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Give your summer style a mid-season boost

Jessica Padykula is a freelance writer and editor in Toronto, Canada covering a wide range of  topics for several online lifestyle publications. She is a regular contributor for SheKnows, covering travel, style, relationships, health and...

Update your summer look

Shorts, sundresses and T-shirts are all neatly folded or hanging brightly in your closet. Sandals have been carefully picked out and you're now an expert at obtaining that gorgeous faux glow. But something is missing. Do you have summer style burnout? Don't worry -- even the most style savvy among us get bored with the contents of their closets. That’s why we're here to shake things up and give you a mid-season style boost. Read on for our simple tips for kicking your mid-summer style up a notch.

Update your summer look

1I Lilly Love You OPI Nail PolishPlay with polish

One of the easiest ways to quickly feel like you're doing something different for your look is to grab a brightly-hued nail polish and give your hands and feet an instant makeover. Sure you've had at least a few manis or pedis by now, but if you've been gravitating toward the same shade every time, now's your chance to treat your toes to something totally different. Go bold or choose a polish trend you've shied away from so far like sparkles, neon or metallic.

Or let your favorite shade inspire your next purchase with these nail polish-inspired accessories.

2Try a new trend

Cameron Diaz Romper MTV Movie Awards 2011

Even if you've embraced several hot summer trends, there's a good chance you won't be as excited about them by mid-season as when you first started shopping. Trying a new trend mid-way through summer is a great way to re-energize your wardrobe and have fun with fashion if you happen to be getting bored with whatever is hanging in your closet. Take a look at some of the current trends we're loving.

3Revamp your makeup bag

Even your makeup bag needs a makeover sometimes, so don't be afraid to say sayonara to any items that are taking the fun out of getting gorgeous. If you're yawning every time you pull out a tube of lipstick or feel completely blasé over your last blush purchase, it's time to kick your cosmetics bag up a few notches. Here are some of the finds we've been swooning over lately.

4Jennifer Aniston Little Black DressBuy something unexpected

We all have our personal style, and we're not suggesting you stray too far outside of your fashion comfort zone, but it can be fun to rock a piece you wouldn't normally wear as a way to re-energize your look this summer. Be bold, be daring and choose several items you would never try on because you don't think they fit your current aesthetic. Just trying on a few pieces that go slightly outside your style norm will help you bust any boredom you've been feeling. Better yet, bring your BFF shopping and have her choose some looks for you. Choose the ones you like best and voila – a totally new you for the rest of the season.

5Dress like a celeb

Did you love what Gwen Stefani was sporting as she played in the park with her kids? Are you salivating over Jennifer Aniston's latest little black dress? Need to get your hands on whatever Nicole Ritchie was wearing as she wandered around shopping? Use your favorite stars as inspiration for some fresh mid-season styles. You don't need to spend a small fortune recreating celebrity looks – just hunt down similar items at a much lower cost. The idea is to get inspired and find an easy way out of your summer style rut.

6Statement NecklaceSplurge on a fab accessory

Sometimes all you need to bust out of a style rut is to find that perfect must-have piece that makes you smile as soon as you lay eyes on it. Whether it's an exquisite pair of platform sandals, a statement necklace or purse you can't take your eyes off of, treat yourself to a high-quality, get-noticed accessory you love. Any outfit is easily elevated with the right shoes, bag or piece of wow-factor jewelry so do yourself a favor and splurge on something fabulous.

More summer style

3 Summer styles you can both wear
8 Bold berry-hued styles for summer
Summer trends that are shaping up

Photo credit: Cameron Diaz - WENN.com, Jennifer Aniston - Nikki Nelson / WENN.com
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