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The official first day of summer isn’t until June 21st, but it has been pretty warm off and on where I live.  I even broke out the shorts!  Is your wardrobe summer ready?  I briefly shared my 10 essential pieces on my Tumblr, but wanted to share a few more examples of these key items.  Wherever you live, I think these essentials will all come in handy, and what’s best about them is how you can mix and match them, and dress them up or down.  Happy almost summer!!

denim on denim

denim on denim

1.  DENIM:  Whether you prefer a dark skinny jean, a lighter wash “boyfriend”, or a pieced and patched look, choose the pair you’re most comfortable with.  If you feel like the sexiest you in a pair of jeans, then it’s probably a great pair!  If you’re not sure what works best for you, there are denim experts out there at labels like J Brand, Acne, or even Gap.

Chloe spring 2013

Chloe spring 2013

2.  A WHITE TOP:  Make sure your closet is filled with an abundance of white tees, tanks, and button-ups (as seen here at Chloé) to play with and layer.  T by Alexander Wang makes some of the best t-shirts and tank tops, hence the T.

Alexander Wang spring 2013

Alexander Wang spring 2013

Alexander Wang spring 2013

Alexander Wang spring 2013

3.  WHITE DRESSES:  A great white dress is maybe the most key piece I can think of.  Wear it during the day with a denim jacket or vest (another essential), and for night dress it up with a statement necklace and metallic heels.

Balenciaga, Vogue, January 2013

Balenciaga, Vogue, January 2013

4.  A CROPPED TOP:  It’s time to work those abs, because cropped tops are a big trend!  I’m not talking vulgar halter tops and cut-off rocker tees, but more sophisticated versions like the ones at Balenciaga and the holographic striped ones at Jonathan Saunders.

Stella McCartney spring 2013

Stella McCartney spring 2013

5.  A BOMBER JACKET:  For cooler summer nights where a light jacket is a necessity, look no further than the bomber jacket.  From sheer ones at Stella McCartney and Reed Krakoff, to cropped metallic versions at Burberry Prorsum, there are so many great ones to choose!

Jil Sander spring 2013

Jil Sander spring 2013

6.  A PATTERNED SKIRT:  Whether subtle or bold, a great patterned skirt will enliven your other summer essentials like the white top.  A-line, pencil, circle…whatever shape you love works!

Proenza Schouler spring 2013

Proenza Schouler spring 2013

7.  A VEST:  You can’t go wrong with the American staple of a denim vest, but the boys at Proenza Schouler gave us some food for thought.  How about a snakeskin version?  So chic over a basic t-shirt or tank!

Repossi earcuff

Repossi earcuff

8.  MODERN JEWELRY:  These aren’t your Grandmother’s pieces, but earcuffs, knuckle rings and the like are the new jewelry classics.  Eddie Borgo and Repossi are the go-tos for these modern classics.

Eddie Borgo ring

Eddie Borgo ring

Celine spring 2013

Celine spring 2013

If an earcuff isn’t for you, wearing classic jewelry pieces with jeans and t-shirts (or bathrobe) is a modern way to wear even the fanciest of jewels.

Thierry Lasry

Thierry Lasry

9.  SUNGLASSES:  Pick your perfect frame, because once that sun is out for good you’re going to want shades on almost 24/7, so they have to look good!  Linda Farrow has great collaborations with The Row, Prabal Gurung, and others, and Thierry Lasry simply makes chic shades.

Junya Watanabe

Junya Watanabe

10.  WHITE ACCESSORIES:  I know I’ve been saying a lot of “what works for you best” today, but I truly mean that.  I am offering my suggestions, but you are the one that has to be comfortable, so make sure you are.  Try new things though and maybe you’ll find options you never thought possible.  So I’ll say it again in regards to the white shoes and bags I’m suggesting for summer.  If flats are your thing, stick with that, or a small heel, or a clutch over a satchel, there are plenty of great options!  I love the mesh details at Junya Watanabe and 3.1 Phillip Lim, and the glow-in-the-dark sandals at Alexander Wang.

Alexander Wang spring 2013

Alexander Wang spring 2013

Now get shopping!!

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