Every year when summer rolls around, there is a mass exodus to the outdoors. Patio lunches at Green House Market or La Duni, afternoons at the park and leisurely strolls on the Katy Trail all seem to be on everyone’s agenda for June. I love planning outfits for any event, but it’s especially fun during the warmer months.
Ann Taylor – Halter Top, $49. Relaxed Side-Button Shorts, $59. Nautical Earrings, $39.50. Seashell Stretch Bracelet, $49.50. Seaside Escape Coral Stretch Bracelet, $39.50. Harbor Sunglasses, $88.
I am a sucker for anything nautical. If it has anchors, starfish, stripes or stars, it’s a guarantee that I will be on board. This affection translates quite often into my wardrobe, and nearly everything in Ann Taylor right now fits the bill. This outfit is just the thing to toss in your bag on your way to the Cape or Nantucket for a big family clambake. The top will accentuate your shoulders, and the sailor-inspired shorts are loose-fitting and have small buttons on the hips. Accessorize with metallic rope wedges and loads of gold jewelry (one of the bracelets is actually a row of seashells)! Bright white sunglasses finish off the look and will protect your eyes from those New England rays.
Madewell – Cami Maxidress in Moroccan Floral, $198. Daniela Bustos Maya Coin Bracelet, $115. Charmstrong Necklace, $58. The Gladiator Sightseer Sandal, $59.50.
There’s nothing more intimate than gathering of friends for a long dinner outside. Grab a few bottles wine, whip up a refreshing meal, and scatter tea lights to heighten the ambiance. This romantic and bohemian maxi dress from Madewell will keep you comfortable and cool through dessert. The sandal of the summer, the gladiator, is updated in a muted gray color and will be your new go-to sandal until fall. Slide on a few Moroccan accessories, like this coin bangle and triangle necklace. To dress it up, you can easily swap the sandals for a pair of strappy heels and take this dress out on the town.
Urban Outfitters – BDG Crinkle Roll-Sleeve Button-Down Shirt, $49. Urban Renewal Raw Hem Denim Shorts, $59. Frye Billy Short Western Boot, $268. Ecote Bettina Suede Fringe Hobo Bag, $109.
Backyard barbeque season officially kicks off on Memorial Day weekend and continues until Labor Day. For something to wear for a day of hamburgers and hot dogs, head to Urban Outfitters. This lightweight, breezy button-down with sun-bleached stripes goes perfectly with a pair of light-wash denim cutoffs. When you’re ready to chow down, grab a napkin and roll up those sleeves. And nothing goes together like Texas, barbeque and cowboy boots. This pair by Frye is shorter than your average boot, so you won’t have to worry about your legs getting overheated. Plus, these are a year-round item – they will transition nicely into the fall with jeans and an oversize sweater. Stash your belongings in a casual fringe-suede bag and you will likely be the most stylish girl by the grill.