Summer is officially here, so if you’re looking for some summer outfit inspiration, here are some ideas to get you started. We asked five stylish local women what they’re going to be wearing this season, and here’s what they told us. Spoiler alert: Short suits and easy dresses might be worth adding to your list.
BETH DIVINE, MA, AICI-CIC
IMAGE CONSULTANT AND PERSONAL STYLIST
“Since I work with clients all the time, I am always trying to find a good summer outfit that is casual yet professional. Short suits are in style right now, and I purchased this yellow linen suit when I visited London recently. It’s from Marks & Spencer.”
“I am also a huge fan of a fitted pencil sundress. I wear this type of dress constantly in the summer. Other outfits I really like in the summer are easy dresses, white jeans, shorts, and boho tops from retailers like Lilly Pulitzer, EVEREVE, and J.Crew.”
image consultant and personal stylist
“This will be the look I will be living in this summer; the trends are all about comfort, and these shorts are so comfortable. It’s perfect to pack for a beach day with a cute top, and you can dress it up for a summer dinner by throwing on a light blazer and accessories. And I’m all in for the neutral colors which are 100% on my color palette and help me feel my best.”
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“This is my latest go-to summer outfit: a babydoll dress and flats! I love this combo because I could easily dress it up with heels for a day-to-night look.”
wardrobe & personal stylist
“For me, this summer is all about a statement skirt or pants. Bright colors, interesting details, and fab prints are what I am looking for. It’s an easy way to wear my favorite summer tops in a new way. Don’t be predictable with your outfits; choose interesting color combinations, try a non-traditional shoe, and mix your weekend favorites with your office basics. My #1 tip for any outfit is to finish your look with accessories. Be unexpected with your jewelry, and layer on the necklaces and bracelets.
Kathy’s three favorite summer looks:
- High waist, wide-leg ankle pants in a color that’s on-trend this season – YES, PLEASE! (Pants: EVEREVE / cropped sweater: Alice + Olivia)
- Pants with interesting stitching and embellishments that have a comfy yoga pant waistband – sign me up! (Pants: Matilda Jane from Amanda’s Exchange / graphic tee: Spiritual Gangster)
- A bohemian feel skirt in a crisp daffodil color paired with an unexpected color top? High fives to that! (Skirt: Rachel Zoe from TJ Maxx / top: Cabi from The Toggery)
PERSONAL STYLIST AND COLOR ANALYSIS CONSULTANT
“Dresses are my love language, and this cool linen dress is my new summer favorite. I found it at The Toggery and it jumped out at me because it’s in my ‘Dark Autumn’ color palette, and the linen is so soft and well-worn.
“The real secret to this outfit is what you can’t see; the Spanx shorts that I wear underneath. 👀 They’re super-lightweight, perfect for summer months, AND they prevent pesky, sweaty thigh rub.”
Stephanie Groves is the Executive Editor of Indy Maven and she just wore a pair of shorts outside for the first time in years.
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