May 11th, 2015 at 2:10am

Summer is all about practicality. On a whim, your friends decide to go to the beach, or to an amusement park or downtown for dinner. The key is to always be prepared with your outfit selection and maybe with that comes a little closet cleanout. You don’t need everything (especially not that off-colored shirt with little mice stitched on it). Toning down your wardrobe isn’t a bad thing. It allows you to see what’s important and what clothes you actually wear. So whether you’re emptying or purchasing, make sure you keep these must-have items easily accessible for your summer wardrobe.

First, pocket T-shirts are essential. They offer a sort of sophistication that a normal T-shirt could not provide. Plus, you can get graphic pocket T-shirts, patterned pocket T-shirts and of course, plain T-shirts. This Fashionisto displays the perfect use of a navy T-shirt by pairing it with brightly colored pants.

That brings me to my next must-have: colored shorts. If they are comfortable, these shorts are the ideal base of a summer outfit. They’re bright, they’re fun and they look good with almost anything. The key is to keep the color countered with something tame, so remember not to go too over the top!

Lastly, comfortable shoes finish off every good summer outfit. There is nothing worse than the person who is complaining 20 minutes into the trip because their feet hurt. So don’t be that person and make sure you have neutral-colored pair of Sperry Top-Siders, like this Fashionisto, or a pair of Vans.

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “When shopping, buy clothes that you know will match with the pre-existing elements in your wardrobe.”