While we usually think tank tops, summer dresses and short shorts when it comes to summer, there are a lot of other staples that I think are worth stocking up on - not just because they will complement all your skimpy summer pieces, but because when the warm weather takes its leave again, these are pieces you can continue wearing straight through to the next sunny season. Here are my top 4 items and why you need them: 

1. Bucket Bag: Weirdly, not all bags go with both hot and cold weather looks, but a bucket bag definitely does. Plus, it's big enough to hold all your summertime essentials. (ahem, selfie stick slash go pro)

2. Plaid Shirt: Even summer nights can be cold, and a plaid shirt looks awesome thrown loosely over a tank and shorts, or tied at the waist over your little summer dress. 

3. Ankle Boots: They go with shorts, dresses, and even mini skirts. Plus they'll make that super huge abominable snowman jacket you'll be wrapping yourself in come winter look trés chic. 

4. Wide Brim Hat: From the perfect complement to your sunblock to the solution for any bad hair day, this is just a summertime must-have. And it will keep that noggin toasty when the sun don't shine. 

How do you shop for a new season? Would love to hear your thoughts!