IT IS TIME TO DUST OFF YOUR ESPADRILLES and start to show off some skin. This time of the year I often find myself craving colors, maybe something with fringe and off-the-shoulder tops.
I find summer being one of the hardest seasons to dress for. Don’t get me wrong, I love summer but the heat is not my friend. I don’t know if it is because I sweat a lot or if everything feels too naked to wear?! But I do love summer and I thought I would share my favourite summer outfits that I think you should bring into your life as well.
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I have done some online shopping again because it is good for my soul. I understand that we all have our own sense of style and most of us aren’t traveling anywhere soon. But I like dreaming away for a second and there are a lot of stores out there that have a crazy-sale on, so let’s get to it. Here are my must-haves for any European escape:
I am excited to upgrade to my summer wardrobe with some fresh getaway pieces and a splash of color. Because let’s be honest, summer is all about having fun and bringing some color into your wardrobe. Right? Pick a few colors and build your wardrobe according to that palette to keep it fresh yet stylish.
I found this lovely yellow jumpsuit on &otherstories that looks like a lemon sorbet. Imagine wearing it with a pair of Birkenstock sandals and a pair of gold hoop earrings. Maybe add some sunglasses and a cute bag and you are ready for after-work drinks in the sun or sitting on a flight to Hawaii.
If you are planning on heading down to the beach you should bring some light and neutral pieces. I just can’t get enough of the all-white outfits out there and linen is the ultimate fabric for summer weather. I LOVE sets. Best thing that ever happened to me – two garments and you look instantly chic. This linen set is both lightweight and breathable – it will be appropriate for any occasion. A huge plus, you can casually wear your swimwear underneath.
TIPS! Look for linen pieces on sales and second hand shops for some great deals.
No summer getaway is complete without a perfect day-to-night dress and bare legs! My favourites are classy yet elegant like iconic satin dresses or cut-out dresses that you can either dress up or dress down on a boring Thursday.
I love floral prints during summer and I love to add a bit of texture into cute looks to make them a bit more interesting and personal. No outfit is complete without some gold jewellery, platform sandals, a fun hair piece or a sun hat! These details will keep your body secure as you explore the hidden gems of your destination. All that I am missing is some freckles and dungarees.
I think the most important item for summer is a white crewneck t-shirt. It isn’t exactly that exciting, but it is the most versatile basic you can wear. It will work for going to work, taking a stroll in the park or at a casual event. It also go endless styling possibilities. You can pair it with a flattering asymmetric midi skirt or a classic pair of cycling shorts.
Another classic piece is high-rise blue jeans because they never go out of style. Jeans come in a lot of different fits, so pick the one you prefer and add it to your wardrobe. Don’t be afraid to combine denim-on-denim for a monochromatic look. Add the right accessories, a strap top and you can make even the most boring jeans pop!
Take this simple and casual look and turn it into a full date-look with a leather jacket. This is a good investment because you will instantly look polished. It will also serve you in the fall and next summer both at home and abroad. The summer nights can get a bit chilly so if you don’t want to drag a jacket with you, make sure you at least have a warm sweater to put on when the temperatures dip.
It is also worth mentioning that if you are visiting some religious sites – modest attire may be required. Having a lightweight sweater on hand allows you to enjoy all the places while respecting the country’s culture and customs.
When you bring out your swimsuit and bikini you know for a fact that summer is here. I personally love this sporty swimsuit from COS and I think it would be cool to combine it with a pair of neutral sandals and jeans shorts on your way down to the beach. After your swim, throw on a cute striped dress and you are ready for lunch at the closest beach restaurant.
Don’t forget to bring your beachside essentials: sunscreen (SPF), oversized sunglasses and straw hat so you are protected from the sun. They will keep you comfortable as you enjoy all Europe has to offer.
Back to bringing color into your wardrobe. I try to limit the amount of black pieces in my summer wardrobe to lighten up the mood. I personally LOVE dots, animals, stripes and gingham prints. So that is one way to go if you need to spice things up.
The puff-sleeved trend has really blown up this summer and can be seen on both dresses and tops. I wouldn’t mind chasing the sun in this polka-dot dress from Ganni that is on sale right now. You can dress it up with a pair of statement snakeskin heels and a bold lipstick – which adds a touch of elegance to any outfit. Add a straw tote bag that holds all your essentials and you are ready for a stroll around town.