Let Leggings Transition You From Summer to Fall

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Transitioning your favorite summer outfits into the cooler days of fall can often be quite difficult, but, as long as you have a couple of pairs of leggings, you should not have a problem. Leggings are extremely versatile, and are ideal for providing you with that extra bit of coverage and warmth, without detracting too much from the essence of your summery look.

Summer Slip Dress
Summer slip dresses can be slightly tricky to style for fall, but leggings make this so much easier. Simply wear a button-down shirt underneath your dress, and then a pair of leggings underneath. Pair this with some heeled ankle boots, as well as a pair of sunglasses to finish off the look.

Denim Jacket
Denim jackets are perfect for the cooler fall months, and, whether you opt for a longer or a cropped style, they work so well with leggings. Depending on how heavy your jacket is, you could wear just a tank top underneath, or a short sleeved summer t-shirt. If the day turns particularly warm, simply tie your denim jacket around your waist for a laid back, casual look.

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Sweatshirts and Cardigans
If you have some summer tops that you usually wear with shorts, try pairing them with some leggings instead. Then, all you need to do is add a sweatshirt or a cardigan, and you are good to go. If you have opted for a summer crop top, try finding a cropped sweatshirt to wear with this, as this should give you enough coverage to ensure that you do not feel cold with your bare stomach.

Tailored Blazer
A black tailored blazer paired with some black leggings is beautifully chic, and works well with just a plain white t-shirt underneath. This look can be worn with some sneakers for the daytime, or with some heels for the evening, making it a fantastic transitional outfit if you need to quickly and easily go from day to night. Do not forget to bring along a spare bag too, as a large black leather bucket bag would be great for the day, whereas a smaller, colorful, clutch bag would add an extra stylish touch to an evening outfit.

Cropped Leggings
While full-length leggings tend to be most popular, cropped leggings are a great alternative, especially for fall. These allow you to reap all of the benefits of leggings, but still show a little bit of skin, which is always great before you need to cover up for the cold winter months.

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Oversized Scarf
An oversized scarf can really give you a surprising amount of warmth, meaning that you can still wear your flowy summer tops well into fall. Simply pair this with an oversized scarf and some sunglasses, and you will have an outfit that is perfect for a sunny fall day.

One of the main advantages to leggings is that they are so incredibly versatile, and can be styled in ways that allow you to wear them just about anywhere. Whether you pair them with your favorite summer dress, or with a t-shirt and a sweatshirt, these outfits are perfect for transitioning you to the next season.

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Retro Swimsuit Ideas

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Retro swimsuits have made a huge comeback this year, and, with the summer season in full swing, now is the perfect time to invest in one. For those who do not know where to start looking, here are a few ideas to get you inspired.

Polka Dots
Polka dots are fabulously retro, and will always be a showstopper on the beach. For a flattering two-piece swimsuit with polka dots all over, in either black or red, click on over to Modcloth and check out their Esther Williams swimsuit. With a bold print, low-cut legs and ruching at the front, this style is fun and flirty and has just the right amount of retro flair. For polka dots that are slightly more subtle, check out the demi-bikini from American Eagle, which comes in black with tiny white dots, and features a sweetheart neckline with a front keyhole. Alternatively, for a look that will really stop traffic, try on the Pearly King bikini from Johanna Ortiz, which boasts a ruffle at the front that simply exudes a vintage vibe.

Florals
Retro floral prints are beautifully feminine, and Stella McCartney has one that you will not want to miss out on. This two-piece features a tie-back bikini top with a plunging neckline but has adjustable shoulder straps that make it fit like a dream. Old Navy also has a floral style that is equally stunning, with a bandeau-style bikini top, featuring a removable halter strap and molded balconette cups, and high-waisted bottoms. For those who would like some extra coverage around their chest, Adriana Degreas has a floral bikini that features layered straps and a square neckline and has a retro but tropical vibe at the same time.

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Stripes
Stripes are another print that is never out of place on the beach, and the Brigitte bikini from Solid and Striped is the best place to begin looking. This piece was inspired by styles from the 50’s and features high-waisted bottoms along with a triangle top. Free from wire and padding, this is a swimsuit that will hug your figure and will truly be comfortable to wear. If you would prefer a halter neck, check out the striped bikini from Fendi’s Spring Summer 17 collection, which comes in a striking yellow and beige shade, and would go perfectly with some square-framed retro-inspired sunglasses.

Off-Shoulder
The off-shoulder look is another trend that is so hot this summer, so combining it with a retro-style bikini will leave you with the perfect beach look for 2017. For a fun, carefree, off-shoulder one-piece, head to J Crew, who have one that has been inspired by a vintage top. With a shelf bra for extra support, the bright print was inspired by the southern coast of Spain and is one that will no doubt ensure that all eyes are on you.

Your swimsuit says so much about you, which is why it is important to choose a style that really makes you feel confident. Whether this may be an off-shoulder one-piece or a daring polka dot bikini, there are so many ideas out there to consider when it comes to retro-inspired swimsuits.

Different Ways to Wear the Off-Shoulder Look

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A shoulder-baring top is a feminine style that never gets old, and is back in full force for this summer. For those of you who need some inspiration for new ways to style an off-shoulder look, here are some ideas to consider.

Wear it to Work
While an off-shoulder top is not usually something that would be deemed appropriate for the office, there are ways in which you can style it to make it completely work-friendly. A buttoned-down off-shoulder top still gives off that professional edge, especially when paired with tailored black trousers and heels. Throw a blazer over the top if you need some extra coverage, but keep your accessories to a minimum.

Play with Proportions
Voluminous off-shoulder tops are always fun to wear, as they create such interesting silhouettes. However, in order to ensure that your figure does not get drowned out, you need to ensure that you pair a voluminous top with fitted bottoms, as this will also really enhance your bare shoulders.

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The Bohemian Look
Off-shoulder tops lend themselves perfectly to a bohemian vibe, and this can be really played up depending on what you style your top with. If you have an off-shoulder crop top, try wearing this with some high-waisted shorts, as well as a floppy hat and a choker. Keep your hair loose and wavy, completing the look with a pair of retro sunglasses.

Chilly Days
The off-shoulder style is not something that you need to only save for warm weather days, as it works well when it is layered with other clothing too. If you are experiencing quite a chilly summer’s day, try wearing an off-shoulder top with some high-waisted jeans and boots, throwing a cardigan or light jacket over the top.

Transform a Regular Tee
If you would like to try out the off-shoulder look without having to make a significant investment in your wardrobe, there are ways in which you can transform a regular t-shirt into a stylish off-shoulder top. Simply tie it at the hem on one side, so that the other side ends up gently falling off your shoulder. This can be paired with a high-waisted skirt or just a pair of jeans, for a casual, carefree look.

Tuck It In
When off-shoulder tops are tucked in, this creates a beautifully streamlined silhouette. Whether you tuck it into a skirt, shorts or jeans, this really modernizes just about any off-shoulder top, while giving your outfit a smarter appeal.

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Don’t Forget About Accessories
With your shoulders being left bare, do not forget to add in a few accessories, as off-shoulder garments are perfect for this. Whether you opt for long, shoulder-grazing earrings, or multiple necklaces, this is a great opportunity to showcase your favorite items of jewelry.

Off-shoulder styles are so on trend for this season, and are actually extremely versatile. Whether you wear it to work or save it for casual weekends, try experimenting with the off-shoulder clothes that you already own, as you are likely to be able to create multiple new looks from this.

Summer Fashion Trends

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Now that summer is upon us, it is the perfect time to take a look through your wardrobe and put together a few go-to outfits for the season. To ensure that all of your looks are as current as can be, here are some of the hottest summer fashion trends to keep in mind.

Retro-Kinis
Retro-inspired swimwear is bang on trend for this summer, so be sure to keep this in mind when shopping for new swimwear. Whether you opt for a feminine one-piece or a high-waisted bikini bottom with a bandeau top, make sure that the style that you pick also works well with your own body shape and flatters your figure.

Gingham
Thanks to designers such as Altuzarra and J.W Anderson, gingham has gone from being preppy to trendy and is a great alternative to the stripes that are usually seen everywhere in the spring and summer months. This is a timeless pattern and works extremely well when styled into a casual outfit.

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Statement Drop Earrings
Statement jewellery has been making headlines recently, and this is set to continue throughout the summer. When it comes to earrings, drop styles are what you should be going for, whether they be graphic metal shapes or elongated, elegant drops. Just make sure that the style you choose is large, bold, and makes a statement.

The Wrap Dress
The wrap dress always tends to make a comeback during the summer months, and this is because it is such a versatile style that is absolutely perfect for the season. This dress can be worn with just about anything, whether it be thrown over a bikini as a beach cover-up, or worn over jeans for a casual city look.

Micro Florals
Just like with stripes, florals are another print that always makes a comeback in the warmer months, but, rather than featuring big, bold, graphic florals, this season’s prints are micro and delicate. From Marco de Vincenzo to Ulla Johnson, the gorgeous, feminine micro florals that are being created are absolutely perfect for special events, as well as worn casually on a daily basis.

Slides

Slides
When it comes to summer shoes, there are so many options out there, but slides always grow in popularity once the weather turns warmer. Whether this may be because of how easy and convenient they are, or how cool and breezy they are in the heat, make sure that you have a pair of go-to slides in your wardrobe. There is so much choice when it comes to the actual style that you choose, so feel free to experiment with designs that work well with your personal style, from embellished mules to colorful ballet flats.

The warm summer months are perfect for experimenting with different looks, and sticking to some of the main trends for the season will help to tie all of your outfits together while keeping them looking fresh and modern. From a classic wrap dress to a retro-inspired bikini, these are the pieces that you will want in your wardrobe this season.

Hairstyles That Are Perfect For Summer

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This summer, hair trends are leaning towards the free-spirited, boho vibe, meaning that there is so much room for experimentation. From different types of braids to a curly bob, here are some hairstyles that are absolutely perfect for this summer.

Braids
Braids are one of the hottest hair trends for this summer, and, when it comes to braids, there is so much to choose from. Whether you opt for a French braid, small and subtle accent braids, Dutch braids, or even a simple messy thick braid, you cannot really go wrong here.

Low Ponytail
The low ponytail is a low-maintenance hairstyle, making it perfect for busy summer days. This is a style that can be easily dressed both up and down, depending on what you wear it with. To mix this look up a bit, try adding in a few braids to your low ponytail, or even knotting your hair around your hair-tie to add some extra texture and interest.

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The Curly Bob
The curly bob is a wonderfully carefree summer style that is so easy to maintain, meaning that it will look just as fabulous each and every day. This style needs plenty of short, vertical layers in the hair, as this prevents the curls from forming an outwards triangle. To make this look even more show-stopping, add in some wispy bangs as well, but keep them quite minimal, as you do not want too much extra hair on your face during the summer months.

The Wet Look
For those spending their summer by a beach or a pool, then the wet look is a hairstyle that may be perfect for you. Simply keep your locks slicked down with some gel, deciding whether you want to leave it loose and sleek or tightly tied back. To add to the look, try creating a sleek, wet look side fringe, as this will help to really frame your face.

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Deep, Side Part
The deep side part is a hairstyle that was all over the major fashion runways for this summer, and this is a perfect one to try, as it works with every hair type and cut. From long and loose with a 70s vibe to a sleek, slicked back side ponytail, the deep side part works in so many different ways.

The Modern Pixie Cut
Pixie cuts are back this summer, and are a great option for those with short hair, as they can be styled in a number of interesting ways. Each of the styles mentioned above would work with a pixie cut, be it bouncy curls or sleek and slicked back, and this is because the pixie cut is one of the most timeless styles out there.

While there are certain hairstyles that are very much in trend for this summer, these are all quite broad, meaning that they can be interpreted in so many different ways. So, whether your hair is short and straight or long and curly, give some of these hairstyles a try this summer.

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.

Choosing the Perfect Summer Cocktail

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Summer cocktails are wonderfully refreshing, and while you likely already have your go-to favorites, it is always fun to try something new. From a fresh fruit sangria to a peach and basil Moscow Mule, these cocktails are all so easy to whip up.

Sangria

Fresh Fruit Summer Sangria
Sangria is a quintessential summer cocktail, and adding some unconventional fresh fruits to it can really give it a unique twist. Simply mix together a bottle of wine with half a cup of brandy, before adding some sliced lime. Then, pick the fruits that you want to add, thinking carefully about flavors that will complement the drink. Pineapple and watermelon are a great combination, but be sure that the fruits that you pick are relatively firm, so that they do not end up going soggy in your drink. Once all your fruit is mixed in, place a few slices of fruit into a glass with ice, before pouring the sangria over it, and then topping this with some lemon soda.

Moscow Mule

Peach Basil Moscow Mule
For those who already enjoy Moscow Mules, this peach and basil variety is one that you definitely need to try. The traditional Moscow Mule features vodka, lime juice and ginger beer, but try adding in some peach vodka instead, before topping with some fresh basil for a herby kick.

Cherry daquiri

Honeyed Cherry Daiquiri
Daiquiris are perfect for the hot, summer months, and this version, which features honeyed cherries, is tart but sweet at the same time, and goes down extremely easily, so you may need to limit yourself to just a couple of glasses! Simply muddle some cherries in the bottom of a cocktail shaker, until the fruit has been broken down and its juices released. Then, add in some rum, lime juice, honey and bitters, as well as some ice, before shaking until it is all chilled, which usually takes around 30 seconds. Strain this into a chilled glass, before garnishing with a slice of lemon or lime.

Kentucky lemonade

Kentucky Lemonade
This refreshing Kentucky lemonade makes use of easy-to-find ingredients, and is also extremely easy to customize to your own tastes. All you need to do is combine some sugar and water in a saucepan and heat this over a medium heat, until the mixture turns clear. Add in some lemon juice, mint leaves and bourbon, and then let the mixture cool for a bit, before pouring it through a fine strainer. Add in some ginger ale, and then stir, before adding some ice and lemon slices and serving it up. To make your presentation even more impressive, dip the ends of your glasses into a shallow plate with some lemon juice on it, before dipping it again into a plate with coarse white sugar, as this will create a sweet sugar rim on your glass.

Nothing beats a cold summer cocktail on a sweltering hot day, and these beverages will definitely not disappoint. From a fruity sangria to a refreshing lemonade, give these cocktails a try the next time you are taking some time out in the sun.

Bright and Colorful Pieces to Add to Your Summer Wardrobe

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Summer is a season for bright colors and vibrancy, so if your wardrobe is filled with dark and neutral shades, then it may be time for an update. From high-waisted trousers to fun, summer dresses, here is some inspiration for some colorful pieces to add to your closet.

Jelly Sandals
Sandals are essential in the summer months, and the Geli is a sandal, by Katy Perry Collections, that is so fun and retro. Inspired by the classic jelly sandal, the Geli comes in three different colors, lemon, watermelon, and peach, and features a print of their respective fruit. To top it all off, fruity prints themselves are bang on trend for the summer, making this a must-buy.

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High Waisted Trousers
High-waisted trousers are flattering on so many different body types, and are a great way to enhance your feminine curves. While the majority of women opt for darker shades when it comes to high waisted trousers, use the summer as an excuse to purchase a pair in a brighter, bolder color. Whether this may be the pink trousers from River Island, or the yellow/orange pair from Wolf & Badger, these will soon become one of your go-to pieces of clothing this summer.

A Printed Tote Bag
Even if you would like to keep your outfit relatively simple, bags are a great way to still add a pop of color to your look. The Kerrington Square Tote by Tory Burch is a fantastic example of this, as the style itself is ideal for summer, its water-resistant fabric perfect for the beach, and the wide variety of seasonal prints are right on trend.

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Summer Dresses
Flirty and fun summer dresses are a must at this time of the year, and while soft, pastel shades may be perfect for spring, summer is the time to brighten up your looks a bit more. The Fit and Flare dresses from Jack Wills are a great choice, as these will beautifully flatter your figure, while the summer dresses from Boden come in a wide variety of styles and prints, meaning that you are bound to find one that you love.

Floral Hair Accessories
Floral hair accessories are another popular item in the summer months and are a great way to add some style to your look. For those who would prefer something subtle yet delightfully feminine, give the Tropical Flower Hair Comb by Lizzie Fortunato a try, as this features floral and beaded accents, as well as a freshwater cultured pearl detailing.

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Printed Shorts
Printed shorts may be harder to style than solid colors, but the effort is definitely worth it in the end. The Ruffle Floral Printed Bermuda Shorts from Zara are a great style to opt for, as these are high waisted and ruffled at the hem. Pair this with a casual white t-shirt and some sandals for day wear, or dress them up with heels and a blouse for the evening.

Your summer wardrobe should be bright and cheerful, and each of these pieces mentioned above will help you to achieve this. From fun, floral printed ruffled shorts to flirty and flattering summer dresses, these items are guaranteed to add some color and vibrancy to your closet.

Add a Pop of Summer Color to Your Summer Wardrobe

Summer Colours

A pop of color is a great way to brighten up your summer wardrobe, and there are countless ways in which you can incorporate this into an outfit. From sunshine yellow to candy pink, here is some style inspiration for the upcoming months.

Shocking Pink
One of the hottest color trends for summer 2017 is shocking shades of pink, encompassing everything from candy pink to deep cherry. A shocking pink dress is beautifully feminine, and can be paired with neutral accessories to tone it down if needed. Alternatively, a deep cherry or raspberry colored cardigan is perfect for brightening up a chilly summer evening, and will also give your face a warm, rosy glow, while a bold pink skirt, in an easy silhouette, is unexpectedly versatile.

Vibrant Stripes
Bold, geometric prints are going to be huge this summer, especially when it comes to stripes. While classic, horizontal stripes will always be popular, criss-cross stripes are a great alternative, and provide an outfit with quite an unusual dynamic. From a pleated, flowing maxi dress, such as the one from Chloe, to graphic, striped accessories, such as the bags from Sonia Rykiel, stripes add color as well as pattern to an outfit, making them a worthwhile investment.

Yellows
Yellow is another color that will really be making a huge statement this season, and while the runways were filled with full-on, completely chromatic yellow looks, all you need is a pop of this color to really make a statement. As always, accessories are the best way to go if you do not already own many clothes that would work with yellow, but a cheeky yellow sundress is also well-suited for the season. If you are really feeling bold, go for a classic pair of trousers in a sunny yellow shade, because while this may seem quite out there, they can easily be styled down with a simple white t-shirt and some black flats.

A Patchwork of Colors
On the summer 2017 runways, many designers turned to patchwork, creating everything from pants to shirts to outerwear. Many unexpected fabrics and textures were put together, and this really creates an interesting look, as well as a vibrancy that perfectly emulates summer.

Florals
Printed florals are always popular in the spring and summer, but, this season, they are set to be even brighter and bolder than ever, making them an absolutely perfect choice for those wanting to add colour and pattern into their wardrobe. Pieces that nod to the 70’s are especially on trend, but, other than that, just look out for items that feature plenty of contrast while still being feminine, such as with the floral off-shoulder top from Chloe.

While dark and moody outfits definitely do have an ambience about them, summer is a time for color and vitality. No matter what your wardrobe may already consist of, these tips will help you to incorporate a bit of extra color into your closet, making use of pieces that can be styled in so many different ways.

Strut Your Summer Style on Your Next Beach Vacay

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Whether you plan on spending time at a local beach, or are heading off for a tropical island getaway, everybody always wants to look their best when strutting their stuff on the sand. From boho chic to feminine and flirty, here is some inspiration for those who are looking to update their summer style.

Boho Chic
For those who are looking to create a boho chic look, a bikini is best, and preferably one that has some added stitching details or embroidery. Crocheted bikinis also fit into this style well, but they often do not hold up properly in the water, so this is something to consider if you were hoping to do a fair amount of swimming or try out some water sports. To complete your boho look, add a flowing beach cover-up, such as a caftan, and top this with a wide-brimmed hat.

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Colourful and Fun
Summer is all about brightness and vibrancy, meaning that it is a great time to put together a fun and colourful beach outfit. Look for a bikini or a one piece that features a bold print, whether this may be feminine florals or statement graphics. For a cover-up, opt for some white shorts and a single coloured tank top, as you do not want these to clash with your bikini, but jazz this look up with accessories, whether this be colourful stacked bracelets or beaded sandals.

Mismatched Two-Pieces
Buying new swimwear each season can be tiresome, especially if you already have a wardrobe full of different styles. This year, rather than purchasing several more, try to mix up your look by donning a mismatched two-piece. Whether this means mixing a printed top with solid bottoms, or a frilly top with bikini shorts, this is a great way to add more of your own personal style into your look.

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Maxi Dress
If you do not plan on baring all of your skin at the beach, then a maxi dress is the perfect style to go for, whether you wear this on its own or over your swimwear. A bright print is ideal for a day at the beach, and can easily be dressed up later on in the evening with a pair of heels and some added accessories.

Tankinis
Tankinis are similar to bikinis, except for the fact that, instead of featuring a regular bikini top, the top section is styled in a similar way to that of a tank top, offering you more coverage. This makes it well-suited for those who do not want to show off their stomach on the beach, but who still want a two piece style. Tankinis are available in so many different styles, colours and prints, meaning that they can be adapted into all of the beach looks mentioned above.

Now that spring is here, this is the perfect time to begin planning your summer wardrobe. Whether your style is boho and down-to-earth or bold and colourful, these ideas will ensure that you look nothing but stylish this summer on the beach.