As a brand new writer for Babble, I think before anything else that introductions are in order! I’m Merrick and I live in Huntington Beach, California with my husband and our two little boys, 3-years-old and 8-months-old respectively!
When I was working with a limited budget as a newlywed, I dusted off my sewing machine and started refashioning thrift store finds, as well as old clothing in my closet, to make pieces that were more flattering and trendy. Now, nearly seven years later, I’m creating my own patterns, sharing tutorials, and styling my handmade, refashioned, and store-bought clothing over on my blog, Merrick’s Art.
As a mom in my mid-20s, I feel like my style is always morphing, but if I had to sum it up in a few words I’d say colorful, uncomplicated, and a little bit adventurous. (That’s what your 20s are for, right?) And while I love to shop, I’m also very frugal and I have to buy groceries, so in addition to all sorts of styling ideas and tips, I’ll be sharing how to find amazing looks for less, making the most out of the pieces you already have in your closet, avoiding costly shopping mistakes, and much more!
Also, since we’re on the subject of style, I feel so lucky to start sharing my ideas with you right in the middle of the summer! Although I love fall outfits with boots, sweaters, and scarves, here in Huntington Beach we get temperate weather pretty much year round so I’ve been building up my summery wardrobe.
Here are the top 5 wardrobe essentials for summer that I think every woman should have in her closet!
5 Summer Essentials 1 of 16
Here are 5 summer essentials you should have in your closet this summer!
But First, A Hello! 2 of 16
That's me up there with my family! Hi!
Now onto the clothing!
Denim Jacket – Option 1 3 of 16
A good denim jacket is at the top of my purchase list right now. They are the perfect addition to a summery dress, a pair of white jeans, or even to throw on top of your swim coverup on your way to dinner after a day at the beach. They are endlessly versatile.
Find it at Target for $29.99.
Denim Jacket – Option 2 4 of 16
This is the perfect medium wash and the fit is impeccable.
Find it at Gap for $69.95.
Denim Jacket – Option 3 5 of 16
As far as denim jackets go, I'm always drawn to lighter washes, so this one is a home-run for me.
Find it at J.Crew for $150.
Floppy Hat – Option 1 6 of 16
To me, a summer when you live less than a mile from the beach is incomplete without a floppy hat. I recently picked up this one from Target and love it. It's big without being too huge, and is floppy, but has enough structure to keep its shape and doesn't fall in my eyes.
Find it at Target for $14.99.
Floppy Hat – Option 2 7 of 16
This one has a slightly smaller brim, and the scarf is such a fun addition.
Find it at Forever 21 for $12.80.
White Dress – Option 1 8 of 16
White is always the perfect summer color, and a white summery dress is an easy piece to dress up for a date, or dress down for a picnic. The cut-work embroidery on this one is perfection.
Find it at Asos for $101.82.
White Dress – Option 2 9 of 16
This crocheted hi-low dress is perfect for a breezy summer day!
Find it at Forever 21 for $27.80
White Dress – Option 3 10 of 16
This one from Gab is simple and pretty. With a little bit of detailing on the front. (And pockets!) It's a great choice.
Find it at Gap for $49.99 (on sale!)
Flat Sandals – Option 1 11 of 16
Brown leather (or faux leather) sandals are a must during the summer. I found a sparkly pair that is nearly identical to these at Target a few months ago (worn here - no longer online) that I wear non-stop. I even went back and purchased a second pair for when the first pair dies.
Find them at Target for $16.99.
Flat Sandals – Option 2 12 of 16
The interesting straps on these were what sold me. The little pop of color is also fantastic.
Find them at H&M for $24.95.
Flat Sandals – Option 3 13 of 16
I love that these are black AND brown, so they will go with literally everything in your closet.
Find them at ShoeMint for $79.98.
White Denim – Option 1 14 of 16
Again, white is definitely the color of summer! A pair of white jeans is a must (as is a bleach pen!), and they're so summery paired with a bright top, a chambray button up, or a leather jacket for evening. I recently picked up a pair from H&M (for $10!) similar to these ones and have been wearing them a couple of times a week.
Find these ones at H&M for $24.95.
White Denim – Option 2 15 of 16
Old Navy has several styles of jeans, but their Rockstar line is made to fit and flatter all figures. Plus they're a total steal at only $17 right now!
Find them at Old Navy for $17 (on sale!)
White Denim – Option 3 16 of 16
Gap jeans are some of my favorite jeans. These white ones are a great cut and a perfect thickness of denim that they're comfy, but not see-through!
Find them at Gap for $69.95.
What are your summer wardrobe essentials?!