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How to Style & Wear Summertime Basics


Being the avid fashion fan that I am, when summertime hits, I still want to look stylish even with the rising temperatures. However, we all know that sometimes you just wake up and you want an easy way out of getting dressed – and I am here to give you that easy way.

Below, I’ll show you how to amp up the style factor of summer basics. I chose two of my faves – shorts and a tee – but these ideas can work on just about any type of summertime piece. Read on to learn more:

1. Choose your basics and make sure they’re always clean and available.

Place the pieces separately in your closet, so that when you’re out of outfit ideas, you can just grab them and you’re halfway ready to go out the door. My favorites are a plain white t-shirt and a pair of brown shorts that are very comfortable to wear, and go with just about everything.

Summer basics

As you can see, I already started to build my outfit by tucking the t-shirt in, which makes the whole look appear more put-together, and by adding a cool belt. I didn’t go for a plain belt, but rather chose a more colorful one. After all, it’s summer, let’s celebrate with color!

2. Shoes make the outfit.

At least, that’s my belief. Choose carefully, as shoes can switch up the entire way an outfit looks. As you can see below, I tried on several different pairs of shoes to see how each one complemented the shorts and tee.

Summer shoe options

I decided to stick with the brown gladiator sandals. They are one of my favorite buys ever, since they’re super comfy and go with anything and everything. I suggest investing in a good pair of flat sandals for summer – it makes a world of difference!

3. Add an extra piece.

Just because it’s summer, that doesn’t mean that you can’t wear layers anymore. Stick with the barely-there pieces, such as vests or short-sleeved boleros, or you can improvise, like I did in this case. I wore an unbuttoned silk shirt as a vest and, since the fabric is so lightweight, it didn’t even feel like I was wearing an extra layer – despite the heat outside. Plus, the yellow hue really pops against the neutral colors in the outfit.

Layering in summer

4. Here come the accessories!

This is the fun part. You can either wear something subtle and feminine, or you can go crazy and stack lots of bracelets – it all depends on your personal style! I decided to go bold and really pile on the jewelry. However, out of all of my jewelry, my favorite piece is the red statement necklace. Try pairing together different types of jewelry and see what works for you. Have fun mixing and matching!

Summer fashion fun

The Final Look:

In the end, I came up with an outfit that I really enjoyed wearing. Not in the “this is comfy and nice” kind of way, but in the “these clothes make me enjoy life more!” way. Maybe it’s because of the flowy blouse or maybe even because of the colors, but one thing is for certain: this look made me feel good. And that’s what personal style is all about.


How do you style your summertime basics?

I’d love to hear how you manage to make plain outfits look special! And if you’re not sure how to do that, did my quick guide help you a bit? Which tip was your favorite? What else would you like to see me style? Leave a comment below and tell me what you think.

Posted on on June 8, 2013 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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8 Responses to “How to Style & Wear Summertime Basics”

  1. 1
    June 8th, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    I love contrasting colours and I wear them myself quite often. It’s much easier to put it together this way than wear a monochrome outfit. At least for me.
    Thank you for sharing:-)

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    June 8th, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Adorable! I enjoy all your posts, keep up the good work!!

    Can I make a request from you? I love the tuck-in trend thats going on right now and usually tuck my shirts in now, but I’m always wondering how to pair my shoes with my belts? I like the look “sans-belt” but I have a small waist and a bigger butt and I usually get the dreaded gap at the back of my pants’s waistband because of that (belts are a must).

    I usually try to match my belts with my shoes, which I think is pretty boring. Could you make a post about outfits built around belt and shoes combo? I think a lot of people would find it useful! Also, the way you mix and match is killer! ;)

    Thank you!

  3. 3
    June 8th, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    I’ve definitely found accessories are the key to Summer time dressing since you can’t rely on creative layering. Good post!

  4. 4
    June 8th, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    I LOVE this! This is one adorably fun ensemble :)

  5. 5
    June 9th, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    I love how you put this outfit together! That “enjoying life more” vibe is the best kind of outfit (: and the red necklace is the cutest ever.

  6. 6
    June 9th, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    I love these tips on how to make an outfit stylish despite the heat!

  7. 7
    June 10th, 2013 at 12:22 am

    I always like your posts, thank you!!

  8. 8
    June 13th, 2013 at 3:38 am

    I enjoyed this whole post, especially that necklace! Love it!

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