Summer Style Staples For Every Age


While breezy dresses, flowing skirts and chic sandals are summer mainstays no matter your age, certain pieces that look great on 20-somethings are ready to be retired by your 40s (up-to-there short shorts, we’re looking at you). But the one thing we all crave in scorching temps is a carefree-cool ensemble, so we’ve mapped out the key wardrobe staples for every decade—from cutoffs to linen trousers and everything in between—to make sure you look amazing all season long.

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Summer Style At Every Age

In your 20s, cut-off shorts, a flouncy off-the-shoulder top and metallic sneakers are mainstays for the beach, brunch and beyond. For waterfront affairs, a bold bikini is confidently cool.

Cora Metallic Cutout Lace Up Sneakers


Loeffler Randall

Celestine Top


Rebecca Minkoff

Yaz Crochet-Trimmed Bikini Briefs



Yaz Crochet-Trimmed Triangle Bikini Top



High-Waist Denim Shorts



In your 30s, a feminine dress, halter one-piece, punchy clutch and vibrant pair of heels are essentials—all versatile enough for drinks, dinner and afternoon fêtes.

Janis Suede Sandals


Gianvito Rossi

Frangia Raffia Trimmed Straw Clutch


Sanayi 313

Papaya Scallop Mott Halter Swimwuit


Marysia Swim

Floral Maxi Dress



In your 40s, a lightweight shirtdress, wide-brimmed hat and pretty espadrilles are all-purpose pieces in balmy temps. For fun in the sun, a dark pair of sunnies ensure optimal UV protection.

Peach Pit Black Cat-Eye Sunglasses


Le Specs

Carina Canvas Wedge Espadrilles



Poppy Delevigne Gingham Cotton And Linen-Blend Poplin Dress


Solid & Striped

Amirah Faux Leather-Trimmed Straw Sunhat


Eugenia Kim

In your 50s, linen separates in modern silhouettes will keep you cool. Comfortable slides and a printed scarf punctuate any look from backyard barbeques to poolside affairs.

Striped Cotton And Linen-Blend Blouse


The Great

The Boardwalk Simple Slide Sandal



Floral-Print Silk-Twill Scarf



Linen Stripe Patch Pocket Crop Pant



In your 60s, beat the heat in a flowing kaftan, contemporary carryall and flattering one-piece at the beach or poolside—for more elegant looks, a mid-heel sandal is impeccable.

Perforated Design Bag



Leather Buckled Sandals


Massimo Dutti

The Anne-Marie Swimsuit


Solid & Striped

Embroidered Cotton Maxi Dress


Sensi Studio