12 Basic Summer Essentials for your Closet Under $50 featured by top US modest fashion blog, Dreaming Loud
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12 Basic Summer Essentials for your Closet Under $50

12 Basic Summexr Essentials for your Closet Under $50 featured by top US modest fashion blog, Dreaming Loud

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A few weeks back, one of my Instagram followers asked me to share my favorite summer bottoms. While responding to her and sharing my favorites. I thought why don’t I put together a Summer Essentials post that will serve as a guide for anyone who is looking to upgrade their summer wardrobe with versatile and affordable pieces that never go out of trend. Note- I will be sharing a separate post that will my favorite modest beachwear and natural beauty essentials.

All the summer essentials I am sharing today are great for everyday wear and also to dress up for special events. You can basically do any summer activity wearing one of these: from running errands in the scorching heat to chilling by the pool, to dinner dates and some are even appropriate for work.  Without further ado, here are my

12 Basic Summer Essentials for your Closet Under $50

Summer Essentials for Women featured by top US modest fashion blog, Dreaming Loud: image of a woman wearing wearing Everlane striped The Cotton Box-Cut Tee , straight leg crop pant, Marc Fisher LTD Alida Espadrille Platform Wedge

1 Striped Tee

Stripe T-shirt has long been a summer staple. The nautical inspired striped looks great when paired with jeans or denim shorts or linen pants. They are eye-catching without being overwhelming.

I absolutely love Everlane box tee. I own it in several colors (see here and here). It’s not too long or too short. Perfect to wear it un-tucked with a cotton pant or jeans or you can dress it up by tucking in. Relaxed fit, not skin-tight. It’s made with 100% cotton, very soft and breathable. My pants are also from Everlane, it quickly became my favorite store to shop for basics. The pants are very slimming and comfortable at the same time. They are currently the most worn pants in my closet.

Summer Essentials for Women featured by top US modest fashion blog, Dreaming Loud: image of a woman wearing wearing Everlane striped The Cotton Box-Cut Tee , straight leg crop pant, Marc Fisher LTD Alida Espadrille Platform Wedge

Shop this Striped Tee Look:

Tee (wearing size s) | Pants (very slim looking, wearing size 4) | Crossbody Bag | Wedges | Hat | Hoops

2. Chambray Pant

Another easy breezy summer wardrobe staple is chambray pant. The chambray fabric is extremely breathable and light, which makes it perfect for the scorching days of summer. Plus, it’s a classic neutral that pairs well with other summer clothing and totally remind me of the ocean.

Favorite pieces- JC Penny Chambray pants, Loft tie waist chambray pants on sale, Old navy chambray pants.

 

 

Summer Essentials for Women featured by top US modest fashion blog, Dreaming Loud: image of a woman wearing a JC Penney a.n.a Sleeveless Maxi Dress , Walmart Floral Kimono Long Tops Print Beach Swimwear Maxi Cardigan

3. Maxi Dress

Long, billowy and breezy, the maxi dress is the perfect solution to beat the summer heat in style plus you don’t have to shave your legs to wear it :D. They are universally flattering, chic and comfortable.

I shared this JC Penney maxi in my summer outfits under $30 post. I love how flattering it looks on a curvy body, very slimming! The knot detailing adds a structure to the dress and makes it dressy. The length is perfect to wear it with sandals and love the fabric, it’s soft and comfortable. You can also dress up it for casual summer weddings by accessorizing it.

Shop this Maxi Dress Look:

Dress (last seen here) | Kimono | similar heels | Bag

 

Summer Essentials for Women featured by top US modest fashion blog, Dreaming Loud: image of a woman wearing a MakeMeChic Women's Summer Crop Top Solid Short Sleeve Tie Front T-Shirt

4. White Tee

A white Tee may seem simple and basic but it’s one of the most versatile summer wardrobe essential. You can pair it with literally everything and look instantly put together. So, whether you’re rocking trousers, a patterned skirt, maxi dress or jeans, you can never go wrong with this staple piece.

I am totally digging this cropped tee with front tie-knot detailing. It looks super cute with high-waisted pants and midi skirts. You can wear it under sleeveless dresses/jumpsuits or over dresses to give am the impression of a skirt. The t-shirt is surprisingly thick and not see-through. Don’t size up for length, the front knot doesn’t look good loose. I got my regular size S.

Shop this White Tee Look:

Skirt (last seen here; wearing XS) | Tee (wearing S) | Pumps

 

 

Summer Essentials for Women featured by top US modest fashion blog, Dreaming Loud: image of a woman wearing a JC Penney a.n.a Sleeveless Maxi Dress , Walmart Floral Kimono Long Tops Print Beach Swimwear Maxi Cardigan

5. Kimono

Kimonos are my favorite layering piece in summer. They are lightweight, breezy and versatile. Not only they provide extra coverage, but they also elevate your basics. I personally prefer structured kimonos over slouchy ones. Structured ones look more dressy and sleek.

The Kimono I am wearing is from Walmart. The print is beautiful and little brighter than pictured.

Shop this Maxi Dress Look:

Dress (last seen here) | Kimono | similar heels | Bag

More Kimono options Under $50- Short Floral Kimono, Green Long Floral Kimono, Lace Kimono, Blue Floral long Kimono, leopard print Kimono

 

Summer Essentials for Women featured by top US modest fashion blog, Dreaming Loud: image of a woman wearing a Sofia Jeans By Sofia Vergara Boho Peasant Tassel Longsleeve Top, Old navy linen Mid-Rise Soft Twill Pull-On Utility Pants, Steven Greece Sandal, dolce vita straw tote

6. Linen pant

The lightweight, breezy bottoms that will have you looking and feeling cool this season: linen pants.  I got my first 2 summers ago and ever since I am hooked by how easy they are. Perfect for running errands in the scorching heat and also as a beach coverup.

The pants I am wearing are from old Navy. They are true to size and comes in several colors. The material is very soft and made with 100% cotton.

Summer Essentials for Women featured by top US modest fashion blog, Dreaming Loud: image of a woman wearing a Sofia Jeans By Sofia Vergara Boho Peasant Tassel Longsleeve Top, Old navy linen Mid-Rise Soft Twill Pull-On Utility Pants, Steven Greece Sandal, dolce vita straw tote 1

Shop this Linen Pants Look:

Top (last seen here|  Pants ( size S) | Sandals (also available here) | similar tote | Hair tie

 

 

How to wear a black tee and jeans, styling tips featured by top US modest fashion blog, Dreaming Loud: image of a woman wearing Everlane summer jeans, Cotton Box-Cut Tee, belt bag, Snake Embossed Faux Leather Belt, Cole Haan Tali Block-Heel Pumps 4

7. Straw Hat

Sun safety and style aren’t mutually exclusive. Block harmful rays while relaxing at the pool with one of these sun hats that also doubles as a fashion statement.

For outfit details, check this post: 8 Ways to style black Tee and Jeans

Favorite Affordable Hats: Fedora Hat | Boater Hat 

 

Summer Essentials for Women featured by top US modest fashion blog, Dreaming Loud: image of a woman wearing a leopard print kimono, crew factory t-shirt dress

8. T-shirt Dress

The perfect balance between flirty and fuss-free, the T-shirt dress is an ideal option when the weather’s a little too hot to handle. T-shirt can be dressed up or down based on the occasion. A swing t-shirt dress will look great on pear and apple shape body type.

Shop this T Shirt Dress Look:

J.crew factory t-shirt (more options here, here, here and here) | Sandals | Similar Kimono | Bag

Check out this post for more affordable t-shirt dresses-> Summer Outfits Under $30

 

Summer Essentials for Women featured by top US modest fashion blog, Dreaming Loud: image of a woman wearing a Madewell denim jacket1

Summer Essentials for Women featured by top US modest fashion blog, Dreaming Loud: image of a woman wearing an Ameriacan Eagle LACE TRIM white MAXI DRESS

9. Denim jacket

The closet staple that truly stands the test of time! Denim jackets are great for breezy summer nights. My closet is incomplete without a denim jacket. I wear them all round the year. Yes, I still wear jackets a ton even in the summer because indoors like in malls, restaurants, movie theaters, they tend to exploit the AC. I bet it’s 60 degrees inside all the time. So, I definitely need to wear a jacket this time of year.

My personal favorite denim jacket is this Madewell jacket. I have had it for 3 years and I still wear it a lot. The wash is beautiful and just goes with everything. It’s a great investment piece if you wear denim jackets a lot. If not, this Old Navy jacket is pretty cute and serves the purpose.

Left Outfit deets HERE | Right- Similar dress | Bag | Wedges

 

Summer Essentials for Women featured by top US modest fashion blog, Dreaming Loud: image of a woman wearing a madewell Whisper Cotton Crewneck Muscle Tank, floral skirt, straw tote, Jack Roger Sandals

10. Tank Top

With the heat of summer upon us, welcome to the tank top season. Whether you’re headed to a to the office or need a quick cover-up for when you’re laying poolside, the basic sleeveless top is an easy, versatile summer staple that can be incorporated to fit looks from desk to date and into the weekend.

If you have followed me for long, you know that Madewell is one of my top places to shop basics. They make the softest and cutest tees and tanks. And also the fact that my friend Sasru (the beauty in the pic above) used to model for my blog when I started out. This was one of the summer looks I styled almost 3 summers back. It is still relevant to current fashion trends.

Shop this Tank Top Look:

Madewell Tank (sold out in the color) | Similar skirt | Sandals | Tote

 

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11. Straw Bag

One Summer trend that everyone loves is a straw bag. They are a seasonal fabric that pairs well with straw hats, sundresses, espadrilles, and all summer attire. A straw tote is ideal for the beach since you can fit in everything inside including a swim cover-up, Sunscreen, book, extra sandals, and other beach essential stuff.

Straw bag comes in a variety of style from a crossbody, to satchel, clutch, and tote. I personally love this crossbody for everyday use. It’s not big or too small. It fits my small wallet, sunglasses, lip balm and keys and looks super cute with every summer outfit. The tee I am wearing above is also from Everlane.

Outfit Deets-> 4th of July Outfit Ideas

 

Summer Essentials for Women featured by top US modest fashion blog, Dreaming Loud: image of a woman wearing an Everlane striped The Cotton Box-Cut Tee , old navy linen Mid-Rise Soft Twill Pull-On Utility Pants, Steve Madden Kataryna Sandal

11. Sandals

Whether you are headed to the pool or to the farmers market. A pair of sandals is a must-have in every girl closet. They are particle and an elevated version of flip flops.

My sandals are from Steve Madden. The upper looks like they are Raffia but they are actually faux leather. I was a bit disappointed when I received them but kept it anyway because they looked cute with every outfit I tried. My other favorite sandals are this and this.

Shop this Summer Look:

Tee (wearing XS) | Linen Pants | Sandals | Bag

 

I hope you enjoyed this reading summer essentials post and found some inspiration to create your summer versatile wardrobe. For more Summer outfit ideas, click HERE