It’s pretty much a fact that summer style has a tendency to veer on the sloppy side. It’s sweltering, the sun is shining, and everyone is in vacation mode, all of which obviously influence our wardrobes. Rarely does the term “polished” come to mind, yet it’s the word that best describes some of our favorite celebrities out and about in the mid-June heat as of late. In an effort to re-create their put-together, cool, calm, and collected appearances, it’s essential to know the little tricks they utilize to give their outfits the polish your summer wardrobe craves—because sadly, every day can’t be a beach day.
Scroll down to see their tricks and shop the key pieces to help you incorporate more polish into your summer wardrobe!
Pair flat sandals with sleek pieces, like Sienna’s cropped black pants.
Everlane The Italian Ankle-Wrap Sandals ($118) in Black + Black
A long, flowy dress is beautiful and feminine, keeps you cool, and easily transitions from day to night.
On Hudgens: Ecote Strappy Back Safari Maxi Dress ($98); Kenneth Cole Prince Street Leather Fringe Sling Bag ($298); The Row Round-Frame Acetate and Metal Sunglasses ($445); Henri Bendel Luxe Uptown Y Necklace ($118)
Tibi Simone Silk Pleated Midi Dress ($348) in Zen Blush
While it may sound obvious, tucking your shirt in makes a huge difference if you want to avoid looking sloppy!
If you’re wearing a dress or skirt to stay cool, keep the hemlines modest, as they will always look more polished than short ones.
Balancing proportions is an easy way to avoid looking sloppy. If you’re wearing a slouchier piece on the bottom, go more fitted on the top, and vice versa.
On Kloss: Repetto Cendrillon Ballet Flats ($295)
Opt for structured, lightweight fabrics, such as poplin and linen.
Sleek accessories like Collins’s easily elevate any look.
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Monochromatic outfits look clean and modern and work in any season.
ASOS Military Jumpsuit With Button Detail ($81) in Khaki
Defining your waist is key, especially when wearing oversize pieces à la Beckham.
Black and white is a no-fail color combination when you want to add a little polish and edge.
On Hart: Rag & Bone jacket; Salvatore Ferragamo handbag
Structured perforated pieces will look cool and keep you cool.
Rag & Bone Lakewood Short-Sleeve Perforated Shirt ($280) in Bright White
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A third layering piece pulls your look together and comes in handy when chilly A/C kicks in.