You thought you were ready for summer… and then you looked in your closet. Not to worry, we’ve tracked down an array of mixable, matchable and highly packable summer essentials for every budget to get you through beach days, barbecues and weekend getaways to come.
Spring’s coral trend is still hot. Tangerine and peach flatter every skin tone and look great in the summer sun. Pair coral tones with white or nude for a fresh look. Color blocking is another spring trend that’s sticking around for summer. Color block sherbet shades for a sweet look.
The anticipation surrounding Baz Luhrman’s Gatsby reboot was palpable at the Spring and Summer runway shows. Channel Fitzgerald’s troubled heroine, Daisy Buchannan, in a flapper inspired drop waist dress or a smart straw cloche.
Classic does not mean boring. Some summer looks never go out of style; like crisp white separates, nautical stripes, smart seersucker suiting and coy eyelet dresses. If you don’t have these staples in your closet then invest in a few key pieces and modernize the look with unexpected neon accents.
Ikat prints are another summer trend. This bold Indonesian fabric is turning up in unexpected places. Traditionally relegated to the sarong, summer 2012 is ushering in Ikat jeans. Sport the look with tribal or safari themed accents.
On a budget? Purchasing all or just one of the following versatile items will keep you chic all season:
The maxi dress: This summer essential, beloved for its ability to make wearers feel glamorous in an instant, has become a year round staple.
Open Knit Sweater: Summer is the season for jetsetting and planes, trains and automobiles get chilly. Keep a stylish versatile sweater on hand for those cool summer nights.
Colored Jeans: Summer is all about bright hued variations on classic wardrobe staples. This is no flash in the pan trend. Colored denim is here to stay.
Big earrings: The biggggger the better! Nothing says summer like sparkly dangles gently grazing bare shoulders.
The Perfect Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Wayfarers are a timeless classic you’ll have for many summers to come. Retro cat eye and aviator frames are also hot for summer.
Hope you enjoyed these tips and tricks. Have a stylish summer!