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Up your summer style game
July 2, 2014, 11:20 am

No need to spend a fortune or go through a complete wardrobe change come summertime – simply make over your look by incorporating these summer styling tips. From bright accessories to fashion-forward pieces, your summer style will be more than thankful.

Scarf all around: Take note of all the prettiest scarves this summer season, and incorporate a cool lightweight scarf into your daily ensemble. Mix it up by tying it around your neck, wrapping it around your hair, encircling your waist or even letting it float on a handbag. Choose a pattern that picks up the colors of your summer wardrobe.

Jewelry jolt: If your current style options feel too neutral or boring, consider adding bright and bold jewelry accessories like a statement cuff or a global inspired necklace for a major jolt of color. An even better suggestion is to layer on a few pieces for a study in contrasts—think different textures, mixed metals and more importantly, plenty of bright color.

Patterned trousers:  Printed and patterned trousers are one of summer’s biggest and most attention-grabbing trends. The trick is to find a pair that is versatile enough to mix and match with several tops. Look for a bright geometric pattern that easily transitions from the office to dinner.

Neon sandals: Look for eye-popping fluorescents that deliver style in one intense dose like these neon yellow studded flats. The great thing about flats like these is that you can wear them throughout the summer without feeling like you're overdoing it, all while punching up your neutrals.

Bright day bags: The chicest way to incorporate a fun, bold color in your regular attire is with a day bag. Not only will a bright punchy color instantly transform your day-to-day outfits, it will also add a lighter vacation-like feel to the rest of your wardrobe. Look for a roomy silhouette that is simple and pattern-free to avoid that busy-effect that is hard to match.

White shoes: Seek inspiration from the hottest spring runway shows by donning sleek white shoes. Better yet, lengthen your legs and form by matching your white footwear with white jeans or pants, a trick that also proves sophisticated and chic. To get the most bang from your buck, look for a pair with a simple silhouette that is easy to step into, no matter the occasion.

Dress your tee: Because summer is all about sporting a casual vibe, dress down your separates by throwing a fun tee into the mix. Because you want the result to look fun, not untidy, the trick is to pair your printed tee with a more sophisticated bottom like a knit pencil skirt.

Use your stripes: Good news if you've invested in nautical stripes—this classic style is not going anywhere. For a summer upgrade, you can mix and match your pieces if there is at least one recurring shade, otherwise it's going to get too dizzy. For example, you can team a thick-striped black and white sweater over a skinny-lined red and white pencil knit to look fabulous.

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