Summer is right around the corner, and you know what that means — a jam-packed agenda filled with everything from beach bummin’ in that sick new one-piece swimsuit to the annual glamping extravaganza with the girls to an endless list of summer weddings. Needless to say, fighting off boredom definitely won’t be on your to-do list in the coming months, but pulling together an arsenal of carefully curated ensembles should be — because what’s a stacked social calendar without a few killer outfits to go along with it? Exactly — a lot less fun. Because you’re busy getting your #girlboss on (and plotting a list of Insta-worthy weekend escapes), we’ve styled six sartorially sound getups — complete with colorful pom-poms and a few festival style essentials — that will get you through the summer season in It girl-approved style.
What to Wear for Desk-to-Dinner
Sure, it’s prime beach time, but a girl’s still gotta work, work, work, work, work (we had to). Channel summer’s free-spirited vibes by ditching boring blazers and stuffy separates and going straight for the good stuff — on-trend pieces that push the envelope, not HR’s buttons. Case in point: Rock a lacy crop top with elegant high-waisted trousers (in a flirty floral print, no less) for a sophisticated getup that will make that to-do list a lot more bearable. Round out the ensemble with a patchwork denim shoulder bag with casual Friday appeal, tonal drop earrings and snakeskin-inspired steppers that will straight-up stun whether you’re crunching numbers or toasting after hours. Bonus: It’s also “I do” approved — just swap out the shoulder bag for a glitzy clutch and you’re golden.
Zara Guipure Lace Top ($40), P.A.R.O.S.H. Floral Print Palazzo Pants ($210), M. Gemi The Pera Boot ($298), Mango Beaded Pendant Earrings ($20), Michael by Michael Kors Sloan Patchwork Denim Shoulder Bag ($278) + Juice Beauty Satin Lip Cream in Santa Ynez ($24)
What to Wear to the Beach (and Beyond)
Whether you’re posting up by the pool or soakin’ up those good vibes in the sand, a fuss-free getup is a given. A scene-stealing swimsuit is the perfect starting point, and we’re just a little bit obsessed with this tropical plunge one-piece. Slip it under a playful romper that makes the transition from the surf and sand to your favorite lunch spot an effortless exercise, then throw in a pair of pom-pom sandals for good measure (because, hello). Sun protection is non-negotiable, so sleek sunnies and sunscreen are a must. Toss a bright yellow tote — filled with all those beach-day essentials, obvi — over your shoulder and get ready for a bit of fun in the sun.
Mara Hoffman Cutout Printed Halterneck Swimsuit ($240), Norma Kamali Printed Stretch-Jersey Playsuit ($160), Zara Pompom Leather Sandals ($90), Sensi Studio Maxi Woven Toquilla Straw Tote ($265), Galaxy Half-Frame Sunglasses ($18) + Coola Sport Continuous Spray SPF 30 ($32)
What to Wear for a Backyard Bash
What’s summer without a barbecue (or two, or three) with your crew? A laid-back look is key for this casual backyard affair, and a cami, kimono and denim short combo is just what the stylist ordered. Have fun with the accessories, mixing in a few fringe-flecked pieces and some simple stacking rings to pull the look together. Footwear of choice: espadrilles all the way.
Zara Peony Kimono Shawl ($50), J.Crew Carrie Cami Top ($98), T by Alexander Wang Striped Denim Culottes ($120), Kelsi Dagger Irma Sandals ($125), Ecote Fringe Bucket Bag ($69) + Madewell Surfstone Illusion Ring ($24)
What to Wear for a Girls’ Night Out
Girls’ night out? This palm print dress is so down. Create the ultimate blend of sweet and sassy by teaming modern feminine details and toughened-up accents. Statement baubles are obligatory, and this turquoise stunner doesn’t disappoint, injecting a bit of bohemian flair into an otherwise contemporary-cool look. On the footwear front, lace-up suede wedges add a ladylike quality to the slinky slip dress without compromising on that RN appeal, while a military jacket (nope, no blazers here) is all about bringing a don’t-mess attitude to the outfit’s overall aesthetic. For the perfect finishing touch, enlist the help of a sleek box clutch in a pretty pastel hue and a vibrant red mani that keeps it real.
Topshop Palm Print Cross-Back Slip Dress ($60), Talula Merchland Jacket ($125), BaubleBar Rio Pendant ($52), J.Crew Suede Ankle-Wrap Wedges ($158), Lulu Guinness Perspex Box Bag With Lipstick ($416) + Butter London Nail Lacquer in MacBeth ($15)
What to Wear Glamping
As far as glamping getups go, a mix of casual and luxe(ish) pieces is essential. Denim is a duh, and these turquoise shorts should be #1 on your packing list, as should a sassy pair of fringe-flecked boots. Skip the classic plain-white tee and top off your outfit with a striped crop tank and the piece de resistance — a tassel-tastic kimono with a subtle prairie-chic edge. DON’T overlook the accessories: Take along a wide-brim hat decked out in boho bling and a chambray bandana with wear-anywhere potential. The only thing missing? A swipe of siren-red lipstick and a few layers of turquoise jewelry (you know — to really put the glam in glamping).
Madewell Kimono Tassel Jacket ($148), Community Elea Tank ($45), Mango Denim Shorts ($40), J.Crew Chambray Bandana With Striped Border ($13), Zara Coins and Decorative Band Hat ($40) + Coconuts by Matisse Lambert Fringe Booties ($90)
What to Wear to a Festival
When that much-anticipated festival or concert series rolls around, there’s nothing else to do but embrace your inner rock goddess all the way. Consider a crocheted top and Dr. Martens the base of your main-stage #OOTD, then build on their free-wheelin’ feel with accessories that fuse groovy and grunge-era style. A lightweight button-front skirt serves as a blank canvas for an exotic belt bag we’re pretty sure Stevie Nicks would love and a gold cuff with dramatic fringe. Complete the look with — what else — a flower crown and a messy fishtail braid.
Zara Crochet Top ($26), Madewell Silk Island Button-Front Skirt ($98), Dr. Martens Women’s 1460 Smooth Boots ($125), ASOS Western Fanny Pack ($25), Lydell NYC Golden Hinged Cuff Bracelet With Fringe ($76) + Anthropologie Garland Headband ($34)
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