Warm sunshine and the occasional calm breeze can only mean one thing: summer is upon us. Along with the change in season comes the debut of the most in and lust-worthy looks. TopShop drops their latest collection, and we’re living for it.
Here’s a quick round-up of our favorites.
While an attractive choice for a poolside or beachside cover-up, this co-ord set in honey is sweet enough to stroll the city streets. Matchies game is on point! It hugs all the right places and is the perfect embodiment of both chic and cozy. The billowy three-fourths sleeves and gartered waist lend the look its bohemian vibe, right in time for the season of sun, sand, and sea. The tie front exudes just a hint of femininity, a subtle twist to an otherwise usual two-piece.
How to Accessorize: Complement this look with delicate jewelry and nude sandals. An oversized woven hat and tote will also complete the beautiful boho babe’s #ootd. Wait, it gets better. While we adore this crop-top-and-shorts combo, you can mix and match by pairing your shorts with a statement tee and the top with a pair of jeans or a denim skirt to create an entirely new look.
Lemonade is the perfect way to quench your thirst in this heat, and this maxi dress says it all. The bold fruity prints pack the punch you need to make a statement. I know what you’re thinking: really, long dresses in this heat? It’s a resounding yes from us. The cut and material allow you to both breathe easily and move comfortably. Whether for brunch out with the girls or for the date you’ve been anticipating all weeklong, this fun maxi guarantees a fresh look.
How to Accessorize: Step into those strappy sandals or team up with your favorite pair of Doc Martens. You may opt to use a plain headband or the pair of shades in your bag to hold the hair away from your face. Keep it simple. After all, this outfit does the talking for you.
One of the telltale signs of our favorite season is the scent of blooming flowers, and with this dress, we can’t help but have garden envy. The pops of color, the cute floral print, and the low dramatic back—what’s not to love? The barely-there ruffles of the sleeves add a tasteful finish to the overall aesthetic and give a soft romantic look we definitely approve.
How to Accessorize: Pair with a boldly colored bag if you’re adventurous enough, but a plain one will suffice. We’re advocates of flaunting those beach waves, but in this case, we might have to make an exception. Sweep up your hair in a loose bun to show off the back—you’re sure to make heads turn as you pass by. Just a reminder: see to it the rest of your outfit is subtle so you don’t appear too over-the-top.
Is searching for the right top-bottom combo taking too much of your time? Have you been wondering how you can revamp your look and spice up your wardrobe? The playsuit is the answer you’ve been looking for. This nude romper is the perfect canvas for you to dress up and tailor-fit to your taste. Not only does this on-the-go piece give a polished look, but it’s also much more comfortable than your usual outfits. The only tricky part? Going to the bathroom! You’ve been warned.
How to Accessorize: Whether you feel like strutting in boots, block heels, or otherwise keeping it casual in worn-out sneakers, this trendy item comes together in a sleek ensemble. If you want the look to really pop, add bright colored accessories. Pair with a petite backpack or body bag of your choice.
Whoever said fashion comes at the cost of comfort was sorely mistaken, and this lime green co-ord proves so. This monotone set is an excellent way to breeze into the summer season and is guaranteed to turn a dull day around. Although bright colors can be daunting to wear at first, we can assure you, there’s nothing to be scared of. We love the natural, breezy cut, which makes it easy to move about and is overall flattering to most, if not all, body types and skin tones. These neon hues definitely make a statement people can’t ignore.
How to Accessorize: Tone it down using neutral-colored accessories. Think blacks, nudes, or whites. We’re all for enhancing your style and experimenting with new hues; you don’t want to overdo it and clash. For an even bolder, powerful look, we highly recommend styling your locks in a tight bun, get into those stilettos, and strut your stuff.
Red has always been a great accent and compliment to an otherwise classic outfit. As a universally sensual color, your eyes can’t help but automatically move towards the striking focal point of the entire ensemble. Why not take it a step further and don an all-red look? These matching separates are sure to take you from the ocean side straight into the nightlife.
How to Accessorize: If you’re able to find the same shade, go ahead and take it to the next level—slather on a bold red lip to go with your outfit. Let your beach waves loose and opt for sandals, perhaps one of those woven handmade bags too. On the other hand, if you’re looking to head out in the city or the bars, consider a crisp blazer in black with matching heels, and you’re good to go for a sangria-filled night.
Believe it or not, there are more ways than one to wear your graphic shirts. This accessible and easy-to-find staple can be styled in various interpretations—our personal favorite? With floor-length skirts. Once again, the full skirt is trending in the fashion world, and we’re saying, ditch your plain shirts and crop tops. Instead, put on your well-loved band shirts or quirky statement tees. Street style is in, and you don’t want to get left behind.
How to Accessorize: Keep it even more casual by pairing it with sneakers or sandals. Polish off the look with statement earrings and a small body bag for your essentials.
While maxis and midis have made a comeback in recent years, the mini has always been a closet staple once the warm weather settles in. These fresh prints came in a flattering silhouette and cinched ever so slightly at the waist. The best thing about the mini is how women of all shapes and sizes look good in them, whether petite, tall, athletic, or plus-sized. There are always fresh prints, patterns, and colors coming out every season but we have to admit, these two are our favorites: fine camo-like polka dots and mini bouquets. One each for our cart, please.
Short dresses are a great alternative to the usual denim shorts. This look is both classy and trendy, designed just right for the heat and can be worn on different occasions: a day out with the girls, on a tropical vacation, and even for a night out partying.
How to Accessorize: Shrunken handbags are all the rage, and it’s a great match to wrap up this look. While fashion for function clearly reigns this trend and can probably fit no more than your essentials—phone, lipstick, cash—they’re an excellent complement to your fun frock. Opt for statement shoes: barely-there strappy heels, see-through mules, ankle boots, or even block-heeled caged sandals. Are you looking to seal the deal? Soft waves, natural-looking make-up, and a bold lip should do the trick.
When it comes to staples, white is a no-brainer. This option is both understated and bold at the same time. Clean, crisp, and unfailing, the classic white can be paired with just about anything and is suitable for nearly any occasion, including casual events and evenings out.
White has long been associated with the summer season, perhaps because of its fresh appearance and the calm ambiance it lends. What’s even better about this trend is how it complements your skin tone. Imagine the white against your tan skin—you’re bound to turn heads wherever you go. Show off that golden glow, girl! White is so light and versatile, and we thought it deserved its separate section.
Here are our picks of wardrobe must-haves from the brand’s most recent selection:
Crop tops are a favorite for the summer and, of course, we have to have one in white. This top is a posh upgrade of the usual crew neck cut: lace, bows, and puffed up sleeves—the works. We totally adore the minimalist ribbon right down the middle, pulling it all together. If this doesn’t make you want to ditch your drab blouses for this charming number, I’m not sure what will.
How to Accessorize: It pretty much goes with anything. The sweetheart neckline already works wonders for you, so we suggest keeping your chest bare. Instead, opt for some arm and ear candy to add a little sparkle. You can go as basic as you want by matching it with another summer staple, the denim shorts, a chunky belt, and a tote to match. Otherwise, use as a top with a full and voluminous skirt for a fancy night out. Don’t forget your clutch!
Who said showing off skin meant wearing as little clothes as possible? This milky white, polka-dotted blouse teases with just the right amount. The asymmetrical design of the top provides a fresh twist by keeping one side completely bare and concealing the other almost all the way through. Have we mentioned the gartered ends and the neat frill across the chest? Yes, and yes.
How to Accessorize: Dress up with your favorite pair of jeans and slip into a pair of comfortable loafers. Glam up the laidback ensemble with hoop earrings and your favorite purse, and then you’re good to go.
All white is a look which has endured time and won’t be going away anytime soon—might as well hop aboard and get on it. There are plenty of options for this monochromatic outfit, but we felt this ensemble nailed it. An oversized button-down underneath an oversized, dirty white blazer? It looks like someone raided their boyfriend’s closet and stumbled out of the house. We certainly approve. Don’t let the thought of potential food-related mishaps or wine spills keep you from showing off a gram-worthy outfit. Embrace the risk and go for it.
How to Accessorize: An #ootd which can transition from daytime into a night out with ease is definitely high up on our list. Use brightly colored pumps to break the monotony—printed ones, even, if you’re feeling playful. Secure your beach waves in a tight bun. Afterward, pull the entire look together with a mini handbag and a vivid shade of lipstick for that pop of color.
White and summer are undoubtedly and inexplicably linked; you can’t have one without the other. One of the advantages of this timeless trend is how much you can push the limits and play around with different combinations to create a far quirkier and exciting look than the little black dress staple. Instead of grabbing your usual LBD, why not opt for an LWD? A little white dress. Or in this case, not so little.
We can’t help but gush over the barely-there print of this kimono style midi. The near thigh-high slit adds a sultry feel to this otherwise effortless but tasteful look. This outfit can make anyone feel good about themselves, whether it’s a boss babe working through the daily grind or a lady dressed up for a romantic evening out. It’s a lovely look worth giving a go.
How to Accessorize: Keep it interesting by experimenting with accessories. In this case, we highly suggest dainty and minimalist ones in muted tones so as not to take too much attention away from the clean palette. Nonetheless, don’t be afraid to add splashes of muted hues here and there: a mint clutch, gold barrettes, and blush pink lips.
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