5 Summer Essentials (That Won’t Go Out Of Style)

When it comes to style, sometimes things can get complicated. So many trends, so little time. That’s why when it really comes down to it, I like to start with the essentials. And since it was 87 degrees in Chicago yesterday, it’s time to talk summer.

When it comes to summer essentials, some things are worth a splurge. I recently splurged on these sunnies, and I LOVE them. (And I haven’t even lost them yet…) But, you also know I love a good deal, like these babies. Don’t worry, I’ve included both splurges and saves in each category below. 🙂

Here are 5 Summer Essentials that are sure to be around way longer than these flatforms


PS: I’d love to hear: what are YOUR summer essentials? Let me know in the comments below!


(This post contains affiliated links.)

summer essentials sunglasses (750x740)


Because your future is bright…

summer essentials straw tote


Because absolutely nothing says summer more than a straw tote (and tan tootsies).



summer essentials flat sandals (750x735)


Back in the day, I was all about the wedges. The higher, the better. I still enjoy my heels (they look so pretty in my closet), but my flat sandals are my everyday go-to. And these styles are classic and sure to be around for a long time…



summer essentials denim shorts (750x740)


If you can’t tell by now, I LIVE in my denim shorts in the summer. They’re so classic and go with absolutely anything –  whether it’s espadrille wedges or chucks, an easy tank or a pretty top.



summer essentials sunscreen (750x743)


Protect that pretty skin!




5 summer essentials


  • Amber Battishill

    Completely agree! I love that you included sunscreen! 😊

  • Olivia Derby

    I need to find a good straw tote. I always worry they won’t be durable enough to stand up to a bag full of toddler toys.

  • Lauren

    I just got the cutest distressed denim shorts for a steal at target! I still need a cute straw tote though!

  • Ana Tesileanu

    I just love that straw tote! It’s perfect for summer and it goes well with any outfit. 🙂

  • Rebecca Hicks

    Great ideas! I love the sandals. Soo cute and I need new ones!

  • mytrendylifestyle

    love those essentials! Sunglasses and tote back are my go to!

  • Sarah @ SUGAR MAPLE notes

    Love your converse sneakers in the first shot, I actually just bought a pair for myself! Ha!

  • Olivia Kaye

    Love that straw tote! I definitely need to invest in one. Also, SUNGLASSES. One of my obsessions. Lol

  • Lauren

    Agree with ALL of these! Great choices!!

  • Juliet @ Bowl of Cherries

    So true! If you have an amazing pair of sunglasses and purse (tote) thats on point – you can never fail. No matter what you are wearing you’ll look amazing. Great post ❤︎

  • christine

    I love these essentials and want the beach tote! I am such a tote girl. I wear denim shorts all the time in the summer so I guess that is my must have. Reading this made me remember I need a new pair of sunglasses too!

  • rebecca

    I am a sunglasses addict. I always keep pairs in my car, diaper bag, purse, and usually on my head. I truly think it is the biggest difference maker when it comes to wrinkles around the eyes.

  • Shannon

    Yes to all of these! Definitely all summer necessities…great list!

    Clothes & Quotes

  • Nicole @ Work|Wear|Wander

    I agree! None of these will ever go out of style! And I’m happy you included sunscreen 🙂

  • Elise

    Totally agree with your list! Love everything on it, especially the sun block! (Often over looked!)

    – Elise

  • Kristen Kavan

    I LOVE those sundglasses! They are so cute. I really need a new pair for summer!

  • Sophia

    I love those straw totes, I think they are my favorite.

  • Allison - Celebrating Sweets

    I love those distressed shorts. I totally new a tote this summer too!

  • Kateryna

    Love your picks, and your golden glow is making me envious. its raining over here 🙁 love those totes btw

  • Rachel

    Yes to all of these! I love the straw bag idea!

  • Stacey

    You have amazing style! I love Tory Burch sandals…and I need that straw tote!

  • Chelsea

    Yessss to all of the above! Such cute sunglasses picks too!

  • michelle mink

    my summer essentials are very similar to yours. though i have to add a hat and a cute water bottle.

  • tineke - workingmommyabroad

    Love the “to the beach” bag, super cute! I would add nice flipflops to the list, can´t live without them in the summer 🙂

  • Michelle

    So true! Throw in a bathing suit and with these essentials you can take off to a beach in an instant!

  • Lindsey

    Especially the sun screen!!

  • Heather Davis

    I think sandals and sunglasses are some of the best parts of summer!

  • Tamara Goyette

    I’ve been trying to find a good pair of sunglasses for months, keep striking out.

  • Alison

    Yes! I just found myself THE pair of sunglasses for the summer (the ones I’ll be wearing every day for the next few months!) and I’ve been living in my denim shorts. I love that ‘To the beach’ tote but the shipping costs more than the bag because I’m in the UK. I’m gonna have to have a look and see if I can find anything similar over here.

  • Ciera Chang

    Perfect summer essentials! Making me so excited for summer 😍

    xoxo, CiCi

  • rachel moore

    i don’t use chemical sunscreens but everything else is pretty much my exact summer uniform. love this post!