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.

colorful bikini

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.

Hot Beach Must Haves

While the summer months are a favorite amongst many, they do also present a unique set of fashion challenges, especially at the beach. For those who want to look chic on the sand but still feel comfortable and protected from the sun, take a look at these hot beach must haves.

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Triangle Bikini
Triangle bikinis are timeless, never really seeming to go out of style. With so many different versions of them out there, it is also relatively easy to find one that will suit just about every body type. For a chic and sporty black and white two piece, take a look at the bikinis from Mikoh, while those who are after something more feminine will love the floral triangle bikini from Brynja.

White Onesie
A casual white onesie is ideal for a day at the beach, as it can easily be worn over your swimwear, and by having an all-in-one piece, it will save you time when it comes to putting together your whole outfit. Zimmerman have designed a range of rompers in a variety of fabrics and prints, and their white pieces really stand out. The Belle Bustier Romper has a delicate feminine quality to it, while the Realm Scallop Romper plays with different textures to create a simple yet stunning look.

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Aviators
Aviators always look stylish, and do a great job at protecting your eyes, and the skin around them, from the sun. For those who like to view the world through rose-tinted glasses, the aviators by Victoria Beckham will be right up your street, while those who would prefer a more classic, dark-tinted style, will find this at Givenchy.

Crimson Shorts
Bright, bold colors are bang on trend for this summer, and a pair of crimson shorts will be easy to style with other pieces. For a gorgeous lace pair, head on over to Dolce & Gabanna, while those who are seeking something lighter can opt for the red and white striped shorts from Land’s End, or the even more laid-back pair from Alice and Olivia.

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Sun Hat
A sun hat is always a must-have accessory for the beach, and this season sees some elegant new styles being created by top international designers, making it easy to give your beach outfit a high fashion touch. The New York Cape Stripe sun hat by Kate Spade is a classic black and white, making it easy to style, and is also designed to be convenient to pack, making it ideal for beach vacations. For a timeless floppy straw hat, J.Crew have a design in both black and tan, and is a piece that you could wear for many years to come.

Retro Bikini
It is always a good idea to have at least two go-to pieces of swimwear, and if a triangle bikini is going to be one, a retro bikini can be your other. She Made Me is an Australian brand that has created a range of crocheted bikinis, while Lisa Marie Fernandez has a few retro styles that are truly one-of-a-kind.

Putting together a beach outfit that looks stylish, yet is comfortable enough to wear under the hot sun, can often be difficult. However, if you have a few go-to beach pieces in your wardrobe that are classic and easy to style, you will not have any problems putting together chic looks all summer long.

Getting Your Skin Crop Top Ready

Crop tops have recently been seen on all of the major runways, with experts predicting that the crop top will be one of the hottest looks for this summer. While there may be a number of different ways to wear and style a crop top, you are most likely going to be baring some flesh, which makes now the perfect time to begin to get your skin crop top ready.

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Exfoliation
While you may exfoliate your face on a regular basis, chances are that you often forget to do the same for your stomach, but this is necessary if you plan on adding a few crop tops to your summer wardrobe. Not only does exfoliating clear away the dead skin cells that build up on the surface of the skin and lead to a rough complexion, but it also ensures that the skin is able to receive all of the vital nutrients and oxygen that it needs. When it comes to your stomach, there are many exfoliating body scrubs that you can choose from, or you could also opt for dry brush or a mineral or salt scrub, as this will also help in tightening the skin while reducing the appearance of cellulite.

Skin-Firming Ingredients
The stomach is an area where many women tend to experience loose skin, but there are a number of ingredients that you can look out for that are able to help with this. Products that contain vitamin A and vitamin E will help in tightening the skin, as will products that contain collagen, as this is the protein that forms the main structure beneath the skin.

Skin Masks
Skin masks are designed to target all sorts of different issues, and while you may not see many that are aimed specifically at the stomach, there is no reason why you cannot use a mask here that is intended for another part of the body. These masks will not only provide your skin with a deep clean and some extra nourishment, but will also work to strengthen the skin, leaving it firmer and smoother.

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Salt Water Bath
Salt water is known to bring about some fantastic benefits, and spending a bit of time soaking in a tub that contains a couple of teaspoons of sea salt can make quite the difference to your stomach. The salt works by drawing out any toxins or impurities that lie within your skin, clearing away anything that may be blocking the production of collagen, and resulting in skin that feels and looks firmer and tighter.

Nutrient Rich Foods
The food that you eat has a huge impact on the state of your skin, and if you are seeking skin that is healthy and glowing, you need to pay more attention to the ingredients that you are putting into your body. Citrus fruits, strawberries and vegetables are great at boosting the body’s production of collagen, while healthy fats add to the skin’s moisture content, helping to prevent your stomach from looking dry, cracked or stretched. From salmon and olive oil to nuts and seeds, try to incorporate as many nutrient-dense foods into your diet as possible.

Before wearing a crop top, you need to ensure that your skin is ready to be shown off, so that you can rock your new look with confidence and style. Whether you dry brush your stomach three times a week, or apply a skin mask to it every few nights, these tips will ensure that your skin remains crop top ready all summer long.

Top Summer Looks for Men

For those of you who are wanting to update your wardrobe with some stylish summer pieces, now is a great time to do so, as the warmer weather will have just started to roll in. When it comes to choosing garments for this summer, there are a number of noteworthy looks that have been seen across runways, featuring everything from oversized shirts to wide legged trousers to baseball caps.

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Knee-Length Shorts
While there were plenty of thigh-grazing shorts seen on the runways, this is perhaps not going to be as much of a wearable look as the knee-length styles that were also popular. The best length to go for is something that sits directly above your knee, either in a tailored cut, or a lighter, more breathable fabric, such as silk.

Wide Legged Trousers
While many may have grown fond of the skinny shapes seen in men’s trousers in recent seasons, it is now time to go in the opposite direction, opting for wide-legged styles instead. Whether with trousers or jeans, wide-legged shapes are easiest to style with a casual shirt and a pair of trainers.

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White Trousers
From formal chinos to casual jeans, white is set to be one of the hottest colors this summer. This shade complements a variety of skin tones, and always looks great when paired with items that feature a pop of color.

Overalls
Expect to see plenty of overalls in stores this summer, and they are definitely a style worth trying. The hottest colors to look out for are dark blacks and denims as well as moody greens. From Givenchy to Alexander Wang, there are some great overall styles around, and can be worn in several different ways. While Alexander Wang dressed his overall-wearing models in all black, just like the overalls themselves, other designers kept things more low-key, with a simple white t-shirt and casual shoes.

Distressed Jeans
Distressed jeans have slowly been making a comeback recently, but they are set to explode in popularity this summer. From jeans that look as though they have almost been destroyed, to others that just have a few slight tears and bleached areas, the key to this look is making sure that your jeans appear to be at least somewhat lived in.

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Baseball Caps
Baseball caps are one of the hottest men’s accessories to complete your look this summer, and they are completely unlike the baseball caps that you likely remember from your childhood. Instead, these styles are made from high-end, luxury fabrics, from leather to exotic animal skins, and feature contemporary design details, that make them appropriate to wear just about anywhere. Just about every designer out there has their own version of this classic accessory, so there is definitely a style out there that will suit your own personal taste.

It is often the case that summer looks for men are quite unwearable, more suited to an avant-garde runway than the streets of your average city. However, this is not the case this summer, with the top looks being ones that can be incorporated into such a huge variety of outfits.

Outdoor Wedding Outfits

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Choosing an outfit for an outdoor wedding can be quite tricky, especially during the summer, because not only do you have to take into account the weather and the time of day, but you also need to make sure that your outfit is well-suited to the actual location. From the most breathable fabrics to the most suitable colors, here are some tips for putting together fabulous outdoor wedding outfits.

Breathable Fabrics
Enabling a good rate of air flow around your body is important in the summer, but this can only be done if your outfit has been made from breathable fabrics. A quality, lightweight cotton is one of the most breathable fabrics out there, absorbing moisture, while polyester should always be avoided, as its water resistant qualities mean that any sweat will be trapped beneath your clothes, causing discomfort and irritation. Linen is another natural fibre that will not cling to your body, whereas rayon is another synthetic fabric that repels water, meaning that any sweat will end up gathering in unsightly places. Silk and chiffon are also great fabrics to wear and are often more suited to a wedding than cotton or linen.

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Colors
For a summertime outdoor wedding, keep your outfit’s colors as light and airy as possible. Floral dresses are often an obvious choice during the summer months, but opt for pastels or bright colors rather than dark and moody prints, as these are much better suited to the happy ambience of a wedding.

Location of the Wedding
Of course, your wedding outfit needs to be well-suited to the actual location of the wedding. If it is going to be somewhere hot and dry, a breezy dress will work well as you will need help staying cool, while if the location is somewhere that is known to be quite windy and blustery, you will need to pick an outfit that will not be affected by any strong gusts.

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Accessories
When it comes to your accessories, as well as your hair and makeup, it is best to keep everything as minimal as possible. Chunky or large jewellery is likely to only end up irritating your skin in the heat, while any heavy makeup will just slide off, requiring plenty of tiresome retouching sessions.

Shoes
While stilettos may usually be your footwear of choice for a wedding, these will not work so well for an outdoor wedding, as they will cause you to keep sinking into any grass. If you do not want to wear flats, then look for some stylish wedges instead, as this will keep you steady on your feet while still giving you a bit of extra height.

Everybody wants to look their best at a wedding, but this can often be more difficult to accomplish when the wedding is being held outdoors in the summertime. Fortunately, by knowing which fabrics and styles to pick, you will be able to put together an outfit that not only looks stylish, but will also keep you comfortable and happy throughout the day.