How to Style Summer’s Hottest TrendsWednesday, July 13, 2016
Summer is known for its warm temperatures, salty air, sunshine-filled days, and of course, fun and fresh fashion. From classic pieces that will always have a place in our hearts (and closets) to the hottest styles that’ll become instant favorites, this season has something for everyone. No matter what the months ahead have in store – escapes to exotic locations, festive celebrations with friends, or lazy days spent lounging in your own backyard — these top trends are made for summertime living. Get the most out of the season’s must-have pieces with these quick and easy warm-weather styling tips.
The Slip Dress
Effortlessly breezy with just the right amount of languid sexiness, along with an injection of nineties Kate Moss-esque cool, it’s no wonder the slip dress is Glamour's pick as the summer’s go-to silhouette. But even with all that it has going for it (which is a lot) styling this trend can often seem intimidating at first. After all, the slip is, at its core, a boudoir-inspired piece, but don’t let that fool you — this dress is a cinch to wear. To get the most out of your slip, choose a style that is mid-length or longer (to avoid the lingerie look), made of silk (super luxurious and flattering on any shape), and neutral-hued (creamy nudes, soft blush, and silvery metallics will go with anything else you own). Once you’ve found your perfect slip dress, the styling options are endless. Layer over a basic tee, tie a plaid button-up around your waist, and throw on a pair of slip-on sneakers for a casual ensemble with a grunge vibe. Also you can top with a loose knit and finish with wedges for a beachside party or wear it solo with strappy heels and a statement necklace for a summer wedding.
Classic White Kicks
No longer reserved for just the gym, sneakers are creating a shoe revolution this season. And not just any sneaker, either — only classic white kicks for us, please. Crisp, fresh, and versatile enough to wear with anything (we promise), it's no wonder they’re at the top of Lyst's breakdown of the summer’s shoe trends. As comfortable when paired with a pencil skirt as they are with denim cut-offs, these throwback shoes come in a wide range of fabrics and styles to meet every gal’s preference. Keep the trend low-key by wearing your sneaks with your favorite pair of skinny jeans or elevate your kicks like Harper's Bazaar suggests by pairing them with a polished pair of cream culottes and a midriff-baring crop top. So go on, ditch your heels for the next couple of months — your wardrobe, and your feet, will thank you.
The Pleated Midi
It’s no secret that the midi skirt is having a major moment right now. The mid-calf length can be worn for a number of occasions and the silhouette couldn’t be more feminine — a true recipe for the perfect summertime skirt. The only thing that could make the midi even better? Pleats. No matter the kind of pleats you choose (and there are a ton to choose from), this seemingly inconsequential design element brings remarkable, can’t-live-without-it movement to the midi skirt. The Guardian points out that it adds a pleasing three-dimensional quality that an A-line mini or pencil skirt just can’t claim. To make your pleated midi the focal point of your summertime ensemble, pair with a subtle blouse in a breezy fabric and a classic heel. Or, go for an edgier finish by wearing your pleats with a graphic tee, denim jacket, and flatform sandals — the m ore casual pieces will balance the girly vibes of the skirt.