Thursday, May 23, 2013

My 2013 Summer Essentials

Hi all!

Hope your week is going well!  We're in our last two weeks of school now (which always entails so much), swim team started earlier this week, and we're heading out of town this weekend to attend my brother's wedding in California so we're a little crazy around here!  My friend was saying a few days ago that she felt May was a crazier month than even December, and I have to say, I'm starting to agree!  Busy is good though...but I'm so happy summer vacation starts next week! 

With the warmer temps comes the need to break out the summer essentials.  I've had a few reader requests for a list of my 2013 summer essentials, so I went ahead and put together a list.  Of course there are many more items that could have been included, but I figured I'd keep it to my Top 10 so it didn't get out of hand. =)

2013 Summer Essentials

2013 Summer Essentials by jennifoundinmycloset featuring super skinny jeans

1. A pop of neon jewelry: I love a statement necklace and this one is perfection with it's great color combination and touch of neon.  Perfectly on trend and wearable!

2. Easy Breezy T's: Living in the mid-west has re-introduced me to humidity...lots of t-shirts are in my regular summer rotation.  Both patterned and solid colored shirts are a must!

3. Short Sleeve Maxi Dresses: I'm all about a great maxi dress but since I don't wear things that are sleeveless, I'm always on the lookout for a great short-sleeved dress.  Short-sleeves means I don't have to throw on a cardi!  I love this one with it's bold chevron stripes and plan to wear it all the time!

4. Metallic Flat Sandals: I live in sandals all summer long and metallic is so on trend and goes with everything.   I own both of these great me when I say they'll both get a workout!

5. Bright/Printed Swimwear: Mixing and matching solid and printed swimwear is where it's at!  I love this cute top and bottom together and plan to rock it all summer long!

6. Maxi Skirts: Skirts are so easy and fun and a Maxi skirt is even better because they're long so you don't have to worry about them flying up in the air and exposing yourself if the wind comes through!  I really love this bright turquoise color and the pleats were what sold me on it.  On-trend and super cute--check, check!

7. Tunics: I'm OBSESSED with tunics this season and I'm loving that so many stores are carrying them.  I think they are universally flattering (even petite girls can rock them with the appropriate length cropped ankle denim).  This one can be dressed up or down and I've already found many ways to style it.  Love!

8. Wedge Sandals: Love me a great pair of wedge sandals!   As much as I love a metallic flat, I could never give up my beloved wedge sandals.  Truth be told, I'd love to have a wedge sandal in every color under the sun!  They are so versatile and dress up any summer look.  The wedge gives more stability than a proper heel which is also great.

9. Cropped Denim: Even though shorts and skirts can keep you a little cooler during the summer months, I still always find the need to have cropped denim on hand.  You can roll them to create a more styled look, and mix and match them with everything in your closet!  I love them in fun, bright colors or prints for summer especially, but a great blue denim color is a classic.  Gap and Anthropologie carry some of my favorite cropped denim.

10. Lightweight Cardigans: Even though you may not wear cardigans in the summer regularly, having one on hand for breezy nights isn't a bad idea.  Lightweight cardigans are great for late night strolls or  movie theaters as well.  This cute floral printed cardi had me at fun!

So there you have summer essentials. What do you think?  What are your summer essentials this year?


  1. Fun List! I'm with you, I don't wear sleeveless things, so the summer can get mighty warm. I'd love to see some outfits that use t-shirts and crop pants. I feel like I'm always wearing a cardi in the summer (due to all the cute tanks I have) and I've decided it's just too hot.

  2. I'm really loving the chevron maxi dress -- so cute! xo

  3. I'm totally with you. All great pics. I have that cardi and love it. I think that it will also be a good transition piece in the fall when cooler temps arrive. Have fun at the wedding!

  4. Great picks, love them all. I have the metallic wedge sandals and wear them alot. Planning on getting the flat sandals too. Have a great time at your wedding.

  5. Where can I buy the turquoise skirt?

    1. I purchased that skirt at a boutique in Salt Lake City, UT at a boutique called "Koo De Ker". It was about a month ago so I'm not sure if they still have then in stock. They are on FB and Instagram so look them up! Good luck!

  6. GREAT list! I seriously want one of everything! I've been working on a Summer Essentials post myself and now I think I want to add all of this stuff too! lol

    XOXO, Jenn
    The Stylish Housewife