Essence Staff Sounds Off On Their Favorite Summer Item

The official day of summer starts tomorrow, so we are ready to crank out our summer looks. Now that rooftop season is here, we are rounding up some of the ESSENCE editors favorite summer items—from crop tops to mini bags. And with Essence Festival around the corner, we are scrambling around our HQ to figure out what we are wearing down in New Orleans.

Check out what ESSENCE editors are pulling out their bags for this hot girl (or hot boy) season.  

Nandi Howard, Assistant Fashion Features EditorCrop Top

“I can’t deny that I love a crop top [shamelessly in any weather] and with 2000’s fashion making a comeback there are so many options.”

James Love, Associate Fashion Market EditorShorts

“It’s a hot boy summer.”

Shalwah Evans, Associate Beauty EditorShorts

“I love me a pair of short shorts. I wore skirts my entire life for religious reasons, so when I got old enough to choose for myself I discovered that I have nice legs under there. I love to show them off in a pair of booty-hugging shorties!”

Jennifer Ford, Associate Beauty EditorClear Bags


“My clear purse! Instead of swapping out my bag to match every outfit, I can rock this because it goes with everything!”

Jasmine Grant, Love & Sex EditorSandals

“They’re the perfect blend of comfort and style, they come in a bunch of colors and they work with mostly any summer outfit.”

Danielle Pointdujour, Lifestyle EditorSandals

“OMG! These sandals are my favorite accessory. I used to wear boring black, brown and white sandals, maybe a little gold for ‘spice,’ until a girlfriend got me a pair of these and now I’m obsessed! They are so much fun and put me in a good mood whenever I wear them. I want them [and the flats!] in every color they have.”

Dominique Hobdy, Senior E-Commerce Editor – Romper

Rompers—just because they’re like a complete sentence outfitwise. Once you throw one on, all you need is a fire pair of shoes, accessories and a bag. Also, they’re usually light and airy. A convenience issue usually arises when it’s time to use the bathroom, but that’s a minor detail compared with the overall ease of the look.”

Morgan Paige, Lifestyle Editorial InternMini Bag

“I love mini statement bags like the mini purses from Jacquemus and the statement print bags like the Dior saddle bag, which is my favorite accessory of the summer.”


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