1. Light Fabrics
A lightweight fabric is the quintessential summer staple. Whether its a dress, pants, or top, your best bet is something not necessarily thin (we like to stay classy, after all) but not something heavy. Cotton/rayon mixes are ideal, as well as jersey knits. This is also a lifesaver when travelling, as you can easily pack multiple outfit options without pushing your suitcase over weight limit.
2. Loose Cuts
I love my palazzo and harem pants in the summertime. In a nice airy fabric, you can get away with practicially anything, despite the heat. Contrast them with either a structured fabric or style to keep from looking too drowned in your own clothes.
3. Bright Colors
I love a bit of color in the summertime, (what? did I just admit I wear some non-black clothing?) especially bright shades of pink, purple and blue (not. together.). Along with being delightfully season-appropriate, neon shades look wonderful against our skin in the summertime, increasing the effects of even a light tan. :)
No bells and whistles here. In the summer, for me, it's all about a few statement pieces and minimal to no accessories. Bracelets are too fussy in the heat; a small, delicate necklace and a few slender rings are just enough to add sophistication without overpowering the simple beauty of a striped top, a palm-printed dress, or a swingy skirt.
5. Leather Accents
I absolutely love the look of brown leather in the summertime, whether in a small crossbody purse or some cute sandals. It's a wonderful way to add depth and earthiness to a look without needing a jacket or heavier outerwear.
What about you? How do you survive the summer heat and stay stylish all at once?