Even if it’s scorching outside, there are ways to stay stylish. Not only do the summer months give you an excuse to pack away boring black clothes and embrace a brighter color palette, but it’s also a time to experiment with all those trends, like fun flatforms or eye-catching swimsuits. No matter if the next couple of months are packed with pool parties, back-to-back weddings, music festivals or all of the above, check out these outdoor outfits and accessory ideas for some serious style-spiration.
For outdoor weddings:
Anyone on the summer wedding circuit knows the challenge of planning outfits for all the different events, especially when they're outdoors. Add Instagram into the mix and it’s even harder to re-wear your go-to dress again and again. A good shopping strategy: Choose one that's solid since it’ll compliment a range of different colors. This allows you to mix and match with more statement-making accessories -- try a playful clutch, contrasting heels, and standout jewelry -- using the same dress to create different looks.
For pool parties:
If you’re planning to party by a body of water over the next few months, there are a few things you need: a playful swimsuit, a giant hat to block the sun, splash-proof pool slides and a straw backpack to hold all your stuff — whether that be SPF, a beach read or a bottle of rose.
For backyard BBQs:
Red, white, and blue aren't reserved for the 4th of July. The classic color combo works for any backyard fete — whether it’s a BBQ, birthday party, or brunch. Opt for a casual romper, like this one with seasonal, coastal stripes, and pair it with red accents for a pop of color. Another must-buy if you’ll be out in the sunshine all day is a protective hat with UPF fabric to shield your scalp and face.
For music festivals:
Remember dELiA*s, that cool girl shopping catalogue you loved as a preteen? Today’s festival fashion looks like it ripped a few pages out of the magazine and encourages you to revisit platform sneakers and slip dresses (tip: layer one over a t-shirt to prevent shoulder sunburn). Other concert essentials can include a belt bag to keep your hands free and '90-style hoop earrings.
For rooftop soirées:
Whether you’re popping bottles at a rooftop bar or hitting up a trendy open-air bistro, it’s time to turn up the heat with your clothes. Think: notice-me neon animal prints, geometric lucite heels, beaded chandelier earrings, and a pair of trendy shades.
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