Ready, set, summer! It’s time to take the (stylish) plunge straight into the deep end of this season’s fashion dos. Whether it’s swapping out your go-to tote for a colorful new bag or rethinking your accessories when the temps soar, here are the 10 fashion rules of summer our Stylists swear by.
1. CHOOSE NATURAL FIBERS TO BEAT THE HEAT
“When it comes to fabrics, choose lighter options like cotton, rayon and linen. Breathability is key when the sun comes out to play!” — Laurie H.
2. EMBRACE LOOSE, FLOWY STYLES
“Try a fashion-forward pair of palazzo pants that drape loosely around your leg. You can even sport them to work in a solid black or navy, worn with a blazer and silk top.” — Lucy B.
3. PICK THE PERFECT PAIR OF SHORTS (THAT FLATTER AND FIT!)
“It’s short season, so pick one pair that fits and flatters you and stick with them. Petite? Try a pair that’s flowy and pleated in the front to give you some structure!” — Jodi I.
4. SLIP INTO SUMMER SANDALS
“Summer’s the perfect time to find a new pair of sandals. I like slide sandals for their comfort & ease (just like flip flops!). Metallic and textured straps add so much more style to your step and take any summer outfit to the next level.” — Megan S.
5. GO BOLD WITH PRINTED BOTTOMS
“Spice up your everyday basics this summer with a printed pair of shorts. Floral shorts paired with a romantic flowy blouse gives you a dreamy date night outfit.” — Brittany M.
6. INVEST IN A NEW TOTE
“If you’re a city-slicker, refresh your summer bag with a bright cherry red color or cobalt blue. If you’re spending most of your time poolside, or with the kids at the beach, wear a straw beach bag on your arm until Labor Day.” — Stephania S.
7. MAXIMIZE YOUR MAXI
Nothing is easier than sliding into a lightweight maxi dress when on the run this summer. Transition the look from day to night by swapping into a pair of summer wedges and cropped denim jacket when the sun goes down. — Brittany M.
8. DARE TO BARE YOUR SHOULDERS
Dare to bare—but it doesn’t mean you have to show everything! Cold shoulder tops are a stylish way to stay stylish (and cool) without showing too much skin. Wear your tops with your favorite denim shorts and you’re set for the summer! — Jami F.
9. DABBLE IN A NEW HUE
“Pick pieces with a serious punch of color like coral, blue or yellow for a fresh, summer look. Pair your summer brights with neutrals you already know and love.” — Baylee G.
10. EXPLORE PRINTS & PATTERNS
“Summertime is packed with events. Try something new this year and show up to the next bridal shower, brunch or wedding wearing an in-your-face floral print or a splash of geometric pattern. You’ll be the talk of the town!” — Lindsay S.