Part of enjoying the weather and parties of the summer involves having the right outfits. Here are tips on choosing outfits for the summer.
We’re well into summer, and regardless of where you are in the country, it’s getting hot.
This means that it’s time to take a mid-season assessment of your summer wardrobe.
What is it missing? What does it need? Are you fitting in with all of the latest trends?
Choosing outfits for this weather can be tough, but it’s hardly appropriate to walk around in public without them. So, let’s talk about how to choose outfits for the summer that will keep you stylish, cool, and comfortable.
Don’t worry, we’ve got ideas for any fashion preference and budget. Keep reading to learn more.
1. Skip the Skin-Tight Look
Skin-tight outfits look great for the summer, but in reality, they’re doing you no favors in this heat.
While the weather is boiling hot, you don’t want your clothes sticking to your skin. Unless you’re in the tiniest of tiny outfits you’re going to feel sticky and overheated.
Instead, opt for something flowy that gives your body some room to breathe. Flowy fabrics protect your body from the sun and help air to circulate underneath This will keep you just a bit cooler while the sun bears down.
This is a great time for a sundress, a coverup robe, or some loose-fitting shorts.
2. Protect Your Skin
One of the benefits of the flowy outfit is the bonus skin coverage. The sun might give you an awesome tan, but it’s actually pretty dangerous.
Harmful UV rays from the sun can cause damage. Not only will you get a painful sunburn, but you’re opening yourself up to early aging, skin discoloration, and even cancer.
A floppy sun hat is a great way to protect the skin on your face and shoulders, sensitive areas that are often exposed to the sun.
This doesn’t mean that you can skip the sunscreen, but it gives you a stylish extra line of defense. Pair your wide-brimmed hat with one of the looser styles of these striped dresses and get a look that’s both modern and retro.
3. Rock Some Sandals
It’s tempting to go all out in heels when going out to parties with friends, but are they really convenient in the summer?
The summer is full of outdoor parties. Whether you’re on the beach or in the backyard, heels aren’t the most practical option. You need something sturdy and fun that won’t get in your way or sink into the ground. Awkward!
Try a cute neutral-toned sandal that has a slight lift, or go for full-on platforms. With the even lift, you won’t be sinking anywhere. Anyway, this retro style is totally in this year, so get yourself some shoes that match the occasion.
4. Choose the Right Shorts
All bodies are good bodies and all bodies can wear any style they choose. That said, you might prefer one style of shorts over another for your body shape.
For example, if you want to make your butt pop a bit, choosing flowy fabric shorts with a high waist can give the illusion of a curvier figure. They’re also just very fun and bouncy.
If you prefer more modesty, a longer style of shorts like boyfriend shorts might be a better option. They’re not long enough to be immediately noticeable as “long”, but they give slightly more coverage than the popular “booty shorts”.
And hey, if booty shorts are your thing, go for it! There are so many options. Try them all out.
5. Don’t Be Afraid of the Crop Top
It’s hot. You don’t want to be wearing anything, let alone something with heavy coverage.
You want your body to get a bit of air even when it’s sweltering outside. In comes the dreaded crop top.
Crop tops have gotten a lot of flack and for no good reason. They’re functional, cute, and anyone can wear one. Styling it correctly for your overall look is key.
If you’re showier and ready to bare some skin, you can pair your crop top with pretty much anything. Low cut shorts give you the most belly exposure. Just don’t forget to put some sunscreen on there before you go outside.
If you haven’t fully committed to the “free the belly” lifestyle, that’s okay too. Pairing a crop top with a high-waisted skirt or shorts is a great way to get a little breeze on that stretch of skin while still maintaining a bit more modesty.
6. Get the Right Bathing Suit
It wouldn’t be a summer fashion list without a mention of the quintessential summer fashion item: the bathing suit.
For a long time, the only fashionable suits were two-pieces, much to the chagrin of some of us who would rather stay more covered up. Not to worry though, the one-piece suit has returned to the racks in plenty of styles.
If you’re opting for a one-piece, try a few different cuts. Some have small cutouts around the body for fashion and breathability, though they will leave killer tan lines.
Others are more basic but have high cuts in the thigh area for that “Baywatch” look.
If you’re opting for a two-piece, there are more options now than ever. Whether you’re looking for something “cheeky” or you want coverage, there’s a bikini for you.
The high-waist and bandeau combo has been popular for the past few years and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere any time soon. It’s almost universally flattering and just the perfect combination of conservative and flashy.
Best of all, if you add a cover-up kimono and some shorts the bandeau top just becomes part of your outfit.
Don’t be afraid to try new styles. You’ll be surprised at what flatters you.
Choosing Outfits for the Summer is Fun!
When it’s this hot, choosing outfits that fit the season is crucial. You want to keep cool, stay cute, and wear what makes you comfortable.
The summer is a great time to experiment with different cuts that you might not be used to. Try a new bathing suit or a new style of shorts. You might end up finding a new favorite piece.