Striped Tie-Waist Shirt
Say hello to your favorite shirt for the summer. The tie hem adds an element of effortless style, but this pick isn’t just about looks—it’s made from a stretch cotton that moves with you and will keep you cool through summer’s hottest days. Soft blue and white stripes have a laid-back vibe that will look great over a bathing suit at the beach or with a pair of jeans for a day of shopping.
To buy: $60 (originally $70); factory.jcrew.com.
Don’t care to bare? This pair of shorts has a nine-inch inseam for those looking for a little more modesty. Wear them while running errands or spending some quality family time outside. Also available in six other colors.
To buy: $25 (originally $47); factory.jcrew.com.
Clip-Dot Midi Skirt
Fringed Swiss dots add a three-dimensional element to this skirt that makes it just as polished in the boardroom as it does for brunch. This midi-length number hits just below the knee—a universally flattering sweet spot for legs—while the elastic waistband maximizes comfort.
To buy: $64 (originally $85); factory.jcrew.com.
Bandeau One-Piece Swimsuit
If you’re looking to add a pop of color to your summer swimwear, look no further. Bright yellow and a paisley print stands out by the pool, but have no fear: the small-scale print won’t overwhelm petite frames or have an enlarging effect the way a bigger print can. A removable halter strap means you can wear this as a strapless bandeau or add a little more support if you so choose.
To buy: $63 (originally 85); factory.jcrew.com.
Opaque Statement Dangle Earrings
Statement earrings are the easiest way to elevate an outfit from basic to stylish; a bold accessory draws attention and pulls the outfit together, no matter how simple. Complete an ensemble in a snap by wearing these with a plain tee and your favorite jeans. Also available in black.
To buy: $19 (originally $30); factory.jcrew.com.
"Sun Surf Sand" Embroidered Straw Hat
Talk about a statement hat! If this one doesn’t put you in the mood for sun, surf, and sand, nothing will. Bonus: The wide brim acts as extra sun protecton (just don’t skip the SPF).
To buy: $24 (originally $37); factory.jcrew.com.
All it takes is one pair of perfect sandals to elevate your summer wardrobe: these minimalist, two-tone sandals have an artisanal vibe that makes them nice enough to wear out to dinner, but they work just as well with denim cut-offs. Also available in five other colors.
To buy: $35 (originally $50); factory.jcrew.com.