August can be a double-edged sartorial sword. On the one hand, the weather's finally conspiring in your favor, so you can wear all your lightweight frocks, patterned maxis, and rolled shorts. Yet, sur l'autre main, you can't help glancing past the sunny horizon and toward the next fashion season (perhaps not without some anxiety, we understand!) and wondering what exactly your plan of attack should be. Luckily, today's six stylish subjects are fashion-forward exemplars of how to revel in your summer wardrobe while still having one eye on the upcoming trends. Whether they're incorporating a foldover desert boot into their summery shorts-and-hat ensemble, invigorating an off-duty outfit with an exciting burst of metallic, or demurely dabbling with a ladylike look, these stalkees are armed with wardrobe inspiration to tirelessly lead you into fall. Thus, without further ado, we'll sound the call to arms and bring you the personal stylings of six new lovely ladies to help you turn that double-edged sword into a weapon of trendsetting destruction!
Woven accents look fresh with solid separates.
Lately fashion houses such as Marni, Lanvin, and Louis Vuitton are embracing a more refined look, so we were thrilled when Annie, 24, from Virginia, showed us a fresh way to get on board with this transitional-weather trend. Instead of letting this vintage-inspired aesthetic overwhelm her ensemble, we like how Annie tempered her ladylike separates with a graphic bag and au courant footwear, giving her ensemble a decidedly modern feel. To snag some of Annie's polished style, start with a monochromatic base of your choosing; while navy always looks chic, another of-the-moment option would be a head-to-toe denim look! Next, incorporate your neutral accents. We like Strawbag's Coffee Stripe Straw Shoulder Bag ($25)¬--perfect for every occasion from a picnic to the beach¬--and either Yoox's Saddler Platform Sandals ($245) or Swedish Hasbeens' Braided Clogs ($199) in Red¬--always a go-to brand for clog-centric footwear!
A cuffed blouse gives cutoffs a dose of polish.
Denim cutoffs consistently stand out as the ideal solution to beat the summer heat, and we love how Kaitlin, 24, from New York, upgraded this laidback essential by pairing it with a polka-dot blouse. Additionally, we like how she further piled on the sartorial intrigue by contrasting her patterned top with must-have footwear: studded clogs. To emulate Kaitlin's look, start with a distressed pair of denim shorts like WGACA's Vintage Denim Destroyed Feather Shorts ($178) and a great pair of slip-on shoes like Steve Madden's Ceceila Clogs ($130) in Black or Topshop's Sage Sling Back Clogs ($145). Then, try cuffing See by Chloe's Long Sleeve Shirt ($69) or Sauce's Panda Pullover Tee ($75) to polish off the look with Kaitlin-like panache!
Desert boots + a girly top look sharp together.
Mixing girly and edgy pieces always equates to a cutting-edge ensemble, so we were delighted when we came across Autilia, 20, from Australia, who styled her feminine sweater with sturdy desert boots. We appreciate the way Autilia gave definition and shape to her silhouette by adding a skinny belt that effortlessly accentuates her figure, and then finished off her cool outfit with a slouchy, big brimmed hat. Want to snag a page from Autilia's lookbook? Try Topshop's Knitted Hole Cardigan ($70) in Grey or their Lace Waterfall Cardi ($55) with Urban Outfitters' Skinny Leather Belt ($20) to play up your waistline. Next, add a floppy hat like Lands' End's Classic Straw Hat ($30) or American Apparel's Wool Floppy Hat ($40) in Black. Last¬--but certainly not least¬--master the Autilia-inspired look with Joie's Beau Cuff Suede Booties ($375) or Madewell's Suede Desert Booties ($188) for an alternative with a slight heel.
Bold accessories elevate a basic t-shirt and shorts.
While a basic tee and shorts are ideal for lounging by the pool or at the beach, incorporating bold accessories can allow these staples to reach new and stylish heights. Take, for example, Typhaine, 19, from France, who truly made this look her own by embellishing it with a few well-chosen statement accessories in the form of a patterned vest, bowler hat, tan satchel, and eye-catching eyewear. To take your first steps toward this femme's directional style, start with Urban Renewal's Cuffed Levi's Denim Shorts ($28) and your favorite plain white tee. Zest up your look with a vest like Typhaine's; we like American Apparel's Unisex Solid Rib Vest ($36) or their Knit Cropped Dot Vest ($58) for a patterned pick. Then, integrate bold accessories like ASOS' Leather Twist Lock Satchel ($118), and either Urban Outfitters' Half and Half Sunglasses ($10) or Karen Walker's Helter Skelter Sunglasses ($170) to finish off your quirky, summertime look.
A striped skirt looks chic with a blue blazer.
Thanks to the appearance of nautical-inspired pieces on the Chanel, Derek Lam, and Marc Jacobs Resort 10 runways, the spirit of seafaring has infiltrated the fashion community once again. So we were thrilled to see Josephine, 16, from Germany, put together her own rendering of these high-sea looks by fusing a chic navy blazer and high-waisted striped skirt to create a first-rate ensemble worthy of an admiral's attention. To make Josephine's look set sail for yourself, try a striped skirt like Pleasure Doing Business' Four-Band Striped Miniskirt ($99) or American Apparel's Printed Cotton Spandex Jersey High-Waist Skirt ($34) for a laidback option. Pair either of those banded beauties with Rugby's Little Boy Polo Jacket ($298) or J.Crew's Navy Schoolboy Blazer ($188) for a polished ensemble √† la Josephine!
Metallic bags mix well with summer brights.
Metallics are high on our radar when it comes to fall fashion, so we were thrilled when Jules, 24, from LA, showed us a way to get on board with this trend now and incorporate it with summer brights. Her shimmery chain-strap bag complements her tangerine blouse while also infusing her off-duty ensemble with a dose of glam. To reconstruct a Jules-worthy alternative, start with the perfect foundation piece; we like AG Adriano Goldschmied's Ex Boyfriend Denim Shorts ($195) in the 28 Years Destroyed Wash. Then, simply combine BDG's Breezy Button Down Shirt ($38) in Red with Halston Heritage's Metallic Night Bag ($275), Forever 21's Metallic Crackled Shoulder Bag ($17.80), or Lauren Merkin's Tess Metallic Lamb Chain Handles Evening Bag ($325) to master Jules' winning blend!¬--Liza Kaplan, additional reporting by Nicole Shoohed.
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