A lightweight, oversized scarf serves many purposes: Wear it as a travel wrap on chilly planes, trains, or busses (if you get warm en route, use it to stuff your hat before you place it in the overhead compartment); if you’re hitting the beach or the pool, it works wonders as a sarong; or use it as a shawl when the evenings turn chilly.
To buy: Shiraleah scarf, $52; nordstrom.com.
One of the most versatile items of clothing you can own, a crisp white shirt works for nearly any occasion. Layer it over a silk tank while traveling for a polished look (you can easily remove it if you get too warm). Toss it on as a chic beach cover up, or wear it with jeans or shorts.
To buy: Cece by Cynthia Steffe button-down shirt, $53; dillards.com.
If layering is the key to building a wardrobe that works well together, consider simple silk camisoles the foundation. For a cami that’s pretty (and dressy) enough to become more than an underpinning, look for dressy details like this version’s button-front placket.
To buy: Aritzia camisole, $95; aritzia.com.
Another wardrobe workhouse, stretchy skinny jeans in a clean, darker wash will keep you comfortable in transit, and make a base that works with any top you’ve brought along.
To buy: Celebrity Pink jeans, $33; macys.com.
Resist the urge to reach for your denim cut-offs, and toss a slightly fancier pair into your bag instead. You can still wear them to the beach, the backyard barbecue, or any other event that comes your way, but they also team up nicely with that white button-down should impromptu dinner plans arise.
To buy: Loft shorts, $59.50; loft.com.
Pack a comfy pair of flat, metallic sandals, and you’ll be set for the weekend. Perfectly serviceable for the beach or pool, metallic material also feels formal enough for evenings.
To buy: Sole Society sandals, $65; nordstrom.com.
Tossing on a simple sundress is one of the best parts of summer and, in a pretty print, they always feel on point. Want to get even more mileage out of your frock? Pull a white button-down shirt on over it and tie it at the waist for an ensemble that looks like separates.
To buy: Zara dress, $50; zara.com.