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Back to Basics – Bare Necessities for Summer Style

Sex up your summer with these 8 simple back to basic style tips.  You may want to spend a fortune to have the latest and greatest looks but do you really need them? The answer is no!  We have put together a few basic items to give your summer wardrobe an affordable makeover that looks great and will leave you feeling crisp and sexy just in time for summer!


1. Undergarments – The most important basic for any wardrobe is a great bra. Retire the bra you have been wearing through the winter.  Chances are it is somewhat worn and stretched out.  Kick off summer with a new bra that gives you the proper support. It should fit you like a glove without cutting into your back or armpits. Make sure are fitted and measured. Do not speculate on your size. Women tend to go up and down a size or two. It is important to focus on the fit not the number!  You will be wearing a lot of t-shirts and tank tops so a clean fresh bra will give you a head start. The summer season tends to stretch fabrics due to humidity in the air. If you start with a bra that has already been worn and stretched, image where your breasts will be by the third week of summer?


2. Floral Dress – Nothing says summer chic better then a floral printed dress. Make sure the colors are subtle and simple so the print does not swallow your figure or skin tones.  Find a printed dress that is light weight like a polyester, chiffon, silk, or rayon fabric. These fabrics tend to have a “flowy” feel that capture the essence of summer.  Stores like Anne Taylor Loft, H&M, and Forever 21 carry some great styles and shapes for under $50.  Try an open neck line like a scoop and V-neck.  This is a great style for daytime activities. Just throw on a flat sandal to keep it casual or dress it up with a sexy and colorful heel. Don’t forget to add a belt if there is a cinch in the waist line.


3. T shirt Dress – A relax fitted T-shirt dress is a great way to be comfortable and casual. It can replace the need to wear shorts.  Try to a find a black and white skinny striped cotton jersey dress or something with color blocking or gradient printing.  The darkest color should be around the hip area! Victoria’s Secret carries many different styles and colors in their online catalogue that are under $50. Banana Republic, Target, and Express also carry an assortment of styles for you to select from.  Keep it simple with a double V-neck or scoop neck. Avoid Crew necks and things that cut off the neck and chest! This is a casual garment that will work for daytime leisure activities.


4. Maxi Dress – A maxi dress is great for the warmer seasons. With its light weight and movement, it allows the air circulate throughout the garment without being clingy. The right maxi dress can be worn in the daytime with sandals, on the beach with flip flops, or in the evening with a sexy heel.  Stay away from loud and heavy prints that will weigh the dress down in detail. Choose a simple solid color in a halter or deep v-neck style and dress it up with a fun colored shoe and bag!  Victoria’s Secrets online catalogue has great selections and an easy return policy! Make sure to have the right bra style underneath.  The good news is Victoria’s Secrets also carries undergarments. Make sure you have measured properly before purchasing a bra online!  They have an excellent return policy. It is like shopping without leaving the house!


5. Versatile Flat Sandal – A good flat sandal can be worn with jeans, shorts, skirts, and dresses.  It should be comfortable, feminine, and simple enough to be worn with most things in your closet.  If you have a colorful wardrobe, try a neutral sandal.  If your closet is full of dark colors, try something with a little bit of color and creativity.  Sandals should never be heavy, chunky, or thick.  They should be light, airy, and comfortable.  Try a T-strap fashion flat or an open sling back.  Avoid hardware and gaudy details; they fall off and look cheap!  Aldo, DSW, and Steve Madden all carry these styles for under $50.00


6. Sexy Summer Heel – Any outfit can be transformed from day to night with the right heel. The most important factor is being able to walk in your sexy heels. Nothing is less sexy then watching someone who can’t control their shoes! So, the first rule of thumb is to wear your shoes and DO NOT let your shoes wear you!  Chunky platforms, thick heavy wedges, mules, and string like stilettos all have one thing in common. They look silly! Your shoes should be in balance with your frame and be able to support your weight. They should be sexy, simple, feminine, and light.  Try a strappy style with a cone heel or kitten heel for great support.


7. Cotton Short – A great short will only show the best features your legs have to offer! If you have narrow and long legs, try a short style like J.Crews “Stretch Chino Frankie Short”. If you have shorter shapely legs go for a longer style like a cigarette short by Zara.  Avoid khaki unless it is dark amber or a brown shade.  These will look great with pinks, yellows, and reds.  Great cotton shorts should not be crunchy, heavy, or have added bulk in the mid section due to zippers, double flaps, and pockets. Look for simple and chic with a flat panel front and as little pocket details as possible!


8. Sexy Tank top – A tank top can be sexy when it has feminine details like subtle ruffles, embellishments, or rouging. It can be a scoop neck, low crew neck, or v-neck.  Make sure the design details don’t add extra fabric or weight around the bust line or mid section.  Keep it simple with the details and find some great summer shades that will match back to the bottoms you already have in your closet. You should always keep a crisp white and black tank top for basic necessities then pick one or two fashion colors like yellow, pink, blue or purple.

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