Thanks to colorful outfit choices and de-bundled ensembles, this month's crop of MySpace Muses has us humming "Here Comes the Sun" and working on our warm-weather style. The timing is perfect: after all, what are the free and easy days of summer if not a time to experiment with awesome ensembles? The longer days just mean more opportunities to change your clothes, right? Indeed! As such, we were delighted to find such a wild array of ladies wearing everything from peek-a-boo leggings to shrunken vests to bold turquoise stripes. Just look to these fashion-forward examples for inspiration; they're the best way to free yourself from feeling the June gloom.
Skinny jeans and lace-up boots blend well with a floral frock.
Our first muse, Jen, 24, from Georgia, teaches us a little something about what it takes to master modern Southern-belle style! Although skinny jeans tucked into lace-up boots is not necessarily something Scarlett O'Hara would don, Jen sweetened up these city-girl standard pieces by pairing them with a floral frock. Achieve your own version of Jen's budding personal style with JET's Bolt Pocket Skinny Jeans ($159) and your favorite ankle booties. We like LD Tuttle's The Prospect ($550) version for a trendy take on a closet staple¬--the open-toe design is perfect for a warm-weather wardrobe. And of course, you can't finish this look without paying homage to a trend in bloom (that would be unfussy florals)! Try Urban Renewal's Floral Knit Tank Dress ($48) for a piece you can easily layer a sweater and blazer over¬--√† la Jen¬--or Kate Moss for Topshop's Floral Printed ($100) version for a little more movement and prairie flair.
Ultra-pale jeans set off safari colors in an of-the-moment way.
A safari-inspired palette is a spring-and-summer staple, but this standby looks particularly current when brightened up with a pair of nearly white jeans as Shini, 22, from London, deftly demonstrates. Steal a page from her style-file with J Brand's Ankle Stretch Skinny Jeans ($179), then further update the look with a safari jacket in a summery, short-sleeve style. We recommend the Joie Raina Cargo Jacket ($298) or Antik Batik's Perfecto Jacket ($890) in suede to add an extra layer of unexpected luxe.
A delicate, gauzy top adds femininity to a body-con skirt and boots.
Noelle, 26, from LA, shows off an amazing mix-and-match spirit with her intriguing blend of past and present. By juxtaposing a vintage-inspired romantic top with a body-con skirt and sturdy boots, she created an outfit that's both unique and covetable. This lovely look is all about balance, so choose an easy basic like Topshop's Paneled Body-Con Skirt ($44) and pair it with a sweet top. We like See by Chloe's Short Sleeve V-Neck Ruffle Blouse ($240) ¬--it also makes for a great "date-top"¬--or Nom De Plume By YAYA's Embroidered Gauze Racerback Tank ($68) for less of an investment. The tank's ruffle-trimmed scoopneck and subtle embroidery make it the perfect choice for summer nights. And finally, throw on your favorite pair of lace-up boots you still have lingering around from winter, or spring forward with Dolce Vita's Reno ($155), a trendsetting choice with cool cutouts and a wedge heel.
Classic black trousers look smart with a boldly striped blouse.
Everyone loves it when a fail-safe classic gets a much-needed update, so it's no surprise we adored this modern menswear outfit, courtesy of Diane, 21, from Atlanta. It's totally traditional, yet the bright-striped blouse updates it in a chic and spot-on (or should we say striped-on?) way. You can recreate Diane's polished look with a standard black trouser from your own closet or Banana Republic's Martin Stretch Cotton ($79) version. Top your trousers off with a turquoise-stripe top, like the Lauren by Lauren Priya Striped Shirt ($80), to inject a similar dose of cool into this elegant look.
Cut-out leggings offer a fresh take on the standard style.
At WhoWhatWear.com, we always applaud a bold fashion statement¬--especially when it works. One great example of a daring outfit is the ensemble that Michelle, 24, from London sent in. Her cut-out leggings may be a sartorial wild card, but she made this tricky style look smooth by keeping the rest of her outfit simple and modest. It's clearly a brave move and not for the faint of thigh, but it's quite fashion-forward and cool. If you keep the rest of your ensemble quietly conservative and make sure your top half's covered, take a leap of legging and try out this trend with LNA's Olivia Thrashed Gathered Bottom Leggings ($129).
Bohemian tunics and denim vests are a perfect summer combo.
The Almost Famous-inspired ensemble of our final muse, Isabella, 21, from Germany, has us craving the endless days of summer, filled with outdoor music festivals and leisurely strolls. There's something about sunshine-y days that calls for footloose and fancy-free bohemian style. Cultivate Isabella's look with a printed tunic like Rebecca Taylor's Wildflower Tunic ($280), which is so sweet you can almost smell the flowers in bloom, or Free People's Floral Halter ($108) for a sexier tunic-like take. Top it off with a denim layer, like Current/Elliott's Double Breasted Vest ($264) in the High Low wash or Mango's Waistcoat ($60), and you'll be ready to lollygag around all season long.¬--Liza Kaplan
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