In the blink of an eye it seems we somehow found ourselves smack dab in what I like to call the most wonderful time of the year: summer!

Okay, so I know you’re probably disgusted at the simple thought of summer heat in the RGV, but I’d like you to consider one thing. The summer season is all about effortlessness. As the days get longer, your fashion choices should be quick and spontaneous. So, before you start worrying about what to wear to all those summer parties and cookouts, keep in mind that there are 5 key pieces out there that will take you from May to August and keep you feeling fabulous no matter what you are up to.

As a fashion blogger, I’m often asked to dress people. While I love lending a helping hand, I firmly believe in personal style. Meaning, no, I will not tell you what I think you should wear. Rather, I’d like to think it’s my job to help you find pieces that suit your style aesthetic and make you feel as fierce as Beyonce in Lemonade (minus the drama, of course).

So without further adieu, no matter your stance on fashion, here are 5 trend-minded  pieces to add to your closet this summer:

1. Slip Dress

slip-dressAccording to the fashion world, what was once considered underwear is now perfectly suitable to wear when browsing the aisles at Sprouts. Seriously, that’s what I love about fashion—the unpredictability.

This season, ditch your usual summer sundress for a slip dress instead! As there are a variety of prints and colors to choose from, selecting one that suits your personal style is simple. And when it comes to styling a slip dress, the possibilities are endless. If you’re a little leery about this one, opt for one in a solid hue and pair it with a printed bomber jacket and your favorite sneakers for a low-key look.

2. Choker

choker

No matter where you look (even the Kardashians have picked up on this one *eye roll*), chokers are everywhere! For those of you who tend to gravitate towards the more minimalistic side of the spectrum, this might just be your ultimate accessory.

From simple black velvet to leather and lace, chokers are the easiest way to bring a simple outfit to life this summer. If you consider yourself a jeans and T-shit kind of gal, throw on a simple choker for an updated twist on summer style.

3. Denim (Tried and True)

denim

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to denim, I’m extremely picky. I’m so over all those stretchy skinny jeans! Luckily, it seems the fashion world has had enough of them as well.

This summer, it’s time to head back to our roots and embrace vintage denim. Whether it’s a pair of denim cut-offs or a jean jacket that’s got you weak in the knees, make sure and opt for the good old cotton stuff. On the plus side, you can surely find some gems at Salvation Army if you’re looking for some authentic vintage jeans.

4. Off-the-Shoulder

off-the-shoulder

While last summer was all about the bare midriff, now it’s time that our shoulders get a little attention. In my opinion, there’s nothing that says summer quite like a breezy, crisp white blouse.

Whether you’re ultra-girly or you prefer classic silhouettes, incorporating a little off-the-shoulder action into your closet this season is the perfect route for a subtle update.

5. Athleisure

athleisure

I’m not going to lie—I’m a HUGE fan of this one. What if I told you that your gym clothes could serve another purpose (and no, I don’t mean to wear on H-E-B runs)?

Of course, this one can be a little tricky. Therefore, it’s important to take things slow. Start by adding some of your gym staples into your daily looks—think bombers, sports bras and those Nikes you love so much. Through the simple addition of one of these items into your daily looks, you’ll have athleisure down.

As each one of these pieces is a little open-ended, it’s important to pursue your tastes and opt for what makes you feel like well, you. Now if you’re getting the urge to do a little online damage, shop local instead! Check out shops like Layer the Boutique (Brownsville) and Shop 112 (McAllen) to get your fix this summer.

And remember, the next time you’re lying on your bed surrounded by the contents of your closet proclaiming that you have nothing to wear, pull out one of these signature pieces to get you out of your summer rut!