By D.K. (dapper kid), as seen on Haute Mimi
With the beautifully warm and cheerful summer weather well underway, you want to look cool and casual for days on the beach or barbecues with friends. Here are a few tips on where to save, while looking stylish for summer.
Simple cotton t-shirts in bright colors work wonders for any summer outfit. Adding a splash of color atop a pair of tailored shorts or linen trousers can really add a nice flair to your look. Whilst graphic design t-shirts can often cost a pretty penny, a plain colored option is friendlier on the wallet. The added bonus is that rather than relying on the print as the main focal point of your outfit, a simple color play can look great. Make sure to choose a lighter color, whilst keeping in mind which colors work best for you.
Although you may think of scarves as a winter option, a linen or fine cotton piece is just as useful for summer. A summer scarf can actually be a great way of keeping cool in the heat, whilst adding a nice touch of interest to your outfit. Try to keep it simple, with plain light colors, or fine stripes. Whether you wrap the scarf around you twice, or simply let it hang around your neck and flutter in the wind, remember that your tying method will change the dynamics of your look.
Whether you decide to wear shorts, light wash jeans or linen trousers, adding a colorful belt can really help finish a look. Your accessories actually play an important part in keeping the colors and theme of your outfit in union. Try adding this yellow belt to a pair of light blue jeans and a white polo shirt for an unexpected twist. Or match your colorful belt to your equally colorful canvas shoes. Try to keep the belt design simple, however if you want to add patterns, make sure that they do not have to compete with the rest of your outfit.
Flip flops may be the footwear of choice poolside or at the beach, you are probably going to need something a tad more hard wearing for general use. Rather than sweating it out in leather shoes or chunky sneakers, try adding a simple pair of canvas shoes to your closet. The lightweight material is perfect for warmer weather. Cheap and cheerful plimsolls come in a vast array of colors and patterns, so you are sure to find something that suits you.