No longer reserved for dads on vacation, cargo shorts are our new summer faves — especially when worn with heels. Add a voluminous feminine blouse, a small shoulder bag and pull it together with a hair scarf. It shouldn’t work, but it does, right?!
Do you see the way @itsnajmaahmed combines a practical shacket with a sleek midi skirt in EXACTLY the same tone? How she finishes it off with classy boots — that are equal parts adventure and executive — and a zebra print handbag that, well, speaks for itself? Pure perfection.
For maximum smart girl summer vibes, go straight for a maxi shirt dress. Worn loose, the crisp collar and pocket details will make all the effort for you. Unbutton from the bottom to mid-thigh for leg freedom, and wear with an oversize basket bag, a woven hat, and an air of Sunday sophistication.
The ultimate summer accessory is actually your shins. Evident in our current obsession with below-the-knee shorts, Bermudas in this case, paired with kitten heel mules. @fannyekstrand makes it look so easy with help from a subtle ocean-meets-the-shore colour palette, and the effortless cool feeling that comes with a full brim fabric hat.
Is there anything sweeter than a summer knit? Probably not. Dial down the saccharine by styling with smart, hard wearing corduroy and a chunky boot, then finesse the femininity with stacked chain necklaces and a midriff moment. Very Bella.
So, you got a cute trench coat for that awkward weather period between March and May but never got to wear it? Good news: you can just wear it as a dress this summer, especially if you opted for a fresh pastel colour. Pair with sneakers (we love these different yellow tones), bag and sunnies. Genius.
Not all co-ords are created equal. A tailored version, like this one from @karla_alajdi, will work hard across multiple seasons — can’t you imagine exchanging the organic cotton tee for a turtle neck knit in October? Cute! For now, pair with your go-to white tee, tank or crop, and match with box-fresh white sneakers. Tomorrow, split the co-ord and start mixing and matching with your existing wardrobe.
You know what’s truly smart? Raiding your dad’s/brother’s/boyfriend’s/distant relative’s closet for an oversized shirt (or getting a thrift shop equivalent) and pairing it with your favourite high waisted jeans. Why? This airy outfit will not only keep you cool in the heat, it’ll also keep your wallet happy. For a touch of femininity, complete the look with loads of jewellery, a silver-buckled belt, sunnies and an it bag.