Before I completely transition my content to fall fashion trends and transition styles for the upcoming season, I thought I’d round up my most worn summer wardrobe staples. This post is always a fun one, but it’s also a worthwhile exercise and one I recommend every woman perform at the end of a season.
Assessing what clothing items we wore the most (and the least) helps us know what to eliminate when it comes time to switch out our closets for the new season, and it also helps us become better shoppers as we attempt to curate a workable wardrobe that matches our life and style.
This process is always evolving, but hopefully it gets easier as time goes on. I can certainly say that I’ve become more confident in my clothing choices and purchasing decisions as I’ve spent the last few years honing in on what truly works for me and makes me feel confident at this point in my life.
My Most Worn Summer 2023 Wardrobe Staples
After scanning the What I Wore Lately cover photos from the last couple of months, I came up with this list of my most worn summer closet staples from 2023. As much as I shop, I’m very selective about what I actually hang in my closet to wear on the regular, so doing these posts helps me be more strategic about what I keep and return.
also wearing: similar FRAME denim (29) // old AllSaints belt // Vince Camuto slides (8) // MOTHER Roller (29) // rattan earrings // Kork-Ease heels (8) // similar belt // straw clutch // Amo Welder Skirt (28) // similar sandals // Dragon Diffusion basket bag
#1. FRAME Le Mid-Rise V-Neck Tee // A great white tee is foundational to my summer wardrobe because it goes with absolutely everything, and it always looks chic and polished. When I’m ever in doubt for what to wear, a white tee with jeans never fails me. The key is for both pieces to be in good condition and fit well, and then to accessorize appropriately for the occasion.
I still love my ATM Schoolboy V-Neck Tee, but I find myself reaching for the Frame Le Mid-Rise V-Neck a lot more this year. It has such a flattering neckline and sleeves, and the smooth pima cotton fabric is classic and always looks polished, even after a day of traveling. (Yes, I’ve put it to the test!)
#2. KUT from the Kloth Porkchop Shorts (more sizes) (6) // Denim shorts are always on repeat during the summer months, but these are the only ones I’ve worn with any regularity this yera. When I try on other shorts, attempting for some semblance of variety in my outfits, I usually revert back to these because they’re so comfortable and they go with everything. I really like the clean, finished hems and the way the porkchop style pockets add interest. They run big; definitely size down, if ordering.
#3. MOTHER The Hustler Ankle Frayed Jeans (29) // I wear white jeans a ton during the spring and summer, and the ones I find myself wearing most this year are these frayed hem kick crop jeans. The silhouette helps balance out my ever-widening hips (thanks, perimenopause) and the length works well with both flats and heels.
also wearing: LOFT stripe dress (S)
#4. Dragon Diffusion Santa Croce large woven-leather basket bag // I was immediately drawn to this bag when Helena (Brooklyn Blonde) showed it on her IG Story. I love how it plays into the current trends, but it still has a classic summer vibe, and it’s not a bag that you see everywhere. When I got it in the mail, it was even more beautiful than I had anticipated, and I found myself carrying it more than any other this spring and summer.
Because it’s handmade, it goes in and out of stock frequently, but if you want one, you can add it to your Wishlist at Matches Fashion, and they’ll email you when stock becomes available.
#5. P448 John Sneakers in Peony (39) // I’m a huge fan of the P448 John, and when I saw this white on white colorway with the metallic trim early in the season, I snapped them right up. I just love how they pair with everything from dresses to shorts to white or blue jeans.
#6. Vince Camuto Barcellen Slide Sandals (8) // I had quite a few contenders for my most-worn sandals this summer, but I think these walnut brown Vince Camuto slides win the day. (Or the season, rather!) For one thing, they’re supremely comfortable with extra padding in the footbed, and I think the woven knotted upper and square toe are so pretty and flattering.
The walnut brown color is highly versatile, and it coordinates beautifully with my beloved Dragon Diffusion woven tote! It will also carry me well into fall, if the weather stays warm, thus maximizing their cost per wear. If you want to snag yourself a pair, they’re currently on sale at Macy’s and QVC.
#7. similar FRAME Le High Straight (29) // I hate to include a pair of jeans that’s no longer available, but as the summer progresses, I find myself reaching for these straight crop jeans more and more. It’s between these and the MOTHER Insiders in Dancing on Coals, but I feel like I’m moving away from all the distressing, and these FRAME jeans seem a little more refined. These were an #NSale purchase from 2022, and the cost per wear is mere pennies at this point.
For summer tops that are still available, I’ve found myself wearing the Anna Printed Stripe Tank quite a bit since I got it a few weeks ago, and the Chaser Sunset Rays Tank has seen a lot of airtime as well.
The one common denominator here is that all of these tops are from Evereve! I swear by Evereve for finding stylish pieces (especially tops) that you don’t see everywhere. The quality is typically better than average, and the styles are grown-up but still relevant to the current trends.
#9. Sea Level Cross Front One Piece Swimsuit (8) // Between a week at the beach and my backyard pool, I wear my swimsuits a lot, and the one I reach for the most is this cross front one piece. It slides on and off easily, and it’s flattering and comfortable too. I like it so much, I have it in both red and black!
Which of your favorite wardrobe pieces did you reach for most this summer?
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