Summer isn’t just a time of year. It’s a sleep-in, stay-up-late, soak-up-the-sun lifestyle.
Gear up for 90-plus days of beaches, balmy weather and barbecue with style and beauty essentials that are both fashionable and functional. Here are seven necessities for spending the season in style.
Don’t just daydream about fields of poppies, bundles of wildflowers or beds of coral. Wear them! These snapshots of summer appear on dresses, skirts, shorts and blouses. Be creative with mixing subtle ones, or keep it simple by sticking to one pattern per ensemble.
A pucker that pops
Take a vacation from the usual pale pinks and crimson lip colors with vibrant, fruity ones (think yummy orange, grape, strawberry and cherry tones). These not-your-everyday shades glossed many models’ lips on runways at New York Fashion Week, meaning your smile will not only be flirty and fun, but also on trend.
A seasonal scent
Indulge your senses with wafts of magnolia blossoms, jasmine and roses wherever you go with a perfume that marries the aromas of these and other summer fragrances. Just a few spritzes or dabs are all it takes to make a chilly May morning smell like a humid August evening.
Give sandals permission to make a statement. Chunky heels have become canvases for tribal prints, zigzags, florals and a slew of other geometric shapes sure to make what’s on your feet the envy of other fashion fans at the beach.
A practical swimsuit
Swimsuits are often worn for more than swimming. Entertaining guests, chasing children, searching for seashells, cleaning the patio and visiting a water park are some other reasons to slip into one, making comfort and coverage key. Try a tankini (two-piece suit with a tank-length top and bikini briefs or boy shorts) or a stylish one-piece (yes, those do exist) with skirted bottom or gathered fabric across the torso – lifesavers for creating the look of a more slender silhouette.
Rival the sunset with apparel in bold brights. Tangerine, hot pink, sunny buttercup and neons are a few worth incorporating into a wardrobe’s color palette for the warm months ahead. Heat up the shock value by combining solids in varying shades, such as yellow and plum or pink and orange. For those hesitant about donning too many hues, balance brights with something neutral, such as a nude pump or a khaki pencil skirt.
Tinted moisturizer with SPF
Sunbathe safely with a cream that soothes skin while protecting against UVA and UVB rays. To avoid adding something extra to a repertoire of cosmetics, find one with some color that can double as a foundation.