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Your Summer Wardrobe Checklist

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Summertime is here, and with a new season comes a new wardrobe filled with possibilities! For someone who mainly wears black, white and denim, summertime is my favorite time to have a little bit of fun with my style and pop some color in here and there. Here’s my summer wardrobe checklist of items you need and how to wear them to stand out in a crowd!

Slide Sandal in Candy Colors 
I am loving all of the fun colored shoes and accessories we’re seeing right now but my absolute favorite is tangerine-colored shoes! Bright orange screams summer and typically gives your skin a little glow. If you are going for a tangerine shoe or any other bright colored accessory, try to tone down the rest of your look with neutrals. 

Summer Dresses in Bright Tones
You might not catch me in colored tops very often, but it’s hard for me to resist a bright-colored statement dress. With events happening again, I am taking full advantage of dressing to the nines whenever I can. If this seems like a daring trend for you, stick to solids instead of prints. If you’re like me and love a good statement dress, then go all out! Puff sleeves, cut outs, the sky’s the limit! Take the look with a neutral shoe and a sophisticated hairstyle.  

Raffia or Wicker Bags 
It’s the perfect enhancement for any summer look. Raffia or wicker bags are light, airy and playful; because they are typically a light tan or beige, they will coordinate with anything, even that bright-colored statement dress or shoe. 

Matching Sets 
You will be hard pressed to find a retailer that hasn’t started selling matching sets; this is one of the most versatile trends available right now. Wear them together and have an easy cohesive look. But break them apart and the possibilities are endless! 

Fresh Sneakers 
Everyone enjoys a comfortable sneaker these days, and it’s time to upgrade to a fresh, new, light style. Slip-on Vans have always been a go-to for me, or try a more athletic look like a Nike waffle racer with a fun splash of color. 

The Oversized Button-Up Shirt
You won’t catch me on vacation without one of these. A basic oversized white button-up goes well with a pair of jeans or shorts, is the perfect cover up for a swimsuit and always looks classic. Want to try something a little edgier? Look for a black oversized button-up. You won’t be disappointed!

Written by: Abby Wood

Abby Wood is a wardrobe stylist and style blogger in Kansas City, and her education in design plus retail experience make her an expert in fit, fabric, style and trends. Her professional experience in fashion began with an apprenticeship with a bridal designer, shifted to creating and showing her  own line, moving up to management and training at a retail level and now professional styling as an independent consultant. Abby loves to help individuals develop and evolve their own sense of style.