The essentials of a warm-weather wardrobe won’t surprise you: go-to jeans, a breezy dress, a favorite pair of flat sandals. To give those basics a 2016 update, look for details like tasteful distressing and glittering embellishments and mix them in non-traditional ways. (Case in point: sparkly flat sandals can dress up denim or give a fancy dress an effortless feel.)
For a breezy summer look, try pairing pieces that are light in both hue and weight—they’ll mix and match effortlessly, like this crisp cotton top and skirt. (Bonus points for incorporating a seasonal trend, like an off-the-shoulder blouse.)
Never underestimate the power of a layering piece—like a vest in go-with-everything military green—to completely change the look of an outfit (and to keep you comfortable in overzealous air-conditioning.