When May rolls around, there’s a seasonal change in the air. The breeze gets warmer, the sun's rays last longer, and the trees spread their new leaves. You know what that means—summer is just around the corner. It’s time to get ready for all the fun adventures you’ll have as soon as it’s warm enough to dust off those sandals (and maybe check in with your pedicurist). With summertime adventures, comes the opportunity to refresh your wardrobe with brand-new styles that will keep you comfortable, cool, and stylish all season.
But where to begin? Whether you’re casting off on your boat or bopping around town to the cutest new boutiques and coffee shops, you’ll want to try some of these sweet summer styles.
The first thing to consider is the last thing you'll want to be caught doing: sweating in uncomfortable clothing. Whether you're at the office or cheering for your favorite team at an evening baseball game, you should consider trying some quintessential summer fabrics that help with ventilation. For instance, linen is an absolute must during the sweltering summer heat, and you can try linen items such as shorts, dresses, or even a summer suit for a polished look that’s breathable, too. If you’re not keen to use an iron each time you leave the house, super-soft cotton is the right fabric for you. From T-shirts to dresses to bright plaid shirts and pants, you can’t go wrong with cotton to keep you wicked of moisture and looking crisp and clean.
So many summer patterns, so little time. Even though summertime is technically just three months (say it isn't so!), we’ll find as many opportunities as we can to try new prints and patterns to take advantage of the season. From seersucker to gingham to plaid and polka dots, summer patterns will have you strutting your stuff no matter where you’re wearing them—even if it’s just your patio for an early evening cocktail).
Aside from the classics, you can try a sweet summer style new to you. Some of our favorite prints are bold and beachy, so you should try them out for clothing items you’ll wear the next time you're docked at the lake or enjoying the ocean breeze. How cute will you look in a women’s rash guard in a beach umbrella print or a color block nautical flag print? When it comes to fun summer prints, the bolder, the better!
Nothing says “summer’s here” like afternoon barbecues. Nothing pairs better with a hot dog or veggie burger than patriotic styles just in time for Memorial Day, the 4th of July, and everything in-between. Keep it literal with flag-printed items like a women's V neck T-shirt or pay a subtler homage to the nation’s birthday with a top or dress striped in red, white, and blue. You can even add a patriotic nod to your accessories with a flag-printed scarf tied around your head or woven into a braid.
One of the best items to invest in this summer has got to be an easy, breezy sundress. They have so much versatility. You can opt for something short and casual like a T-shirt dress or long and flowy like a maxi dress, and when you pair your new sundress with the right sandals and jeans jacket, you’ll effortlessly transition from daytime at the beach to night time on the town.
Why layer on the SPF when you can layer on the UPF clothing instead? Ditch the greasy hands and try a cute women’s polo shirt with UPF protection built into the fabric. You’ll protect those shoulders, back, and chest from a painful burn the next time you’re hitting the links or the trails. Depending on your sun sensitivity and how much time you'll spend outdoors, you can try other types of clothing with UPF protection like shorts, capris, or a long-sleeved shirt.
Your summer look isn’t complete without the right accessories to accompany your adventures. No matter where you find yourself this summer, you must consider wearing some cute and complementary accessories to tie your summer styles together. If you’ll be spending a lot of time in the sun, you should invest in a wide-brimmed hat to keep those rays away from your skin. Cat-eyed or oversized sunglasses will be your go-to for reading menus at brunch to taking your dog or kids to the local park for some afternoon fun. And of course, you’ll never want to leave home without a canvas tote bag to throw in an extra bottle of water, some SPF sunscreen, and everything else you’ll need.
You’ve got so many options and new summer styles to try this year, from boating attire that’ll have you saying “ay, ay, captain” to tops and dresses that will keep you cool and comfortable at the park. All you have to do is choose what’s right for your wardrobe and dive right into a great summer full of sunshine, lemonade, and smiles.