21 Essentials For The Best Summer, Ever

We enjoyed those few beautiful days of real spring. Now, it's just a humid, sometimes warm, sometimes cold road to the big shebang: summer 2017. And we've already got the next few months mapped out. After-work drinks are only permitted on rooftops bedecked in twinkling lights. Barbecues are slated for every other weekend, backyards alternating between friends. Summer Fridays are for sunset scouting along the coast.
Each of our summertime pursuits requires something different of our wardrobes — but, let's not forget how sweltering July and August can be. Your summer closet needs to maximize adaptability and minimize perspiration. How to achieve this delicate balance? We've selected the 20 pieces that will get you through every rendezvous, cocktail hour, and spontaneous beach trip. When the solstice hits, make sure you're ready for your best summer ever with these can't-do-without essentials.
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The One-Piece
You'll be surprised how much use you can get out of a good one-piece bathing suit, both in the water and on the street.

Sidway Anderson One-piece, $138, available at Sidway.
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The Denim Dress
Our go-to outfit for when we don't feel like putting in maximum effort? A jean dress, of course.

Side Party Denim Tie Dress, $72, at Lisa Says Gah.
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The Easy Slip-Ons
Give your kicks a touch of convenience for running out the door to summer outings.

Vans Suede Canvas Slip-on, $55, available at Vans.
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The Printed Short
Shorts for summer? Groundbreaking, we know. But this go-around, seek out a graphic board-short for something far more interesting than your worn-in bottoms.

Chloé Color-block Shorts, $1,150, available at Net-A-Porter.
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The Logo Tee
Graphic T-shirts are back in a big way, so it's time to go logo-crazy and stock up on your favorite brands.

Shop Super Street SSS White Tee, $68, available at Shop Super Street.
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The Weekend Duffel
For trips upstate and to the beach, you'll need a bag that carries all the essentials (and looks good, too).

Herschel Supply Co. Sutton Nylon Duffle Bag, $80, available at Urban Outfitters.
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The Versatile Bikini
Consider your search for the perfect two-piece complete: What's better than a top you can wear more than one way? Try this one with some high-waisted jeans.

Same Swim Honey Halter, $160, available at Same Swim.
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The One-Shoulder Top
It's all in the details when it comes to warm-weather dressing, and these delicate ties and soft ruffles make a subtle statement.

Rosie Assoulin One-shoulder Top, $1,695, available at Net-A-Porter.
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The Classy Cover-Up
Cover-ups don't always need to look like a caftan. A sleepwear-inspired wrap dress will have you going to the beach and back in style.

Solid & Striped The Long Slit Dress, $178, available at Solid & Striped.
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The AC-Ready Sweatshirt
Just because it's hot outside doesn't mean sweatshirts are irrelevant — have a graphic one nearby for those too-chilly conference rooms.

Tna Whitecap Hoodie, $75, available at Aritzia.
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The Quirky Slides
Let your flat footwear be the talk of your next daytime party.

Miista Valerie Sandals, $190, available at Miista.
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The Maxi Dress
Because what else are you going to wear to all those rehearsal dinners and baby showers?

Ulla Johnson Ariane Maxi Dress, $345, available at Moda Operandi.
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The Basket Bag
This mini reminds us that Jane Birkin was onto something...

G Viteri Mini Basket, $80, available at G Viteri.
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The Sheer Situation
When temperatures surpass the 80s, it's too warm for anything but the lightest clothing possible — it's also the perfect opportunity to take the plunge into sheer territory.

H&M Chiffon Dress, $29.99, available at H&M.
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The Flared Baby Blues
There's something about a cropped flare that just begs for a striped tank top, some nude sandals, and a long afternoon bike ride.

Rachel Comey Legion High-rise, $360, available at MatchesFashion.
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The Midi-Dress
The ultimate dress-it-up or dress-it-down wardrobe staple. Pair it with white sneakers for day, or black heels for night.

The Frankie Shop Blue Striped Belted Dress, $138, available at The Frankie Shop.
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The Summer Mini-Bag
For when you don't feel like lugging anything but the necessities.

ASOS Pineapple Cross Body, $29, available at ASOS.
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The Grown-Up Tube Top
They're baaack.

Loeil Liya Top, $82, available at Loeil.
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The Graphic Tote
We couldn't live without our carry-all tote bags, especially during the summer. Stow your sunglasses, your book, a park blanket, and whatever other warm-weather essentials you need in this trusty companion.

COS Large Canvas Bag, $49, available at COS.
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The Summer Straw Hat
Because everyone needs a straw hat to protect their face from the sun and look adorable in the process.

Communitie Crooked Straw Hat, $69, available at Communitie.
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The Wear-Anywhere Dress
From casual weddings to rooftop hangs, invest in easy dresses that will take you just about anywhere.

Petite Studio Bailey Dress, $119, available at Petite Studio.
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