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Versatile Clothing Pieces You Need To Survive Summer

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I’m one of those people who tries to get away with wearing the same things for work, weekends, and nighttime. Unless it’s a particularly fancy occasion, like a wedding, I make sure that whenever I make a purchase, my clothes are gonna put in overtime. And why shouldn’t they?

I wanted to share some pieces that you can pull off all day, every day. Read on for the most versatile pieces to wear this summer!

1. Midi dress

Midi dresses are my very favorite thing to wear—they’re flattering, they protect your thighs from hot plastic seats, and you can dress them up or down. A simple midi dress in a solid color or with a subtle pattern can go all kinds of ways: with a cardigan for work, a denim jacket at night, or by itself for the weekend.

2. Slides

One of the most versatile pieces to wear this summer is a pair of slides. I just bought my first pair, and let me tell you, it feels like a world of possibilities has been opened up. Slides are just as comfortable as flip flops, but they far outpace them in class. Pick a pair in a neutral and wear them with every single thing you own, basically.

3. Straw bag

Straw bags are one of my favorite summer trends. They look totally natural for a beach day, but they go equally well with Friday’s work outfit (think a white blouse tucked into pale chambray pants) and Saturday’s date night (with a sexy cutout dress). My only suggestion for petite girls is to make sure your bag is on the smaller side so we don’t lose you!

4. White jeans

Until I got a job, I completely swore off jeans for the summer. It’s too hot, I protested. Enter the season’s most versatile pair of pants: white jeans. These won’t make you sweat to death outside like a pair of dark skinnies, plus you can wear them on cool nights and in your drafty cubicle.

5. Loose button-down

Garden variety button-downs are the bane of my existence. Even if I buy the petite size, they never seem to fit me just right, so I swore them off. However, I love loose, boxy ones (especially from Madewell). For work, simply tuck them into high-waisted jeans or pants. On the weekend, I like to knot them above high-waisted jeans or skirts. On date night, pull an Audrey Hepburn and wear it as a wrap top.

6. Striped tee

I’ll admit it: I have a slight stripe addiction. In my defense, though, stripes are the classiest, most Parisian of all prints, so I think my obsession is more than justified. A simple striped tee goes with everything from boyfriend jeans to midi skirts, so get one (or a dozen) and have fun with it!

7. Denim skirt

It took me a while to get on board with denim skirts, but you should really see how I hunt them down when I go shopping these days. A simple denim skirt (with an appropriate length!) pairs really well with a blazer for work, a tee (perhaps a striped one?) for weekends, and a silk cami for dates (or, if you’re like me, for nights out with your Meetup group).

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Makena is the Decor Section Editor, and former Style Section Editor and Editorial Intern at Her Campus. She is a senior at Marist College majoring in Communication with a concentration in Journalism and a minor in Graphic Design. One day she hopes to put her writing skills to work at a magazine or women's publication.  Follow her on Instagram @makenagera and Twitter @makena_gera.