When the sun starts to sink later in the day and you drink nothing but sweet tea (well in the south) it can only mean one thing: summer.

11 summer essentials
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Well I can’t dive into my birth season without a few essentials. I’ve also linked similar pieces below.

Summer essentials
1. A summer dress-lately I’m all about the one shoulder look, but a good sun dress is always part of my wardrobe. Check these out:

2. Sunscreen– I cannot be the only one deathly afraid of skin cancer. Remember this post? The one pictured here I got from Julep and I love it because it doesn’t leave those weird white streaks when you spread it. Here are some other options:

3. Cute graphic tees– I have this one (well it’s similar) and I freakin’ love it. Remember those earrings on Instagram that I couldn’t find an outfit for? I totally forgot about this tee. Look at these:

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4. Cold shoulder blouse– last summer it was off the shoulder everything (well it still kinda is), but now it’s all about cold shoulder blouses! Take a look at these:

5. Classic sunnies-honestly, a good pair of aviators are essential for any season. Mine are super old and super worn out, but they fit my face perfectly and I wear them all the time. Here are some other ones:

6. Statement earrings– Another every season essential, but paired with a darling off the shoulder/cold shoulder tee= ADORABLE! These are gorge:

7. ย Cute shorts– summertime=shorts all day er’ry day(?). Plus scalloped trimmed? BONUS! Check out these cuties:

8. Palm print/cute phone case– Give me an adorable phone case and I’ll be your bestie. Plus palm print is so hot right now. Here are some awesome cases/palm print must haves:

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9. Summery-red nail polish-I don’t know how to describe the shade, but it’s different than a Christmas-y red. Case in point:

10. Floppy sun hat– Okay, last summer I WAS NOT feeling these, but this summer is a totally different story! Bonus points if there is a cute accent like these:

11. Scalloped one piece bathing suit– I saw a white version of this suit somewhere online and I fell in LOVE. Here are some other beauties:

Those are my summertime essentials! If you liked this (which I hope you did) check out my treat yo’ self post!

What are your summer essentials?

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Author: Alix Maza

Alix is a college student, Step Up Magazine contributor, wannabe author, blogger and a super girly-girl who loves dogs and is entirely too dependent on coffee.

  • Amanda Mason

    Cute style! I also love that you give multiple price points.

    • The swimsuits are pricey! I know there are some cheaper options out there.

  • I love that pineapple tee. I’ve been seeing pineapples everywhere, and I’m so in love with the trend. Sunglasses are definitely a must. The pair I get the most compliments on was only $3 in the Target dollar section. I wear them everywhere! I also got a really cute American flag pair for $6 at Charlotte Russe. I’ve been wanting a floppy sun hat for forever! I used to have one and then it got ruined when I moved. I was crushed!

    • Nice! I have a floral pair from F21 that I got for like 5 bucks haha. You need to get another floppy hat!

  • I love that pineapple top and I just recently got a pair of Quay high key aviators and I am obsessed with them! Great round up!

    • I’ve seen Quay pairs everywhere!

  • Breanna Raine

    First of all, thanks for doing price points! That makes all the difference when shopping around. Secondly, I just added a few things to my wishlist! Thanks for this post!

    Breanna | breannaraine.com

    • Yeah those swimsuits are def on my wishlist!

  • Nicole Green

    I’m a summer baby too so this is by far my favorite season! I’m loving all the fun statement earrings and one piece suits that are out this summer!

    • I just ordered some super cute statement earrings! So excited!

  • I also got the Julep Beaty sunscreen! It’s perfect because it doesn’t leave me with a white tint on my skin! I love the one pieces that you shared, those scallop edges are adorable!

  • Miss ALK

    I’ve been wearing lots of statement earrings this summer- love them! ๐Ÿ™‚

    xoxo A

  • Rachel Ritlop

    Love a good stitched hat and pineapple tee! Always good choices!

    • I’ve been wanting to wear my pineapple tee everywhere lol.

  • I’ve had my eye on a couple of scalloped pieces. Definitely need to get my hands on one of those swimsuits. Lovely post!


    • I’m loving absolutely everything scalloped!


    Love the pineapple phone case ! Thanks for sharing this, and I never thought of wearing Red polish during the summer, I think I’ll try that NEXT.

  • Anna Hubbard

    Yes! I live for a good pair of shades!

  • thesophiadiaries

    I love how you included a phone case!!! xD but loooving these essentials, especially sunscreen ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • LipSense is my top summer essential!

  • Audrey Knizek

    Never thought I’d like a one piece, but the scalloped suit is SO cute!

  • You can’t go wrong with a great one piece that you can layer shorts over at the beach to transition into town!

    • Omg yes! The ultimate summer outfit.

  • Love them all! The scalloped suit is calling my name.

  • mckenna bleu

    That hat is so adorable! I havent seen that phrase!

  • That dress is so cute! I definitely need one like that.

    xx, Melissa

  • Casey

    Lilly shorts are a definite must! Great picks!

    • Anything Lilly is a must for summer! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Love that dress. I’m a sucker for a one shoulder dress!

  • Jordyn Upchurch

    I love the statement earrings for summer-it’s my favorite time of year to pull mine out!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern And Style

    • I just ordered a great pair! So excited!

  • These are all great summer suggestions. I have been a big fan of the off the shoulder tops so I really like the one shoulder dress.

    • Cold shoulder tops are great too!

  • Samantha Elaine

    I seriously LOVE the pineapple graphic tee, and the pineapple phone case! I’m noticing a trend here… ๐Ÿ™‚

  • My number one essential is my sunblock, I am a very fair skinned person. I burn after being in the sun for like 10 minutes. My second are my sunglasses, which are custom because they are prescription.

    • Mine used to be subscription also!

  • great recs! i also am digging the one shoulder summer dress look. Also love the pineapple iphone case, and I own one pair of shorts…probs time to invest in more. Thanks for sharing!

    • J. Crew Factory is having a huge sale on shorts right now!

  • Christa Stull

    These are great. I love the dress!

  • I am loving cold shoulder tops lately! Also cute shorts are definitely a must! Loving all your picks!!

  • Jennifer Schmidt

    I have been loving scalloped one piece swimming suits and loved to find more! Plus aviators are the only sunnies that I wear.

    • The aviators I have are my absolute favorite pair.

  • i love the dresses and the scalloped one piece! So cute. I need to grab a new suit soon.

    • I need to also, I think I’m gonna go for a scalloped one piece. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ruthie Ridley

    I love this round up! 1 and 5 are my faves!!!

  • This is such a great roundup! I’m still looking for a cold-shoulder top, and sunscreen is a must for me because I’m so pale!

    • I have like 2 or 3 cold shoulder tops… haha.

  • I’ve been getting more into graphic tees lately, especially the ones that seem like they’re aimed at bloggers (coffee, brunch, blogging related, etc.) – they’re so cute. ๐Ÿ™‚

    And I’m LOVING the cold-shoulder trend – I think between my mom and I, we have like six cold-shoulder tops. They’re just so versatile.

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    • I’m ALWAYS looking for a good blogging graphic tee! Tell me if you find some haha.

  • Brittany Daoud

    Oh I love Marysia swim! One of my favorite swimwear brands!

    • I just found out about them! So cute!

  • I would love to have a floppy hat for those bright sunny days!

    • Mine’s not super big and floppy, but it has a cute bow!

  • Kristina Wiggins

    I’m all about the cold shoulder ruffly tops! Oh & sunscreen of course ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Carly Ned

    I’m loving all the ruffles and scallops. Super cute!

  • Great roundup. #10 is one of my faves for summer. The sayings are so cute. I love the hats in black and white too!

    • I haven’t seen the white ones, I bet they’re cute!

  • Love your picks! I was actually looking for a scalloped one piece today!

  • Yes to all these picks- so perfect for summer! Always need a pretty perky red and those floppy hats are a must for sitting out in the sun!

    • A bright red is a must for summer.

  • It’s not really summer unless I have my hat and my sunglasses! Love your picks!

    Yvanne | composedcollected.blogspot.com

  • Ditto #1! I’m all for a one-shoulder dress, especially this summer!

    • I’ve always loved them, but this summer I’m obsessed!

  • That pineapple tee is adorable!

  • I love the off shoulder top and shorts, perfect dress for summers.