10 Rules of Summer Style

1. When in doubt, wear white15072853_10_b.jpg

Crisp whites are the turn-to color of the season for both clothing and accessories. Wear them on their own or as a platform for pops of color and you’ll look cool and chic, regardless of the temperature.

Sparkle & Fade Eyelet Babydoll Cami, $32 at urbanoutfitters.com

2. Brighten upon579812-02vliv01.jpg

Forget soft pastels and muted hues, this season, it’s all about bold, bright pops of color. Pair yours with white and neutrals or opt for colorful accessories.

Ruffled Chiffon Top, $24.50 at oldnavy.com

3. Get sun kissed


From yellow clothes and accessories to sexy bronzed skin, a sun-kissed glow is a must this summer.

Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel, $30 at sephora.com

4. Bare your soles_5637391.jpg

Flatter your feet with this season’s bevy of strappy sandals, gladiator thongs and sexy wedges. Pampered feet and pretty toes are a must.

Steve Madden ‘Lukas’ Sandal, $69.95 at nordstrom.com

5. Play it cool


Filmy fabrics, light-as-air accessories and lightweight makeup are essential during the dog days of summer.

Dip-dye fringe scarf, $19.50 at gap.com

6. Get dressedbr-otf-out12109odv01.jpg

When in doubt, opt for a dress. Not only is it this summer’s must-wear silhouette, it’s also the easiest. Whether you wear one to the beach with a pair of flip flops or at night with wedges, there’s a dress out there for every body, occasion and budget.

Paisley kimono-sleeve dress, $110 at bananarepublic.com

7. Pick prints


From tropical florals to crisp graphics, prints pack a punch this summer.

Florentine-print antibes bandeau tank, $95 at jcrew.com

8. Shine on


Metallic accessories, juicy patents and shimmery makeup are the perfect complements for bronzed skin.

Sigrid Olsen Calista Crinkled Patent Leather Convertible Clutch, $128 at bloomingdales.com

9. Make a statementbr607450-01vliv01.jpg

Bold necklaces and chunky bangles will turn even a basic tank and jeans look into something special.

Ombre three-strand necklace, $59 at bananarepublic.com

10. Keep it simpleerez-1.jpg

Summer is not the time for complicated or fussy clothes. Stick with simple silhouettes paired with one special piece.

Featherweight cotton striped tee, $25 at jcrew.com

  • http://shoesmitten.com Anna at Shoe Smitten

    Great tips, especially when it comes to what shoes to wear. I always keep my closed-toed shoes in the closet during the summer (except for working out) and I love gold gladiator sandals!

  • http://www.rissyroos.com Hannah S.

    Nice tips I think you pretty much covered it all. As for #7, pick prints, Faviana has some great summer dresses in their 2008 collection.

  • http://www.realstylerealpeople.com Christinalee at Real style Real People

    Great article, especially about wearing bold necklaces to make a statement.

  • ms.

    In some regions, it typically cools off in the evenings and the bugs come out. So must haves for summer include the evening layer choices…classic dark blue denim jacket, dressy lightweight button up shirts, hip length tailored cotten jacket and of course a zip-up hoodie.

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