7 Laid-Back Looks for Summer



Residents all around the Michiana area are beginning to feel the warm weather transition. As the temperatures climb into the dog days of summer, people are slowly starting to shed articles of clothing. This is the season where time begins to slow down and the lazy days of summer envelope us. Beach days and backyard bar-b-ques are taking precedence and no one wants to waste time stressing over what to wear. It is getting hotter, and comfort is a complete necessity. However, dressing comfortably for the season doesn’t mean you have to look sloppy and just because it is hot we should not stray from classy. Jeanne, from Inspire Me in South Bend, recommends wearing “breathable, natural fabrics in light colors” to beat the heat this year. Cotton and linen are essentials for laid-back summer looks.

White T-Shirt and Shorts with a Black Scarf
Stay white hot throughout the summer in this super cute and casual outfit. Find the perfect pair of white shorts by carefully evaluating what rise, length and wash compliments your body best. Break up the crispness of the white with a black belt and scarf. 

Off-The-Shoulder Blouse, Skinny Jeans and Sneakers
Dress up dark blue jeans with a sexy off-the-shoulder top. Change up this look for different events by mixing up the accessories. Throw on stylish sneakers and leather bracelets for a day on the boat, or change into a pair of high-heeled sandals and a fun clutch for a girl’s night out.

Cream off the Shoulder Mini Dress, Boho Necklace and Crocheted Bag
Off-the-shoulder styles are back for 2016, and for good reason. “Open shoulder and flowy, comfortable pieces will keep you cool while staying stylish,” Jeanne from Inspire Me explains. The nude color will keep the sun at bay while keeping you in style. Pair this sweet dress with an oversized bag, wedge sandals and bohemian accessories and you have the perfect summer ensemble.

Tulle Skirt, Chunky Necklace and Denim Shirt
An Anthropologie tulle skirt is not an everyday wardrobe staple, but it is hot for Summer 2016. Pairing the overly romantic skirt with a perfectly worn denim shirt and a chunky, feminine necklace creates a great balance between lady like and laid-back. With this outfit you can feel like a princess while staying comfortable. 

Pastel Floral Print Dress and Fedora
Nothing says summer cool like a breezy and effortless slip on dress. This is an essential summer piece that can go from day to night with a switch of the shoes.  It also makes the perfect cover-up for a day on the beach. Adding a linen fedora makes it the ultimate in laid-back summer chic.

Short Sleeved Denim Button Down and Tropical Pom-Pom Shorts
Denim shirts are not going away any time soon. Whether with a tulle skirt or summer shorts, denim is a summer staple.  A comfortable and casual top is a compliment to these brightly colored pair of pom-pom shorts. The key to laid-back summer style is balance and this outfit has it. Pom-pom fringe was big last summer, and is making its comeback for summer 2016.

White Shell Top, Distressed Jeans and Leather Booties
While a perfect summer wardrobe will feature denim, anything white will be a major character for 2016.  Play up this understated outfit with distressed jeans, brown booties and a matching leather watch for classic summer style. While the shell is perfect on its own, finding the perfect sweater to coordinate is smart for venues where the AC may be blasting. Local wardrobe stylist Kathy Friend states that layers are important for the summer, “a cotton camisole under a silk blouse can help to keep you cool. There are some undergarment layering pieces that are moisture wicking,” which are guaranteed to keep you dry all season long.

For a laid-back yet stylish 2016 summer, be sure to look for a few of these summer staples.  However, don’t be afraid to think out of the box and go for a super girly tulle skirt or a pair of shorts with an out there print. Remember, the key to pulling off these statement pieces is keeping balance in your outfit and finding ways to highlight your own personal style. 

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