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Summer Inspiration

Summer is officially here so now it’s time to think about what I am going to be wearing this summer. I always enjoy seeing what Outfits, Not Just Clothes columnist Bernadette Ulsamer has to say regarding seasonal style, but since her and I have different tastes, it’s time to start picking through my closest and seeing what I can use from last year and what I need to update for this summer.
Since I am generally not one for shorts, my summer go to so far is lightweight pants. I found a great pair of cargo-ish pants at TJ Maxx (similar to the ones pictured) that I seem to be wearing everywhere this summer. These are perfect for the office when paired with heels and wedges, but transfer easily to a more casual atmosphere with cute sandals or even my lace-less Chucks.
I also have slightly more streamlined pair of black pants that have the same light, slouchy feel but without being sloppy.
I know for sure I will be pulling my maxi dresses back out. For me these are the perfect balance between cool and comfortable and still office/out and about appropriate. Really, where can’t you wear a maxi dress? From weddings to date nights to the office they are perfect for beating the heat and staying classy all at once.
Speaking of weddings, wedding bells will be ringing through the area all summer long – so what are some good wedding fashion dos and don’ts?
Let’s start with the Dos:
• Think summer colors. Pinks, oranges, ocean blues are all great choices.
• Wear cute pumps or sandals for an inside wedding/reception.
• You can wear black to an evening wedding, just be sure you add a pop of color.
• If you do opt for something sexy, make it tasteful.
• A linen pants suit is a classy alternative to a dress. Just beware the wrinkles. Linen is a fabric notorious for wrinking.
• If the venue is country or rustic, try adding a pair of cowboy boots.
The Don’ts:
• Please, do not wear white. White is reserved for the bride. Period. People will talk about you – unkindly.
• Avoid black at morning and afternoon weddings. Wear something colorful instead. Remember this is a celebration!
• Stay away from heels at outdoor sites. There is nothing worse and spending the day/evening pulling your heels out of the ground. You aren’t there to aerate. Stick to flats and wedges.
• Leave the ultra-low cut dresses, short-short dresses and shorts at home. Stay classy readers.
Hopefully these tips will help in your wedding season choices. When in doubt, ask the Maid of Honor, or a bridesmaid. Notice, I didn’t say bride. Unless you are picking out your outfit months in advance, the bride may be too caught up in final prep and details to get back to you about wedding dress code, so ask someone close to her/in the bridal party instead!
Summer also means a change in my beauty routine. Gone are heavier foundations. I am switching them out for lighter BB Creams and tinted moisturizers. These are also nice since they tend to have SPF already in them.
I hate to say it, but with summer comes sweat. That calls for waterproof mascara. I am a fan of Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara. Just be forewarned, it is almost too waterproof and can be a bit daunting to take off even with make up remover. However, this makes it perfect for summer swims. I am also dropping over the top eye shadows in exchange for lighter colors and applications. It’s summer and you never know when water will be calling, you never want to see it running down your face! Let that tan (though, never forget the sunscreen) shine through.
Also, summer humidity means my curls can get out of control. So I am adding straightening creams and anti-humidity products back into my hair care regimen. I’ve found Aragon Oil and Garnier Ant-Humidity Smoothing Milk to be the best for taming my curls and make my hair easy to blow-dry and straighten. When all else fails – and it will – I always have cute clips and extra ponytail holders around just in case.

 
 
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