June 21 marked the first official day of summer. And although in the Keys, we’re already into the full swing of our summer season, there are several wardrobe essentials that you should consider adding to your closet. In late July, many stores will start marking summer items down to make room for their fall line so start watching those sales racks for these must have summer staples.
Chic Cover-ups – A gorgeous cover-up is a-must in every fashionistas wardrobe. Look for cover-ups that can take you from boat mate to lunch date without much effort. I especially love colorful lightweight breathable fabrics to keep you cool on a hot day.
Light-Weight Colored Jeans – the colored denim trend is not going out anytime soon so pick a few in light-weight fabrics that you can wear through the cooler months. I prefer the skinny styles in bright hues that I can pair a blazer and ballet flats for day or a cute top and heels for night.
Bright Statement Necklaces – Summer fashions tend to have a lot of statement necklaces in beautiful bright colors. If you don’t already own a few, consider investing in one. If you wear a lot of blue, then try finding one in red or turquoise to add another color to your ensemble. Many current styles have several colors combined. Wear a multi-colored statement necklace with neutrals or pair it with an outfit in one of those colors.
Lazy Day Sun Hats – A wide-brimmed hat is another must in the Keys. Not only do they provide great sun protection for your face and upper body but they ooze fabulous. Pair one with big shades, a cute bikini and a bold lip and you’ll instantly transform your look.
Playful Patterns – There are so many fun patterns out this year. My faves are polka dots and the always stylish nautical stripes. Find a cute patterned pair of shorts or long sleeve top that you can wear into Fall and Winter by layering other pieces with it. For example, add a long sleeve top, loosely tied scarf and ballet flats with a patterned skirt for the cooler months ahead.
Light-Weight Summer Sweater – I love light-weight sweaters as they’re so versatile for our Florida Keys weather. Wear it on a cooler night for extra coverage during the summer months and then pair it with bright colored skinny jeans and a blazer in the winter months.
Sandals – This is a great time of year to go through your sandals to see which ones need to be tossed and replaced. If the soles are worn out or they’ve gotten stinky (it happens) it’s time to replace them. Make sure that whatever you buy is comfortable and will last for more than one season as in the Keys our sandals tend to get worn year round.