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.

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.

Man wearing a baseball cap

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.

Kids’ Summer Camp Essentials

Summer camp

Every year, across the USA, millions of children head off to different summer camps, focussing on everything from tennis to space travel for a few weeks over the summer. No matter what sort of camp your children may be attending this year, these are some of the essentials that they should be bringing with them.

Sun Protection
Your kids are likely to be spending more time than usual outdoors while at summer camp, making it essential for them to have the best sun protection possible. From sunscreen to sun hats to sunglasses to after sun gel, be sure to make sun protection a priority when packing for camp.

Waterproof Coat and Boots
Even if the weather is forecast to be bright and sunny for the entire time that your child will be away, you need to ensure that they have some waterproof clothing for any spontaneous downpours. A waterproof coat and a pair of waterproof boots are sufficient, although you may want to include more waterproof items if they are going to be spending their time near water.

Clothing
Everyday clothing is essential at camp, with the type of clothing depending on the type of camp your kid is attending. If the camp has merchandised clothing for sale, it may be worth buying an item for your child, as this may help them settle in even faster.

Nightwear and Underwear
The amount of nightwear and underwear that your child needs to bring depends on how long they will be spending away from home. To help keep underwear organized, store it in a net bag, and pack your child a spare, empty net bag that they can then fill with used underwear.

Toiletries
Toiletries are another essential and are easy to pack in one smaller bag to keep them all organized. In addition to a toothbrush, toothpaste and shower products, include a few extras, such as lip balm, hair ties, a nail clipper, a razor and feminine hygiene products.

Others
There are plenty of other essentials that your child may need, such as insect repellent, a camera, a flashlight and a refillable water bottle. Do not forget to include some pre-stamped and addressed envelopes, as well as writing paper and pens, to encourage your children to write home about their adventures. When it comes to spending money, each camp will have their own policy, so be sure to check with them first. It is also a good idea to include a couple of mementos to remind your children of home, whether this may be a couple of toys from their room or some family photos as this will help them out if they ever start to feel homesick.

Summer camp is often considered to be a right of passage for American children, and with over 12,000 camps across the country, it is easy for kids to find one that offers something that they are passionate about. Each camp usually provides a list of items that children need to bring, as well as others that they should not, so be sure to follow this list carefully in order for your child to be well-prepared for the weeks ahead.

Cute, Warm Weather Dresses

Now that the warmer weather has finally arrived, it is the perfect opportunity to invest in some cute summer dresses. Whether you opt for a simple slip dress or a feminine ruffled dress, a warm weather dress in a style that really works with your body shape and personal style will keep you looking cute but chic all season long.

Slip Dress

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Slip Dress
Slightly reminiscent of the 90’s, slip dresses are going to be very much on trend this summer, especially after Calvin Klein, Givenchy and Balenciaga sent their own versions down the runway last season. The easy and relaxed silhouette of a slip dress can be brought into the modern day with contemporary details and graphic prints, bringing an edgy attitude to what would otherwise be considered as slinky lingerie.

Prairie Dress
Prairie chic is a style that incorporates practicality with femininity and has been completely embraced by a number of designers for this summer. With demure, high necklines and dainty prints, prairie dresses have a classic appeal to them, but need to be styled quite carefully in order to keep them looking contemporary. Chunky biker boots give a prairie dress some attitude, as does a leather jacket, but remember to keep your accessories and makeup quite minimal.

Ruffled Dress

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Ruffled Dress
Ruffles are a great way to balance out curves while adding volume to areas that need enhancing. When choosing a ruffled dress, keep your body shape in mind, and if one part of your body is smaller in proportion to others, choose a dress that has ruffles in that area. If you have an hourglass figure, a dress that features ruffles along the neckline, hem and sleeves are usually best, as this will prevent any additional ruffles from making your curves seem out of proportion. Ruffled dresses are extremely versatile, and can be paired with flats for the daytime or high heeled strappy sandals for an evening out.

Shift Dress
Shift dresses are both cute and sophisticated, and the beauty of a classic shift dress is that it suits just about every body shape thanks to the way in which it skims the body lightly without clinging to it. Shift dresses in linens, cottons and light knits are ideal for the warmer weather, and the varying hemlines and necklines out there mean that you will be able to find a shift dress to suit any occasion.

Cute and feminine looks always work well in the warmer months, which is why it is always worthwhile having a couple of go-to summer dresses in your wardrobe. When choosing dresses, remember that you do not want to be baring excess skin, even if it is the summer. If you are looking for a dress with a short and flirty hemline, go with a scoop neck or a bandeau neck, or, if you would prefer to have a plunging neckline, pair this with a slightly longer hemline. Try to have varying styles rather than similar looks, as this will allow you to mix and match with your accessories to a greater extent, creating some one-of-a-kind summertime outfits.

Summer’s Hottest Looks

Fashion Week Australia, 2016

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With over fifty presentations at this year’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, there were a huge array of different looks seen. Nevertheless, there were some styles from certain designers that really stood out, guaranteeing that they will soon be this summer’s hottest looks.

Simple Silhouettes
Australian fashion designer Dion Lee had a strong focus on simple silhouettes, and this is a trend that we can expect to see much more of this summer. Inspired by the beauty of glass, Lee’s creations may have boasted simpler silhouettes, but they were still incredibly stunning with their use of beading, fringing and crystals, as well as the way in which the designer manipulated fabrics to create unusual textures.

Ethnic Patterns and Vibrant Colors
One of the brands that really stood out at Fashion Week Australia was Camilla, whose resort collection was packed with vibrant colors and ethnic patterns, in a way that truly epitomizes summer. With light silhouettes, such as printed kaftans, the colors and fabrics are reminiscent of those that you would find in a Moroccan souk and have been put together with a flair that manages to combine upscale with bohemian.

Wide-Legged and Relaxed
Relaxed silhouettes were once again seen at Akira Isogawa, whose gender-neutral collection at Fashion Week Australia was well-received. Featuring ultra lightweight fabrics, such as organza, and wide-legged, billowing pants, these pieces can be both dressed up as well as dressed down, something that is always useful during the summer months.

Sleek and Sexy
The Misha Collection runway this year was filled with sleek and sexy summer looks, with many pieces incorporating a timeless quality that would work for multiple summers to come. With each piece being created from some of the finest fabrics that the world has to offer, a Misha Collection purchase this summer could truly be an investment for your wardrobe.

Edgy Attitude
With a collection titled Not for the Faint Hearted, Holystone’s pieces each had a true sense of attitude. Pairing leather and vinyl swimsuits with jackets, pants and boots, the collection was unexpected, as it lacked a few of the softer touches featured in Holystone’s previous collections, but each of the pieces can easily add a sense of attitude to just about any summer outfit.

Luxurious Fabrics
One of the trends that were seen on multiple runways was the use of decadent and luxurious fabrics, and this was especially true in the case of By Johnny. While previous collections may have boasted a youthful aesthetic, this one was much more sophisticated, making use luxurious fabrics that have been manipulated in beautiful ways. Rather than focussing on prints and colors, the brand chose to bring attention to their garments’ impeccable construction, highlighted by the decadent fabrics that they have been created in.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia showcases the work of some of Australia’s most talented designers. From leather swimsuits to floaty patterned kaftans, the looks may be varied but they can easily each be adapted to your own sense of style, giving you a perfect look for the summer.

Summer Hair Inspiration

No matter how you may be spending the summer, it is the perfect time of the year to try something new with your hair. For those of you who are stuck for ideas, OROGOLD has picked out some of the hottest styles for this season to give you some exciting summer hair inspiration.

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Highlights
Nothing says summer like highlights in your hair. Although it can be damaging to your hair to let the sun naturally lighten it, highlights take no time at all when done by a professional. For those looking to save some money, OROGOLD recommends purchasing a highlighting kit that you can use at home. This may take some practice before you truly master the technique, but once you do, it will be worth the effort.

Woman with sweeping side parted hair.

Sweeping Side Part
The deep, sweeping side part works for all hair types, whether you’ve got a short bob or long curls. This look has been seen all over the catwalks lately and works well for the summer, especially for slightly messy, beachy hair. After washing your hair, blow dry it in a deep side part and finish it off with a spritz of finishing spray.

Woman using a tropical flower as a hair accessory

Don’t Be Afraid to Accessorize
Hair accessories are huge this season, and with so many different types available, you are sure to be able to find some that suit your personal style. Whether you go for something simple, such as embellished hair clips, or something more seasonal making use of tropical flowers and summer prints, hair accessories can be incorporated into almost every hairstyle, giving even the simplest look a new dimension.

Woman with slicked back hair.

Slicked Back
Many people suffer from frizzy hair in the summer due to the extra humidity, and a sleek, slicked back look is the perfect way to avoid this. Whether you slick it up into a tight bun or down into a low but elegant ponytail, applying a gel at the end to achieve the wet look will ensure that you don’t have to worry about the humidity, or any strays that may ruin the look.

Woman with disco-inspired curls.

Disco-Inspired Curls
For those of you with thick, curly hair who can’t seem to keep the frizz away in the summer humidity, even with the slicked back look mentioned above, it may be time to simply embrace your curls and emphasize them even further. Many stars, such as Solange Knowles, are going for big, disco-inspired hair, and it is a look that is easy to achieve. Simply step outside on a steamy day and allow the humidity to do its work, before brushing out your curls until they have doubled in volume. If you want to take this even further, OROGOLD suggests using a volumizing shampoo beforehand.

The change in climate during the summer months make them the ideal time to try something new with your hair. While a tightly slicked back look will keep everything in place, embracing the frizz will also enable you to have a great time without having to worry about your hair. Take the time to experiment with different styles, and, most importantly, have fun with it!