If only prepping our wardrobe for summer were as easy as 1, 2, 3. You need to factor in the spontaneity, adventure and making it all look fabulous. We at One Brilliant our here to bring you a comprehensive guide to the warmer months ahead and share some tips and tricks on how to avoid wearing that same summer maxi dress or short and shirt combo over and over. No matter what the temperature may be, warm weather styling & accessories should never go out the window. Let us show you some of our favorite go-to pieces.
The White Shirt
There is something cool and refreshing about a white shirt that makes it chic on even the hottest days. A classic white shirt can lighten and highlight a person's appearance. It helps draw the attention up to the face and the true beauty and character of the wearer comes through. It is great for any occasion and is a perfect neutral base, which can be dressed up or down. We just love this fabulous take on a classic white shirt by Coco Rocha with a sheer mesh back $158.00 available at One Brilliant. (pictured above)
Tips on buying a classic white shirt:
If you are petite, make sure everything about the shirt is in scale to your body. You do not want oversize collars, too-wide lapels, too-long sleeves or too-long of a tail on the shirt.
If you are busty, make sure that the shirt buttons in the right places so it does not gap.
Vertical white-on-white stripes are very slimming.
Try new styles, pin tucks, darts, piping, bell sleeves, three-quarter sleeves will update the look of a classic white shirt.
The Head-To-Toe Look of Wearing White:
It's light, it's clean and it reminds us of a summer weekend getaway. There is something to be said about the crisp head-to-toe look of wearing all white. One of our favorite pieces is the Elie Tahari detailed floral lace cropped jacket with frayed trim $318.00 available at One Brilliant. Paired with white Generation Love embroidered shirt $118.00 available at One Brilliant. (pictured below)
Opt for a monochromatic look (all white) to appear slimmer and taller.
Look for construction details or accessories that create a vertical line on the white, like a long jacket or duster, a long strand of beads, a long scarf, or a flattering belt. Verticals draw the eyes up and down instead of from side-to-side.
The Maxi Dress:
Maxi dresses, as we all know, are not only one of the most comfortable and flattering items of clothing to wear, but they are also very versatile. When styled right, maxi dresses take on a vibe that's beautiful for summer, both day and night. One of our favorite maxi dresses is this light & stylish hand-dyed maxi dress by Integrity $198.00 available at One Brilliant. (pictured below)
Interesting accessories take a simple maxi dress from ho-hum to head turning.
Don't be afraid to wear a blazer or jacket over your maxi dress for a more classic look.
Let us at One Brilliant help refresh your summer closet for your most stylish summer yet.
photos & styling by Suzanne Mauro