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May 23, 2017

13 Casual Staples to Master Your Summer Style

As we touched on in this week’s Clothes & Conversation, “Everything You Need for Chic Summertime Fun Style” we’ve put together a list of casual Summer staples that covers everything you need. From parties to packing, these essentials will have you ready for laidback outdoor parties and heading out of town for vacations. Whether you mix-and-match from the list or wear them with things already hanging in your closet, the goal is to enjoy the Summer and feel confident that you are looking good, too.
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https://www.anthropologie.com/shop/level-99-linen-side-slit-pants?color=040
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Level 99 - Linen Side-Slit Pants
Linen Side-Slit Pants
Level 99
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#1 The Pants.
Why is it a Find? We’ve always been fans of Level 99 pants – they have an amazing modern fit and never skimp on style. Anthropologie is one of the few retailers to carry the brand, and these drawstring pants exemplify everything we love about it. The linen fabric has lyocell and a bit of stretch in it – and if you don’t know what all that means, all you need to understand is that they have great drape, are super comfortable, and the lightweight fabric offers a casual look with color that appears perfectly washed.
Wear it with: What won’t you wear these pants with? Cute with a linen button down, a simple tee or tank, an embroidered tunic, or sexier top for a night out, these pants do it all. The ankle length looks just right with any Summer shoes from flip flops and sneakers to sexy sandals or ballet flats.
Fit Tip: Level 99 has a modern fit that’s not cut too trim in your normal size. In XS-XL, they come in Petites, too. The elastic waist sits comfortably just at/below the waist.
Alternatives: These pants come in equally neutral olive and laid-back faded red. G1 Goods made a similar style that has a bit more polish when you want a comfy pair of linen pants to dress up for dinner. Alternatively, Sanctuary’s timeless utilitarian ankle-length stretch twill pants come in every neutral for every casual day. And J. Crew’s pull-on cargo pants come in Petites and Talls for harder-to-fit ladies.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/rails-whitney-linen-blend-shirt/4635423 RAILS - Whitney Linen Blend Shirt
RAILS - Whitney Linen Blend Shirt
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RAILS - Whitney Linen Blend Shirt
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#2 The Top.
Why is it a Find? The rainbow color combination of stripes in this RAILS top just makes us smile. The colors work with everything and the fresh, short sleeve silhouette offers a lovely way to update a timeless Summer staple – the linen shirt.
Wear it with: The linen fabric softens the colors so the lovely blend of pastels and richer tones look just as good with white pants or your favorite pencil skirt for work, as they do with jeans or khaki shorts on the weekend.
Fit Tip: RAILS has a contemporary fit, with an easier cut through the body. This shirt has a swingy shape and side slits, with a longer length in the back that breezes over your behind and hips when you wear it untucked. It has enough length to tuck in and blouse with ease, and there is no fear of the buttons pulling around your chest in your normal size, available in XS-L. The wider, cuffed sleeves have an easy feel that looks really stylish on every lady’s arms.
Alternatives: We love the long-sleeve version of this shirt, too. If you like a more neutral color combination, J.Crew’s short-sleeve blue/white stripe shirt or Theory’s blue/ivory long-sleeve cotton/silk tunic are beautiful alternatives.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/theory-laurem-nebulous-a-line-maxi-dress/4549671 Theory - Laurem Nebulous A-Line Maxi Dress
Theory - Laurem Nebulous A-Line Maxi Dress
#3 The Day Dress.
Why is it a Find? There just may not be any morning decision easier than throwing on this Theory dress. The Peruvian cotton is incredibly soft and the slub texture shows off the high quality. But let’s face it, it’s the a-line shape and swingy volume of this maxi dress that makes it such an amazing Find.
Wear it with: Theory’s polished and clean aesthetic that makes it a favorite for workwear, transfers wonderfully to this weekend staple. Add a patterned scarf, statement necklace, denim jacket or nothing at all.
Fit Tip: Pockets. Oh, how we love hidden side slit pockets in a flowy skirt or dress. The skirt of this dress definitely has volume, but the soft fabric drapes beautifully and is a bit shorter in the front to balance it out. And boy, does that chic finish balance the simple tank top style to perfection. Theory has a contemporary fit, but this dress is cut for comfort and ease. Go with your normal size, and if you are often between sizes, try sizing down.
Alternatives: This dress comes in a pretty rich navy through the ‘shop it’ button, too. Joie’s black tank maxi dress has a ruched wide waistband if you are looking for an amazing way to accentuate and slim your waist. If you prefer a sleeve, Theory’s short-sleeve t-shirt dress has a drawstring that makes it special and flattering – and there’s a sleeveless version, too.
https://www.jcrew.com/p/womens_category/shorts/solid/5-stretch-chino-short/G2332 J. Crew - 5" Stretch Chino Short
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#4 The Shorts.
Why is it a Find? J. Crew has always offered their timeless chino shorts in several lengths, and now they’ve made these wardrobe staples even better. The old best selling version didn’t have any stretch to the fabric, but these new ones have just the right amount for a tailored, polished finish that is pure comfort.
Wear it with: These shorts come in lots of amazing colors through the ‘shop it’ button. Due take note: this new stretch fabric is naturally thinner than the all cotton older version. Therefore, we recommend staying away from the white version, but all the other neutrals and darker colors look just great and will work their way into your weekend rotation with ease.
Fit Tip: Here, we are featuring the 5” inseam version. It’s the perfect mid-length – not too long, not too short – ideal for most every lady. Like the old version, the waistband sits at the natural waist, and the stretch doesn’t make them fitted, so go with your normal J. Crew size.
Alternatives: As we mentioned, J. Crew offers these shorts in a few lengths – this 7” length that isn’t too long, and still has some nice leg coverage. They also offer an even longer, true Bermuda-style at 10” long . On the other end of the spectrum, go for the 4” length if you want to show a little more leg, or the 3” length if you want to show a lot more.
https://www.anthropologie.com/shop/raina-dyed-cardigan Cirana - Raina Dyed Cardigan
Cirana - Raina Dyed Cardigan
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#5 The Light Layer.
Why is it a Find? The ivory and faded raspberry tie dye of this open cardigan from Anthropologie is surprisingly neutral, in an equally pleasing open silhouette that will work on a casual day in the air conditioned office AND for an evening stroll on the beach.
Wear it with: This drapey open cardigan is truly lovely layered over whites, greys, tans, and denim blues of every shade. It’s also very fresh over soft blushy pinks and olives, too. The draped open front makes it easy to wear over any top – fitted or loose. And the length is equally versatile. It’s shown with shorts, and looks just as good with cropped pants, wide leg trousers, and even leggings.
Fit Tip: The swingy shape is not only modern in fit, but perfectly concealing and super comfortable in your normal size, XS-L.
Alternatives: Splendid’s open hooded cardigan comes in easy, solid neutrals (cream, grey, black) made of the softest cotton blend with a cool, waffle textured finish. And you simply can’t beat the price of Alternative Apparel’s lightweight open cardigan - it feels just like your favorite tee, but with the ease for layering.
https://www.anthropologie.com/shop/lianna-tee?color=066 Three Dots - Lianna Tee
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#6 The Tee.
Why is it a Find? A simple classic tee can often be anything but simple because they’re not always made with a lady’s figure in mind. Three Dots solves that problem with this one. Gone is that shape that can cling in all the wrong places, this tee offers a flattering silhouette and polished style in one.
Wear it with: You don’t need our help with this. You’ll wear this tee with everything and the wider bands on the boatneck and short sleeves add an element of style that elevates it, so you’ll feel comfortable wearing it for a casual dinner when you pair it with some cute pants. The split hem can be worn tucked or untucked.
Fit Tip: In XS-L, Three Dots has a modern fit and this tee is cut with an easy, loose shape through the body and sleeves. Go with your normal size.
Alternatives: Besides the featured pink, this tee comes in neutral olive and timeless white through the ‘shop it’ button, too. J. Crew’s new perfect fit t-shirt also has a longer, short sleeve  that is ideal if you don’t love your arms – and still great if you do. The slimmer silhouette is not too tight, but a great style to layer under a cardigan. If you prefer an easier fit through the body like the featured tee has, you’ll also love this Wilt faux-layered hem tee.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/ella-moss-hazelina-tank/4557225 Ella Moss - Hazelina Tank
Ella Moss - Hazelina Tank
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#7 The Tank.
Why is it a Find? The feminine aesthetic Ella Moss is known for is on full display with this lovely layered sleeveless top. The gauzy fabric is double layered, so it’s not sheer, and ensures the top doesn’t cling.
Wear it with: The ivory color is pretty with a pop of color, a fun pattern, or your favorite neutral bottom. And the lace trim is the perfect finishing touch, so you can dress it up or wear it casually to offset boyfriend jeans or casual shorts. Whether you choose pants, jeans, shorts, or a flowy Summer skirt, this top will finish the look with ladylike appeal.
Fit Tip: The v-neckline balances the relaxed fit in the body, so it’s not too voluminous in your normal size, XS-L. The back has a keyhole detail and racerback design that works well with a racerback or strapless bra.
Alternatives: Banana Republic has a crisp cotton, blue/white striped top with thick, bra-friendly straps and feminine bow details in the back.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/soft-joie-bonnie-print-tie-waist-dress/4593684 Soft Joie - Bonnie Print Tie Waist Dress
Soft Joie - Bonnie Print Tie Waist Dress
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Soft Joie - Bonnie Print Tie Waist Dress
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#8 The Dinner Dress.
Why is it a Find? Joie’s modern style always has a feminine, tailored approach that keeps it a favorite we always go back to. This stripe in this dress is a combination of white and vibrant blue that adds just the right touch of whimsy to this timeless style. (Click through the ‘shop it’ button to check out the alternate images for a closer look.)
Wear it with: This dress has an optional slip lining so the light fabric won’t be sheer. As you can see from the image shown, it comes with a simple tie for the waist. We love adding that waist definition to the easy shape of the dress, and a leather belt (slim or wide) does that even more, so feel free to replace it with a belt that coordinates with your shoes. The white necklace (right) adds the right touch of whimsy to the split neckline for a night out.
Fit Tip: Joie is a favorite for its modern fit that isn’t too trim, and that holds true for this dress. It has a loose, but not over-sized, shape with armholes that don’t dip too low so your bra won’t show – same is true for the neckline. While it is a shorter dress, we find it hits just a bit above the knee on most ladies (not as short as it is on the model, shown). Available in XXS-L, go with your normal size. If it’s already sold out at Nordstrom through the ‘shop it’ button, Shopbop carries it, too – also with free shipping + returns.
Alternatives: J. Crew’s Summer dress has substantial, and removable, straps that (in both black and white) is an amazing alternative for a nice dinner and any summertime party.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/baublebar-malana-shell-statement-necklace/4645696 Baublebar - Malana Shell Statement Necklace
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#9 The Jewelry.
Why is it a Find? White necklaces are amazing accents to the bold and the soft colors of the season. The combination of stones and shells in this one are a great way to say Summer.
Wear it with: This statement necklace works with most any neckline – v-neck, crewneck, split neck, and button down. And the style looks just as good with a simple tee, as it does with a lovely sundress.
Fit Tip: It has a 3” extender at the clasp, so you can play with the length a bit.
Alternatives: There are several white necklace options that we love. J. Crew offers a similar statement necklace full of detail, as well as a tailored and bold link choker. For something a bit more delicate, go with this gold-chained pendant
https://www.jcrew.com/p/womens_category/beachcoverups/embroidered-linencotton-pompom-coverup/g4021 J. Crew - Embroidered Linen-cotton Pom-pom Cover-up
J. Crew - Embroidered Linen-cotton Pom-pom Cover-up
#10 The Cover-up.
Why is it a Find? A bathing suit cover up is a summertime necessity. This one from J. Crew has short sleeves and stylish details so you can confidently grab some lunch at a beachside café or on the boardwalk.
Wear it with: Wear it with your bathing suit, of course! With cute sandals, sunnies, and a great hat, you are more than ready for a day at the beach or poolside.
Fit Tip: Loose and easy in J. Crew’s typically modern fit. Available in XXS-XXL, go with your normal size.
Alternatives: If you burn easily, or just want to lay pool/beachside with a bit more coverage, J. Crew also offers a ¾ sleeve, loose-fitting cover-up. Alternatively, Pitusa’s t-shirt cover-up comes in some amazingly rich colors.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/nordstrom-jungle-blossoms-scarf/4539489 Nordstrom - Jungle Blossoms Scarf
Nordstrom - Jungle Blossoms Scarf
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#11 The Scarf.
Why is it a Find? Nordstrom’s gauzy scarf adds pretty floral pattern and color to all of your warm weather neutrals. We are featuring the purple combination, but there are a couple other equally pretty options through the ‘shop it’ button, too.
Wear it with: Whether you add it to your casual tee and jeans to add some color and panache, or layer it with your warm weather suits for the office, the silky, airy fabric wraps with ease.
Fit Tip: The generous size gives you versatility to wrap this scarf around your neck, as shown, or even as a shawl. And this video offers some more ideas.
Alternatives: Nordstrom’s cherry blossom print scarf has a softer pattern and just as beautiful color combinations.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0713QY9TH/ref=asc_df_B01N9TZCV64968793/?th=1 BAGGU - Duck Bag Canvas Tote
BAGGU - Duck Bag Canvas Tote
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Duck Bag Canvas Tote
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#12 The Bag.
Why is it a Find? Lightweight, durable, and at a great price, BAGGU’s totes are amazing for all your weekend – and travel – needs. It has a snap closure for security, and interior pocket to ensure your keys won’t float to the bottom of your bag.
Wear it with: Great for travel, a day at the beach, or just a day of errands or brunching, this tote does it all. We’re featuring the green/white awning stripe version, but there are plenty of great solid and patterned options to choose from through the ‘shop it’ button.
Fit Tip: This tote is easy to hold in your hand, wear on your shoulder or drape crossbody, thanks to its top handles and adjustable single strap.
Alternatives: BAGGU also offers an E/W version that is great for an overnight bag and day at the beach. If you are looking for something small to hold your essentials for a day of flea-marketing or cocktail drinking, Hellolulu’s durable fabric and colorful color combinations is for you. And we can’t resist including this burlap tote, complete with gold stars – for endless beach and brunch style.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/melissa-beach-iii-slide-sandal-women/4635433 Melissa - Beach III Slide Sandal
Melissa - Beach III Slide Sandal
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Melissa - Beach III Slide Sandal
Beach III Slide Sandal
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#13 The Sandals.
Why is it a Find? Shower sandals and molded slides are everywhere this season, and many have a unisex look to them. These rubber slides from Melissa interpret the trend with appropriate feminine style – the cushioned PVC material is even scented so they don’t have that rubbery smell. But don’t worry, the smell is very subtle - it won’t attract any bugs or overpower.
Wear it with: The PVC means they are perfect for the pool or beach. But the molded and cushioned footbed makes them an easy choice for a day of walking. And the pretty featured floral pattern looks great with shorts, a summer dress, or your favorite casual pants.
Fit Tip: Available in full sizes only, they do run on the wider side. If you are between sizes, size down.
Alternatives: There are a couple of other fun options through the ‘shop it’ button, too. Alternatively, Adidas has re-energized their Adilette sandals – originally release in 1972 – with amazing colors, and a molded footbead that is as comfortable as can be. The price is so good, you may be tempted to get more than one pair.
 

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