5 Summer Fashion Pieces for a Versatile Wardrobe + OOTD


When shopping for any season I always try to find pieces that are versatile and can go with most of my wardrobe. I find summer to be one of the harder season for me to shop for because it’s hard to find items I love that I will wear next year + will go with more than one item in my closet. Today I thought I would share with you 5 summer fashion pieces that are great for a versatile wardrobe + an OOTD showing most of these items in my own wardrobe!

Collared Button Down Blouse

T-shirts are great for summer, but having a button-down blouse can be the perfect versatile top. They’re great for just wearing on their own with jeans or black pants, or layered under a tank top dress or pinafore dress. And when it gets into fall and winter, you can layer it under sweaters and have the collar show for an extra detail. I personally love the button down blouses from Uniqlo and they come in a variety of colors!

Black Pants / Culottes

Blank pants or culottes have become my go to for summer and I was surprised at how much of my wardrobe they go with. Because they tend to be more dressy, you can wear them with any off the shoulder top or any blouse you have with heels. But you can also wear them with a slogan tee and sneakers for a more casual everyday outfit. Because culottes are usually capri length, they won’t be good for the winter time, but black pants that can be rolled up are perfect for all year round! They also are a nice alternative to the usual jeans / denim shorts, and not to mention they can be way more comfortable too.

Summer Midi Dress

I have had every length of summer dress before, and I find a midi dress to be the perfect one. They are great for wearing with sandals, heels, or sneakers, layering a denim jacket over top, or a light sweater for cooler nights. And because they are midi length you won’t have to worry too much on those windy summer days! With so many styles, prints, materials, and patterns available you are sure to find one that you love. My favorite places to shop for them are Loft and ASOS!

Tote Bag

Tote bags are the perfect bag to have for any season, especially summer. Because they are usually bigger than normal purses, you can put everything you need in them, from laptop to makeup, jackets to food shopping, and carry everything with you on the go. They’re also great because you can get a canvas one for a more casual look (and usually a cheaper price), or a leather one for a more chic look. You can also get creative and buy a canvas one and design it yourself! I would just suggest getting one with a longer arm strap so it will be more comfortable having it under your arm for most of the day.

Sneakers you can “dress up”

I love a good pair of sneakers for any outfit, but having a pair that you can dress up is even better. I love any Vans sneakers, whether the Old Skool ones or slip ons, because they look great with jeans + a t-shirt or a summer dress! Find a pair of sneakers that will look good with more casual outfits and with slightly more dressier outfits. With so many brands to choose from you’ll definitely find a pair you love + will be comfortable for those summer days filled with lots of walking.


I love this outfit because it has most of these 5 items + it looks put together while still being extremely comfortable. This button down navy blouse is from Uniqlo and I love to wear it tucked in to these pants for a slightly dressier look, or left untucked for a more casual vibe. These black pants are from ASOS and I basically live in them or my Zara culottes most days. Since I’m not a huge fan of wearing shorts because they constantly ride up throughout the day, those two pair of pants are my go to. My blue tote bag is actually from IKEA, and I love how much I can carry with me + it has a pocket for my smaller items. And my sneakers are my Vans Old Skool which I recently forgot how much I love them.

And those are my 5 summer fashion pieces for a versatile wardrobe + an OOTD! Let me know what your favorite versatile piece in your summer wardrobe is! Also be sure to give my How To Create A Wardrobe You Love + Will Actually Wear post a read for more tips!

14 responses to “5 Summer Fashion Pieces for a Versatile Wardrobe + OOTD”

  1. Paula says:

    Love your vans – I have a pink pair with cupcakes on them! I think the trick to summer dressing is having your clothes a bit looser, like your button down here.

    • Kara Callahan says:

      How fun! I’m always tempted to buy myself a patterned pair. And I agree! Looser items are better for hot days x

  2. mia says:

    I love this post! My essentials have to be a pair of vans; they’re versatile and they look great with anything xxx

    mia //

  3. Velvet Blush says:

    I loved this post because I’m exactly the same! I have a wardrobe full of clutter but nothing to wear, because it’s not really stuff you would throw on for an everyday look. I am trying to find some good pieces, but you’re right, it’s so hard with the product lines in Summer which are all largely the same! I am definitely going to try and find some more blouses, definitely agree with how good they are to pair under jumpers 🙂 xx

    Velvet Blush

    • Kara Callahan says:

      I’m glad you liked this post and can relate! I’m also glad I’m not the only one who finds shopping for summer to be challenging. I hope you find pieces that you love for your wardrobe! xx

  4. Irina says:

    THis outfit is so cute! I really love it:)

  5. Neha says:

    U look so beautiful in this outfit babe…like your sneaks too……Kisses, Neha

  6. emma says:

    You look amazing girl! I love a good tote bag or pair of comfy culottes!

    Emma at

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I’m Kara Callahan, a 22 year old blogger with a camera in one hand and a book in the other. This is my lifestyle blog where I share life’s simple moments, tips + inspiration, slow living, blogging tips, travel photo diaries, book recommendations, and more with a few outfits in between. I hope you get some inspiration and happy reading!