Girly florals look cool with chunky jewelry and tough black boots.
Our first muse, Ashley, 25, from Los Angeles, is a lovely lesson in California cool. She personalizes a blooming trend (unfussy florals, of course) with cuffed sleeves and a thin belt, which adds an easy glamour to her bohemian chic style. Yet, she doesn't stop there. Not to be tagged as overly-girly, Ashley gives her Topanga-Canyon ensemble a one-two punch by accessorizing with a pair of seriously tough, black boots. You can recreate your own version of Ashley's surprising style by picking up Beny & Hizzin's Floral Printed Dress ($84) and adding Frye's Maxine Trapunto Boots ($298) for a similarly satisfying high-contrast look.
A semi-loose graphic tee and slim jean shorts make a great combo.
We're never ones to shy away from the boys (particularly their blazers, jeans, and button-downs!) so when confronted with the image of William, 19, from Brooklyn, we were immediately smitten with his style. Perfect for a day out of doors, William shows us how to wear a simple outfit that is quietly stylish. His rolled jean shorts and loose t-shirt combo are ideal for a picnic in the park, and, unlike a skirt or a dress, this outfit will have you at the ready if a member of your party wants to throw a Frisbee or football in the mix. Borrow from the boys and steal William's covetable style by pairing Topman's Light Ripped Denim Shorts ($50) with an equally cool graphic tee like Friend or Foe's Coltrane Stardust Tee ($65) or Ever's Last Hurrah's Tee ($70) which also boasts a pocket.
A boxy denim vest is an interesting addition to any summer outfit.
Fully entrenched in our love for all things nineties-inspired, we were psyched when we came across Jamie, 20, from Nebraska, and her light-wash denim vest. Worn in conjunction with her gray pocket skirt, the result is a cute hourglass silhouette in which to sail through summer. Snag Jamie's throwback style by pairing Bootheel Trading Co.'s Denim Vest ($57) with a casual cotton midi like the Melange Jersey Pocket Skirt ($30) from American Apparel. Clearly, Jamie's hero piece is her covetable vest, yet her outfit gets an extra boost with a loosely tied leopard-print scarf. You can snag a similar look with Tolani's Animal Print Scarf ($92) in traditional leopard. Or, you can add some equally fashionable flair to your ensemble by going in a totally different direction and hitting up your local vintage store for some nineties-concert pins to stud your lapel.
Cuffed sleeves and cage heels elevate a simple black jumpsuit.
By now the jumpsuit has reached staple-status, so like unfussy florals which we referred to in our first tip, we are always investigating new and chic ways to make it work. Luckily, Nini, 24, from Dallas, has re-interpreted two big trends for us by combining her silky black jumpsuit with sexy summer shoes. Cuffed sleeves and a v-neck exude easy, any-time glamour, while caged heels make this outfit perfect for night. Snag the same overall, sleek effect with Mason's Silk Jumpsuit ($405) and the Cheri Black ($30) lace-up version from Bakers. Although this shorts-jumper deviates from the style of Nini's long one, it stirs up the same casual-glam sensation because of its belt, deep, ruffled-V-neck, and three-quarter length sleeves. Like Nini, we recommend topping the whole thing off with a slicked-back bun to balance out this day-to-night look.
A sweet trapeze dress is perfectly punctuated with dark thigh-highs.
A universally flattering style, the trapeze dress is ideal for any season, and its inherently light and airy nature is truly ideal for summer. We immediately flipped for the triangle-shaped choice made by Rowena, 19, from Australia when she opted for a bold bird-print dress. Adapting this free-as-a-bird idea and taking it ocean-side, we discovered LaRok's Beach Cabana Dress ($348), which is just as sweet with crystal charm-detail and ruffled tiers. And let's not forget Rowena's thigh-highs! While these socks could turn a youthful look saccharine, their dark hue poses a stylish juxtaposition that lends much-needed edge. We recommend Hue's Opaque Over-the-Knees ($8) version for a wallet-friendly pick, and BDG's Ribbed Slouchy Beanie ($28) to recreate Rowena's full look from head-to-toe.
Lace-up boots worn over skinny jeans makes a sleek outfit.
With all the overly air-conditioned destinations in summer (museums, movies, malls) it's always a good idea to have one go-to outfit that works well in cooler climes. Elena, 24, from Mexico, offered up a great alternative when she turned up on our radar with dark, skinny jeans tucked into boots. A good standby, her outfit is pleasantly casual without looking sloppy. Her shiny boots balance out her ever-so-lightly faded jeans, and the streamlined silhouette is very sleek. Get Elena's great base by pairing Topshop's Black Acid Baxter Skinny Jeans ($80) with Ann Demeulemeester's Lace-Up Flat Ankle Boots ($1105)┬--the buckle hardware adds a dose of tough-girl chic┬--or Seychelles Lace Up Foldover Boot ($158) for an equally sturdy shoe at a more wallet-friendly price.┬--Liza Kaplan
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