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Summer fashions

From seaside to sidewalk

Planning a beach holiday or a summertime pool party and wondering how to look effortlessly fresh and flattered, even if the sidewalks are sizzling? Stick with these techniques, and you'll look cool and crisp well after the sun has set.

Swimwear school

It's not always easy to head to the store for a new swimsuit, but with a little advance planning, your trip will be a stunning success.

First, before heading out, identify the parts of your figure you'd like to play up. If you focus on emphasizing your strengths, you'll be minimizing any flaws and drawing attention to your assets. Consider shopping after a workout or an application of self-tanner to give your self-esteem a boost. 

Pay as close attention to fitting your swimwear as you would to foundational garments such as bras and underwear. Disregard the size on the tag and try on suits that flatter your figure. Remember, it's the job of the suit to fit you, not the other way around!

Luxurious lounging

Once you've selected the perfect suit, find a cover-up that allows you to move easily from poolside to cabana. For maximum coolness, look for cover-ups that are of a natural, light fabric, such as loosely woven cotton or linen, or a specially designed synthetic made especially for drying quickly. Then look for fit, what it covers up, and the style. (Are you wearing it at a pricey resort, or in your own backyard?)

Light and Bright

Other summertime wear—from shorts and tees to dresses and skirts—should be lightweight and colorful. White and pastels reflect the most light and heat, while bright colors just look vibrant and exciting in the bright summer sun. Think simple, natural and classic, choosing clothes that make a perfect backdrop to a lime-colored bag or a turquoise pendant.

Whatever your personal style, these tips are sure to have you looking elegant and put-together for frolic and fun this summer.

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