Kick off Your Summer Look With These 6 Essentials

Effortless summer style has arrived.

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Summer style is not about following any specific set of rules. It’s about versatility and feeling your best even when you’re doing the very least—the kind of feeling you might get when you toss on your favorite coordinating set and strappy sandals in 60 seconds flat as you head out the door for impromptu plans.

If that’s the energy you’re trying to maintain all season, you will appreciate the following thoughtful curation of items. Rounding out summer 2021’s essentials are playful prints for all occasions, accessories that’ll elevate any ensemble (see: timeless jewelry, texture-rich handbags, and hair clips that’ll prove most useful on the steamiest of days). The beauty of these pieces isn’t just that they work with each other. They’ll complement all your existing wardrobe favorites, too. Ahead, take a closer look at the pieces to add to your rotation.

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1 The Summer Sundress
Laundry by Shelli Segal

The savviest shoppers will tell you that the perfect sundress is the cornerstone of a great summer wardrobe. Dress it up with some cute heels for an event or toss it on with a pair of sandals to feel instantly put together—however you choose to wear it, this pretty floral option has your summer style covered. 

2 The Everyday Pearl

The timeless, retro pearl made a big splash in the runway collections for summer 2021. For a sleek, any-day option, try this petite version which hangs from a gold hoop. Have multiple ear piercings? Stack these up on one ear or layer with similar styles in varying sizes or stones.

3 The Versatile Sunnies
Le Specs

Sun protection and style go hand-in-hand in this classic, rounded frame shape. Choose a not-so-obvious neutral tone—army green, for instance—for something that’s highly functional but not so expected.

4 The Beach Bag
Vanessa Bruno

Nothing quite says summertime like a woven handbag, be it straw, raffia, or other natural fibers. This intricate design is not only statement-making, it feels especially unique for its pom-pom detailing.

5 The Upgraded Lounge Set
Laundry by Shelli Segal

Like many, you might have come to realize clothing for relaxation is as fundamental to your wardrobe as any other item. For the warmer months, that means a lightweight tank-and-shorts set that’s so comfortable you wear it to bed and then procrastinate getting dressed in the morning just so you can stay in the coordinated look a little longer.

6 The Playful Hair Clip
Valet Studio

Sometimes you just need to get your hair off your neck. Sometimes your ensemble could use a sophisticated dose of sparkle. This very on-trend accessory provides a solution for both.

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