There’s denim skirts, denim shorts, floral tops, and tank tops. You know, the usual summer fashion fare that are so popular simply because they are so quick and easy and convenient to slip when heading out into the sweltering heat. But this year, maybe we should switch it up a bit and break away from that safe and simple approach that’s been keeping our summertime looks humdrum and, dare I say, quite boring. It’s nice to show skin and bask in the sun. But it’s even nicer to look good when you’re doing it. This time around, instead of picking things that will only keep you cool in the upcoming 80+ degree weather, why not pick something that will make you look cool, too? So toss those grungy flip flops and ratty layerered racerback tanks, these three style staples for summer will ensure that everyone knows that you are just as stylish as you are smart about the weather.
A Ruffled Camisole: Toss those tanks when the alternative staple is something so much prettier. A ruffled camisole is comfortable, beautiful, and oh-so romantic. Mimi Chica’s Ruffled Camisole comes ina variety of colors and prints. There’s sure to be a ruffled number to match your every mood.
An Amazing Romper: Picking a romper in a simple solid color and silhouette, like BCBGeneration’s Black Romper, allows for numerous mix and matching. Ensuring that the romper will look like a new fit every time.
Cuff Shorts: A classier switch from the good ol’ denim pair, a pair of khaki or cream colored cuff shorts is the perfect staple piece to effortlessly pair all of your favorite tops. Splendid’s Cuff Shorts have an added luxury of an elastic waistband, a faux fly with simple buttons, and all in a super soft linen blend material.
- Mira Torres
During the summer months, when the cozy summer breeze sets in, sometimes a lady needs a little lightweight layering. But don’t just settle for the nearest zip-up hoodie, towel, or scarf. Ready to add a bit more sophistication to your outfit, these jersey, crochet, and cashmere pieces will have you putting the rest of you cover-ups to the back of your closet. They’re soft, see-through, and absolutely amazing. Add an elegant twist to your look with these beauties below:
SPLENDID’s Draped slub-jersey vest is cut from the softest slub-jersey one could find. A draped almond will you’re your look the much needed twist from casual to chic on and off-duty.
RICK OWENS LILIES’ Draped jersey sweater is a gorgeous dark-dust jersey sweater with a modern spin. Asymmetric draping and extra-long sleeves will add that oh-so current look of bohemian-grunge.
THEORY’s beautiful Tarana crocheted sweater in black is especially fun for the office. Perfect for layering of maxi dresses and little black dresses. It’s ability to almost absolutely versatile with any outfit will ensure that this cover-up will be a prized one for city-ready style.
THE ROW’s Chilvers cashmere and mohair-blend sweater is made of a butter-soft cashmere and mohair-blend. Mary-Kate and Ashley’s luxurious A-list style is at the ready with this extremely cool and casual find.
- Mira Torres
Beat the heat with a refreshing pineapple-scented beverage.. for the bath! These piña colada-themed lotions, scrubs, and skin care products let you indulge in summer style, sans the calories of a fruity frou-frou drink (plus you won’t look like a total lush)! Aside from being refreshing and summer-festive, pineapple enzymes also help brighten the skin, working to slough off dull, dry skin to reveal a more radiant complexion! Add some nourishing vitamins, natural exfoliators, and soothing properties like aloe and vetivert, and you’ve got yourself your new go-to summer beauty product. Turn your shower into a tropical escape with a natural pineapple-infused natural soap, soothe sunburned skin with a pineapple-scented body balm, or slough away dry, dead skin with an invigorating, body-brightening scrub. Whatever way you choose to indulge, you’re bound to love pineapple products!
Pictured above: H2O Plus Pina Passion Body Balm, Lush Pineapple Grunt Soap, 100% Pure Organic Juicy Pineapple Body Scrub, Kiehl’s Pineapple Papaya Facial Scrub, and Alba Pineapple Enzyme Facial Cleanser.
- Alex Gambardella
As a hair perfectionist, I’ve always loved Bumble and bumble products (they’re made for beauty control freaks like me!), but ever since the popular brand hit the Sephora shelves, it’s become even easier to obsess over their latest wonder-working products! Since I’m addicted to my flat iron, I love sleek, shiny, glossy hair (no fly-aways allowed!), and Bb.’s latest must-try line, the Shine collection, puts a little extra pizzazz to dull, sad summer hair. Consisting of shine-inducing shampoo, conditioner, and finishing spray (you can even test out all of them for a bargain with the three-piece travel set!), this collection provides maximum frizz control despite the stuffy humidity and separation for that sleek, piece-y look without making your hair feel weighed down (heavy hair is the last thing you want in the summer!). With a high-gloss formula, your hair will have that shiny sheen all day — just make sure to use it sparingly to avoid the greasy look!
- Alex Gambardella
For those of us neutral wardrobe addicted ladies, you know you hear it every time you wear black on a smoldering, sweaty summer day. “You’re crazy to be wearing black today!” But, we like black. It’s a great color. Black is slimming, sophisticated, fool-proof. Which is why I am a firm nonbeliever of the “don’t wear black during summer” rule and these adorable finds that I’ve got my hands on will definitely make any no-black summer advocate to quickly change their mind.
Carefree elegance: Missoni Carolina Crepe and Crochet Knit Gown
Created with a unique zigzag crochet-knit detail Missoni’s black crepe is sure to dazzle the onlookers. The adjustable scarf gives the fun option to drape around the shoulder or into a halterneck for a more casual spin. Plus, a sexy slit ensure you’re ready to go from day to night with a pair of heels or wedges.
Romantic Beauty: Alice By Temperly Embroidered Chiffon Blouse
ALICE by Temperley has created this beautiful black chiffon blouse perfext for a rebellious twist on your style. Give your look an added edge with its mischievous revision with nautical needlework and stencil trims.
Art-deco inspiration: Paloma Barcelo Doris Twill and Leather Sandals
Add a little simplistic chic style to your look with Paloma Barceló’s black twill and gold leather sandals. Perfect for vacation and the office, you can wear this versatile pair with almost everything in your summer fashion list.
- Mira Torres
It may be a bit on the pricey side, and the thick, sticky molasses-like texture may be a bit off-putting when you imagine that it’s supposed to clean your hair… but some risks are worth taking the jump for! Lauded by the likes of Vogue (including internationally!), Lucky Magazine, and hair care mavens across the world, Philip B. Russian Amber Imperial Shampoo is more than meets the eye! Infused with 11 different amino acids to mend hair and fight against aging, B5 vitamins to enhance moisture and shine, and a combination of sage, nettles, and rosemary for soft durability, this unique shampoo proves to be worth the splurge! It reduces color-fading and promotes health, growth, and long-lasting resilience for hair that’s lush and lustrous. Whether your hair is dull and limp and needs body, or frizzy and moisture-parched, you’ll find yourself wanting to use Philip B.’s “liquid gold” more often than your budget may advise… but it’s a small price to pay for fabulous, healthy hair!