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20 Summer Wardrobe Essentials


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We know summertime clothing options can sometimes be tricky (honestly, what can you wear in 90 degree weather?). But don't fret Vixens, we're here to help. Stray away from your everyday t-shirt and shorts gimmick and try our 20 summer wardrobe essentials. From tunic dresses that can be paired with shorts and jeans to wide-leg silk pants that can be paired with crop tops or bralets, we've got you covered.

Flip through to see the goods.

Photo Credits: Saks Fifth Avenue, Topshop, J Crew, Nasty Gal, Shopbop, Zara, Ssense, Ottica, BCBG, 7 For All Mankind

 

 

White Tunic Dress

Braelyn Shirt Dress, $198 at BCBG.

Crop Top With Wide Sleeves

Crop Top With Wide Sleeves, $79.90 at Zara.


Ribbed Crop Top

Skinny Rib Crop Top Tee, $16 at Topshop.

Short Sleeve Jumpsuit

Short Sleeve Denim Jumpsuit, $99.90 at Zara.

White Tshirt

T by Alexander Wang White Classic Pocket T-Shirt, $85 at Ssense.


Maxi Dress

Maxi Dress, $12.95 at H&M.

Bralet

 Oh My Love Crop Top with Cross Straps, $47.64 at Asos.

Valentino Rockstud

Valentino Rockstud Patent Leather Cage Flats, $975 at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Crepe Jacket

Cara Crop Jacket, $110 at Topshop.

Cut Out BootJeffrey Campbell Muskrat Leather Boot - Grey, $188 at Shopbop.

Wide Leg Satin Pant

Wide-leg Satin Pant, $49.95 at H&M.

 

Mini Satchel

3.1 Phillip Lim Electric Blue Textured Pashli Mini Satchel, $695 at Ssense.


Panama Hat

Panama Hat, $58 at J Crew.

White Jean

7 For All Mankind "The Skinny", $159 at 7 For All Man Kind.

Light Weight Trench

Incognito Trench, $58 at Nasty Gal.

Black Kimono

Black Kimono, $59.95 at H&M.

Celine Sunnies

Celine Papillon Sunglasses, $277 at Ottica.
Miu Miu Sneakers

Miu Miu Leather Double-Zip High-Top Sneakers $303.48 at Saks Fifth Avenue.

 Tote Bag

Tote Bag with Pocket, $49.90 at Zara.

Gucci Sandal

Gucci GG Sparkling Thong Sandal, $585 at Neiman Marcus.

 

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