When it comes to summer lovin', a few of our favorite fashionable things are: brilliant colors, perky patterns, and that coveted air of effortlessness. Luckily, with the help of the online street style community LOOKBOOK.nu, and of course, our readers' submissions, we've discovered six ladies whose way with warm-weather style is certainly hot to trot! Whether it's channeling the gypset vibe of icons like Nicole Richie or taking key trends from the runway to reality, these women are showcasing looks we not only love, but also can't wait to try out. However, if you're still hungry for more real-life inspiration from international trendsetters after reading through our monthly installment of Style Stalker, take a peek at LOOKBOOK.nu and show off how you welcome the sun in style by joining that inspirational site with a special invite code, only available at WhoWhatWear.com! (More on that in a moment!)
Knee-high socks and wedges are an on-trend combo.
Ever since knee-highs and sandals were paired on the S/S 10 runways at Dior, Marni, and Alexander Wang, we've seen the trend spread like wildfire. So when we came across Rebecca, 23, from Washington, and her unique spin on this must-try look, we were instantly intrigued. Luckily, recreating Rebecca's sweet summer style is a breeze! First, start with a flirty floral frock like Lucca Couture's Pleated Floral Dress ($68), or Fairground's Contrast Epaulette Dress ($101) with its back-button detailing. Next, snap on Kimchi Blue's Bow Belt ($24) to accentuate your figure like Rebecca, and finally perfect the look with the coveted knee-high-and-wedge combo. We'd opt for Nasty Gal's Crochet Away Thigh-Highs ($18) with Chinese Laundry's Wood Platform Sandals ($90) or Antelope's Shirly Tan Wood Sandals ($149)¬--a very cool, and architectural-looking choice.
Chic accessories upgrade a vintage-inspired maxi dress.
Inspired by genius dressers like Nicole Richie and Erin Wasson, gypset fashion is one of our favorite warm-weather genres. So we were thrilled when we came across Cydney, 24, from Los Angeles and her personal spin on this effortlessly chic style. We absolutely adore her nineties maxi dress and appreciate how she updated it with of-the-moment accessories. Snag a page from Cydney's lookbook and start with Liquorish's Floral Frill V-Neck Maxi Dress ($93), and then add the necessary accoutrements. We like Tarnish's Straw Fedora with Contrast Trim ($38) and either Jeffrey Campbell's Snick-Std Clogs ($138) or Steve Madden's Daynty Clogs ($100) to finish the look!
A bold skirtsuit is a great warm-weather option.
Looking pulled together when the heat is on can be a daunting task, so we were stoked when we came across Marla, 21, from Indonesia, and her blue skirtsuit. Not only did we go ga-ga over the idea of such a laidback, summer-friendly suit, we also admire her fearlessness when it comes to pairing multiple brights. To recreate Marla's striking ensemble, start with an A-line skirt in a Marla-worthy shade of brilliant blue. We like BDG's Full Knit Skirt ($28) or American Apparel's Silky Shirred Waist Skirt ($35) in Peacock. Then reach for a matching cardigan to get the effortlessly polished appeal of coordinating separates. Three great options are Loft's V-Neck Cardigan ($49.50), American Apparel's Unisex Tri-Blend Rib Cardigan ($44), and Delia's Arlene Cardigan ($39.50). Just add a bright-colored tee and a few well-chosen accessories and you will be good to go!
A striped blazer adds polish to a floaty LWD.
One of the highlights of summer is switching out our staple all-noir looks for dashes of bright white, just like Danjana, 21, from Australia, demonstrated when she chose a breezy LWD. Additionally, we appreciate the way she kept this swingy silhouette professional by styling it with a structured blazer¬--it immediately upgrades her look. Trade out your requisite black √† la Danjana by slipping on something stark and simple like Monrow's Burn-Out Boatneck Dress ($95). Then simply add an of-the-moment Givenchy-inspired striped blazer; Speigel's Ponte-knit Striped Blazer ($79) or Topshop's Stripe Jersey Blazer ($110) will help you achieve a similarly fashionable and fresh outfit.
Rolled khakis are the perfect go-to pants for summer.
One of our favorite parts of Style Stalker is seeing how real girls interpret key runway trends, so when we came across Megan, 23, from California, and her rolled-khakis ensemble we were instantly intrigued. We love how she parlayed this must-have pant into chic, everyday wear by pairing it with a similarly colored tee and keeping her dark-hued accessories minimal. To snag Megan's simultaneously understated and directional look, opt for some harem-style trousers like Pixie Market's Slouchy Tan Trousers ($112) and cuff them to get the of-the-moment look. Pick up a standard-cut tee in a similar hue, like American Apparel's Unisex Sheer Jersey Short Sleeve Summer T-shirt ($21) in Apricot, and then finish the ensemble with Elegantly Waisted's Sabrina Belt ($86), to recreate Megan's winning silhouette!
Bright colors and patterns make for a festive ensemble.
Here at Who What Wear, we always admire a fearless fashion choice, especially when it's pulled off as flawlessly as the sweet sartorial mix opted for by Rebecca, 28, from Los Angeles. We love her brazen medley of leopard print and bright bottoms: a spirited outfit perfect for sunny days! Simulate Rebecca's sizzling summer look by picking up the diaphanous Epaulet Chiffon Blouse ($58) from byCORPUS and pairing it with either Topshop's Slinky Hareem Shorts ($30) or Gap's Pleated Roll-Up Shorts ($50). Throw on your au courant socks with sandals and you'll be ready to hit the streets in Jessica-worthy style!¬--Liza Kaplan
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