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6 Essentials You MUST Have In Your Wardrobe This Summer!

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Summertime and the livin’ is easy…nope, Ella Fitzgerald had it wrong about Indian summers. The livin’ ain’t easy when the heat is turned all the way up out here. This is a time when jeans just won’t cut it; skinny jeans aren’t flattering when you’re sweating bullets, and the phrase less is more ACTUALLY applies to the weather.

As temperatures rise, feasible clothes in your wardrobe decrease — you can’t really step out of to work in a pair of sweatpants or hot-shorts, even though they are comfortable AF. When everything is ablaze outside, you want to breathe comfortably but also look stylish.

The summer breeze can be quite pleasant, ESPECIALLY when you’re on holiday. Unfortunately, when you’re not, it can be a little bit of a pain. You do not need to give your wardrobe a crazy makeover for summer, all you need are a few essentials that are trendy and will totally go with the summer heat. Remember to keep it light, airy, and breezy when selecting these, as at the end of the day its purpose is to beat the heat!

So what are this season’s must-have essentials? Trust us these pieces will become your wardrobe BFFs from day one.

1. THE SHIRT DRESS

What’s the one thing you tend to hate wearing in the heat? For most people, it is anything that sticks to the body, making you feel even hotter. The shirt dress is ideal because it is loose, airy, and can be moulded to suit your formal AND casual needs. Pair them with heels for work or wear them with sneakers — they swing both ways. Pick out bright pastels or light colours in breathable fabrics like cotton or linen so you go with the summer flow and enjoy that pleasant breeze.

 

BOOHOO Ushi Cold Shoulder Shirt Dress (Rs 1,469 approx)

 

Lovebirds Two Layer Shirt Dress (Rs 8,900)

 

2. RUFFLES & FRILLS

Summer is all about that flowy, frilly effect, and why not? The season definitely calls for fun ruffles to come out of hiding. Constructed in thin fabrics and minimal materials, frills add a cutesy element to your ensemble. Go for sheer and light fabrics that fall elegantly on your shape. Tie in the Bardot trend and pick out something off-shoulder that will go with the season too.

 

Rena Love Embroidered Organza Ruffle Top (Rs 1,299)

 

Stalk Buy Love Peonies Top (Rs 999)

 

3. FLARED LEGS

We’ve seen a whole lot of the flared sleeves trend, so taking a different approach, why not try out flare pants instead? Yes, we are talking about the trusty palazzo. When you’re spending most of the day going to battle with the heat, you want to do it comfortably, don’t you? Flared trousers, long or short, are totally chic and light to wear. Pick out culottes, or elephant leg trousers, or even a bell-bottomed jumpsuit — they’re all going to go with that comfy summer vibe.

 

ASOS Striped Wide Leg Trousers (Rs 2,612 approx)

 

Label Life Chambraw High-Waist Flare Pants (Rs 1,370)

 

4. BRALETTE

Invest in a whole lot of bralettes, ’cause trust me they are going to come in handy. Bralettes work great under sheer blouses, cutout t-shirts, and loose tank tops. They add colour or texture to what would usually be seen as a very plain top, sort of like how a sports bra adds that pop of colour to your workout tank? Similarly, a bralette covers more, plus it just adds that great peekaboo effect to something very boring. It totally looks like you’re layering with two pieces, but you really aren’t… you’re just cheating!

 

Honey Bunch Velvet Bralette (Rs 1,633 approx)

 

Forever 21 Black & Nude Lace Bralette (Rs 1,259)

 

5. TROPICAL PRINTS

Brightly coloured jungle prints, even if it’s just in one element, will bring so much life to your wardrobe this summer. Leaves, flowers, botanical prints, all of them put together work great for the season. Shop smart and apply the print to the above summer essentials and get yourself a bralette, a pair of culottes, an off-shoulder blouse, or even a playsuit —  all in tropical prints.

 

MANGO Printed Mixed Blouse (Rs 3,590)

Zara Short Printed Jumpsuit (Rs 2,490)

 

6. GLADIATOR SANDALS

Gladiator sandals have got to be the sandals of the season. They are light, perfect for summer, and also come in different styles. You can either wear them zipped up or tie the laces up to the height you like. Pair them with shorts and a tank top, or knee-length culottes and a ruffled blouse. Gladiators work for a summer holiday as well as a brunch date with your girlfriends. If you need sexy sandals this season, then gladiators need to be your first choice.

 

Tally Weijl Gladiator Lace-Up Flats (Rs 1,599)

 

KOOVS Flat Gladiator Sandals (Rs 834)

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