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 Jackie June 27, 2016 at 2:01 am

    Great tips and beautiful dress Amy Ann. I never get tired of seeing that white Rebecca Minkoff bag, its such a great piece.
    Love all your picks from the shopbop sale. They always have such incredible deals.
    Hope you have a great week ahead.

    xo, Jackie

  • Reply Lyddiegal June 26, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    Summer is my favorite month for dressing – I love little dresses, bright colors, fun sandals and especially hats. Your striped dress is just so cute!
    Chic on the Cheap

  • Reply LIN+LIN June 26, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    Love this outfit, especially the jean jacket!

    xo, I

  • Reply Abby Castro June 26, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    Amy, love this non-conventional stripes on you! So gorgeous!

    Abby | Life in the Fash Lane

  • Reply Hannah | Daily Opulence June 26, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    Perfect summer colors.

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  • Reply Molly O'Connor June 26, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    This hat is everything! Love it!!

  • Reply Pisa June 26, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    Such a beautiful look dear! You look gorgeous! Love your dress! 🙂
    Much love, Pisa

  • Reply Carmen Jny (carmitive) June 26, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    This is such a wonderful dress – I love these shoes as well, they look great!
    xx, Carmen –

  • Reply Jacqueline Rendine June 26, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Love this dress! The colors are perfect!
    Stylin In St. Louis

  • Reply Public Lives, Secret Recipes June 26, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    Such great advice!! Love it! xo

  • Reply Eniwhere Fashion June 26, 2016 at 11:59 am

    Hi Amy Ann and thank you for your visit. I like very much that dress and with that hat you are adorable!!!
    Check out my blog when u have time! Today I have a new post!!! Have a nice day, kisses,

    Eniwhere Fashion
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  • Reply Siffat Haider June 26, 2016 at 10:15 am

    These are such great tips. I absolutely love wearing hats over the summer – they look chic and protect us from the sun! As always, you look absolutely beautiful, this dress is so pretty on you.

  • Reply Laura Macij June 26, 2016 at 9:53 am

    Thanks for sharing your great tips! That was always a question of mine.

  • Reply arollorkins June 26, 2016 at 9:36 am

    Great tips! I really love the hat! :*

  • Reply White Shirt Chic June 26, 2016 at 9:05 am

    I definitely love the idea of buying a summer hat! I need to go shopping and be on the look out for one! Great post and I love your dress x

    |Georgia Megan|

  • Reply Andreea Birsan June 26, 2016 at 5:43 am

    Thanks for the tips! I need to find the perfect straw hat, struggling with that for quite a while! Summer outfits can be tricky sometimes and might end up looking boring, your accesories choice is on point! Great outfit! x

    Have a nice weekend,

  • Reply Tina Phan June 26, 2016 at 1:08 am

    You’re always so stylish and I love these tips! I am definitely in the market for a cute straw hat!


  • Reply Wynne Prasetyo June 26, 2016 at 12:38 am

    looking so fresh Ann! and great tips as well. I am also trying to explore my creativity with bags recently. have a great summer!

  • Reply LoveCompassionateLee June 25, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    On point suggestions! Hats are a must in every season-so I keep a few straw hats. Also, I love oversized sunglasses and a red lip shade.
    Happy Sunday

  • Reply April Rose Pengilly June 25, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    Fabulous look! Love that hat. 🙂
    April xx


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