Tops with Color, Texture, Pattern and/or Sheen
Don’t except to throw on a white t-shirt this summer and feel like a million bucks. Even in the heat, it is important to select tops that represent your personal style and add interest to an outfit. Color, texture, pattern and sheen are important aspects of style that allow you to express your fashion personality. And, starting any outfit with a fabulous top is like building a house on a very solid (and chic!) foundation. Use these patterned and textured tops for fashion inspiration from Neiman Marcus and Forever 21.
Shorts or Crop Pants
You should always select your summer bottoms based on your “show a little leg” comfort level. There are a variety of styles and shapes of both shorts and crops. The important thing is to identify the style and shape that is right for you. If you love your legs, don’t be afraid to select thigh-high shorts with a cuff (like this pair from Urban Outfitters). If you are thigh conscious, but still like your calves, opt for a bermuda short that hits just above the knee. If you want to keep cool without baring your legs, select a crop in a slim cut (like this pair from Talbots) or a cuffed, relaxed crop (for a slouchy boyfriend style).
A Go-To Tote Bag
An oversized tote is a must-have these days, no matter what the season. A super, slouchy tote will give your outfit a casual and summery element. Consider a bag in loose straw or light-weight cotton fabric for a totally warm-weather look like this one from J. Crew.
Statement earrings will take your summer outfit to a show-stopping level. Leaving home without your accessories is like forgetting to frost a cupcake. Scandalous! Skip the heavy layered necklaces in the heat and opt for easy, dangling earrings that will keep your neck cool and add a little bling to any outfit. Play with summer colors, like coral, stone and turquoise, in your earring selection, and don’t worry too much about matching your accessories to the other pieces in your outfit, try these from Anthropologie.
Lauren Bailey is the owner of Flawlessly Fashioned, a wardrobe consulting and personal shopping business based in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. She works with clients of all ages, helping them to develop a flawless wardrobe that fits their lifestyle and career preferences. Learn more about Lauren at www.flawlesslyfashioned.com and follow her on Flawlessly Fashioned’s Facebook page for daily fashion tips.