Summer, glorious summer. We’ve yet to meet an individual who is resistant to its charms. Balmy breezes, golden dusks, temperatures rise, and necklines plunge. Summer is a time for relaxation, especially as it relates to that white-knuckle grip you’ve held on your traditional wardrobe standbys.
The trends this summer are particularly playful. Think California hippie cool meets burnt out ‘80s Miami beachcomber. Colorful acetate shades, palm tree and pineapple prints, hats, gladiator-inspired sandals, two pieces, mesh, espadrilles, washed out pastels, and of course, the crop top still reigns supreme.
If summer of 2014 were an Instagram filter, it’d be 1977: kaleidoscopic, radiant, and softly faded around the edges. So set the scene for your summer style—with these wardrobe tips, you can decide how the picture comes out.
Clockwise from top left: Julep Glow Pore-Minimizing Bronzer; Janessa Leone Panama Hat; Dominic Jones Gold Plate Charm Necklace; Steve Madden Fringe Crossbody; Kate Moss for Topshop Smock Dress; Stuart Weitzman Gladiator Sandals
For the Boho Glam girl, all this summer’s footwear is spot-on: Strappy gladiator sandals, espadrille slip-ons, and sandals that tie up around your ankle. Dip your toe into these comfortable and stylish trends and show off your latest pedicure while at it.
Accessories are the best friend of a Boho Glam chick. All the funky little details like bright suede fringe, whimsical hats, layers of jewelry, and quirky shades make something simple like a white tank and distressed shorts more complex and visually interesting.
If you’re nervous about starting off with something as eye-catching as this embroidered peasant dress, start small and work one of these accessories into a more basic outfit of yours. Then go wild with polish since that’s only temporary.
Classic with a Twist
Clockwise from top left: Julep Ramona (Classic with a Twist); MiB Short Overalls; ASOS Knot Turban Headband; Nasty Gal Shades; Dannijo Crystal-Embellished Earrings; Converse All-Star High Top Sneakers;Urban Outfitters Out from Under Swimsuit
Classic With A Twist gals will feel at home channeling a more retro, cotton-candy-meets-acid-wash feel this summer. Faded, sun-bleached pastels and nods to the ‘50s and ‘60s, but with a California tomboy edge.
Go for acetate cat-eye shades in any girly color there is, and rock a floral turban twist headband with high-waisted swimsuit bottoms and an underwire top. Bring it down to earth with pristine white high top sneakers, overall shorts, burnout tees, and denim vests and jackets with maybe a patch or two.
If you’d rather just dip your toe in to the trend, start with candy-colored fingertips, any hue of denim, and a classic red lip.
Clockwise from top left: DSQUARED Palm Leaf Earrings; Tsumori Chisato Crop Top; Sole Society Neon Aviators; Threads Black Mesh Panel Skirt; Dolce Vita Pump; Julep Moisture Mask Trio; Paige White Denim Jacket
For a Bombshell, picture decadent Miami summer nights. Accessories and makeup should mimic the shimmering jewel tones of a hot sunset over the coast. Combine luxurious textures like feathers, mesh, and metal with interesting silhouettes from cut-outs, mesh, and crops.
This is more of an ‘80s vibe than the other styles, but not as gritty and over-saturated as what generally comes to mind. Picture a smoother, mellowed-out beachy version.
Go for a plush lipstick pout in an orchid purple or tangerine coral to make a statement. Play with proportions: a longer skirt with a sheer panel that shortens the garment but elongates your legs at the same time, a crop top with high-waisted bottoms, or a long satin slip that sweeps almost to floor length but also has a racy slit up the side.
Clockwise from top left: TOPSHOP Mesh Tank; Express Leather Baseball Cap; Palm Tree Neoprene Crop Set; Julep Gel Eye Gliders; ASOS Jumbo ID Necklace; Birkenstocks in White Patent Leather; TOPSHOP Denim Shorts; Coggle Mint Sunglasses
The It Girl is the ultimate bad girl this summer. A too-cool-for-school tomboy vibe permeates her wardrobe. Play with the push and pull of tough pieces, like tropical mesh tanks and leather baseball caps, and dramatic ‘90s-inspired pieces, like chunky gold chains, electrifying colored liner in just the corners of your eyes, halter tanks, and two pieces.
It Girl’s summer style can take it from 0 to 60 without a second thought, but you can ease your way in with distressed boyfriend denim, either shorts or jeans, paired with sportier pieces like a crop top that looks like a jersey, or perforated leather slip-on sneakers.
Your style profile is meant to be your inspiration—a spirit animal of sorts. I believe that everybody has a primary style profile as well as a secondary, so take cues from any or all of them. Summer is a time for growth, change, and experimentation, so have fun, and rest assured that nobody rolls out of bed 100% any of these girls. But with these summer trends on your radar, you’ll be that much closer to fabulous.