The Summer “It” List: 9 Styles to Swear By
All that daydreaming has paid off. The days are longer, the air is warmer, and all the summer fashion is giving you heart eyes. With spring cleaning in the bag (literally) and your closet perfectly organized (right?!), it’s time to revamp your wardrobe with just-right pieces for the new season. Summer is all about simplicity, non-literary novels, and one-hit wonders. It’s easy living! So, follow our foolproof formula for looking amazing on your staycay, vacay, and every day in-between.
A flowy blouse that lets your arms have all the fun, a flirty skirt that flatters you like a summer fling, a feel-good dress to match your current mood. Whatever “it” is we love about summer, we wish it could last forever (if only in our closets).
that let your arms have all the fun
From left to right: @aishazaza, @_anna_english, @shylacino
A flowy blouse is a simple, stylish way to stay cool during the hot summer months. Look for lightweight fabrics and feminine silhouettes.
-Balance a voluminous top with a fitted bottom
-Accessorize with a statement necklace
-Keep it casual by pairing it with jeans
that can stand the heat on long summer days
From left to right: @ohjuliaann, @chelseaoliviaxo, @laurenlefevre
It’s officially #nopantsseason. Shorts are an overlooked staple when it’s not the weekend. Put your shorts to work at the office (longer length for 9-5) with a crisp button-up and cute clogs.
-The shorter the shorts, the more covered your top half should be (and the lower your heel should be)
-Try different cuffs to play with length
-Denim and khaki are great but don’t be afraid of bright colors and patterns
you can basically throw on and be done
From left to right: @teachonista, @livvylandblog, @rebecca_mama___wolf
Stock up on the basics first: white, black, and gray. They go with everything, under anything, and are a life-saver on vacation. Stripes are classic. A few of these too, please.
-Dress a tee up with a pencil skirt
-Throw one over your swimsuit for a quick cover-up
-Dial up the fun in a bold, playful color paired with denim
that keep it chill, no matter your vibe
From left to right: @butfirst.rose, @neon.be, @tonya_themoptop
Distressed denim in summer = instant ventilation. Check out Cosmo’s DIY guide—5 Easy Tips for Distressing Your Jeans.
-Cuff your jeans so they’re slightly cropped to show off your summer sandals
-White denim always looks chic and has a tan-enhancing effect that can’t be ignored.
-Pair with sleeveless tops and open-toed sandals on extra warm days
you can easily style to match your current mood
From left to right: @yournoirdiva, @girly_love_blog, @ericakwalker
Say yes to the dress. One-piece wonders are always the solution for sunny days and no-fuss mornings. We’re forecasting florals, vintage-y prints, pastels, and stripes, always.
-Wear a dress with simple sneakers for long summer walks
-Belt at the waist to create a chic silhouette
-Love the ease of a dress but want to switch it up? Try a jumpsuit!
that will flatter you like a summer fling
From left to right: @pastelnpinkblog, @fashionistamomma, @jennacolgrove
From minis to midis to maxis, the skirt is a key piece for summer. Our favorite new style? A wrap skirt with a mid-high waist and relaxed fit.
-The midi-skirt is a great opportunity to try a crop top in an elegant way
-Team a midi skirt with heels to lengthen the legs
-Pair a bright mini skirt with a chambray or solid top
that are anything but high-maintenance
From left to right: @aliteg, @catholicwifecatholiclife, @thestyledmom
Weekend getaway plans? Flats are super easy to pack and essential for those long city walks. Always keep a pair in your backpack just in case.
-Make any outfit pop with flats in a bold color or pattern
-Play with the silhouette. Pointy, round-toe, or square
-Pair them with a maxi skirt or a pair of skinny jeans
you can slip on and off wherever summer takes you
From left to right: @jen_bakingbabybrown, @chelseaoliviaxo, @livvylandblog
The best reason to get a pedicure. Stat. Welcome the warm weather with strappy, open-toed sandals that add the perfect (!) to every outfit.
-Wear them with a jumpsuit to for an effortless look
-Choose a block heel to get a little height without losing balance
-Save slip-on styles for the beach and pool. Walking around? Straps and buckles are your friend.
that leave you free to do what you want
From left to right: @danimariekrum @_anna_english, @thehollytree_
Coffee, keys, texting, whatever it is, you need your hands. Try a cross-body bag or a top-handle tote for simple ease of movement.
-Style up simple outfits with bright color bags
-The roomier the bag, the better. You never know what you’ll need for your summer adventures
-Cross-body styles stay safely by your side when you’re traveling or at a music fest