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When the Sea Wind Blows: 10 Evergreen Summer Fashion Tips

Warm weather signals the season for comfortable, breezy clothes. It may also be the time of year when you look forward to buying dresses, shoes, hats, and jeans for planned events like a vacation or wedding. The temptation is to choose on-trend things that make you feel chic or simply pick out clothes that you will wear only once.

Real fashionistas avoid those kinds of mistakes. They follow a few standard rules that ensure they are well-dressed but don’t end with a closet full of pieces they’ll never wear again. The primary key is to find your look, invest in timeless, multi-purpose pieces, and make sure everything fits perfectly.

Best Summer Fashion

Create a Capsule Wardrobe

In the 1970s, wardrobe consultant Susie Faux dreamed up the idea of the “capsule wardrobe” after becoming frustrated with decision fatigue. She suggested that, rather than buying a closet full of items and then trying to put them together, women should purchase clothing and accessories with a specific intention. The idea is to decide your clothing and accessory needs each season and then buy a set number of high-quality pieces that fill all those needs. Donna Karan took the concept mainstream with her “7 Easy Pieces” collection.

The idea is really about personal style. Define yourself instead of following other peoples’ styles. A capsule wardrobe includes several timeless pieces that include everything, including shoes and accessories. For example, after deciding on your summer jeans, skirts, blouses, and dresses, you might look at and choose classic earrings that go with everything. You will want to create a wardrobe for each season. It is a minimalist approach that drastically reduces the number of things in your closet and makes it easier to decide what to wear.

Design a Signature Look

When choosing your summer clothes, opt for timeless pieces that are all about you. If you have a no-fuss style, consider investing in well-fitting jeans, jackets, and blouses that you can dress up or down. Maybe the classic look is more you, and you enjoy wearing slacks and flats. If you love feminine wear, you might invest in several dresses. Many well-dressed women create a “uniform” that is identified with them, such as skinny jeans and tunics or dresses worn with jackets. Per fashion writers at Eternally Elle, the key is to stay authentic to who you are.

Of course, you must consider the occasion when dressing and make allowances for the event. However stylish your signature look might be, you will still need an appropriate dress for a white-tie affair.

Avoid Trendy Looks

With so many cute clothes and so much trendy jewelry coming out each summer, it can be tough to resist the urge to add a few must-have-this seasonal items. Try to resist the temptation. Neon tops and matching leggings might be all the rage this summer, but you’ll regret the purchase when they end up in the back of your closet. Fashion trends are created to keep women buying something new every year. Stick with classic summer looks like floral print dresses and espadrilles.

Harper’s Bazaar recommends investing in shirt dresses that keep you comfortable when you are bustling about on summer days but can be dressed up for cocktails later. Their fashion experts also love the timeless look of jumpsuits that go from day to night and stiletto heels that can turn casual clothing into after-hours wear.

Stick with Classic Pieces

Whether your wardrobe includes lightweight summer slacks or you prefer shorts suits, opt for a classic style that will look as good in ten years as it does this season. Always-in-fashion pencil skirts pair well with anything, and you need to own at least one beautifully cut blazer. More would be better. Invest in a little black dress with a timeless silhouette that is neither too sexy nor dowdy. You will also need well-made t-shirts that you can wear with business or casual clothing.

Choose Day to Evening Essentials

A summer wardrobe should include at least a few pieces that serve as daywear but are also perfect for evening get-togethers. Buy a little white dress that is relaxed enough to run errands in, good-looking enough for work, and can also be dressed up. For instance, you can wear a sleeveless, flowy-skirted sundress on weekends and vacations and add a bolero sweater for the office. Combine it with a silky, light blazer, diamond stud earrings, and strappy evening sandals, and you have a party dress.

Invest in Classic Clothes for Relaxing

A capsule summer wardrobe should include versatile pieces you can wear during those laid-back warm-weather moments. A classic straw hat and bag are essential, and you can wear them everywhere. Soft, flowing skirts are comfortable for downtime because they are not body hugging. They are also pretty, and you can use them to create a variety of looks just by changing your tops and accessories. Opt for light; bright colors that are appropriate for any summer occasion.

Invest in one or two off-the-shoulder dresses because they never go out of style and are ideal for anything from shopping to vacationing. Choose classic accessories like a single neutral handbag that takes you anywhere. You will want a pair of aviator sunglasses if they look good with your facial shape. Aviator shades are always cool.

If you only own one piece of beachwear, make it a timeless one-piece tank suit that flatters your figure. Your casual wear should also include one or two pairs of shorts you can wear with tops or over your bathing suit. And consider adding a light, blousy poplin top that pairs well with jeans, shorts, slacks, and skirts.

You Must Own a Denim Jacket

A denim jack is the most perpetually trendy and useful item you can add to your summer wardrobe. At one time, denim was associated with workwear and cowboys. Today, it is found everywhere from boardrooms to beaches.

Add a denim jacket to a sundress to create a chic outfit you can wear to work, while sightseeing, or having drinks with friends. You can throw your jacket over a skirt and white t-shirt, pair it with shorts, or wear it with a crop top and skirt.

Well-fitted Jeans Are a Must

Jeans are likely to be a big part of your summer look. White jeans go with summer colors, and you can use them to create a casual or polished look. Cropped jeans are chic, and denim capris are versatile, fresh, and flatter most figures.

You can find jeans that suit your figure and personal style because they are sold in a range of lengths and silhouettes. Retailers offer slim, straight, and flare-legged jeans. You can find high-waisted, mid, and low-rise styles. The key is to select a few pairs that are versatile enough to serve several purposes.

Your jeans must fit well, so take your time and try them on before buying. Every season, a particular style of jeans is in fashion, but don’t choose yours based on this season’s hottest styles. Fit is the most critical factor in finding summer jeans you will wear for years to come. Tip: Once you find perfect-fitting jeans that make you look your best, consider buying them in several washes. Most are available in several colors as well.

Create a Go-to Outfit

Similar to your signature look, the go-to outfit is your default when in doubt. For one woman, it might be a navy blazer, a white silk t-shirt, high-waisted jeans, and a classic pair of flats. But it’s very personal, so another woman might choose a black dress, floral tights, and black pumps. Your look could be an A-line skirt, t-shirt, denim jacket, sandals, and giant silver hoop earrings.

If you have chosen timeless, well-made pieces, your look will work. You can change accessories as the mood and occasion dictate.

Go for a No-Makeup Look

When creating your unique summer look, don’t forget about makeup. Not only is it uncomfortable to wear the heavier makeup you might use in winter, but lighter makeup has a more summery vibe.

Create a natural look. Avoid dark eyeliner and eyeshadow. Put away your foundation and darker lipstick shades. Summer is the season for neutral tones. Stick with nude shades. Rose or pink-tinted lip balms will also give you a lighter look. When you wear eye shadow, choose neutral colors.

Instead of foundation, wear a tinted moisturizer. Add a touch of liquid highlighter to the tops of your brow bone, cheekbones, and bridge of your nose to create a beautiful summer glow.

Changing from winter to summer fashion is a chance to give yourself an entirely new look that suits the warm weather, and you don’t have to spend a fortune to do it. The key is to create a capsule wardrobe consisting of several well-chosen pieces that you can mix and match all season. Avoid trendy clothes and accessories, and opt for classic clothes and accessories that are never out of style. It’s also crucial to create a personal look, design a go-to outfit, and keep your makeup summer light.

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