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    27 Summer Basics You'll Probably Wear For Years To Come

    Easy breezy shorts, tops, and dresses you'll reach for again and again.

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    1. A pair of classic denim shorts you'll wanna wear all the time to nail your casual summer look. Go ahead and throw a housewarming party — you live in these shorts now.


    Promising review: "These shorts fit me great! They fit true to size and more importantly, the inseam is long enough to cover what’s needed and short enough to look great and hit the middle of my thighs. The rolled cuff is sewed in place so it stays put. Pockets are full sized, not tiny like some cheaper shorts. You can fit your whole hand in it or a phone. Waistline is perfect on me." —AKay

    Get them from Amazon for $17.99 (available in sizes 4–24 and four washes).

    2. A one-shoulder bodysuit that perfectly blends boldness and simplicity — all while keeping you from getting too warm in the hot summer sun.

    model in tight black one-shoulder bodysuit

    Get it from Eloquii for $34.95 (available in sizes 14–28).

    3. A spaghetti-strap jumpsuit for anyone who wants a fantastic outfit on demand. On-trend but subtle, you'll be able to rock this for years to come and always be the most fashionable person in the room.

    model in kelly green jumpsuit with waist tie
    Lilly's Kloset

    Get it from Lilly's Kloset for $48 (available in sizes S–L).

    4. A breezy tank dress that, dressed up or down, is a killer comfy fit. It's as simple as that.,

    Promising review: "Great purchase for the price. Just what I was looking for! Comfy summer dress for any occasion. Being a momma, I'm always looking for things just like this. You can dress it up or down and it has pockets!" —B&E Worthington

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and 24 colors).

    5. A layered babydoll dress for happily flouncing about whenever there's warm sunny weather.,

    Promising review: "Love it! Great quality and a perfect look. I am buying it in another color." —BRANDI D WALKER

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and seven colors).

    6. A breathable tank top with a mesh V-back to keep your back nice and cool during intense summer workouts., Amazon

    Promising review: "I’ve worn this for yoga and hiking and I feel comfortable and stylish at the same time!" —KAT

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and 19 colors).

    7. A scuba knit crop top and midi skirt set for rocking together or in an infinite number of combinations with the rest of your wardrobe.

    model in tight black tank crop top and black high-waisted midi skirt

    Get it from Torrid for $39.75 (originally $79.50, available in sizes 10–30).

    8. A midi-length wrap dress in a cotton and linen blend whose breezy feel and irresistible creamsicle color will make it your most prized summer dress.

    Suakoko Betty

    Get it from Suakoko Betty for $230 (available in sizes XS–XXL).

    9. A classic Levi's denim jacket to pop on over any and every outfit to give it a little more oomph.

    reviewer in dark wash denim jacket over a t-shirt with jeans

    Promising review: "I’ve been looking forever for a high-quality denim jacket with just the right amount of authentic fade, but at an affordable price. I should have known to check out Levi’s first! This jacket is soft yet structured. The denim has a little personality and fade but still goes with everything. The fit is right on point. Seriously it doesn’t get much better than this!" —FitGirlInFlight

    Get it from Amazon for $28.42+ (available in sizes XS–4X and 16 washes).

    10. A tailored linen shirt sure to be a staple in your warm-weather wardrobe.

    model in pink button up shirt
    J. Crew

    Promising review: "This shirt is so worth it! I'm so excited about the quality of this linen. I bought it in white and I don't feel like I need a cami underneath, which is a major plus for me. There is enough substance to it that you don't see straight through it and yet it looks and feels like it will be lightweight and comfortable on warm days. Also, it fits very true to size. Love it." —Stylegirl100

    Get it from J. Crew for $79.50 (available in sizes 00–24, including tall and petite sizes, and six colors).

    11. Tencel trouser shorts for anyone who wants to look jaunty while also having fun and the sun.

    Barkwood Clothing

    Get it from Barkwood Clothing for $165 (available in sizes 0–30 and two colors).

    12. A V-neck cutout tee so your classic T-shirt and shorts look has a new twist with literally zero effort.

    model in tan crewneck tee with v-shaped chest cutout
    Forever 21

    Promising review: "I have a really big bust and let me tell you this shirt makes me forget all about it! It actually fits me and doesn’t look all scrunched up like most shirts do. I love it and will be buying more soon." —Kornisha S.

    Get it from Forever 21 for $14.99 (available in sizes 0X–3X and three colors).

    13. A striped maxi dress you can throw on for almost any occasion. From errands to outdoor BBQs, this'll be your new summer go-to.,

    Promising review: "Absolutely love the dress. I'm 5-foot-11 and usually wear a 14/16 as my hip/thigh ratio is a bit meatier than most. The fact that this dress fell to the ground with no shoes on was fantastic. The fabric feels good, it's not flimsy and flows very well. Did I mention it has pockets? YES!" —TealITGyrl

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in sizes S–XXL and nine colors).

    14. A lightweight coverup-slash-dress that will be exactly what you want to slip on when the temps hit the 90s, even if you plan on being inside most of the day, because it's 55% linen.

    model in yellow midi t-shirt tank dress

    Promising review: "Easy to wear! Super cute and such a nice length. You can knot it for a shorter look like in the pictures. It’s kind of a thin material, I wouldn’t say it’s see-through though. Does run a bit large." —Gabby

    Get it from Aerie for $29.96 (originally $39.95, available in sizes XXS–XL and four colors).

    15. A tank top with a twist-knot hem so you always have the ultimate layering piece at your disposal. Under button-ups or jackets or with jeans and bold jewelry, this tank is here for ya.


    Promising review: "Cute dressy causal sleeveless top! The material and the tie at the hip dress this top up, and it looks cute with jeans, leggings, or shorts. I like that the sleeves are wide and the neck line in the back does not show bra straps." —Pendragon1977

    Get it from Amazon for $13.59 (available in sizes S–XXL and 17 colors and patterns).

    16. A pair of stylish casual shorts that are a great alternative for anyone who can't stand the feel of tight denim shorts.

    A model wears the shorts; her hands in the pockets

    Promising review: "I love these shorts! They are so comfortable and are stylish. They aren't short enough that when you sit they ride up your legs but they also aren't too long, they are the perfect length. They can also be paired with anything." —Jamie

    Get them from Aerie for $23.97 (originally $39.95, available in sizes XXS–XXL and eight colors).

    17. An Outdoor Voices exercise dress with built-in shorts that let you move freely and stay covered while running, hiking, or — if you're me — fake mooning your friends on the trail. A personal outdoor staple.

    Rachel Dunkwl / Via BuzzFeed, Outdoor Vocies

    ^Yes, I know there's a beam of light on my butt, leave me alone!!!!!! I wore the exercise dress on a camping trip and absolutely loved it. It's tight enough that you feel agile but not SO tight that it's restricting. It was great for hiking, too! I even scaled some big ol' rocks and exposed mountain faces, and it fared really well. Despite me literally sliding down a giant rock on my butt, the dress never got caught, ripped, or showed wear. It's a trouper.

    Get it from Outdoor Voices for $100 (available in sizes XS–XL and seven colors).

    18. A flowing halter dress that screams "summer" so loud it's tbh hurting my ears!,

    Promising review: "Well-designed and well-made. Fits as expected and hugs the chest. Loose and flows throughout the rest of the dress. Light, soft and comfortable. Has a natural wrinkle to the fabric." —DW

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in 17 colors).

    19. A lace-trim bodysuit for anyone who's tired of tucking camis into jeans and shorts only to have them bunch up — problem (fashionably) solved!

    black cami bodysuit with lace trim and little buttons to the naval
    Forever 21

    Promising review: "Nice to pair with a distressed jean and cute heels. Can dress up or down. Very versatile." —Samantha M.

    Get it from Forever 21 for $17.99 (available in sizes 0X–3X and two colors).

    20. A pleated midi skirt you can pair with any light top in your closet and automatically look put-together.

    J. Crew

    Promising review: "It hits just below the knee and is super flattering! It is flowy without being puffy and moves really well. The quality is beautiful: the pleats are soft but even, there's a liner for an additional layer of opacity, and a grosgrain ribbon at the waist to keep things from sagging and losing their shape." —Susan

    Get it from J. Crew for $67.99+ (originally $110, available in sizes 00–24 and five colors)

    21. A pima cotton knot-front crop top that'll keep you stylish while you're working out or will just look great with high-waisted pants. Or both!,

    Promising review: "Although I didn’t purchase to workout in, it definitely worked out for me! I looked so cute in this top! I definitely will buy again! It is soft, and feels good on — not too thick or thin!" —Dietra

    Get it from Amazon for $12.35 (available in sizes XS–3X and 10 colors).

    22. A Patagonia jumpsuit made entirely out of running shorts material so you can have that cool, breezy feel all over. Whether you're camping and hiking or just boppin' around, this is a functional *and* adorable piece.


    Promising review: "This is the perfect romper to wear out hiking or go out to dinner. I wore this for a weekend camping trip recently and even in the sun stayed cool. The fabric feels amazing and is so light and breathable. I am going to be buying in the other colors ASAP. It's the perfect relaxed fit." —Lindz

    Get it from REI for $119 (available in sizes XS–XL and three colors).

    23. An oversized hoodie perfect for chilly summer nights or snuggling up all year 'round.


    Promising review: "This hoodie is fab! It’s lightweight enough to wear during summer at night by a bonfire, as well as layered for warmth during the winter. It’s oversized — as all hoodies should be — and perfect when paired with leggings, shorts, or over my swimsuit. I may never take it off." —AmyJ

    Get it from Aerie for $29.97 (originally $49.95, available in sizes XXS–XL and eight colors.

    24. A gauzy mini dress that'll encourage you to skip and frolic through any open field you come across.

    model wears thigh length spaghetti strap dress in field

    Get it from Anthropologie for $78 (available in sizes XS–XL).

    25. A pair of trail-ready shorts, because everyone needs go-to pair of lightweight, stretchy shorts for all of their summer journeys.

    model in olive green  knee-length shorts with many pockets and an adjustable waist

    Promising review: "I have had trouble finding a hiking short that met all my needs and these are great. Many were either too long or too short but these, for me, are just the right length. They are comfortable, have useful pockets, don't ride up, are lightweight and cool." —Deb03

    Get them from REI: $49.94 for sizes 2–16 (available in three colors) and $49.94 for sizes 18–22.

    26. A satin dress with a lovely drape and classic V-neck that makes it a perfect minimalist investment piece both for warm months and all year when paired with tights and a leather jacket.

    model in black midi dress with elbow length sleeves
    Universal Standard

    Get it from Universal Standard for $145 (available in sizes 00–40 and two colors).

    27. High-waisted yoga pants equally suited for a grand hiking adventure *or* lounging in the house enjoying AC. Either way, they have deep side pockets for snacks.,

    Promising review: "I wore these for about 30 hours straight on a camping trip. They are AWESOME! Super comfortable and warm. Those pockets they came in handy quite a few times. Most of the time the dirt and general outdoor-ness brushed right off the pants. I will be getting another pair and will be recommending to anyone I can think of." —Jamie

    Get them from Amazon for $21.98+ (available in sizes XS–3X and 51 colors and styles).

    Stay ~cool~ in your summer basics, everyone!

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    The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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