While I’m all about a cool, statement-making piece here and there, the real backbones of any wardrobe—both seasonally and year-round—are undoubtedly the basics. If you don’t have those covered, it’s almost impossible to get dressed, so today, we’re focusing on those summer items that you can’t (and really shouldn’t want to) live without: sunglasses, dresses, bags, bikinis, tanks, shorts, and sandals.
No matter your budget, I’ve got you covered with my pick of the aforementioned pieces at a range of prices. From the $11 tank I’m loving at Nordstrom to the $80 Levi’s shorts I even added to my own cart to the $320 Sleeper dress I would splurge on in a heartbeat, below, you’ll find 35 items I stand behind completely for the months and years ahead. To get started, simply keep scrolling, and then be sure to check out these summer-ready outfits you probably already own.