The Only Basics You Need to Complete Every Simple Summer Outfit

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We admittedly love to shop for new, trendy pieces, but there’s something so comforting about a closet full of basics. And that rings especially true during the scorching summer months when we don’t want to waste time thinking about what to wear. Stock your wardrobe with these eight must-haves and you might even swear off shopping for the rest of the summer. (That was a good joke, right?)

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Linen Sundress

So easy and breezy, it’s almost like walking around with a personal AC unit.

Get the look: Reformation ($198); Joie ($298); Whistles ($319)

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Long(er) Denim Shorts

There’s a time and place for cutoffs…like the summer before senior year. Now that you’re older and wiser, grab a pair that actually covers your derriere.

Get the look: Madewell ($50); Topshop ($60); Levi’s ($80)

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Crisp White Tee

There’s nothing more classic than a white tee French-tucked into the aforementioned denim shorts. This summer opt for a heavier fabric, so your tee isn’t too sheer.

Get the look: Madewell ($16); Everlane ($18); Hanes ($34)

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Puff-sleeve Blouse

Yes, this top is pretty trendy. But once you see how seamlessly it fits into your wardrobe, you’ll want to make it a mainstay.

Get the look: Something Navy ($69); Lovers + Friends ($146); Karina Grimaldi ($218)

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Lace-up Sandals

Slides are easy, but lace-up sandals just feel a little more dressed-up.

Get the look: Madewell ($60); Steve Madden ($70); Emme Parsons ($395)

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Swimsuit As A Bodysuit

After your final dip of the day, slip on a skirt or some linen pants and no one will be the wiser. This is the quintessential beach-to-bar outfit.

Get the look: Something Navy ($69); Chelsea28 ($79); L Space ($180)

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Cropped Linen Pants

So comfy, you’ll gladly tuck your jeans away until fall.

Get the look: Billabong ($60); Free People ($98); Jenni Kaye ($245)

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Denim Jacket

The ultimate off-duty topper for late-night ice cream runs and midnight strolls on the beach.

Get the look: Topshop ($75); Madewell ($118); Reformation ($128)

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