10 Summer Closet Staples You Should Own

summer closet staples

These ten items are summer closet staples each of you should have in your closet! It’s a great foundational wardrobe for summer. Check out if you have all ten of them!


Let’s talk about summer closet staples

Over the past six months I’ve been doing a monthly series here on Merrick’s Art about Closet Staples. If you’ve missed them, you can see all the posts RIGHT HERE.

But today I wanted to share 10 closet staples that are specific for summer. Shorts, sandals, t-shirts, sunglasses, swimsuits…you get the idea.


See if you have all ten of these closet staples!



I have a few pairs of sunglasses that have become my favorites over the past few years. You can read about my top three RIGHT HERE! I also just recently bought THIS PAIR OF BLACK SUNGLASSES for $11 this summer and I’m loving them.



I’m a major baseball cap wearer during the summer. They’re a great way to protect my face and eyes from the sun, but also add a cute accessory. I also love my FELT FEDORA and a good STRAW HAT!



Obviously sandals are a summer staple. I love having a few flat pairs, plus a wedge or heeled pair, and a pair of rubber sandals for the pool.


Denim jacket

A good denim jacket is a must have. For those cooler evenings, or when you need a layer, a denim jacket is the perfect summer outerwear. THIS ONE is my favorite and under $50!


White tee

Ok, we could say that all t-shirts could fit in this category, but if we’re really going to pare it down, a white tee is the MOST essential of all tees in my opinion. I did a hunt for THE BEST WHITE TEE in this blog post, and THIS ONE under $15 ended up being the winner.



For religious reasons, I wear longer shorts for everyday, and good bermuda shorts are really hard to find. I found a few pairs, including the pair I’m wearing IN THIS POST, and linked some below. But if you’re in the market for shorter shorts, THIS IS MY FAVORITE BRAND AND STYLE.


White jeans

I’ve been on the hunt for really good white jeans for literally years. I’ve found a few good pairs, but nothing amazing. Then I found THIS PAIR OF WHITE JEANS this year and they’re not see through, high waisted, and so flattering. They run a little small, but I ordered two sizes (free shipping and free returns!) and ended up going with my normal size, 26W. They fit more like a 25-26 and they’re perfect.




There are so many good one piece swimsuits out there right now, but for three summers THESE ONE PIECE SWIMSUITS have been my absolute favorite. They have great coverage on the back, they’re super flattering, comfortable, and so affordable!


Anywhere dresses

I searched for years for the perfect summer dress that was versatile, flattering, comfortable, and didn’t require any layers or adjusting. I finally designed them myself and created THE ANYWHERE DRESS. They’re still on pre-order, but we’re getting inventory in about 2 weeks and will have everything shipped out ASAP after that, so grab one now!



Since I bought my MADEWELL LEATHER CROSSBODY BAG, I have hardly used any other bag for everyday. It’s the perfect size and goes with everything. But I’m also using THIS AMAZING TOTE for the pool (it’s so giant and on sale right now!!), and linked a few other summer bag favorites below.


Don’t forget to check out my full monthly CLOSET STAPLES SERIES!

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