Seven Pieces to Help You Beat this Summer Heat

The past few seasons it seems summer style and festival season have become synonymous with one another. If fringe, cut-off denim and big floppy hats aren’t your thing, there’s no need to worry. Thankfully this season there are plenty of pieces to help you elevate your summer style with ease. Here are seven of my summer favorites. I love that I found everything I was looking for near where I live (Hillsboro Village & 12 South) and where I work (The Gulch). Shopping Nashville neighborhoods has never been better.

Off the Shoulder Tops

Don’t be afraid to bare those shoulders this season. The crop top is still having a moment, but for those of us who don’t want to show our midriff to the world, an off the shoulder top is a fun, flirty piece to add to your summer wardrobe. I love this look with skinny, cropped jeans and a pair of this season’s ghillies.

Lace-up pointed flats

Lace-up flats, also known as ghillies, have been THE shoe of 2016. This cousin to the ballet flat is a chic and versatile addition to your shoe collection. They come in so many different styles you should probably invest in more than one pair. You are going to wear them that often. Pair your ghillies with shorts, cropped pants, denim skirts (also having a moment now!) and dresses of all varieties. To really make a statement this season, opt for a pointed pair.

Slip Dress

Slip dresses are a great basic to have in your wardrobe. They may seem tricky to style, especially for work, but think of them as a layering piece. They’re thin enough to easily layer underneath blazers, button downs, sweaters or denim jackets. Try wearing a fitted tee underneath your slip dress to instantly freshen up this essential piece and make it more work appropriate.

Crochet

Crochet doesn’t have to look like the multi-colored potholders, blankets and Kleenex covers our Grandmother’s knit for us in the 70’s. When done right a crochet piece, like an open weave cardigan, can become a key piece to your summer wardrobe. Throw one over a bathing suit, a tank top or a slip dress.

Prairie Dresses

Prairie dresses may read a little festival, but they’re the more sophisticated sister to the maxi dress. Prairie dresses from the 70’s were known for their square necklines, high waistlines and tiered looks. Today’s prairies are super chic, keeping many of those same principles. I love pairing these with a denim jacket, my favorite hat and a killer pair of gladiator sandals or my ghillies.

Woven Rattan Bag

It’s tough to switch your bag around from season to season. I have my staple bag (my perforated leather backpack) and then I like to add a few specialty bags into the mix for the weekend or evening. An oversize clutch in a fun texture is always a great addition, but try one of this season’s woven rattan bags to add a bit of kitsch. Who wouldn’t be happy grabbing their wallet out of a red rattan strawberry?

Graphic Tees

I’ve never met a band tee I didn’t like, so it’s a good thing that vintage and graphic t-shirts are still a summer style staple. We all know how to dress down a tee, but try dressing it up with a blazer, statement necklace and heels. Or try it knotted with a full skirt. Go ahead and rock that Guns & Roses or Brunch Squad tee to the office (or brunch) like a pro.

Original post published on 12th & Broad.