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 Rosie Nikci June 24, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    Love your tips . . . sunnies are my GO TO !!!

    Life is just Rosie

  • Reply Richel V. June 24, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    Sunnies are my go-to summer accessories to keep things from being boring. Great post!

    xx, Richel Goes Places

  • Reply Akaleistar June 24, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    Love that hat! This is such a pretty summer look πŸ™‚

  • Reply Maggie June 24, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    Great tips! Love a good summer hat!

  • Reply Krisztina Williams June 24, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    I have got to get a good denim jacket. I love how they look with summer dresses! Great pics, Amy. Have a good weekend!:)


  • Reply Mica June 24, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    That looks like such a nice dress for a hot summer! I like the colours and you look great in your hat! I have a sunhat but I don’t wear it much – usually only day where I’ll be outside a lot, it’s a helpful extra layer of sun protection! πŸ™‚

    Away From The Blue Blog

  • Reply Ladyofashion June 24, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    What a cute dress. I love the little fun details, and hats are my favourite. Fun outfit. xx
    Foodie Friday

  • Reply WhatWouldVWear June 24, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    Love your advice, Amy! Totally agree on buying a summer hat! They are such fun accessories and a great way to protect your face from the heat! You look gorge, as always, my friend! Love coming by here!!!

    Happy Fri-YAY, love!!

    xoxo, Vanessa

  • Reply Living Paula Blog June 24, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    I am loving that hat Amy! Great look!


  • Reply Meghan Conard June 24, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    Great styling tips lady! I’m loving summer hats & statement shoes! You look so great – I love that dress on you! Wishing you a great weekend!

  • Reply Megan June 24, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    I love the pretty colors in your dress! I need a good summer hat

  • Reply Ianne Cabangon June 24, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    Such a chic outfit, you made this summer look lively. Have a nice weekend.
    Xo, Christianne

  • Reply Emma Engmark June 24, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Lovely tips. Love the dress, it’s so gorgeous.

  • Reply Mary Murnane June 24, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Such a perfect summer dress! And I love the way you’ve accessorized it!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  • Reply Melisa June 24, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    as always, loove your outfit! this one is definitely perfect for summer<3 | Youtube x

  • Reply Louann Kristy June 24, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    Love this look !!

  • Reply Karly @ Miss in the Midwest June 24, 2016 at 11:41 am

    These are fantastic tips! I would love to get a summer hat, but I need to find one that doesn’t look too small on my head. Have a great weekend!

  • Reply Tamara June 24, 2016 at 11:34 am

    I love topping a dress with a hat, a straw one in summer. It just adds a nice touch and ereally elevate the whole look!


    Tamara –

  • Reply beautygirl24 June 24, 2016 at 11:19 am

    Great tips about keeping summer looks from feeling dull! Although I adore summer, it can get tricky to keep cool and still look put together. It gets so hot here that as soon as I step outside, I start sweating! Not the best look, but using accessories is the best way to add interest to simple outfits

  • Reply Lily Ayala June 24, 2016 at 10:59 am

    I’m loving your shoes, they are fabulous and you look amazing! Hope you have the best weekend!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

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