With the summer season finally upon us, you might find yourself going through your warm-weather wardrobe and wondering how you can spruce things up a bit. It's hard keeping up with all the different summer style trends, from the TikTok favorite "coastal grandmother" to choosing the perfect sundress. But sometimes all you need are a few simple pieces that have the power to elevate any look.
Style expert Preston Konrad stopped by TODAY with Hoda & Jenna to share some chic and comfortable summer staples that will give your wardrobe both the versatility and trending pieces that it needs. He says summer is all about having fun and these essentials will do the work for you.
Keep reading to see all four looks that will become your wardrobe staples of the season, from matching sets to a bold midi dress. Plus more expert-picked pieces to wear all summer long.
Summer staples as seen on TODAY
Konrad loves a matching set because you don't have to think "I having nothing to wear!" "I'm all about pieces that go the extra mile for you, so I love that this set can be broken apart," said Konrad. If you want to wear separately, Konrad says to pair the shirt with your favorite white trousers or light-wash denim.
This matching, high-waisted wrap skirt looks amazing with the matching top. "Pairing them together keeps you perfectly on trend without having to worry about styling your entire look," says Konrad. Or he says you can wear this skirt with anything from a casual white t-shirt to an oversized blazer.
Pull the look together with a comfortable, versatile white sneaker. According to the brand, this iconic pair of shoes has a soft synthetic lining and low-profile ankle that's both sleek and comfortable.
Keep your accessories to a minimum with this cute, trendy mini purse. The brand says it can fit a cellphone, keys, lipstick and credit cards.
Another simple way to complement the entire look is with a pair of chunky gold-plated earrings. According to the brand, these earrings are hypoallergenic, making them perfect for those with sensitive ears.
"Cargo pants are back and better than ever! Once a Y2K staple, they've come back with a bit of a chic makeover," said Konrad. These cargo pants will be your summer go-to comfort style with 100 percent tencel fabric and an elastic drawstring waist, according to the brand.
Konrad says to pair the chic neutral pants to match with your favorite bold print or solid top. He chose this simple ribbed tank top, which comes in nine classic and vibrant colors to choose from.
As a layering piece Konrad loves this 100 percent linen button-down. Featuring adjustable rolled-up sleeves, it's lightweight, breezy and perfect for the warmer days.
If you're opting for a casual look, these neutral slide sandals featured a faux-leather cushion sole for ultimate all-day comfort.
Gone are the days you have to go home and change from the beach. Konrad says this coverup is a wardrobe must-have. "Not just cute, so functional! Lace-up detailing to easily throw on and off over your swimsuit," Konrad said.
He says you can easily go from beach to brunch with a pair of cute sandals. These braided tie-up sandals can be worn multiple ways and feature less than a half-inch heel, so it's easy and comfortable for all-day wear.
This oversized woven tote bag will hold all of your beach essentials, from towels to sunscreens. Choose from three different strap colors, like a bright orange or classic black.
Konrad loves a classic pair of sunnies to complete a summer outfit. These plastic tortoise-shell sunglasses feature UV protected lenses and are under $10.
Hot pink midi dress
"The midi dress is one of the most versatile pieces to have in your wardrobe!" Konrad said. "This is that closet staple that can take you from a summer barbecue to a date night." He also says magenta is another summer must-have and combines both trends with this classic and feminine dress.
For those summer nights when the air is breezy, Konrad chose this oversized denim jacket. According to the brand, it's made of 100 percent cotton and has distressed details.
We've seen straw hats everywhere this season, and this one from Aerie is not only stylish but also a great way to stay on-trend and keep the sun off your face.
These black and white, crisscross pattern shoes add a fun pop to the outfit. According to the brand, these slide-ons feature a faux-leather cushion sole and soft-woven lining making them comfortable to be worn throughout your summer activities.
Pull the entire look together with this gold-plated, versatile layering necklace. Featuring an adjustable chain to wear at your preferred length, you can wear these all together or as individual pieces.
More fashion staples for summer
Style expert Jasmine Snow previously stopped by TODAY to share simple no-fuss essentials your summer closet needs, from fun flowy skirts to stylish sandals.
Available in petite, regular and tall, these high-rise jeans are authentic denim with no stretch so they break in over time and get better with every wear. These jeans are also made through their water-saving Washwell program which uses 20% less water than conventional wash methods.
Flattering on any body shape, these jeans provide a skinny compression fit from hip to ankle. With maximum stretch, you can feel comfortable and confident in these jeans all day long. These jeans also have booty-shaping stitching.
Think pink this summer with this adorable high-waisted shiny satin midi skirt. The flowy bottom makes this piece a summer must-have so you can be fashionable and comfortable even on hot summer days.
This white button down is the ultimate everyday shirt. Whether you want to wear it under a blazer or more casually with jeans, the crisp, just-pressed look makes this shirt a must-have piece. Right now you can grab this top at 35% off with the code FLASH.
With a loose fit, this button down takes business chic and transforms it into a breezy and casual look. Made 100% out of cotton, this shirt also comes in Oxford blue, sesame and sesame stripe.
Whether you wear this shirt into the office or with a pair of jeans for a more modern classic ensemble, this boyfriend shirt is a closet essential. Bust darts provide shape and a perfect fit while the classic collar delivers that signature button-down look.
Stripes are a classic, and when paired with a super soft cotton fabric, it is clear why this shirt is a wardrobe must-have. The semi-fitted shape provides a flattering yet casual fit that is perfect for tucking into jeans.
With a simple stripe and boatneck design, this shirt can be worn year-round. It also comes in a variety of colors so you can determine which works best with your current wardrobe.
Taking inspiration from the traditional French marine, it is no wonder why this shirt is call The Classic. This 100% cotton knit jersey is comfortable and features three-quarter sleeves and a round neck for a clean, finished look.
With an average rating of 4.9 stars from over 5,000 reviews, this dress is a summer must-have. Sizing for this dress ranges from XS to 4XL and it also comes in eight different colors. At only $12, this is a great affordable summer option.
This collab by Keds and Kate Spade will quickly become your new favorite summer sneaker. Featuring woven raffia and a substantial platform, these white sneakers are an eye-catching yet casual option.
Prepare to be comfortable all summer long in these Birkenstock sandals. The contoured cork footbed provides support and the two straps are adjustable so you can get a perfect fit.
If you are bored with the classic flip-flop look, why not try a more elevated version? The twisted fabric strap and playful print of this slide will bring your summer shoe game to the next level.
Available in women's, men's and kids' sizes, the whole family can look fly with these rainbow slides. To help the wearer feel as though they are walking on a cloud, each slide is injected with air.
If you want to spice up your footwear this summer, why not try a bold option like this metallic sandal? The shine mixed with a puffy ruched strap creates a unique take on a classic sandal.
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