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8 Crisp Outfit Ideas For A Smart Girl Summer

Hot Girl Summer is so 2019. Right now, we’re getting ready for a Smart Girl Summer, and since smart and hot aren’t mutually exclusive, it means we’re stocking up on hard-working utility essentials that’ll help us withstand even the most extreme conditions in style — whether that’s going back to the office or chasing a patch of sun from one end of the park to the other. It’s a great opportunity to test the vast waters of more masculine tailoring, even if you’re normally more of a romantic dresser. This season, lines are getting softer, colours lighter and cargo shorts are worn with heels and voluminous blouses. Really!

8 Crisp **Outfit Ideas** For A Smart Girl Summer

Fancy Cargo

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.

Maxi Shirt Dress

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.

Sunny Bermuda Shorts

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.

Cords and Cardi

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.

Trench Coat (as a Dress!)

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.

Tailored Co-Ord

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.

(The Classic) Oversized Shirt

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.
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Staycation Essentials

Stay home, stay comfy, stay cute. Here are our favourite little helpers for entering staycation mode — whether you’re chilling at home or hitting the park.

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