Style Advice for Summer

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With the heat of the summer months quickly approaching, it is time to refresh your wardrobe and get it ready for all of the new looks that you will be creating in the upcoming months. However, looking chic while staying comfortable and sweat-free can be difficult, so here are a few snippets of summer style advice to help you out.

Summer Shoe Sizes
Whether you like it or not, your feet are going to swell during the summer months, although the rate at which it does so depends on the individual. Nevertheless, any shoes that are in your regular shoe size are likely to start feeling quite tight and uncomfortable, which is why it is important to have a few pairs of summer shoes that are either half a size, or a whole size, larger than what you would usually buy. Natural materials, such as canvas and suede, are much stretchier than synthetic materials, such as faux leather or plastic, so keep this in mind too when determining your summer shoe size.

Loose Clothing
While you may think that some skintight shorts and a matching tight tank top will be the best way to keep your body cool during the summer, this is not actually true. Instead, the less fabric that you have touching your body, the cooler you will feel, so try to opt for looser clothes rather than tighter clothes.

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Natural, Breathable Fabrics
The most breathable fabrics tend to be natural, and this means that they are better at absorbing sweat, and dry much faster, leaving you feeling cooler and fresher. This means that you should try to wear clothing that is made from fabrics such as cotton or silk, instead of polyester and rayon.

Do Not Re-Wear Clothes
While you may be able to re-wear your favorite top a couple of times in the winter before it needs a wash, this is something that you should try to avoid in the summer months. Your clothes are likely to contain much larger amounts of sweat, dirt, skin cells and cosmetics, which will make them less breathable, and make you feel hotter, so be sure to wash them after every wear.

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A Printed Dress
A printed dress will soon become your go-to item for the summer, so make sure that you have one in your wardrobe. This could be anything from a short and flirty mini dress to a long and flowing maxi dress, because, whichever you choose, you are bound to look delightfully feminine.

Wear a Hat
Hats can often feel quite suffocating, especially in the heat, but they are absolutely essential for protecting your head and face from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Try to have a couple of different hats in your wardrobe, so that you can easily mix and match them between outfits. If you can find a style that features built-in ventilation, then this is a huge bonus, as it will really help to keep you cool.

Staying chic and stylish in the heat of the summer can often be quite tricky. However, as long as you have stuck to breathable fabrics in loose cuts, and have not forgotten about changing shoe sizes and the need for a hat, you will be free to experiment with as many new looks as you want.

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Add These Accessories to Your Summer Wardrobe

Now that summer is on its way, this is a great excuse to splurge a little and invest in some seasonal accessories. From chokers to giant earrings, here are a few accessories that are right on trend for this summer.

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Oversized Earrings
Oversized earrings are going to be all the rage this summer, and the Spring Summer 2017 runways were definitely proof of this. The earrings seen were heavy and large, sometimes featuring jewels and sometimes featuring bold, graphic details. For those who prefer sparkling gems, check out the earrings from Gucci and Alexander McQueen, while the cugg earrings from Delpozo are bright and extremely spring-worthy. Of course, feminine earrings never go amiss, and some great versions of this can be found at Dsquared2, where the earrings feature everything from ribbon bows to hearts and lips.

Ankle Bracelets
While those who have quite a bohemian personal style are likely to already own a couple of ankle bracelets, this is an accessory that will become much more mainstream this summer. These are the perfect way to decorate your feet after a long winter of keeping them wrapped up, and work well whether you are barefoot on a beach or wearing sandals in a city. Lanvin took this trend even further by promoting tasselled ankle bracelets on both feet, while Attico has some lush, velvety anklets that feature stylish buckles. For a more elegant touch, take a look at the collection from Fenty x Puma, where you will find delicate pearl strands.

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Statement Belts
Many summer outfits tend to be quite simple, and a statement belt is a great way to jazz this up. For those who want to add an edgy attitude to their outfit, the leather punk belts from Alexander McQueen would be a great addition to your wardrobe, while Custo Barcelona, Bibhu Mohapatra and Carven have some more feminine, delicate, bejewelled options available. To take their statement belts even further, many designers even styled them by tying them into a knot, which really transforms the whole outfit.

Multiple Rings
You likely already own a number of rings, and wearing these with multiple other rings is a great way to do things a little differently. Try this in a few different ways, from subtly, with just a couple of rings on each hand, to extravagantly, with bejewelled rings on all five fingers, which is something that has been seen recently at Gucci.

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Chokers
Chokers were huge in the 90’s, and have been making quite the comeback in recent seasons. If you have not yet purchased a choker, thinking that they are likely to go back out of style soon, think again, as these seductive accessories are set to stick around this year. To really emulate spring, opt for bright, seasonal colors, or for the delicate, fragile chokers from Christian Dior, as well as Coach 1941.

Even if you do not plan on updating your wardrobe much this year in terms of clothing, new accessories will still be able to transform your outfits. From a statement belt to a seductive choker, these are some items that are definitely worth adding to your closet this year.