From the designer runways to your own office and neighborhood, summer style is all about looking casual cool. You can incorporate the most flattering looks into your wardrobe with a few well-chosen pieces that give you a boost for very little money and elevate your look from basic to chic!
Nautical looks are both classic and casual. One of the season's best trends is stripes. Jaunty nautical stripes in red or blue on a white background make for a wear-everywhere top that's equally appropriate in the office or running around town on errands. Mix it up with a flared skirt or pair it with a breezy pair of linen trousers. Dress it up for the office with a long, buttoned cardigan or top off a pair of walking shorts for a more casual day. Don't limit the stripes to your shirt! This fun look is everywhere this year: in dresses, handbags, totes and even on shoes.
Two summer color trends that immediately freshen your wardrobe? Mint green and neon brights! The racks are full of fashion items in nostalgic mint green. Find a cute sundress or a pair of capris to add to your casual wear. Neons like blues, greens and hot pinks are bold, and adding just a single bright accessory in one of these colors gives you an update. Need a new handbag or a pair of comfy flats? Pick them out in neon orange for a major fashion statement. The citrusy color will pop against navy, grays and khaki.
Summer is a time to indulge in a whimsical pattern -- it's easier to pull off with a blouse or a dress. A fun tunic top or tank with a unique pattern will partner well with basic bottoms like trousers and skirts in a more neutral tone picked out from the print.
Creamy neutrals look cool, effortless and ladylike, and are especially flattering when worn in a flowing garment such as a silky tunic top, evening-appropriate sheath or hostess pajamas. It's a chic look that can be dressed up or down, and is relaxed -- just like summer!
Small square belt bags are trendy and modern. They're cute, leave your hands free and are less weight to carry than heavy shoulder bags. Feet get a rest in sandals and wedges, canvas boat shoes and embellished flats. Florals are a great way to add visual interest, so look for a lightweight fabric upper in a pretty floral print. Kitten heels are excellent for the office, and comfy for feet that yearn to go barefoot and ditch the sky-high stilettos! This lower modified heel is an easy-to-wear classic.
Add some flair to summer hair with a fresh or silk flower, a beautiful scarf to tie back your ponytail or a stylish hat in a woven straw.
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