9 Easy Pieces for Casual Summer Outfits
J.Crew Soludos Classic Espadrilles
Unlike your sneakers, these chic slip-ons offer a dash of St. Tropez flair along with comfort. Also in chambray and red striped.
To buy: $30, jcrew.com.
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Ecote Tassel Crossbody Bag
Who wants to lug a fussy shoulder bag around on Saturday adventures? This just-big-enough crossbody bag allows you to be hands-free. And at $29, you won’t need to worry about keeping it pristine. Also in brown and black.
To buy: $29, urbanoutfitters.com.
Echo Trek Yarn Dye Stripe
Add instant style to your look just by tossing on a featherweight gauzy cotton scarf. Also in black and turquoise.
To buy: $48, echodesign.com.
Sam Edelman Gigi Sandals
Take a break from mixing and matching your footwear to your clothes: These barely there thongs will go with your whole wardrobe. Think neutral is boring? Pick from the 24(!) other colors and prints.
To buy: $65, zappos.com.
Elle Crochet Voile Skirt
A swirly scalloped skirt is the fun way to wear black in the summer. It will make a simple white tee or button-down look crisp and fresh. Also in white.
To buy: $31, kohls.com.
Madewell Tunic Dress
Ideal for heat-wave temperatures: a loose tunic dress made of breathable rayon that barely touches the skin.
To buy: $110, madewell.com.
Old Navy Pintucked Prairie Dress
Laid-back enough for errands, yet put-together enough for an outdoor party, this chambray style is nearly summer-perfect. Also in white and floral, as well as petite and tall sizes.
To buy: $28, oldnavy.com.
Splendid Wildflower L/S Shirt
As easy as it gets—just pair this blossom-covered blouse with white pants, khakis, or denim. Also in posy.
To buy: $98, splendid.com.