How to Keep Summer Outfits from Being Boring

June 24, 2016

I loved the colors in this pastel striped dress. I also loved that it gave me an opportunity to wear my pink hat. I love hats for many reasons, but this time it was because it covered up my roots. Ha! Thankfully I just had my appointment. Hats, fun shoes, sunglasses, and a good bag are always my go-to items when I want to keep things interesting. This dress was fun on its own but better with good accessories. My only complaint is that the stripes don’t exactly meet in the front bust seam.

All of this led me to thinking about how to keep summer outfits from being boring. If you are like me, you love winter for all the layering and accessory options. I have found a few easy tweaks keep my summer outfits interesting. Here are a few tips:

  1. Forget beanies, scarves, and gloves – buy a summer hat. Whether a light color like mine or a straw option, they always add interest.
  2. Think statement shoes – lace up shoes are so in right now and always make a statement without adding heat/layers.
  3. Have fun with your sunglasses – I love having a couple different options when it comes to sunglasses. Whether mirrored, round, or a fun color, sunglasses really accent an outfit well. I use Ditto’s Endless Eyewear Program which is like Netflix for sunglasses. It allows me to swap my sunnies anytime I want while saving my wallet. Use code STRAIGHTASTYLE for 10% off.
  4. Mix up your bag – I added this white bag and a pink one to my collection over the spring and have worn them constantly. They are such fun summer pieces with the lighter colors. Straw totes are all the rage lately too and would be a good option.

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How to Keep Summer Outfits from Being Boring

Pastel Striped Dress c/o Goodnight Macaroon // Sunglasses: Ray-Ban // Wedges c/o Sole Society // Purse: Rebecca Minkoff c/o Shopbop // Jean Jacket: Banana Republic // Hat: Forever21

Also, Shopbop is currently offering 25% off their sale items through today. I always love when they have a sale because you can get so many designer items at a discount. My favorite blush midi dress and the black version of the bag I have on today are included! I’m sharing some of my favorite items below.

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  • Reply Suze @LuxuryColumnist June 24, 2016 at 10:54 am

    I’m a big fan of lace up shoes and yours are lovely, Amy!

  • Reply Ruth Maldonado June 24, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Just bought myself my first Summer hat and I love how it changes up my outfits! Love your lace up espadrilles!

  • Reply Emily June 24, 2016 at 10:14 am

    Such a beautiful Summer dress and I love the way you have accessorised it!
    x Emily

  • Reply Shea Sayers June 24, 2016 at 10:13 am

    I love this, because sometimes I do get bored with my summer wardrobe, especially since it’s been so hot here already! I love dresses, but I’m always looking for ways to mix them up a little without adding HEAT. I love your tips–I’m going to have to get a hat this summer!

  • Reply Alina Aronow June 24, 2016 at 9:40 am

    You’re such a cutie! Love how accessories can change the whole look!

  • Reply Joy and Ivy June 24, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Accessories can completely change an outfit, which I love! I’ve been searching for a summer hat and this one has become a contender; I like the softness of the color and the wider brim to help block the sun. I also purchased a white crossbody bag recently that I’m sure I will be carrying around all summer long!

    Allison / Joy and Ivy

  • Reply Amy Johnson June 24, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Fabulous outfit and great tips! Love your hat and shoes!

  • Reply Threads for Thomas June 24, 2016 at 9:18 am

    I love the colors in this dress and that way you accessorized it! I agree the right accessories can make the look, and I’m loving your tips!

  • Reply Mireia Estefano June 24, 2016 at 9:14 am

    This look is perfect for sunny days! I love how you wore it


  • Reply Jaymie Ashcraft June 24, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Great tips!!! I so need a hat for Summer. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Michelle Orsi June 24, 2016 at 9:12 am

    These are fabulous tips! Fun sunnies are a definite must have accessory for summer. Also loving this striped dress! So effortless

  • Reply Kate @ Green Fashionista June 24, 2016 at 9:03 am

    Awesome tips! Summer is my favorite time to accessorize, so many fun options with sunnies and hats! And of course all the vibrant colors! Happy Friday <3
    Green Fashionista

  • Reply Aracely June 24, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Great tips, I would love a white bag just don’t know if I could keep it clean. You look super cute.

  • Reply Rachel Garay June 24, 2016 at 8:34 am

    Great tips and ideas, lovely statement bag here too.


  • Reply Vanessa @ Living in Steil June 24, 2016 at 8:30 am

    These are great tips! I love summer stripes, and those heels are fab. Hope you have a great weekend!

  • Reply Courtney June 24, 2016 at 8:25 am

    Lace-up heels are my favorite shoes to wear right now!! They’re perfect for a date night or drinks out with friends!

  • Reply Zelle Brown June 24, 2016 at 7:53 am

    You look so pretty! Love that dress on you and need those sandals!

    Southern Style

  • Reply Rach June 24, 2016 at 7:47 am

    These are great tips Amy Ann! I love accessorizing with hats & sunnies lately!

  • Reply Jill June 24, 2016 at 7:16 am

    These are great tips to add interest to a summer outfit! Hats are a fun accessory! That dress looks so cute on you and I love your bag! Have a wonderful weekend!

    Doused In Pink

  • Reply Candace June 24, 2016 at 7:02 am

    Great tips on how to make a summer outfit more fun! I wear hats when I’m having a bad hair day lol. I am digging that dress with those wedges.

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