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5 wardrobe essentials you should add to your summer fashion closet

Summer is one of the most anticipated season of the year around the world. Over here in Nigeria, Summer is the same as the rainy season. The weather is either too hot or too cold after a heavy downpour. In the western part of the world, it that time to ditch layering and thick clothing for the light clothes. Also, this switch in dressing mode means that you need to start digging into your closet to bring out your summer outfits. The bright colors, prints, loose dresses and the likes that go with summer. Nonetheless, whether summer or rainy season, there are some essential fashion pieces that you need for your summer fashion closet.

Print dress

Prints are always a summer staple. Every lady should own a print dress as a summer essential. For me, a print dress is a summer must-have for so many reasons. It brightens my mood, especially floral prints. Also, it is easy to wear, style and perfect for casual outings as well as vacations. You can your print dress with solid color heels like red or blue for a casual outing or as a Friday workwear. Also for vacations, a pair of sandals will go well with your prints especially for a day out to the beach. If don’t have a print dress, you can purchase yours from the latest collection of my fashion blogger Wumi Tuase. This summer collection is in collaboration with ShopMosBox. The pieces are sparkly, affordable and to die for. To own a summer dress, shop your own @wumituase on Instagram.

Smocked floral print dress: MWSummer Collection- ShopMosBox & WumiTuase

A pair of Sandals

As stated earlier, summer for us in Nigeria comes sometimes with a heavy downpour. If you are like who works on the island, sometimes the rains come with some pool of water on the roads. You don’t want to be caught wearing your heels or loafers in the rain or risk losing them through damage. Hence, you need a pair of sandals for such days. Sandals are an essential summer staple for both the rain or the sun. They are perfect for casual outings. Although, for me during summer, a pair sandal is always in my bag. This for two main reasons; to easily switch from heels after work or for rainy days. To shop for fashionable hand made sandals for a summer wardrobe, check out @solebysarah on Instagram. Her shoes are fashionable, affordable and she delivers to any part of the country.

Rattan bags

Rattan bags are an essential summer wardrobe staple. This bags also known as straw bags were everywhere last year. It is a timeless fashion piece to own. Although, rattan bags are mostly reserved as an accessory for beach hangout or vacations. But they are also perfect for any formal or casual outing. Straw bags go with every outfit for summer. You can complete your outfits with straw bags; a jumpsuit, co-ord set outfit, rompers for vacations print dresses or work wear. In Nigeria, fashionable straw bags are not easy to find in the local markets. So, you can shop it from Ali-express or jumia. ( Ali-express sometimes may take forever to deliver at your local post office). You can also shop stylish straw bags from @solebysarah on Instagram.

Sweater

The sweater is another summer wardrobe staple for our weather in Nigeria. It sometimes gets too cold after a rainy day. Worse for you if you’re at work, its extra cold from the air conditioners. So, a stylish sweater for summer is essential. I particularly prefer sweaters made like jackets. It is easy to style with both casual outfits as well as workwear. Also, it is easy to switch looks in such sweater i.e. you put it on when it is cold and remove it when it becomes warm. Since summer in Nigeria comes with rains, you can purchase a good sweater from your local markets like Balogun, idumota, etc. Interestingly due to the summer season, this sweaters are very affordable and are mostly thrift. The only challenge is finding a stylish sweater out of the variety sweaters in the local markets.

Neon Outfits

Summer is the one the best to add some bright color outfit to your wardrobe. Bright colors like coral reefs, yellow, lemon, red and even neon green. For this summer, add some neon outfits to your closet; tops, dresses, pants in neon hues. You can choose to go sharp in monochrome neon green or color block with other bright colors for edgy looks. Also for a minimalist look, style your neon green with neutrals like black, white, etc. To shop a neon outfit you could shop online at dhl e-shop from to brands abroad and get it delivered at your doorstep. Also, you can also get a neon outfit at local markets; idumota, Balogun, etc. (Thanks to our ever industries Ibo brothers).