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What to Wear: Simple Summer Style

Don’t you guys love how much easier it is to dress for summer?  My sister and I were just discussing how summer dresses are our new favorite thing. There’s absolutely no coordinating necessary, your whole outfit is just waiting on the hanger for you in the morning ready to be slipped on.  And they’re super comfy too.  What’s not to love?

I’m also totally diggin’ two of this summer’s biggest trends, neon and stripes.  So here’s my formula for the perfect summer look:  comfy striped dress + neon accessories + sun protection = hip golden goddess (with the golden part being faux of course).  Read on for some of my favorite picks for making this look a reality. 


I don’t know what it is about stripes, but I gravitate to them.  A quick scan of my closet reveals that at least half of my clothes contain stripes of one sort or another.  Here are four fabulous striped summer dresses in super comfy jersey and at all price points.

top left: flash striped jersey dress – Marc by Marc Jacobs on sale for $208
top right: sorbe shoppe striped dress in mint – $38.99 (only 2 left!)
bottom left: ASOS midi dress in stripe with scoop back – $53.02
bottom right: Asti B maxi dress – $124

How fun is it that neon is in right now?  I always feel a little more playful during the summertime and these subtle pops of color are bringing me back to my middle school days of big bangs, spandex shorts and side pony tails.

left: Carole neon rhinestone stud earrings – $10
top right: multitude hair ties at Anthropolgie – $12
bottom right: Saahti sandal by Steve Madden – $70

Finally, it wouldn’t be a proper summer fashion post without some mention of keeping safe (and stylish) in the sun.  And, yes, I realize that the bronzer won’t actually provide any sun protection but the better I’m able to fake a golden summer tan, the more motivated I am to slap on the sunscreen.

top: Michael Kors jet set aviators – $125
middle: philosophy ‘sunny girl’ age defense sun care set – $48
bottom left: bronze pro bronzing powder by mark – $12.50
bottom right: House of Harlow Rachel sunglasses in tortoise – on sale for $110.99

What are your favorite summer trends this year?  Any fresh finds you swear by?



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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Tereza July 19, 2012 at 5:14 am

ooo i’m loving stripes right now, so many good finds :)


Erica @ Acire Adventures July 19, 2012 at 12:49 pm

I love the stripes and the summer dresses. If you find nice jersey dress, it’s pretty much as comfy as hanging around home in your comfy clothes, but if you just add a couple accessories you look all dressed up!


glimmersnaps July 19, 2012 at 11:22 pm

Love those stud earrings!

I just posted about my {modest} summer wardrobe yesterday!

I think it’s also easier in the summer because we know it’s gonna be hot every day. Where I live, it can get warm or cold suddenly at other times of the year so you have to have so much more variability.


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NFL jerseys August 22, 2012 at 10:30 am

Wow! These look nice! especially love the stripes!


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