploring sensuality and kind of this new spirit of the world,” says Harrington. A century later, as we get ready to let loose once again, our wardrobes will follow suit. Ditch your sleepy hibernation clothes for a handful of free-spirited pieces: a slight standalone silk camisole that’s surprisingly easy to hand-wash, a roomy pair of khakis, and a radiant pendant necklace that will brighten the mood.

The Silk Cami

No need to be coy, a dainty silk camisole with an ultra luxe hand-feel shouldn't be hidden.

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The Pendant Necklace

Whether you prefer structural pieces or daintier designs, a striking pendant necklace will add a bit of je ne sais quoi to any outfit.

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The Baggy Khaki

Thanks to their neutral hue, khakis pair perfectly with summertime prints and lighthearted accessories. The relaxed cut avoids any office drone implications.

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The Ballet Flat

The versatile ballet flat has become the city girl's go-to shoe. Opt for a pointed-toe version to refine any look.

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The Day Clutch

Who said clutches were just for the evening? Woven materials and bright colors mean these hand-helds are just right for sunshine-y days.

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A version of this story appears in the Summer 2021 issue of Marie Claire.

Sara Holzman
Style Director

Sara Holzman is the Style Director for Marie Claire, where she's worked alongside the publication for eight years in various roles, ensuring the brand's fashion content continues to inform, inspire, and shape the conversation about fashion's ever-evolving landscape. With a degree from the Missouri School of Journalism, Sara is responsible for overseeing a diverse fashion content mix, from emerging and legacy designer profiles to reported features on the influence of social media on style and seasonal and micro trends across the world's fashion epicenters in New York, Milan, and Paris. Before joining Marie Claire, Sara held fashion roles at Conde Nast's Lucky Magazine and Self Magazine and was a style and travel contributor to Equinox's Furthermore website. Over her decade of experience in the fashion industry, Sara has helped guide each brand's style point of view, working alongside veteran photographers and stylists to bring editorial and celebrity photo shoots to fruition from start to finish. Sara currently lives in New York City. When she's not penning about fashion or travel, she’s at the farmer’s market, on a run, working to perfect her roasted chicken recipe, or spending time with her husband, dog, and cat. Follow her along at @sarajonewyork