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Casual yet sexy summer style

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How to dress sexy and casual too

In the summer, casual outdoor activities are extremely popular. Whether you are spending the day at the beach, a backyard BBQ or an outdoor concert, you can dress cool and casual yet also sexy. Follow these fabulous tips for sexy summer style at outdoor events.

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What to wear to the beach

A swimsuit is the obvious answer. However, you search for summer attire doesn't end with the proper swimsuit. Accessories are key at the beach.

Sunglasses

Nothing screams sexy like a hot pair of shades. This season look for slightly oversized sunglasses to add a bit of Hollywood glamour. Nordstrom offers a great selection oversized sunglasses in almost every price range. Whether you are looking for a bargain or a luxury buy, just make sure your sunglasses are bold and big. Summer is also primetime for sporting shades adorned with stripeds and bright colors. (Pictured: Marc Jacobs)

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Sheer cover-ups

When you get out of the water, you will want to put something on. Instead of covering up completely, put on a sheer cover-up to let some skin show. Cover-ups come in a variety of styles, including sarongs, pullovers and button down shirts.

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What to wear to a backyard BBQ

A backyard BBQ doesn't sound sexy, but it certainly can be a great place to meet new people and show up your super sense of summer style. Instead of showing up in a T-shirt and shorts, consider some of these fashionable options.

A summer dress

This plaid pattern dress with light, summer colors is a great example of a dress that's appropriate for a backyard BBQ party. Try this one by Juicy Couture. It's casual and comfortable, yet still stylish and sexy. A dress that falls just above the knee in a spring color is an ideal choice.

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Jeweled sandals

Instead of flip flops, select a pair of jeweled thong sandals. You can find a wide variety of flat sandals adorned with jewels, crystals, stones and other embellishments. If you do sport the classic jeans and tee ensemble, sandals with a little sparkle will give your look a little edge. Colorful accessories are also a great way to dress up a simple look.


What to wear to an outdoor concert

The new guy in your apartment building invited you on a date to an outdoor concert! You are excited, but what should you wear? A concert is a casual event, but that doesn't mean you can't dress flirty and feminine.

A feminine blouse

Instead of a T-shirt or bulky sweater, choose a feminine blouse with the ruffles. If the weather is expected to cool down you can always add the sweater later in the day. Tops with interesting necklines will draw attention to your cleavage. Add a couple layered necklaces to complete the look.summer accessories, summer style, summer fashion

A flirty hat

Many women don't wear hats these days. But hats can be flirty, sexy and fun. You can choose from fedoras, berets, straw hats and any number of other styles. The best way to choose the right hat style is to spend the afternoon trying them on. What looks good on the rack might not be flattering on you (and visa-versa).

Wherever you are headed this summer, these sexy accessories will help you get there in style. From a peep-toe sandal to a floral hair clip, you can add little touches that will have you looking and feeling great. The biggest key to looking sexy is confidence. If you feel good about yourself, you will look good too.


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