10 Summer Essentials You Need in Your Closet

Can you believe May is half way over? We certainly can’t! The days are getting longer and we’re soaking up every last minute of sunshine! All of this warm weather has us ready for summer, but also made us wonder if our closets were ready for summer, too. The key to a great wardrobe is having a mix of versatile pieces that can be worn in multiple ways. We know you love a good style that can pull double-duty! So, we want to help you get the absolute most out of your summer wardrobe. Here are our top ten summer essentials that every woman needs in her closet.

1. Maxi Dress

Although we love ALL dresses, maxi dresses just may be our favorite. These breezy dresses are elevated enough for date night, but comfortable enough for all-day wear. Our Sunset Season Maxi Dress features a gorgeous tiered skirt, pop-color tassels and flattering vertical stripes, making it equally perfect for a beach vacation or a weekend farmer’s market.

2. Jumpsuit

Just like dresses, jumpsuits are such an easy one-and-done outfit. We love how easily jumpsuits can be dressed up or down, fitting for so many occasions. Our Open Road Romper is made of a super-soft knit jersey fabric, making it as comfortable as your favorite pair of pajamas. See our favorite ways to style a jumpsuit in a recent blog post.

3. White Jeans

For those casual occasions where you still want to look polished, enter: white jeans. White denim is the dark denim of summertime — elevated, classy, but still casual. White jeans are like a blank canvas — they truly can be paired with just about anything: a flowy tunic, cute blouse, breezy tank or even a basic tee. White jeans are a summer staple that you’ll find yourself reaching for over and over.

4. Pull On Shorts

Shorts are the summer item that you’ll live in 80% of the time, so you need to find a comfortable pair you love. Our Cool Breeze Shorts are easy, flowy and effortless. A pull-on pair is essential for maximum comfort and all-day wear.

5. Basic Tee

A cute tee is one of the most versatile items in your closet year-round. It can be worn alone or layered under a jacket or cardigan. You can dress it up with a skirt or cute pair of pants or wear it casually with pull-on shorts. Having a great basic tee (or a few) is absolutely essential in getting the most out of your closet. You’ll thank us later!

6. Breezy Tank

Too hot for sleeves? Go for a breezy tank top. A tank has the same versatility as a tee, but is better suited for super hot days.

7. Denim Jacket

A denim jacket is another item that can truly go with just about everything. Pop it over a dress or jumpsuit. Layer it over a tee or blouse. Wear it on the weekends with leggings and sneakers. Although essential year-round, a denim jacket is a great piece to have on hand for cooler summer nights. 

8. Sandals

Sandals are THE shoe of summer (and the best excuse to get a pedicure)! Although it’s fun to have multiple styles of sandals, if you have a neutral, comfortable pair, you only really need one pair. Whether you prefer slides or something more strappy like a gladiator sandal, make sure you have a versatile pair that you can wear with everything in your closet.

9. Sneakers

Between long walks with the family, vacation sight-seeing and weekend errands, it’s easy to get a lot of steps in during the summer. Make sure you have a comfortable pair of sneakers that you don’t mind pairing with shorts, jeans or leggings.

10. Straw Hat

Last, but certainly not least, our favorite summer accessory has to be the straw hat. A summertime classic, a straw hat is the perfect outfit completer, instantly adding personality to your summer outfit. Pop this on with your dress, jumpsuit, jeans or shorts for a fun twist on your look.


3 Ways to Style a Jumpsuit for Summer

Everyone loves a good summer dress. Dresses make such an easy outfit — it’s just one piece and you’re good to go! You look polished and put together, even if the dress is as soft as pajamas. But, dresses aren’t the only style that meet this criteria. Jumpsuits and rompers are equally as comfortable, chic and convenient!

Our women’s Open Road Romper is no exception! Made with an ultra-soft and lightweight jersey fabric, you’ll be comfortable all day long. The wide leg is super flattering and very on-trend. The color and subtle pattern make this an extremely versatile piece, able to be paired with a variety of pieces and colors in your closet! We know you’re always looking for fun new ways to style your pieces, so we wanted to share a few of our favorite ways to style our Open Road Romper.

3 ways to style a jumpsuit for summer

Cozy on Up

We’re firm believers that you shouldn’t have to sacrifice style for comfort (or vice versa), which is why a jumpsuit is the perfect item for days when you want to be cozy, but you need to look put together (hello, Zoom calls)! Curl up in our adorable Wouldn’t You Know Sweater and you’ll be at peak comfort level. Choose a simple accessory like a trendy headband to push your hair back and just like that, you’ll be polished in just three pieces! Need to run out for errands? Just slip into some comfy espadrilles and people will be none the wiser that you feel like you’re in your jammies.

Get cozy with the Matilda Jane Open Road Romper and Wouldn

Step Into Summer

Jumpsuits are one of those styles that can be worn for just about any occasion. Date night? Choose a jumpsuit. Beach vacation? Pack your jumpsuit. Family cookout? You guessed it, grab your jumpsuit. No matter the occasion, the Open Road Romper is ready to shine. Choose a few neutral summertime accessories to let the jumpsuit do the talking. We love a straw hat, beaded earrings and stackable bracelets! Platform wedges are a must-have for summer since they look dressy, but are actually quite comfortable and easy to walk in. 

Step into summer with the Matilda Jane Open Road Romper, a soft jersey jumpsuit, styled with your favorite summer accessories

Going Places

Although we love to dress up for nice occasions and stay cozy indoors, a lot of life is filled with days and moments somewhere in-between — errands, lunch dates with friends and going to your kiddo’s softball game. For these everyday occasions when you want to look and feel great without making a fuss, keep it simple with a few staple pieces. A jean jacket is a closet must-have because it truly goes with everything. A cute pair of sandals will easily be your most-worn shoes in your closet from May to August. Lastly, a simple long necklace is such a versatile piece that you can wear to dress up a tee, dress or in this case, a jumpsuit. Add this trifecta of pieces and you’ll be ready to conquer the day.

Get ready to go places this summer in the Matilda Jane soft knit jumpsuit. Layer with a denim jacket and comfortable sandals for all your summer errands and activities.

How do you style your jumpsuits? Share in the comments below!


Sneak Peek: May Collection Inspiration

It’s that time again — our next monthly release is almost here! We’re less than 24 hours away from the drop of our May collection and believe us when we say we’re just as excited as you are! For April, we just started to dip our toes into warm-weather style and now by May, we’re full-on ready for summer! Our May release is super special and we can’t wait to show it to you! But first, we got the scoop on our latest collection from none other than our VP of Design herself, Madeline Katzel! Let’s see what she had to say about May!

MJC: We’re so excited to learn more about the May release. Can you start by telling us about the colors you chose?

MK: “May’s color palette has all the happy hues of the rainbow! These few brighter pops are for true summertime.”

MJC: We love rainbows! What was your initial inspiration when designing for the May release?

MK: “Summer! To me, May is really the first month to get outside and enjoy the warmth of the summer months to come.”

MJC: Are there any special details this month that stand out to you?

MK: “Yes — there are SO many nods to rainbows this month. One dress has an entire paneled rainbow on it— and of course, it’s super twirly!”

MJC: Oooh! Tell us more about this dress!

MK: “The Charms Dress is one of my favorites. Not only is each separate panel the most gorgeous shade, but when they’re all put together it makes the perfect rainbow. Not to mention, it’s so twirly and fun making it an amazing dress for summer!”

MJC: So fun! Let’s chat about the women’s line next. Which style is your favorite?

MK: “I love the Sunset Season Maxi Dress. It’s super comfy and so stylish — plus, I love the vertical stripes! I’ll be wearing mine with a denim jacket on top.”

MJC: Before we go, there is a big holiday coming up — Mother’s Day. If someone is looking for a great gift for their mom or maybe even treat themselves, what style would you recommend?

MK: “I think the Changes Open Cardi is the perfect gift for mom. It’s an open stitch kimono, making it a beautiful layer to work over everything.”

We know you are super excited for tomorrow’s release! What are you most excited to shop? Comment below!