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Mama-licious Summer Style Tips

July 2, 2012 with 0 Comments

Several of these pieces are probably hanging in your closet right now, which is great – that is always the best place to start shopping!  

Summer is here and, yes, it was one of the rainiest Junes on record. Look on the bright side, you’ve probably just dusted the cobwebs off your summer clothing; and once you assess what you have and what you need, now is the perfect time to shop because the summer sales have already started!

Due to our short summer, you don’t need a lot in order to have a full functioning warm weather wardrobe. Here are some basic building blocks to create easy, multipurpose, mix-it-up summer outfits.

Light Weight Scarf

Scarves add dimension to your look and are an easy, affordable way to participate in trends. They can provide coverage in the case of too much sun, and give extra warmth on a brisk evening or in an air conditioned building. In a pinch, they can be laid on the grass as a resting spot for you and your wee one (you are stylish and prepared!).

 

1: Forever 21 Polka Dot Scarf $10.80 Image 2: Joe Fresh Scarf $14.00

Statement Necklace

Statement necklaces have been huge this year. Like scarves, they are a quick way to add visual interest or modernize an outfit. This summer, have fun playing with pastel shades or try a beaded or woven style –a terrific way to express your personal style!

Image 3: Zara Geometric Panel Necklace $25.90 Image 4: Zara Tri-Colour Necklace $25.90/em

Tee’s and Tanks

Ts and tanks are usually a steal in July which makes it an excellent time to refresh, or experiment with new colours, patterns or styles. Great for layering, they can be paired with almost anything in your wardrobe. V-necks are the most universally flattering!

Image 5: Joe Fresh Classic V-Neck $8 Image 6: Old Navy Ruched V-Neck $12 Image 7: HM tank $14.95

Summer Knits

Regardless of the season, I am a believer in always having a third “completer” piece on hand to top off any outfit. Be it a cardigan or pullover, summer knits are light, versatile and easy to tote around.

Image 8: Gap Cardigan $49.95 Image 9: Jacob Pullover $39.99 Image 10: TNA Cardigan $65

The Sundress

Whether you are headed to a BBQ, shower, the beach, or on a date night; a sundress is an indispensable addition to your summer wardrobe. Short or maxi, dresses make you feel put together in an instant. If trying to conceal a tummy, try a wrap or empire style that fits snuggly beneath the bust and skims over the stomach.

Image 11: Jacob Wrap $47.70 Image 12: Jacob Maxi $69.00

Shorts

While practical, finding a flattering pair of shorts can be tricky. Stick with the same length you feel works best on you when wearing skirts or dresses. A knee-skimming style is often a safe bet that can be easily styled for work, the park or dinner out.

Image 13: J Crew Shorts $59.90 Image 14: Joe Fresh Bermuda $29

Cropped Pants

Like shorts, cropped pants can be troublesome if not a flattering length. It is usually best to graze the ankle or, if going shorter, try for a style that hits the narrowest zone between your calf and ankle. Have fun with coloured denim this season, or go for white – always a classic, fresh look.

Image 15: Joe Fresh Colour Crop $19 Image 16: Gap Summer Skinny $69.95

Footwear

Although the flip-flop is a summer staple, it certainly doesn’t scream style! Consider rotating in some of these comfortable alternatives…

  • Flat Neutral Sandal or Wedge –  Easy to dress up or down, finding the right tone for your skin can elongate your leg!
  • Sneaker - Ideal for running after your little ones, these can pair well with your cropped pants, shorts or casual skirts and dresses.
  • Flats – Coloured and printed flats are comfortable and effortlessly add personality to an outfit.

Image 17: Aldo Flat Sandal $29 Image 18: Aldo Sneaker $39.98 Image 19: Zara Ballet Flat $39.90

Several of these pieces are probably hanging in your closet right now, which is great – that is always the best place to start shopping! Most on this list transitions easily into other seasons, so when hitting the stores, you don’t need to feel guilty about spending money on something that is going to have a short lifespan (shopping should be fun… and guilt is definitely not fun!).

Happy Summer!

Lori Harris is a Style and Image Consultant at Stylesmarts. She can teach you how to make informed clothing choices, learn what looks best on your body, save time and money, and be empowered to look at feel your best!

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