My List of Summer Essentials

Your List of Summer EssentialsAs Summer is finally here I put together a list of Summer Essentials. It is June, so the weather really has no excuses left. We expect sun and blue sky every day now until September :-)

I haven’t had the time yet to completely update my wardrobe and pack away all the winter clothes. But it is very high on my to-do list. Living in a NYC apartment, it just doesn’t make sense to let clothing for all seasons hang around. There is just not enough space.

If you are unhappy with the items in your Summer closet and want to spice up some of your go-to Summer looks, here is my list of Summer Essentials – with an African Fashion inspired twist.

What do you think? Anything missing that you consider an absolute must have summer essential? Comment below!

 

My List of Summer Essentials

Temporary Tattoos

I am in love with temporary tats. The gold ones look great on your skin. Apply one before you go to the beach and remove it afterwards and voila, you have a natural tattoo right there. Shop temporary tattoos here >>.

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Baskets
Beach, Shopping, just to hang out – these baskets are quite the eye catcher in their beautiful colors. Unique basket designs by Babatree Baskest are sold by africaboutik.us. Made in Ghana besides being fashionable – they are also ethical. Shop baskets here>>.

Your List of Summer Essentials

Espadrilles
Espadrille are making a come-back every now and then. I used to not like them and consider them an item for sloppy dressers ;-) But I own Espadrille wedges with African Print fabric since 5 years and they still look fab and I always get compliments when wearing them. The Espadrille slippers by tsgr are comfy and stylish option for Summer outfits. Espadrille by French brand tsgr.

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Off-The-Shoulder Tops
Everything is Off-The-Shoulder these days. And that is fine with me. I met 2 women recently that told me they can’t wear off-the-shoulder designs and I gave them a side-eye and convinced them otherwise. Anyone can wear this and it looks just fab. Tops by africaboutik >>>.

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Tinted Sunglasses
Metallic lenses, green lenses, yellow, pink…. are still the hit.
I have a pair of shades with a pink frame and golden metallic lenses and they are quite stylish. Pics from Pinterest – shot at AfroPunk.

Your List of Summer Essentials

Your List of Summer Essentials

Tassels & Pom Poms

Tassels and Pom Poms are on everything now: sandals, clutches, leather bags, T-Shirts, dresses. It is playful and even if it might sound cheesy and granola – the tassels can  at times feel a little bit Hippie-esk – it can look stylish and fun. Slippers by Stella Jean.

Your List of Summer Essentials

Your List of Summer Essentials

Hand Fans
Heated subway cars or platforms, humid nights at festivals or concerts – not a problem with these beauties. The Hand Fans can be folded and are durable as handmade out of African fabric and leather in Ghana. Start fanning yourself with style. Hand Fans by africaboutik.

Your List of Summer Essentials

Your List of Summer Essentials

Denim Skirts
Denim is always a must have, but this season denim skirts seem to be everywhere again. Lucky me that I never got rid of my favorite denim skirt and jacket. Long skirt by Junya Watanabe.

Your List of Summer Essentials