It’s been a lazy transition settling into summer, but now that the heat is reaching its peak, it’s time for you to up your fashion game. You have seen the summer trends from runways in Europe and New York, but as college kids, it’s not like you’ve got the bank to casually purchase those Christian Louboutin espadrilles or Mulberry snakeskin tote. Yet, it’s still easy to spice up the young adult uniform of shorts and tee-shirts. So here are 5 essential pieces to bring your summer wardrobe to the next level, without robbing you of that rent money.
Pops of color are the easiest way to adopt that lighthearted summer vibe. While neon is currently trending, such vibrant colors can be hard to pull off, and likely to fade out of style once September hits. Pastels are still vivid and convey that sense of playfulness, but are much more flattering and versatile between seasons and silhouettes.
Lace has been making quite the comeback recently – and understandably so. The fabric is being used on any and all clothes and accessories this season, from shorts to handbags. A quality lace piece in your wardrobe can make any outfit look effortlessly feminine and chic, while the semi-sheer material keeps you cool in the heat.
Floral is quintessentially summer. Forget any memories of your grandmother’s curtains or that heinous legging and turtleneck combination your were forced into as a child. This season, floral prints are back and at the height of their design. They’ve been modernized to appeal to the young adult crowd, comprised of bright, fun colors or paired with harder edges, like metal detailing.
Crop tops are everywhere this season – it can be hard to find a top nowadays that actually covers your belly button. These tops are great statement pieces; just incorporating one into your outfit can immediately make you look fabulous and well-dressed. They embody the carefree spirit of summer, and are guaranteed to be the most prevalent look at outdoor concerts and music festivals this season. Don’t shy away from showing a little skin – pair a crop top with high-waisted shorts and skirts if you’re self-conscious.
Wedge sandals are the summer shoe. They add class to any outfit, and can be an easy transition from wedding attire to a lazy Saturday hanging out with friends. The wedge is a timeless look, and almost exclusively flattering on everyone.
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