Summer style is supposed to look easy and effortless, but what if you have to go from daytime’s activities to evening’s festivities without a quick-change?
From the workweek to the weekend, we show you two looks that transition beautifully from AM to PM with minimal fuss but major impact. Even better, most stores are having huge sales right now, so take advantage if you’re looking to freshen up your wardrobe. If you count Indian Summer, we’ve still got a good two months of warm weather ahead of us!
From the Office to Dinner
The Look: Heading to a nice restaurant straight from work requires a little creative styling. Think a strapless dress is too fancy for the office? Not if you cover up with a lightweight blazer, which will also protect you from overzealous air conditioning. Lose the jacket and show a little skin for patio dining after quitting time.
The Palette: Mixing and matching is the modern way to wear neutrals, so combine soft and pretty blush shades with gray patterns to keep things interesting.
Arabelle Dress, on sale for $129.99, J. Crew
Linen Cropped Boyfriend Blazer, $86.20, ASOS
Fynbar Strappy Sandal, $149, RACHEL Rachel Roy
Elliott Lucca Cordoba Belted Tote, on sale until Aug 1 for $158.90, Nordstrom
Hive & Honey Two-Tone Link Necklace, $32, Piperlime
From the Beach to a BBQ
The Look: Embrace a mixture of colors and patterns for beach play followed by backyard soirees. We’re loving the resurgence of more demure one-piece suits, which embody a less-is-more sexiness. When it’s time to turn to the grill, throw on a low-key but chic maxi dress, some bangles and an embellished flat. A printed sarong serves as a cover-up during the day and a scarf at night.
The Palette: Summer fun calls for color, of course! Orange flatters a variety of skin tones (and can often enhance a tan), making it a great choice for a bathing suit. Pair it with complementary shades and a plethora of prints for a look that’s weekend cool.
Michael Stars Sleeveless Halter Maxi Dress, $158, Bloomingdales
Pearl Bandeau One-Piece Suit, $128, Tommy Bahama
Sarong with Bag, on sale for $87, Diane von Furstenberg
Mystique Thong Sandal, on sale for $99.99, Piperlime
Lauren by Ralph Lauren 20 Set Delicate Bangles, $68, Piperlime