5 Must-Have Items for Summer 2013 from 'The Hot List'

Friday, June 21, 2013
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Thank you to J.Jill for providing The Hot List graphic below and for sending me a gift card as a thank you for taking the time to participate in this campaign.  The image above was created by me on Polyvore.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Whether you're building a brand new summer wardrobe from scratch or would just like to round out your existing one, there are a few items that are a must.  This year we are seeing a lot of washable linen separates in tropical solids and prints.  My favorite of the bunch are coral, turquoise, and watermelon pink.

9 of the 10 item's on this summer's The Hot List from J.Jill are featured in the graphic below.  From their list of 10, I think the following 5 are absolutely essential . . .

1.  Comfortable Tanks - If you are to survive the heat and humidity where I live, comfortable tank tops are essential, no matter your size or shape.  Pick up some in neutral colors, such as black, linen, or white, and then a few more in your favorite tropical brights.

2.  Shorts in Neutral Colors - Several pairs of Bermuda or walking shorts in easy-to-match colors will make summer dressing that much easier.  They can be paired with a casual tank top or a dressier peasant top.

3.  Lightweight Cardigans or Sweaters - One or two summer-weight cardigans would be perfect to throw on during the milder summer nights or when you find yourself in an air-conditioned restaurant or theater.  Choose one that would work with denim capris, linen shorts, or your favorite summer dress.

4.  Basic Summer Dress - Owning at least one basic summer dress will likely get you through most non-formal occasions during the summer months.  I prefer tank dresses because they are cool, comfortable, and can be dressed up or down with the right accessories, such as wrap and strappy heeled sandals.

5.  Easy Slip-on Shoes - Just as I like to slip on my laceless fur-lined boots in the winter, during the summer I want something that looks great, is versatile, and easy to slip on and off.  A simple pair of slip-on sandals is what I would recommend because they would go with most casual outfits from shorts to dresses to capris.

6.  Medium-Sized Summer Tote - (I know I only said 5, but this one is important!)  Now that you do not need to carry all your extra winter gear, you can downsize to a medium sized tote that is  just large enough for your essentials, plus a magazine or a tablet.  If you like to wear neutral tones for clothing, then try choosing a bright tropical tote for a pop of color.  If your outfits are usually bright and colorful, then choose something neutral, like linen, black, or one of your favorite metallics.

Have I left anything out?  Tell me which summer wardrobe pieces you just cannot live without.  Be sure to visit JJill.com for more wardrobe inspiring ideas.

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Published by Karen Coutu
  1. slehan Said,

    I like the shorts and the tank with the flower.

    slehan at juno dot com

    Posted on June 22, 2013 at 2:33 AM

  2. I need a couple summer dresses and some capri's actually. A cute pair of sandals also helps.

    Posted on June 22, 2013 at 9:54 AM

  3. VickeC Said,

    love the picks you have they are really nice,,several of them would be on my list too

    Posted on June 22, 2013 at 11:12 AM

  4. Betsy Barnes Said,

    I can't live without shorts and capris during the summer :)

    Posted on June 22, 2013 at 1:14 PM

  5. I have never bought anything from this store but these are some cute items. I was checking out their site and they have some nice items on clearance.

    Posted on June 23, 2013 at 3:08 PM

  6. Karen Coutu Said,

    @Denise Taylor-Dennis: Yes, Denise! I have found some items I love for great prices in the Sale/Outlet section and many of the items are still in-season.

    Posted on June 23, 2013 at 3:14 PM

  7. Kate Fuller Said,

    I must have shorts and slip-on sandals during the summer.

    Posted on June 23, 2013 at 7:14 PM

  8. Brandy Said,

    I love the washable linen cardigans and have quite a few. I don't find that the sleeveless look is for me (arm wise and it's unprofessional in the office!). I use them to keep summer clothes wearable :) It is definitely my style to do a tank and linen cardigan!


    Posted on June 28, 2013 at 9:20 AM

  9. Rose-Marie Said,

    that is a nice collection. I'm chuckling you included the tote, as I've been on a mission to find a tote that I like - harder than I thought!

    Posted on June 28, 2013 at 12:03 PM


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