7 July 2016


We’re officially smack-dab in the middle of summer, which means heat waves, sunshine-filled days, and plenty of time spent on the coast. With summer’s distinct weather pattern comes a specific wardrobe, one that is, thankfully, full of laidback styles, skin-baring silhouettes, and comfortable fabrics. To keep your closet up to date this season, follow these tips for styling summer’s hottest trends.

Denim Mini Skirt

This particular trend might take you back to the early 2000s, but the way to wear the denim mini skirt is decidedly different than it was almost two decades ago. This time around, pairing the mini with flip-flops is out, while effortlessly elevating the relaxed style with a few polished pieces is in. To achieve the perfect balance between casual and chic, Who What Wear recommends following three important rules: tuck in your shirt and/or wear a jacket, choose a skirt that isn’t too tight, short, or distressed, and wear low-heeled shoes or flats. With these fool-proof tips you can create an infinite number of summer-friendly outfits around one of the most comfortable, wearable, and versatile items in your closet, the denim mini skirt.

White Trainers

This summer, trainers are no longer to be exclusively worn on the occasional jog around the block or trip to the gym. Classic white kicks are the ‘it’ shoe of the season – good news for your wardrobe and your feet. They’re comfortable enough for a full day of shopping or errands, but stylish enough to wear with a sleek pair of culottes during a night out. For inspiration on how to style the fresh trend, browse Lyst’s collection of shoes. The edit of different designs includes a wide range of crisp white styles, from those cast in luxe leather to more casual canvas numbers perfect for relaxed summer afternoons. This clean style can be worn with literally anything, from sundresses to distressed denim to office-appropriate slacks, so make sure you break out this trend any chance you get.

Slip Dress

There is no doubt that the fashion world is currently loving all things 90s — not that we’re complaining. And, with the resurgence of the decade’s most popular pieces (choker necklaces and dark goth-inspired lipstick chief among them) comes the return of the ever-versatile slip dress. As this Style Caster post notes, the slip dress is half lingerie and half effortless dressing, evoking a sexy, insouciant elegance that’s just as comfortable being paired with Chuck Taylor high-tops as it is with a pair of come-hither strappy sandals. A staple of hot summer days that will prove to be a true throw-on-and-go uniform, the slip dress looks lovely when worn solo or a bit sporty when paired with a basic white tee and plaid button-up tied around the waist.

Guest post by Katherine Shepherd*

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