The word summer itself reminds you of those beautiful busy beaches, juicy mangoes, ice creams and colourful outfits! Unlike the winter season where one would rather snuggle under a comforter and watch reruns, summer is the time to go out and have fun, and we need gorgeous things to look gorgeous! However, when we decide to go out shopping, it isn’t a unnatural phenomenon that when we girls decide to go shop for one thing, we usually end up buying ten more things! But surely, you just can’t do without that new cute sweater you saw on display! Or those black pants that you probably won’t be able to live without. Or that tunic that seems totally comfortable and feels like it’s just made for you! …but, maybe you can do without it. ListDose is here to help you out, and this article is about those ten things that you most definitely need this summer, and also reasons out why just these essentials would not only make you look fashionable, but also help you beat the heat!
Shorts are THE pick of this season. Super comfortable and a definite way to keep yourself cool, these come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours. A favourite is the bermuda shorts. These may have been the earliest style of shorts attire worn by both men and women and, to no surprise, are still quite popular today. This classic style can be worn with a cotton tanktop or a nice light-weight blouse. Since Bermuda shorts hit right above the knee, they are also suitable office attire when complemented by heels and a dress shirt. You can stick to a basic color such as khaki, grey, or white for the season, or even pick out neon colours, floral prints, embellishments, ripped jeans, or anything that makes you look totally amazing.
2. White Button Downs:
The white button-down shirt should fit anyone well, and you’d look great in it. Beware, at first glance, your white shirt may look no different than the one your husband or boyfriend wears under his suits, but yours is made and cut specifically for a woman, and helps you increase the chic quotient. White button down shirts are flattering and accentuate your best features, and can never go wrong when worn anywhere. You can wear a white shirt on its own, tucked in or out, under a sweater, under a jacket, or as part of a suit!
3. Denim Jackets:
Denim jackets have been a long time favourite in our list of wardrobe must haves. They’re comfortable, casual and compliment a surprisingly wide variety of outfits. You can choose from a variety of fabrics, where some of the popular ones include distressed denim, acid wash, or even slightly ripped jeans to give you that chic look. Looking to dress down your little back dress or your tank top for a more casual look? Throw on your denim jacket. If you’re worried about the jacket looking too dated, choose something without a lot of embellishments. A little tip for all you girls out there would be to stock up on those cute brooches or badges, and wearing them on your denim jacket would definitely make you look super cute!
4. Capris and Leggings
We love how versatile capris and leggings are. They can be worn as business attire, or even at semi-formal parties, or you can even wear them to hang out with friends on the beach. Capris are a hot look for summer, of course, but they also work year round in the right setting. They are worth having, and quite effective at beating the heat, so we recommend you pick up a pair or two just in case. As for the colours, khaki is our go to choice for capris, but we do encourage you to experiment! As for leggings, they are the right option to be paired with all our kurtis and long tshirts. Of course, normally, we couldn’t do wrong with a nice pair of black leggings, but a recommendation would be fashionable retro leggings, or ones with chunky prints on it. We have recently read about leggings featuring prints of the Amul girl mascot and a Thums Up batik, which sound really funky, so do make sure to check those out as well!
5. Tank tops
When listing things that define summer, tanktops join barbeques, lemonade, sandals and the beach among the all-time classics. Whether worn one at a time or layered, tank tops are the way to go! These can also be worn paired with a cute jacket or a scarf, and go well with any skirts/shorts or even jeans. One of our favourite types of tank tops are the ones with catchy phrases or witty dialogue on them, and trust us, if you have one that says ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’, we will love you for it! You can pick tank tops in bold colours like pink, blue or black, or even go out of the way to pick a wacky print!
Whether you wear flats or not, loafers are something you should try this summer. Loafers are an American classic, albeit the history of the moccasin-style traces back to handmade shoes made by Norwegian fisherman during their off-season. In the mid-1930′s, American tourists brought their “discovery” across the Atlantic – and just like blue jeans and trench coats – loafers have since become an American classic and a preppy cliché. Loafers are user-friendly without being too laidback. Team them with chinos or jeans and a polo shirt for a casual yet refined look. They also look awesome with shorts and denims, and are colorful, comfy and stylish.
A jumpsuit is a very fun, comfy and stylish outfit which you can wear anytime and anywhere in summer. If you want to add some more style to it and if you have great shoulders to show off then an off shoulder jumpsuit is a smart option. It’s just perfect for a casual day and truly a must have in your summer wardrobe. Jumpsuits have seen their fair share of fans on the ramp and award functions as well, so don’t be afraid to get one, you’re already halfway on your journey to being a fashionista!
8. Maxi dress:
Maxi dress is a hot option for the summer. These long, breezy dresses have been popular for several seasons now, so if you don’t already own one, get on it! Maxis can be easily dressed up or down and can even work as an impromptu beach cover up. These versatile pieces have a distinct bohemian vibe and are a stylish alternative to the typical summer dress. It’s long, feminine and chic. If you are catching up on a beach or a pool party, this summer then maxi dress is something to go for. You can actually wear it on any casual day. Floral print are the most easily available type of dresses but our favorite is a white or emerald maxi dress to go out in style on a sunny day.
9. Floral skirts:
Floral skirts are the key to get that perfect cute girl next door look. Depending on your pattern or print, you could easily pair this with a graphic tee, a solid tee, a denim vest, or a cute tank. Feel free to wear wedges, flats, flip flops or cute sneakers with your skirt too! As for the print in itself, you can also branch out and choose animal prints, sequins, well-known designer patterns, geometric prints or basically anything that looks like it could chic-up the tops you already have in your closet. Get one for yourself and be prepared to look gorgeous!
Scarves for the summer, you say? YES! Absolutely. Scarves would look great and fun on almost any outfit in the summer, and add a pop of colour to your wardrobe. We especially recommend the crazy bright ones, which form the perfect accessories to your outfit, whether you plan to go to the beach, the mall, college or even a concert! Not only would they help you look great, you can also transform them into a funky hair wrap to beat the sweltering heat. Scarves are the most inexpensive way to look absolutely glamorous and dressed to kill so don’t be surprised if you get hooked up on them!