As summer continues with pool parties and beach days, we live in bathing suits and cover-ups during most of our free time, soaking in the rays. Every once in a while, it is so nice to go out and do something that requires more than a uniform of tiny triangle tops and string bottoms. Such an occasion calls for a pretty dress that makes any woman feel like a lady again: the summer sundress. Pairing it with a big floppy hat and sandals makes for an effortless, flouncy look. It is perfection for strolling around the farmers market or catching a breezy beach sunset. Find your perfect fit and pattern, then twirl away!
Summertime is in full swing, so here are a few beauty tips from your fashion-forward friends:
- Tans are fun, but skin cancer isn’t. Put on sunscreen even if you’re only planning on being outside for ten minutes. It’ll keep your skin healthy and soft, plus you will still get some color without the risk.
- Protect your face! Some of our most sensitive skin is on our face, so keep it covered. Floppy hats are big this summer season (literally). Sunglasses, baseball caps, and some facial moisturizer that has a great SPF will do wonders for keeping your skin healthy.
- Avoid tight clothing. How comfortable are you while sweating in those tight shorts? Linen, cotton, and chiffon are all great, airy options that will allow your body to breathe and avoid any skin irritation or chafing on those sweaty days.
- Stay hydrated! Water is a beauty must no matter what time of the year, but is even more crucial during the summer months. Drink water throughout the day, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Most times when our body starts “feeling” thirsty, we are already suffering from slight dehydration!
We all scream for ice cream… and cute clothes, right? There’s nothing like a chilled cone to cool down on a hot day. Why not mix a favorite summertime treat with warmer weather attire? Check out some of these sweet patterned pieces.
If wearing the print on clothing isn’t your thing, what an inspiration ice cream can be for a pop of color on the fingernails! The cosmetic aisle always showcases brilliant colors that are so fun for a summer manicure. This time of year begs for bright hues to be worn and is appropriate for any outfit!
Jeans will never go out of style, but it has come to my attention that, while the boyfriend jean trend is hot, hot, hot!, more than a few are unsure how to shop for the right pair. Remember that making something look good on you is simply a matter of illusion and creating the desired shape.
Just because you’re short doesn’t mean you can’t rock boyfriend jeans! You can – just opt for a baggier, rather than fitted, pair. The extra fabric will give the idea that there’s more to your cute figure than what meets the eye.
For those women working curvy hips and thighs, grab a pair that loves those curves. Of course, forego the skin-tight options, as it defeats the whole concept of “boyfriend jeans.” Make sure the pair you get tapers right below your knee and that you add extra volume on top – be it a blouse with ruffles, a patterned shirt that draws the eye up, or even simply a couple of layers.
An athletic body shape is perfect for rocking boyfriend jeans. Just be mindful of what you wear on top. It’s best to avoid boxy tops and opt for thinner straps and asymmetrical cuts instead.
4. Inverted Triangle
With killer legs and a heavier upper body, believe it or not, you want to add the illusion of “more” to your lower half. Go loose, loud and proud. Crazy embellished, shredded – anything that draws attention to your lower half while you don a cowl neck or a deep v-neck on top.
Do I really need to give you advice? You have the figure everyone tries to replicate! Holes, shreds, acid wash – go for anything and everything!
The nautical trend has always been a preppy fashion staple every summer. In recent years, it seems we are seeing double the amount of nautical themed attire, from anchors to seagulls and, of course, the indispensable footwear in every preppy girl’s closet: Sperrys.
Sperrys are comfortably cute boating shoes with universal appeal for men, women, and children in numerous styles and sizes. Their varied styles go with just about any look and add the sea-faring charm of a coastal wanderer to any of your outfit choices.
Bright lipstick is perfect to be enjoyed in the summer season, while dark colors or pale pinks are best left for the winter months. It is a fun way to switch up the regular makeup routine and try something new. Whether you want to invest in a cheap drugstore find or a brand name lipstick is up to you. Matched with a bold eye, this is your new look for a night out. For a more simple, everyday makeup, brush on some bronzer, swipe on a layer or two of mascara and rock it!
Lace is no longer solely for the Victorian era or your grandmother’s drapes! The lace look is back with a stronger force than ever. Cover ups, bathing suits, tops, and even shawls are available in different lace and crocheted designs that are both affordable and fashionable. Style yourself in one of this summer’s hottest chic trends and try on some lace for size!
Tamara who? While you may not have heard of Ms. Mellon, you almost certainly have heard of Jimmy Choo. This visionary lady is the ex-designer of the iconic brand name, even self-accrediting some of the most famous designs from Jimmy Choo. After a falling out, it seems that she has launched her own line. While it is on the pricier side, there are many to-die-for looks!
Not surprisingly, the former Jimmy Choo designer has a nearly endless array of shoes offered in her collection. This frontline sandal is available exclusively online and when paired with, say, casual beachwear, it certainly brings a smile to one’s face.
While the shoe designs are fantastic, my personal favorite is the legging boot.
It is exactly what the name suggests—an ingenious legging and boot fusion. Grab a top and your look is complete (and I swear they’re like jeans – they go with anything)!
In addition to shoes, swimwear, and bags, a full line of clothing is featured. One thing is for sure – Tamara Mellon is a woman you’ll want to keep an eye on!
The little black dress is a classic, but lately I’ve been seeing little white dresses popping up all over (Queen Letizia of Spain’s gorgeous ensemble at her and her husband’s coronation, anyone?).
As mere commoners, we aren’t likely to have a fashion designer at our beck and call to craft the perfect LWD for us. How do we go about making a minimalistic article of clothing into something highly fashionable? Let’s go over a few styling tips:
1. Give the LWD an LSB (little slim belt)
It’s amazing what a slim belt can do for a LWD. Solid gold belts are always popular, but as long as the belt is slim and doesn’t overlap itself (in other words, is a clasped or hooked belt that fits your waist perfectly), you can pull off a classy, seamless look.
2. Make a statement!
Statement necklaces may have debuted a few seasons ago, but they are still as hot as ever! Give your LWD a boost with your favorite statement necklace, pop on a pair of heels or flats, and be on your way.
3. Color POP!
A simple LWD means that you can go big with color – but it’s a look best done by concentrating on one key spot. If you want to go for deep mauve lips or slip your feet into those emerald green pumps, this is the time to do it! Your LWD will keep you looking stylish and an eye-catching choice of color will give you that extra fashion boost.
4. Slip on a sweater
Slip on a sweater over your LWD! If you’re going to the office, try a fitted blazer or a cardigan. Layers will give your LWD a twist, whether you’re out for a casual night with the girls, a busy day in the office, or running a quick errand.
5. Leave it just as it is
Sometimes, a dress is glorious all on its own and doesn’t need any extras to shine. Wear your LWD for what it is—a little white dress.
Make way, LBD. LWD just might take over your timeless empire.
If there’s one woman who knows how to dress, it is Kate Middleton. Her elegant, chic style can be compared to that of Audrey Hepburn.
Rarely will you ever see Kate in anything more casual than a suit set and for each event she has a perfectly crisp outfit that not only highlights her best features, but keeps her perfectly covered up.
She is one idol for the fashion world, proving that class and elegance are still relevant today and that any occasion can be a dressy occasion. Don’t be afraid to try a look that is a little more formal—you’ll stand out for your fashion sense, just like this royal gem.