#FashionFriday: Summer Essentials 101


I’m featuring another great summer post in my 15 Minutes to Fabulous series this week from my friend Camilla Basse at Tog & Porter. I worked with Camilla last summer on a review for their personal virtual stylist services which was quite a treat for this busy working mom! Check them out on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

It’s official, we’re in the throes of the summer heat, which means it’s high time you assemble those summer essentials to help you keep your cool. Each summer has me inserting a handful of key pieces into my existing wardrobe that I then keep in constant rotation.

At the top of my list this year is a flowy white top. Such a versatile piece, I wear mine as a swimsuit cover up, paired back to denim shorts or with white skinny jeans and wedged gladiator sandals. When picking a top like this, it’s important to find one that’s not overly flowy. You want this piece to have a light, airy feel, but not add unnecessary bulk.

 Blonde Mom Blog Fashion Collage

Next up, the denim short. Yes, denim shorts are back with a vengeance. Pick the length that you are comfortable with and a pair that has a slight slouch to them and you’ll find yourself living in them till the end of the season. Every summer wardrobe should also include a pair of white denim bottoms. I’m partial to white skinnies as they can easily be dressed up or down, but straight or flare pairs do the trick as well.

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Another must is a silky tank. A silky tank in either black or your favorite bright can go from day to night seamlessly. It’s pitch perfect with denim shorts or white skinnies, but takes on a whole new life when worn with dressy shorts or a slimming skirt on warm summer nights. If you feel a bit too bare with your arms exposed, add a lightweight fitted blazer or breezy floral kimono.

 Summer Essentials Fashion Accessories


Once I have my summer staples down, it’s time to add the frosting. If nothing else, summer conjures thoughts of sunlight and shimmer. Chanel’s Glossimer lip gloss in Seashell is summertime perfection. Other favorites include: stacks of gold jewelry, a straw clutch, and my longtime favorite: round Ray-Ban Wayfarers.

Still in search of your summer essentials or want to start looking for fabulous fall transition pieces? Let me help you check that off your list as your Tog + Porter stylist, so the rest of your summer is smooth sailing.

Which summer essentials style board pictured here do you like best? What would you add to my list?

(images via triplemaxtons, paigeusa, revolveclothing, forkandflower, newlook, stylebop, thecorner, bcbg80’spurplebrigettesboutique, fantasyjewelrybox, pinterest via alison gross, michaelkors)

I’m linking up to Fashion Friday, hosted by some fabulous blogs you should be reading, such as Musings of a Housewife.

Fashion Friday


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