How To Transition Your Summer Look

July 13, 2023

Summer is here, and everyone is gearing up for pool parties, beach vacations, and holidays abroad with friends and family members. It is important to revamp your wardrobe and have certain pieces that will go with the carefree vibe of the season to look amazing this summer. But you can save money on new outfits. Adding some key pieces allows you to create fantastic looks for the hot days ahead. Add these items to your closet to transition your summer look.

A Great Pair Of Shorts

Nothing makes you look more summer-ready than a great pair of shorts. LA-based brand Sanctuary explains that women’s shorts are the perfect piece to add to a summer wardrobe since they are versatile and easy to style. They also keep you cool and comfy and promote ease of movement, so you can be as active as you want during summer. 

Choose denim shorts if you can only get one pair of new shorts. It is the best thing to wear at the beach, but it also looks good when you are out and about in the city. For the beach, wear it with a bikini top and a gauzy coverup, sunglasses, a straw hat, and sandals. If you wear denim shorts to the mall or for running errands, pair them with a plain tank top, then add a soft cotton button-down shirt for some coverage. Finish the look with your favorite walking shoes and a tote bag.

Want something a little less basic than denim shorts? Try Bermudas in an eye-catching color, like hot pink, green, or yellow. Some people think Bermudas are difficult to pull off, but it depends on how you style them. Slim-fit shorts should be paired with something loose and blousy on top, like a tunic-style top or an oversized button-down shirt. Meanwhile, relaxed-fit Bermudas look great with something more fitted, like a crop or a corset top. 

Cargo Pants

It is time to set aside your skinny jeans and switch to a pair of cargo pants. This Y2K style staple is trendy these days, and apart from denim, they also come in lightweight fabrics so that you can stay cool this summer. Choose cargo pants in light beige, gray, black, white, or navy for easy styling, but you can also go for unexpected colors, like aqua or lavender if you want to add a pop of color to your summer outfits. 

Cargo pants look great with oversized plain or graphic t-shirts for a fun and carefree look. If you want to commit to the Y2K aesthetic fully, consider pairing your cargos with a tube top or halter neck. You can also try wearing cargos with a cropped basketball jersey, a baseball cap, and chunky sneakers for a modern take on early 2000s fashion. 

A Dress With Thin Straps

No summer wardrobe is complete without a piece that will make you feel beautiful and feminine whenever you wear it. Add a summer dress with thin straps to your wardrobe – go plain, or choose eye-catching ones with prints and bright colors. Short dresses can make you look sweet yet sexy, while mid-length or long dresses look chic and elegant, especially if you pick plain ones or those with a subdued pattern, like stripes. 

Wear the dress with sandals, flats, wedges, or canvas sneakers. However, you can also maximize it by layering it with other items. For instance, try wearing a fitted tee under a short dress and finish your outfit with a pair of combat boots. You can also wear a leather jacket over your dress, and this is a great look for date night or drinks with your girlfriends. Add some jewelry, like drop earrings, a stack of rings, and some bangles, then finish your outfit with a small handbag. 

A Plain White Shirt

A new white shirt makes you look fresh even when it is hot and humid outside. If you already have white shirts in your closet, you probably do not need to get some more. But check to see if they have stains, rips, or are yellowing in the armpits and collar. If you see any of these, it is time to replace these shirts with some new ones.  

Apart from a basic tee, you will need a white button-down shirt, sleeveless shirt, or tank top. All these go very well with nearly all types of skirts, trousers, or shorts or layered if you need extra coverage. To add interest to a plain shirt, you can accessorize with colorful bead jewelry or attach jeweled pins to the collar or front of your shirt. 

Summer-Ready Accessories

Some well-chosen accessories can help to complete your summer look. Get some chunky or plain canvas sneakers and a pair of leather strappy sandals for footwear. You will also need two bags – a roomy tote can serve as an everyday bag and a beach bag, while a sling bag made of woven wicker adds a summer feel to any outfit. Add sunglasses and some fun jewelry, and you are all set for your summer adventures!

Looking good for the summer does not need to cost a fortune. Add these items to your wardrobe to transition your summer look and look amazing while having fun!

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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