Even if you spend your days compiling scrapbooks full of outfit inspiration, a little extra never goes astray, right? Well, that is our mindset, which is why we are so excited for the summer edition of our Style Tips story. We have four fun style tips for you to follow this summer, thanks to Kate Bosworth, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Alba, and Kirsten Dunst. Even better, these tips are easy for everyone to follow—whether you have a huge shopping budget or you just plan to shop from your own closet this summer. With that in mind, let’s get to it! Click through to check out our favorite summer style tips!
A breezy floral dress is perfect for summer days.
There is no easier piece to wear in summer than a breezy floral dress, so we suggest you take notes from Kate Bosworth and get to it. The best thing about a piece like this is that you can style it to suit your personality. Notice how Kate has added an ethnic necklace and suede booties? Both these items ensure that Kate stays true to her cool Californian vibe, but they also give the dress a bohemian edge. To try this look for yourself, check out both Minkpink’s Delightful Days Dress ($113) and Free People’s Slip Dress ($148). Then, pick up either Sam Edelman’s Petty Booties ($160) or Zara’s Thin-Strap Sandals ($80), add Sabine’s Pendant Necklace ($15), and you’re all set.
Go for a casually cool look with white denim.
Summer is the best season to put away your moody blue jeans and pick up something in crisp white denim, which is why we love Gwyneth Paltrow’s recent look. Everything about this outfit screams summer—from the shorts down to the breezy top and sandals. To take your cues from Gwyneth, you should keep a few things in mind. Firstly, opt for simple accessories—a pendant necklace, say, or a pretty ring. Secondly, make sure you opt for balance the way Gwyneth has done, teaming a billowy top with tighter shorts. Ready? Pick up Elizabeth and James’s Owen Top ($245) or Boy. by Band of Outsiders’ Tie-Neck Top ($193) and then pair it with Siwy’s Camilla Shorts ($152) and Dolce Vita’s Cybele Sandals ($169). Voila!
Stand out from the crowd in pretty pastels.
If you are looking to experiment with color, make sure you take notes from Jessica Alba, who recently put together a perfect pastel combo. First, Jessica picked out two separates in complementary colors—in this case, pink and green. (Other cute combos: pastel blue and peach, plus pale yellow and lavender.) Then, Jessica ensured the rest of her outfit (the scarf and jacket) came in softer colors. To complete the look, she added a hint of glam via silver flats by Toms. To try an equally colorful yet low-key look, pair Silence & Noise’s Penny Dreadfuls Cami in Mint ($39) with Zara’s Combined Trousers ($60) or Tibi’s Silk-Refined Tank ($198) with Mango’s Flaco Trousers in Yellow ($40). Then, finish with Nine West’s Panto Flats in Silver ($59).
Opt for easy elegance in head-to-toe white.
Whether you have a party or an industry event, a head-to-toe white look will give you an easy and elegant vibe that can’t be beat—just take a look at Kirsten Dunst for proof. The key is to pick out pieces that have an effortless and easy feel, but make a statement using texture or embellishments—like Kirsten’s lace skirt, for example. Then, simply pair them with great heels, add a chic accessory like a pair of dark sunglasses or a gold cuff, and you are ready to party. On that note, these pieces are perfect for those who want to try this look: Rachel Zoe’s Geri Button-Down Silk Top ($175) and Miguelina’s Francine Rio Lace Skirt ($165).
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