Summer Stylin

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Now that summer has officially started, let’s raise our glasses and make a toast to the upcoming weekends filled with backyard BBQs, evenings out with family and friends, and hours spent relaxing by the pool.  And while we are at it, let’s toast to trying new things, wearing outfits OTHER then shorts, and not being afraid to change up our summer wardrobe.  Fresh vibrant colors, funky accessories, and flirty shoes should be incorporated into your evening wear when possible.  Don’t be afraid to try a new color, a higher heel, or some chunky bracelets and pendant earrings as these things only add allure to an outfit that may otherwise seem simple on its own.  When wearing a romper, look for something that cuts properly and doesn’t ride in either the front or the back.  The length of the shorts is up to you depending on your comfort level, as are the size of the heels that you are wearing.  Chunky espadrilles with simple cutouts and rope details add that summer carefree feel to your ensemble.

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Maxi skirts are also a fun option as they are available in many different prints and colors that are perfect for summer.  With so many styles to choose from, make sure to look for a length that is proportionate to your body so that it does not detract from your shape, yet rather, emphasizes your beautiful curves.  By tucking in a simple tank top, you allow the skirt to hold center stage while magically adding inches to the length of your lower half.  With wedges, or flats, you can complete the look gracefully and with class.  Lastly, a chunky necklace and bracelet, paired with chandelier earrings ties your entire look together.  Another option here would be to do a detailed printed top and a solid colored bottom.  Do what your heart desires as there is no right or wrong way with this option!

IMG_2362 If you have an evening out with the girls lined up, why not try on something a little sexier and full of color!  With a simple silhouette but a daring shade of color, you can easily exude both confidence and grace.  A nude heel, gold bangle, and chandelier earrings rounds out the outfit and scores you a ten on the charts. If you’re looking to break free from the typical LBD, look for something that has intricate details, perhaps some lace, and obviously a splash of color and you’ll be good to go.  Now, go grab your girls and head for those margaritas out on the patio.

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Last but not least, try your hand at a nautical themed number. Whether in a dress, shorts, skirt, or shirt, this look is perfect for summer.  With a dress that hugs your curves, keep your shoes playful and your jewelry fun to downplay the form fitting nature of your dress.  Gold plays well with shades of blue and white as it compliments both colors rather then competing with them.  And when adding a statement necklace, make sure to look for something with an appropriate size so that it is not overwhelming to your neck or to the cut of your dress.  Don’t be afraid to mix colors.  And if horizontal stripes aren’t your thing, then try vertical stripes instead.  The great thing about mixing and matching is that you can do it with pretty much any color that you like, you just need to be cognizant of what colors pair well together and which don’t. Practice makes perfect in this arena as trial and error will be your sounding platforms and you will begin to learn what works and what doesn’t with your shape, skin tone, and hair color.  But please, don’t be afraid to try something out of your comfort zone.  Don’t be afraid to try on a new color or a new pattern.  Summer styling is all about having fun.  So the next time you go shopping, think about grabbing something that you otherwise wouldn’t have and TRY IT ON!  Have fun, be bold, and most of all, enjoy the process.

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