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These summer wardrobe must-haves will help you elevate your style quotient for the season.

It’s time to give your wardrobe a season-specific overhaul. With the soaring temperatures, shopping thoughtfully and investing in versatile pieces might help. We suggest investing in pieces that can help you create multiple looks as you transition from formal to the casual vibe. Here is our edit of summer wardrobe must-haves.

The classic white shirt

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White shirts are versatile. Whether you are a sari wearing traditionalist, a statement skirt-wearing fashion influencer, or a corporate executive – a crisp button-down is your best friend. From casually throwing them over a tank top to pairing them with jeans or brocade trousers, the options are limitless. For summer weddings, pull out those decadent lehengas and pair them with your white shirt for a bohemian twist.

Midi skirts

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Image: Courtesy Getty

Made in silk or denim, hand-painted or monotone, even those featuring the wildest of prints – midi skirts can pull your summer look together effortlessly. The trick is to go easy with the blouses, light blazers and jackets. Make sure there are no clashing prints or heavy embroideries, just let your skirt do the talking. Invest in skirts in hues such as olives, rust, and pastels that are timeless and chic. Keep your tops season-less, not trend-oriented so you can make your skirt the hero piece.

Shorts

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Image: Courtesy Getty

Shorts are a great summer-approved trend. These off-duty staples have been the at the forefront of casual dressing for a long time and have now moved over to the trendier side of style. From pleated leather options to knee-length styles, shorts can be paired with formal blazers, shirts, t-shirts or even light fancy blouses of your choice. Look for ones with statement collars or eclectic prints (Dolce & Gabbana-inspired shirts) to create a bold look. A word of caution though – veer away from shorts that are ‘too short’ or those that ‘ride up’. Anything that does not sit well on your waistline must be avoided.

Shirt dresses

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Image: Courtesy The Summerhouse Instagram

Breezy shirt dresses in silk, cotton or linen are a must-have in every summer wardrobe. The silhouette exudes a sense of calm, is simple and easy to reach out to on a hot summer day. However, you can always cinch it at the waist with a statement belt to give it a formal vibe. Light, chambray numbers are perfect as work wear – remember to opt for minimal designs over bold prints. You can also layer the shirt dress with a sleeveless jacket or a shrug to create a bolder silhouette. As seen on the runways of Chanel, Givenchy, and Chloe, you can also pair a shirt dress with trousers. Remember to style them with sharp-pointy pumps for a chic look.

Dependable denims

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Image: Courtesy Shaleena Nathani Instagram

You can never have enough denim in your wardrobe. And in summers, an off-duty pair of jeans becomes essential. Stick to classic neutral tones though. Denims are a versatile wardrobe essential, and they can be paired with everything from flow-y kurtas to fancy bra tops, ruffled off-shoulder blouses and even shirt dresses. You could change from a formal le-smoking jacket into a sleek tank top for the perfect weekend look.

Staff writer