As decadent as it sounds, you can’t spend all summer on the couch with the AC blasting away. Nope — there are farmers’ markets to get to, backyard BBQs to enjoy, day trips to check off the list and weddings to celebrate With these melt-proof outfits, you’ll look cute all the while. Add oomph to your outfits with our favorite accessories for the months ahead.
GIVE ME SOME SKIN
Yes, you can pull off summer’s biggest trend! Off-the-shoulder tops and dresses flit in and out of style every so often, and right now they are in, in, in. Breezy and billowy is the go-to shape, so add balance with a slim skirt or shorts, or your favorite cropped skinnies.
MORE OFF-THE-SHOULDER PIECES
Denim Azalea off-the-shoulder dress, $98 at Madewell
Elle gingham top, $44 at Kohl’s
THE SUN SETS ON FLORALS
This season’s florals are deeper and darker than sunny and bright, but we dig the moodiness!
MORE SUMMER FLORALS
Shoulder-tie top, $68 at Banana Republic
Land’s End reversible twist-front bikini top, $45; and reversible low-waist bikini bottoms, $35; both at landsend.com
Worthington pencil skirt, $44 at J.C. Penney
CAN’T YOU TAKE A PRINT?
A light-as-air top and comfy chinos are spot-on for a day trip when you’re moving in and out of the AC. On the agenda: that out-of-the-way winery you’ve always wanted to check out.
MORE WARM WEATHER PRINTS
Keds X Rifle Paper Co. “Triple-Decker Lively Floral” slip-ons, $60 at keds.com
Mid-Rise Go-Dry Lattice-Hem compression capris, $24.94 at Old Navy
Kelly & Katie clutch, $29.95 at DSW
DINNER & THE PERFECT BAG
For date night on the patio at your favorite restaurant, slip into a relaxed dress and bright sandals. (Also, absolutely pack this dress for vacation! It’s the kind of thing that works for a morning coffee run, dinner and everything in between.)
Merona crepe palm shirt dress, $27.99 at Target; Sole Society “Playa” oversize tote with pom detail, $79.95, and “Dahlia” knotted flat sandals, $79.95, both at solesociety.com; I.N.C. International Concepts necklace, $29.50 at Macy’s
MORE SUMMER BAGS
Vera Bradley “Mallory” cross-body purse, $198 at verabradley.com
Merona clutch, $16.99 at Target,
Sonoma Goods For Life “Addison” crossbody, $60 at Kohl’s
LET YOUR FEATHERS GET RUFFLED
Ruffles are everywhere right now. Whether you like a little or a lot of flounce, it’s a carefree summer look that you can try everywhere, from the beach to the office. This understated white tee has the prettiest ruffles in back that feel like a little surprise — wear it to a backyard BBQ with your hair in a loose bun to show off the detail.
MORE SUNNY RUFFLES
Underwire one-piece swimsuit, $110 at J.Crew
Mango ruffled blouse, $45.99 at mango.com
TELL THEM A SHORT STORY
Wandering around a festival for an afternoon? Linen shorts plus a breezy top is a best bet (and plenty of sunscreen, of course). This is the time to show off a fun purse as you make the rounds — be ready for the compliments to roll in with this one!
Pleated polka-dot top at Banana Repubic; relaxed linen-blend shorts, $26.94 at Old Navy; Sugarfix by BaubleBar bracelet set, $16.99 at Target; Vera Bradley mini saddle bag, $228 at verabradley.com; Sole Society “Dahlia” knotted flat sandals, $79.95 at solesociety.com.
MORE CUTE SHORTS
Scallop hem shorts, $59.50 at Talbots
Cuffed denim shorts at H&M
Drawstring shorts at LoftStyling and text by Erica Sagon Photos by Chris Whonsetler Model Kim Hogle, Helen Wells Agency
Summer Garment Care
Most people are no stranger to giving TLC to their professional attire, but don’t neglect your warm weather wear! Giving your summer garments VIP attention is also important if you want to maintain their quality. The many products we use in the summer months can cause long term damage. You can minimize the damage with these five tips and trust Classic Cleaners to remove product residue and stains to keep your items in “like new” condition all summer.
1 | Antiperspirant
Build-up from deodorant and antiperspirant products can cause fiber damage and yellowing. Blue and green on silk and wool are particularly prone. If not cleaned properly, aluminum chloride can weaken fibers causing holes. Allow antiperspirant/deodorant to dry before dressing. Soiled garments should be washed or dry cleaned as soon as possible.
2 | Sun Lotions
Dyes and oils in suntan/sunblock lotions can stain clothing. Allow the lotions to dry before dressing and wash your hands before handling clothes. If you get lotion on garments, bring them to Classic Cleaners and be sure to pinpoint the spots needing attention.
3 | Swimwear
Chlorine in pools, spas and hot tubs can damage spandex used in swimwear. Rinse your suit after wearing and follow the care label’s instructions.
4 | Self-Tanning Lotions
Light tan, brown, or yellow staining on the cuffs, collar fold, neckband and upper button areas are typical. Follow instructions carefully, washing your hands immediately and allow your skin time to dry before dressing. If the product gets on your clothes, trust Classic Cleaners to remove the product as soon as possible, as these stains can be difficult to remove.
5 | Insect Repellents
Repellents usually will not damage most fibers; however, some products contain alcohol and can cause color loss or color change on fabrics such as acetate and rayon. Read the label carefully, especially if applying directly to clothing.
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