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Tips and tricks for summer style

Rollins-Runway-DesignWith the end of the semester just days away and the weather heating up, just about everyone is ready for summer vacation. For some people, this means a trip overseas to explore some distant countries. For others, it means an internship in Orlando or New York or Los Angeles. For others still, it means three months of Florida beaches and sunshine.

Wherever your summer may take you, you want to be sure to dress for the occasion.

For most, this summer will be filled with trips to the coast. Luckily for beachgoers, this year’s swimsuits offer something new and exciting. High necks and high waists are in for swimwear just like everyday wear, and bohemian coverups and shawls are everywhere.

For both bikinis and one-pieces, braided and beaded detailing has come back into style, and many of the bathing suites I’ve seen on the runway and in stores look like they could double as crop tops—a bonus that puts and end to the age-old struggle of “no shirt, no shoes, no service.”

If you are planning on traveling extensively, comfort is key for your summer style. Adventures should get excited, because oversized boy shorts, khakis, and loose co on shorts are featured this season, along with loose cotton tanks and tees in warm tones. Pair your shorts and your cotton tee with a pair of Birkenstock sandals and some aviators, and you are set in a comfy/casual/cute outfit for wherever your vacation may take you.

Also, no matter where you go or what your plans are for summer, you will without a doubt spend a fair amount socializing in some capacity, whether it’s going out to lunch with family, meeting up with friends for coffee, or going on a date to the movies. For a morning coffee date with family or friends, try a cotton shift or an eyelet sundress.

Or, if you aren’t one for dresses, flowy print shorts are in style and can easily be paired with a neutral button-up or tee. Add a pair of flip-flops to dress it down or a pair of wedges to dress it up, and you’re ready for just about any occasion.

For evening events, stuffy materials and heavy shoes are out—it’s just too hot! So in- stead, go for an A-line skirt and a sleeveless top, or a little sundress and a cardigan with a pair of heeled sandals or wedges.

For any other occasions you may face over your summer holidays, rompers are all the rage, as are loose cotton pants, floral and geometric print maxi-dresses, sleeveless high cut tops, and light-weight button-ups. For shoes and accessories, flats and wedges are in and pumps are out.

Little drawstring bags and woven totes are everywhere as well, along with thick headbands, rounded sunglasses, aviators, and statement earrings. We all love our boots, our high-waisted pants, our sweaters, and our sleek leather bags, but it’s time to say goodbye to them for the season and break out the cotton and sandals.

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