6 Secret-Weapon Styling Tips For Summer

Audrey Hepburn was known for her flats. Diane Keaton for her fedoras. Jackie O for those faux pearls. If you haven’t had a “thing” since jelly shoes in the 4th grade, perhaps it’s high time to adopt one.Luckily, this summer’s freshest outfits are like blank canvases: versatile, egalitarian, and justbegging to be spun your own way. We’ve rounded up six easy styling tricks that don’t require an advanced degree to master.

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Oxfords Studies — Opposites attract! Tone down the stuffiness of a maxi dress with a pair of polished oxfords. It’s the perfect day-to-evening look… just switch up the jewelry and makeup, and you’ve got a fool-proof summer outfit that works for all manner of occasions. 


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Tie It ‘Round — Instead of stuffing a light layer in your bag or doing the over-the-shoulder golfer thing, take a tip from the ’90s and tie it around your waist. Especially when you’re wearing it with a girly dress or a basic get-up. Because in those cases, a ’round-the-waist shirt will look insouciant, not grungy.


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Cool Collars — For dresses with low necklines (wrap dresses, especially!), go for an architectural metal, beaded, or woven collar. It’s a modern pairing that’s way more unexpected than a regular statement necklace. 


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Get Full — Instead of your usual mini, consider a full skirt as your new summertime silhouette. It instantly elevates a plain T-shirt and makes your legs look longer and leaner (look for a skirt that’s cut at mid-thigh for optimum results!).


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Pile It On — While you may think that wearing sunglasses, statement earrings,and a necklace might be overkill, we think it’s just the perfect complement to all those minimalist, summertime looks. Keep the rest of your outfit pared down and let those accessories shine! 


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Nude Poses — A pair of tall nude pumps adds a few inches (and degrees of sophistication), particularly when it comes to an otherwise plain outfit. Find a comfortable pair that’ll take your daytime look to new heights! 

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