Daisy dukes, flip flops and white ribbed tanks thats all you need for this summer.
I kid, I kid. Our region seems to be just slightly behind the rest of the world when it comes to fashion trends, but Im not too mad about that because its nice to see how the trends work out in other areas before trying them out personally. What Im giving you is purely opinion, but, if I do say so myself, a really good one.
Tops: Screen print tees will always be acceptable. A few years ago if you didnt wear your opinion on your sleeve (or chest) in the form of a screen printed T-shirt, you just werent cool. Thats died down a bit, I think, but Im still a fan. Lookhuman.com is a pretty good source, but Im betting you will find one you love at any store you step foot in or visit online. Ive also seen lots of Mexican-art inspired embroidered tops. Cute and comfortable, these are a thumbs up. I personally am very much against wearing spaghetti strap tops with a swimsuit top or bra straps showing if youre anywhere other than the beach or pool. It doesnt matter what your body type, I promise this just isnt appropriate.
Bottoms: Im one of those who wears skinny jeans or skinny cropped jeans even when its 90 degrees outside, but it doesnt look crazy if youre wearing a summer top, too. White is my favorite (even if they get stained after breakfast and coffee thanks, kids) but any color denim, pink, yellow, green, etc., works every time. For shorts, its nice to find a length that isnt making you adjust every three steps (you know what Im talking about), but too big, long or baggy never looks good. Hey guys, patterned shorts are awesome! Every time I see a guy (man, male, boy, whatever) wearing shorts with some kind of print, it makes me really happy. Extra points for florals.
Shoes: Unless youve been a Birkenstock person your entire life, you probably cant authentically pull them off. Itll probably just look like youre trying too hard. I speak the truth; Im sorry if its hard to read. Whats totally acceptable, though? Saltwater sandals are a classic. A friend got me a pair of these leather-and-wooden clog sandals with a chunky heel on them for my birthday, and Im obsessed. I feel a little dressed up every time I wear them, even if Im just wearing jeans and a tee. Win. For our male readers, its so much easier. Clean, canvas sneakers (Vans-style, very plain) or something like Topsiders are a good bet.
Accessories: Find three pair of really fun sunglasses, and you are golden. You dont have to spend $50 on each pair. One of my favorites I got from a discount site (www.brickyardbuffalo.com) for $12, another I got from H&M for $8. Remember that time I told you that pineapple aioli would elevate your hot dog (if you missed the story, check it out at inland360.com)? Fun sunglasses are the pineapple aioli of your outfit.
Heres something to always remember: if you feel good in something, whether its a bathing suit or everyday clothes, wear it. You dont need the perfect body (whats perfect, anyway?) to wear a bikini or a cute dress. You dont need to be super tall to pull off a pair of shorts youve been eyeing. Summer seems to be the season you hear, Ugh, I hate wearing a swimsuit, every other day from someone. Every body is a swimsuit body, so rock it. Confidence looks great and is always in style.