With summer in full swing, you’ve probably already hit a patio or two, enjoyed some backyard BBQ, and noticed that your calendar is filled up all the way to September. There’s the summer weddings, your favourite weekend festivals, cottage trips, poolside tanning, and more patios. One thing is sure: the summer is here, and it’s your time to shine!
But with so much sun to be enjoyed, and so many Instagram Selfies with your BFF’s still to come, the last thing you need to be worried about is your look. So instead of being stressed about what to wear for that next summer adventure in your calendar, we’re going to get you inspired with 3 summer looks that will have you covered, no matter what the occasion.
1. Easy-Breezy: Keeping Things Cool and Casual
Perfect for: Festivals, Barbecues, Brunches, Patios, Cottages, and The Beach
Key Items: Jeans, Jean Shorts, Jumpers, T-shirts, Necklaces, Sandals, Sneakers, Hats
Summer in the city can get pretty hot, so you’re definitely going to want to keep as cool as possible. The key here are shorts paired with loose fitting tops. Remember that comfort and style never have to be mutually exclusive, and you can look and feel easy-breezy at the same time. Play with colour and texture to make your look more interesting, and add accessories like jewelry, hats, sunglasses, and your favourite shoes to create your own personal flare!
2. Dressing It Up When You Need To
Good For: Weddings, Graduations, and the Office
Key Items: Dresses, Heels, Flats
There is nothing easier in the summer than throwing on a dress. That’s one of the best summer style advantages to being a woman! And dresses can keep you cool, while still allowing you to cover up if you’re feeling modest. The key to choosing your summer dress for different occasions is that the more structured and fitted the dress, the more formal it will appear, making it great for work or weddings. The longer and more flowy the dress, the more whimsical it will feel – giving a more personal, casual feel. Wearing heels or flats will also go a long way to making your outfit look more dressed up, or more casual. Make sure you go with light colours and fun patterns to really work the summer theme, and you’ll be good to go.
3. Mixing It Up For Those In Between Times
Perfect For: Casual Fridays, Evening Socials, Date Nights
Key Items: Jeans, Skirts, Prints, Heels, Blouses, Jean Jackets, Unstructured Blazers
For all those other times when you want to feel dressed up and sexy, but not like you’re heading to the office, the key is mixing-and-matching. The secret is “mixing” your casual items with your dressier items and “matching” by creating relationships between everything. This does require getting creative, but that’s the fun of it! Pair your favourite heels with jean shorts and a blazer. Find a great patterned skirt and throw a jean jacket on. Look for colours and textures that seem complementary, and finish it all off with an accessory or two.
Summer really is your time to shine. Here in Toronto, summer is going to fly by, so make sure that you are looking your best and feeling your best – and all those Instagram Selfies are going to be great mementos of an awesome summer!