Summertime Outfit Must-Haves!

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Summer has officially started, YAY! Where I live, it’s felt like summertime for a few months but now it’s starting to get freakin’ HOT. Like, over 100 degrees for weeks at a time hot. I spend all year waiting for the heat and when it leaves I miss it, so I’m definitely not complaining. But this summertime weather has me dreamin’ about perfect summertime essentials, so I put together some fun summer outfit pieces that are my must haves to make it through the heat.

Summertime Essentials

Summertime Must-Haves | Click to shop these summertime essentials, all under $50!

bell sleeves //  crossbody bag // lariat necklace // lace up sandal // patterned shorts // block heels // off the shoulder dress // swing dress // printed romper // patterned dress

All of the things listed above are relatively affordable, in my opinion. The most expensive thing is the patterned dress at the bottom right and it’s $48.00. Whenever I look at posts like this I always find myself falling in love with one of the items listed and then click and find out that a seemingly inexpensive sundress is actually $89.00. Maybe one day I’ll be able to spend that much money on one dress without having to eat only 4 grains of rice for the next week, but for now I try to stay below the 40$ range for outfits. So basically my rule for blog post shopping is: if I can’t afford it on my college student budget, it doesn’t make it on the blog!

I LOVE dresses and rompers in the dead of summer. They’re loose and effortless and it’s a whole outfit in one, so all you have to do is throw it on and you look like you tried pretty hard. Bonus points because it only really feels like you’re wearing underwear so you don’t have to deal with being sweaty yet stuck in clothes that are all up in your business. I love crop tops and shorts too, especially shorts that are soft and un-restricting like the ones above. Ideally, denim shorts are the summer go-to, but I just can’t seem to find a pair of high waisted denim shorts that don’t suck. I’m going to go on the hunt for some soon because I have crop tops that are begging to be worn but I just can’t bring myself to choose sucky uncomfortable denim shorts over a flow-y freeing romper! Do you guys have this issue too?? What are some good high waisted denim shorts that won’t break my bank? I’m taking any and all suggestions.

Sandals and flip-flops are a must for me because I’m all about open-toed shoes in the summer and they’re just so easy. I’m really not a big socks + sneakers person. (side note: When I lived in Utah I used to whip out my Rainbows whenever the temps tipped over 50 degrees. My feet were cold but I just missed my California footwear 😓)  The sandals above I think are so cute and neutral so they can go with anything! I love sandals and dresses, I think it’s the summeriest look possible and looking summery is always good in my book.

Let me know if you guys like posts like this! They’re fun for me to make because I get to shop around and then collage it all 😋 My artsy side and shopaholic side feel fulfilled.



  • I am loving bell sleeves and patterned shorts this year. Summer has finally come to New England and I can’t wait to wait all my summer outfits 🙂
    Love from Boston,
    Charlotte Luisa |

    • Summer clothes are seriously one of the most exciting things about summer! I’m with ya 🙂

  • Great essentials, love the tan bag!
    Have a lovely weekend 🙂
    Rosanna x

  • Im so happy that summer is finally here 🙂
    Loving all these beautiful pieces!


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