Oh, what to wear. And oh, what *not* to wear!
With fashion, there is always a very thin line between love and hate. Yes, we love button details this summer. But too many of them and your outfit looks like a kid’s craft project. Here are summer style dos and don’ts to keep you on the right side of that line.
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The truth is, you probably don’t need these summer style guides. Because you can wear an extra buttoned dress with enough confidence to inspire everyone Don the craft-project look. But if you want a little support, I’m here for you. Read on for what’s hot and what’s not in summer style.
Dos and don’ts of summer style
1. Don’t wear a crop top.
Ah, yes, the summer crop top. See if you are old enough Three’s Company, the phrase “crop top” might make you cringe. And you feel the same way – the old iterations of the crop top were awful.
Today’s version is much more wearable. You don’t have to show any skin if you don’t want to. Choose a crop that hits your belly button and pair it with high-waisted bottoms.
2. Don’t let your hair down.
Summer season is for dry air. Let your hair dry naturally and show off that texture. If you need a little more texture, pull the top half into a bun.
3. Don’t try a bucket hat.
Sun protection is always an essential summer style strategy. This season, give your floppy hat a break by getting that shade from a bucket hat like this one from Amazon.
4. Don’t wear pastels.
Pastels and, in particular, lavender, are very fashionable this season. Dabble in the trend with a pastel swimsuit or lavender-framed sunglasses.
5. Don’t wear animal prints.
Animal print always makes a statement, but especially during the summer months. When all the other girls wear their flowers, you’ll stand out as the cutest kid around.
6. Do not wear socks with sandals.
This is not seasonal advice; This is life advice. If it’s cold enough to need socks with your sandals, just wear shoes. If sneakers feel too heavy try a pair of beach shoes.
7. Don’t mix trends.
Summer style trends often clash with each other. As an example, I can’t really picture how a leopard dress would look with a lavender bucket hat. The key is, pick a trend for the feature and set it to neutral.
8. Don’t wear off shoulder tops.
For a few summers, it seemed like every top in every store in every mall had cut-out shoulders. We’re over it this time. If you prefer to show off your amazing shoulders, try a no-shoulder top instead.
9. Don’t walk the streets with your pool cover up.
Generally, the bikini-and-mesh-dress combo doesn’t go well unless you’re hitting the pool. One possible exception is Las Vegas, where onlookers will assume you’re day-club hopping.
10. Don’t get sunburned.
Sunburn is the worst. They are painful and make your skin peel. And, tan was forever out of fashion. If you need a sunkissed glow, reach for self-tanner and bronzer, not baby oil.