Memorial Day seems to be the unofficial summer kickoff. Not only does it supply us with a much-needed three-day weekend, but that weekend tends to be full of ample social time, from barbecues to beach trips with friends and family. A weekend when you’ll be spending so much time with other people begs the question: What should you wear? If you’re looking to heat up your wardrobe this summer, consider some of these staples from head to toe:
A sun hat
Why let a pesky sunburn keep you from enjoying yourself? Sun hats aren’t just for gardening anymore. They’re appropriate anywhere during the summer months. Shield your face with a nice, wide-brim fashion hat. Opt for a hat in either in plain straw or another color to match your outfit, with a bow on the back or another fun accouterment. Can you really think of a look more chic than a black one-piece swimsuit, a black sun hat and dark sunglasses?
While there are many styles of fashion sunglasses out there that magazines will tell you are in style, it’s important to look for a pair that looks best on your face shape, rather than what’s considered “in.” After all, you’ll look infinitely more fashionable if you rock flattering frames than you would in the latest shape that doesn’t fit your face properly.
A light blouse
Memorial Day weekend is usually the perfect mix of spring and summer: Not as hot as the Fourth of July, but much more pleasant than it’s been in previous months. This type of weather is perfect for a light blouse – both in color and weight. Try a chiffon sheer blouse in a fun summery print with the sleeves rolled up. You’ll be prepared for any unexpected breezes but will stay cool under the sun.
A stylish blazer
If you’re out past sunset, chances are you’ll need a jacket! Don’t get caught shivering around the bonfire because you didn’t plan how to transition your outfit from day to night. A simple women’s blazer is all it takes to stay warm in the evening. If your blouse is patterned, opt for a simple, solid-colored blazer. If you’re rocking a plain blouse, spice it up with a fun blazer.
Crops are a great option for in-between weather that’s too hot for jeans but too cool for shorts or a skirt. Try a tailored pair of cropped pants with your blouse for a chic, put-together look. If you’re self-conscious about showing your calves, opt for a pair that just exposes your ankles rather than a pair of full-on capris. Always make sure that your crops are tapered, so you don’t look like you’re wearing floods.
Many fashion magazines will tell you to pair crops with heels to elongate your legs, but if you’re going to be standing all day, the last thing you want is that pulsing ache in the balls of your feet. Instead, consider a pair of pointed-toe embellished flats to give your legs the appearance of being longer. These shoes are a great way to dress up an otherwise casual look without going over the top.