20 Summer Wardrobe Essentials You Shouldn’t Be Without


The Aussie summer is heating up, and if it’s anything like last year, we’ve still got a few solid months of warm weather to go. Has your summer wardrobe got everything you need to get you through?

Your summer closet needs to maximise adaptability and minimise perspiration. How to achieve this delicate balance? You need simple but chic basic pieces that can be easily mixed and matched, and will keep you comfortable as temperatures soar. From the perfect sundress and beachwear to formal wear for work, here are all the summer wardrobe essentials you need to ensure that you’ve got something for every rendezvous, cocktail hour, and spontaneous beach trip.

Summer casual and workwear

A maxi dress

A beautiful maxi dress is the perfect item for all kinds of occasions, from a garden party to a relaxing day in town. Keep it light and airy and make sure that it’s the right length for wearing with both flats and heels.

A midi dress

Just like the maxi, a well-chosen midi dress in a comfortable fabric can be dressed up or down, making it perfect for the office, days in town, or even for a night out with the girls. Pair with heels at night, and white sneakers by day.

A mini dress

When the temperature rises, you’ll want to be wearing as little as possible. A mini dress will enable you to catch the breeze and keep your cool… Just make sure you’re not going to have a Marilyn moment.

A denim dress

Whether you choose a classic shirt-style denim dress or something a little more edgy, you’ll get a lot of wear out of this summer wardrobe staple, especially when you don’t want to think too hard about your choice of outfit.

A sleeveless or short-sleeved linen shirt

Linen garments are effortlessly chic in the summer. Embrace the creases and enjoy the cool sensation of wearing this natural fibre next to your skin. Pair it with a jacket for work or wear it with shorts or a skirt at the weekend.

A cotton skirt

A simple cotton skirt in a neutral colour can be used as a basis for work and play outfits. Choose the length and style you prefer and you’ll be wearing it all summer long.

An off-the-shoulder top

An off-the-shoulder top is the perfect way to show off your tan and add a bit of glamour into the bargain. Pair it with a high-waisted skirt, shorts or jeans for a completely versatile staple.

The logo tee

A logo t-shirt is the perfect piece to liven up plain shorts or skirts. Wear it with a pair of sneakers or slip-ons for a casual look that works in town, at the beach or at a backyard barbecue.

Essential beachwear

The tie-strap tank

It’s all in the details when it comes to warm-weather dressing, and these delicate straps make a subtle statement.

Straw hat

Everyone needs a straw hat to protect their face from the sun and keep your hair well covered, especially when you’re at the beach.

A great pair of denim shorts

Show off a toned booty and firm thighs in a pair of short denim cut-offs. If you prefer to keep your legs under wraps, opt for a longer pair of shorts.

A versatile bikini

If you can find a bikini that can be worn more than one way – for instance, in a reversible fabric or with multiple strap options – you’ll be set for the summer.

A well-fitting one-piece

Essential for swimming, the one-piece will do double duty as beachwear and as a top to wear with your shorts and skirts.

A stylish cover up

While kaftans are great for helping you to feel cool, don’t restrict yourself to this style of cover up. Why not try a wrap dress instead? They’re great for going from the beach to the bar, and can be worn as casual wear too.

Essential footwear and accessories

A pair of easy slip-ons

More substantial than sandals or slides, a slip-on can be worn with all your outfits to add a casual vibe.

A pair of quirky slides

While we all need a pair of classic sandals in our summer wardrobe, a pair of quirky slides will inject a bit of extra personality into all your summer outfits. Try leopard print or a bright colour.

The summer mule

Summertime is for after-work drinks only permitted on rooftops bedecked in twinkling lights. Show off perfectly polished toenails as you strut your stuff in a pair of high summer mules.

A beautiful basket bag

A basket bag or tote can be used to carry all your stuff to the beach, for a day in town shopping, or even as a summer briefcase.

A pair of sunnies

Don’t go anywhere without your sunnies in summer. Make sure you’ve got a good case for them too so you can keep them safe when the sun goes down.

A pair of dangly earrings

Choose a pair of statement dangly earrings to help you dress up any casual summer dress.

Mix and match for a versatile summer wardrobe

The secret to putting together a versatile summer wardrobe is to keep the colour palette neutral, so that everything can be mixed and matched to create endless outfits. Colour can be added with your accessories and one-season garments.