Music Inspiration: 2016's Summer Jams

Summer is here so let's update your playlist and your wardrobe.
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Summer is here so let's update your playlist and your wardrobe.
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Summer is a time for sun, fun, and general leisure. The best way to enhance the experience is by adding the right music. That's why from June to August, radio stations, music sites, and social media designate the perfect summer songs and play them on repeat. Past songs of the summer have included Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" and Pharrell's "Happy".

A summer jam is not just any song. It is one that is usually released in the preceding spring, it's upbeat, and it has a way of making everyone who listens to it feel instantly better. Perfect for road trips, barbecues, beach days, and festivals, a great summer song invites you to go out into the world, fall in love, or have an adventure. It sweeps you up and makes you want to dance like there's no tomorrow. 

The best time to listen to this music: when you want to get into a summertime mindset

Here are 3 outfits inspired by the summer songs of 2016:

"Can't Stop the Feeling" by Justin Timberlake

I love this positive song about feeling good and expressing your happiness through your dance moves. Not only is this song ebullient and exciting, but the video shows off a variety of people bouncing, bopping, and boogieing to the lighthearted track. It's fabulous and fun.

outfit inspired by Justin Timberlake's song

Products: Earrings, Watch, Shorts, Sneakers, Top

Recreate Justin's outfit and embrace summer whites with a striped tank and twill shorts. Make the most of those long days with a cute watch. Slip on a pair of sneakers for all your dancing needs, then finish the look with a bit of sunshine and sun shaped earrings.

"This Is What You Came For" by Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna

Calvin Harris is a master at creating songs that inspire people to dance. His third collaboration with Rihanna is no exception; "This Is What You Came For" has all the elements of a summer anthem. The perfect mesh of Rihanna's R&B and Calvin Harris' electronic vibes, this effervescent song stays with you long after you hear it. (And that video?! Perfection.)

outfit inspired by Calvin Harris's song

Products: Bronzer, Wristlet, Shorts, Sandals, Pins, Top

Ideal for festival season, days at the carnival, and all activities that start during the day and last well into the night, this look will ensure all eyes are on you. This metallic co-ord set pays homage to Rihanna's oversized jumpsuit while keeping you cool. Enhance your tan with a glowy bronzer. Keep your hair out of your face with embellished pins. Complete the outfit with comfy sandals and a pretty wristlet.

"One Dance" by Drake feat. Wizkid & Kyla

This song is EVERYWHERE and for good reason: It's a true gem, and it's from Drake's new album "Views from the 6". Reggae influences and a cool backing track make this the perfect track for chilling out after a long day of sun.

outfit inspired by Drake's song

Products: Sunglasses, Shorts, Lipgloss, Sandal, Tank, Earrings

Whether you are hanging out around a bonfire or ambling down the boardwalk, this outfit embraces the light of summer for a vibrant look. During Drake's performance, the lights bounce right off of him, so mirror that effect with a flowy iridescent tank. Black shorts keep the focus on the top. Beauty and function meet in a lipgloss with SPF 30 to protect your lips from the sun. Protect your eyes with cool rainbow sunnies. Trip the light fantastic with prism earrings and finish the outfit with cute, embellished flip-flops.

Have a great summer, guys!

What do you think?

What is your favorite summer song? What are you plans for the warm weather? What do you think of the outfits? Let me know in the comments!