11 Fashion Dos & Don’ts of Summer 2014

Summer is fast approaching (insert a yay! here). As we eagerly anticipate the season of fun and frivolity, it’s time to prep our closets with some of summer’s biggest fashion trends. Click through these 11 summer fashion Dos and Don’ts and you’ll be ready for just about anything that comes your way (yes, even an oncoming beach ball).

DO go girly with a white lace top

You can dress up a white lace top with a skirt and heels (or dress it down with denim shorts and sandals). Even try pairing it with moto boots and a leather jacket to turn the feminine piece into something more edgy.

DON’T underestimate the power of a T-shirt dress

The throw-on-and-go T-shirt dress is perfect for summer. Wear yours from day to night by transitioning into slightly fancier footwear and some fun accessories. Bonus: T-shirt dresses are easy to travel with—they rarely wrinkle and don’t have to be dry-cleaned!

DO try a new sunglass silhouette

Whether it’s round, cat-eye, oversize, or aviator, try a sunglass shape you’ve never tried before.

DON’T be afraid to show a little skin

Though it’s more of a weekend look than one for work, the crop-top trend is wonderful for summer. Pair a loose version of the trend with a high-waisted bottom to avoid showing a little too much tummy.

DO add a pop of color

Find a brightly colored bag or shoes to pair with your wardrobe basics—it’ll infuse a little summer into an otherwise neutral outfit.

DO try overalls

Overalls are no longer just for kids—they’re a great way to update your shorts collection. Style them with anything from a button-down to a tank top. Most important, find a fit and length that flatters you.

DON’T wait until Memorial Day to wear white

And don’t stop wearing white on Labor Day either. White is the ultimate summer neutral and feels so light and airy that you should try styling it head-to-toe once in a while.

DO invest in a dressier pair of shorts

They don’t have to break the bank, but have a pair of shorts in a more tailored silhouette or non-denim fabric on hand. In the right cut and fabric, they can work for a casual office look or a dressy night out—just leave your denim cutoffs at home.

DON’T put your boots away

Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean that you can’t wear boots anymore. Sure, they’re heavier than a summer sandal, but they add a little edge to sweet summer shorts or a sundress.

DO make sure you have a classic white shirt

We’ve sung the praises of classic shirting for all seasons, and summer is no exception. Basically, every outfit looks polished when you start with a crisp white shirt—you can even throw it over a bathing suit at the beach.

DO continue to layer

Layering isn’t just for winter months and heavy clothing. Simply adding a T-shirt under a sundress or a button-down over a bustier is ideal for summer. Try this styling trick when you’re totally bored with your favorite summer outfits.

About author

Fraya Bolton is a veteran journalist who has spent the last 20 years working with newspapers, magazines and websites covering marketing, business, technology, financial services and a variety of other topics.
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