During the hot lazy days of summer, comfort and simplicity are the top factors when it comes to getting dressed.
When the time comes to get dressed (or put on actual clothing, versus a swimsuit), shorts and a tee are the go-to's because they're fast and easy. though boring and predicable at the same time.
Here are some quick ways to avoid tee-and-shorts blandness.
Sub skirts for shorts
A skirt instantly ups the style factor to a summer ensemble.
- Mini skirts are an obvious option because they look hot and keep you cool. Knee- and calf-length styles shouldn't be singled out, though, because they're easier to pull off and much more versatile their tiny counterpart.
- Denim skirts are such a classic. They have the ability to dress up a basic tank or dress down a glitzy top. If you are blue jeaned-out, white denim is fabulous. It's a more glamorous than blue denim, yet just as versatile.
- When paired with simplest of tops, the mini-version of last year's peasant skirt is very fresh. For some reason, an itty-bitty mini is easier to pull of when bedecked with ruffles and in a looser fit. In addition to a low-key top, a simple flat (closed-toe or sandals) is required with these skimpy skirts.
Go for patterns
And don't think shorts can't look chic. With the right top and shoes, shorts take on a whole new stylin' look.
- Length is important: go for short or just above the knee (completely preppy), because mid-thigh can look plain and dated on teens.Instead of basic denim or ho-hum khaki, patterned shorts are the way to go.
- With a preppy material like plaid or seersucker, super-short is very acceptable. The country club-esque fabric is updated by a short fit, while making barely-there bottoms appropriate.
- And don't think the cargo trend should be left to capris. Shorts bedecked with cargo pockets - to the front or side - should be kept short and slim, as longer styles tend to look overly masculine. Cargos should be paired with tops and sandals that err on the girly side.
Opt for stylie sandals
Although cheapie flip flops are both comfortable and fun -- and don't get me wrong, I count my rainbow of Old Navy flip flops allow with my most prized possessions -- some outfits call for more than just foam thongs.
- Wedge sandals are a key choice, because they keep your legs looking long, but are much more summer-suitable than heels. Although wedges do work for nearly anything, be weary of pairing them with minis or short shorts.
- Espadrilles are fabulous - they scream summer! Whether you go for a flat or wedge, they're casand hipat the same time. Espadrilles work with everything from a swimsuit at the beach to a flirty skirt for a night out.
Add accessoriesThrough the summer, less is definitely more when it comes to accessories, but that doesn't mean a little accessorizing isn't needed now and then.When your outfit seems a little lacking, the right accessory can pull your look together perfectly.
- Belts are a quick way to freshen up your look. Choose a tone that matches your shoes or your shirt, or go for a style that coordinates with everything (like a striped grosgrain belt).
- Jewelry, used only in small amounts, is a great way to highlight a certain feature. Silver looks stunning with bright colors or sleek with black.
- If you're into looking like you just stepped off the plane from Hawaii, a great tan is set off perfectly with glimmering gold.
- During the summer months always remember to stick with one piece of jewelry only: a funky cuff, hip hoop earrings, or a delicate necklace.