If you are like most moms, you purchase clothes on a budget and have a few go-to items in your summer wardrobe that you wear over and over again. There’s no need to get overwhelmed when it comes to your fashion style. You can easily put together great looking outfits with a few key pieces that make you feel confident and beautiful.

The most important thing when it comes to your summer wardrobe is to have a few key pieces as your foundation. These can be mixed and matched to create many different outfits. Whether you are headed to the beach, the mall or the park with the kids, these five items will work. Just incorporate them and get creative!

A summer wardrobe is about simplicity. If you’re stuck in a fashion rut and tired of wearing the same thing every week, try to mix things up a bit! It’s amazing what you can do with just a simple white button down shirt

Key Piece #1 – A Gauzy White Button Up Shirt

A white button up shirt is a classic and a must-have for every woman’s closet. But for these hot summer months, it’s good to go with something a little more light weight like a gauzy material. It gives your outfit a more laid back summer vibe.

Here’s one look for the summer which is super casual and perfect while out and about.

Pictured above: White gauzy shirt, Rolled Up Cargos, Kenneth Cole Wedge sandals, Slouchy Hobo Bag

Here are a few other ways to wear a white gauzy shirt:

  • For a dressier look, pair the white shirt with jeans, strappy heels, a dressy bag and a piece of colorful jewelry
  • You can even use a white shirt as a bathing suit cover-up or a cardigan

Key Piece #2 – Nautical T-shirt

Nautical is in! Did it ever go away? Possibly for a little while, but it is time to break out those nautical stripes again. For summer, it’s best to go with a nautical tee with a ¾ inch sleeve. Dress it up, dress it down – wear it with just about anything.

Here’s a super casual, day at the park look. Remember the white button up shirt that I said could be worn as a cardigan? Here’s how.

Pictured above: ¾ inch sleeve Nautical Tee, Levi’s 501 Oversized Shorts, White button up shirt, Big Buddha Sailor Bag

Other ways to wear a nautical tee:

  • Wear a nautical tee with jeans and a masculine jacket for a super trendy look
  • Match a nautical tee with a jean skirt and a pair of sneakers

Key Piece #3 – Beaded Leather Sandals

The right shoe can really make an outfit pop and pull it all together. Add some colorful beads and you have a look that can take you from day to evening with just a few clothing changes. Wearing sandals with bright color beads allows you to keep the rest of your outfit low-key and comfortable.

Here’s a cute look that features a beautiful blue color that shouts summer. These sandals have me drooling!

Pictured above: Mia Beaded Sandals, White Denim Shorts, Lori Native Tank, Aviator Metal Sunglasses

Other ways to wear beaded leather sandals:

  • Pair the sandals with a simple summer dress
  • Beaded sandals go well with capris and a light summer top

Key Piece #4 – Straw Bag

Nothing says summer like a straw bag! It can carry just about everything from items for the beach or an everyday bag for those essentials. Most straw bags are large enough for you to toss a magazine, book or eBook reader in for some laid back summer reading time.

Here are a few straw bags that caught my eye. Straw bags with an accent like a flower or sequins really dress up the look.

Pictured above: Michael Kors Bag, Hathaway Straw Shopper, Bueno Straw Handbag, Straw and Sequin Bag, Poppie Jones Straw Tote, Flower Straw Bag

Key Piece #5 – Maxi Dress

I can’t express enough how important a maxi dress for the summer is. I’m sure you’ve seen pictures of a celebrity or two wearing one and you should too! It’s so easy to slip on and go, and you can literally wear it just about anywhere – whether it’s a neighborhood get-together or for a stroll on the beach.

Here are a few Maxi dresses you’ll feel fun, flirty and feminine in.

Pictured above: Black and White Maxi Dress, Bisou Bisou Maxi Dress, Paisley Patch Maxi Dress, Strolling the Sandbar Maxi Dress

Other ways to wear a maxi dress:

  • Use it as a bathing suit cover up
  • A maxi dress is also super comfortable for those early weeks into your pregnancy