Putting Pep in your Summer Wardrobe

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Summer is here and boy is it hot outside! But beating the heat shouldn’t be an excuse for looking droopy or down; let the warm summer air inspire you to step out in your hottest looks. Put some pep in your wardrobe by following these easy tips for how to wear your best outfits this summer without majorly overhauling your clothing collection.

Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize

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The right belt or hat can take a look from frumpy to polished in the blink of an eye. Summer is a great time to whip out those wide-brimmed hats (adorable with sun dresses), or pastel enamel jewelry. Accessories need to add visual interest to areas of your body that complement your current style choice. For instance, consider how a neckline and a necklace can harmonize for optimal wearability and sophistication. Belts help you to draw the eye to the smallest part of your waist, and simultaneously add a pop of style to a plain or patterned shirt. Think about what an outfit might have, what it might need, and how you can fill that need with a simple addition.

Scarves shouldn’t be underestimated; light and gauzy fabric can pop a downplayed color from a print on your shirt or skirt. Infinity scarves are a great summer piece since they’re designed to sit far away from the front of the throat and allow air to circulate between you and the fabric; this keeps you cool while being classy.

The best part is that most accessories can be found second-hand for a fraction of the price you would pay retail. So go pop some tags and start creating eye-popping looks!

Consider Multiple Uses

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We bet that you have a maxi or two laying around the back of your closet that only gets worn on occasion. Keep in mind that you can pop on a top over any dress to transform it from a dress to a skirt. Suddenly, one piece can be worn twice as frequently; a great tip when you’re traveling to keep your baggage light!

Cardigans are a good go-to for this kind of wear. Since they can be worn closed or open over almost anything, they offer a variety of looks from a single piece. They’re also great as a layer to take with for when you expect to be in and out of air conditioning all day!

Change the Length

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You can really change the look of a piece by shifting where it hits on your body. For instance, if you have a pair of skinny jeans that you love (especially if they’re a fun summer color), cuff them and wear them with flats for a day-time look, or a cute wedge heel for something more night-time chic. A maxi skirt can become a cute baby doll dress by simply adjusting where it sits on your body and adding a belt.

So really take a moment to consider what you have; your wardrobe is probably much more dynamic than you’ve been giving it credit for. Experiment, play, and above all: have fun!