You Asked for it, Here it is: 5 Tips for Looking Put Together This Spring and Summer ;)
I received a GREAT message from a client asking how to dress things up with warmer weather approaching. Here are her question(s):
Are you going to give us tips for this spring>>>>going into summer? I was shopping yesterday for some new nice weather clothes and I am not sure how to dress it up? I found some great layering tops(with ruffles and buttons in the front, and a spring military coat to layer over, but that is it). I am good with cooler/winter weather and using scarves and belts for layering...but when it gets hotter-then what?! Pretty soon it will be 90 out and I will not be able to layer as much as I do now.
I still want to look nice and put together! Help!" ~Krystal F.
I was really excited to reply to her email and thought you all might want to know these tips too! So let's do this and feel uber confident in our spring/summer wardrobes ;)
Tip 1) Structure is EVERYTHING!!!
If we are layering less and ultimately wearing less clothing, we want to feel good in baring our bodies a bit more than we had in colder weather. Don't scream and run away at the thought (most of us put on 5-10 lbs. during the winter months, and that's okay!), just hear me out.
When you wear clothes that give you good structure, meaning they help dictate and accentuate your shape, your eyes are drawn to all the right places. This means being VERY particular on what you add to your spring/summer closet. Think of items that have a built in waist and an open neckline. Find higher quality fabrics like cotton instead of flimsy fabrics like jersey. Below are some items that have structure and will look nice on their own.
Collage On Me Blouse
This blouse is a nice sheer fabric that will let you feel the breeze on hot days. It gives good shape to the body because it ties in the back.
Tip 2) Quality VS. Quantity
This goes hand and hand with the first tip. Items that have good structure and fit the body well tend to be good quality and a little more cash. TRUST me, it's worth it. Buy fewer high quality items and spice them up with less expensive accessories (I'll talk more about this later). Below are a few quality staple pieces I would highly recommend...
No. 2 Pencil Skirt
The color really doesn't matter, just have at least one high quality pencil skirt in you closet at all times! Great with flats or heels, button down or tank, blazer or cardigan.
Diane Von Furstenburg Calida Blouse
Female designers tend to know how to flatter a woman's body. I wanted to share this tank because of it's flattering construction.
Tip 3) Dresses are FABULOUS!
Finding the right dress for your body is one of the most flattering items you'll ever own...PERIOD. So, we might as well utilize them in warm weather! Here are a few suggestions with body types in mind ;)
Dresses can be dressed up or down easily by changing flats to heels or a blazer to a cardigan. Jewelry and handbags can also change the look up quite a bit.
Tip 4) Accessorize... A LOT!!!
Want the outfit you wore today to look completely different tomorrow?! Change your shoes, jewelry, and handbag. I promise, it WILL be a whole new outfit.
Tip 5) You can still layer!
Blazers, cardigans, and belts are still very essential to summer dressing. I am assuming, most of us either work or live in the air conditioning. It's nice to have a little something to throw on if you get chilly, like a floral print blazer, or a canary yellow cardigan. Also, BELT just as much as you did before! A lot of tanks and sleeveless dresses look great with a belt at the waist ;)
**Bonus Top Tip** Just a reminder, the most flattering sleeveless tops, tanks, or dresses have a thicker strap. Look for something around 2 inches thick, perfect as well for discreetly wearing a well supportive bra. Avoid spaghetti straps unless you have small a bust line and shoulders. Short sleeve blouses and tees should have a "full sleeve". Cap sleeves broaden shoulders.
This post was FULL of info! See what happens when you ask questions?! That totally inspired me, THANK YOU for your questions Krystal F!!!
I hope everyone feels more equipped for summer shopping and dressing. Now get out there and have some fun! Thank you so much for reading.
P.S. Do you have any summer fashion questions you would like answered?! XOXO