I love a casual ensemble as much as the next easygoing woman, but sometimes it can be a challenge to come up with a laidback outfit for the day that still slays—or at least, you know, get people to look at you twice. And since I’m a woman who has been set in my sun sensible ways, I can’t exactly sport a trending pair of cropped jeans or striped cut-offs. Hence, one of my casual outfit go-to’s is the maxi skirt.
Granted, the maxi skirt is not something that is limited to my kind of wardrobe—so many other women incorporate it in their street style or work wear. But the maxi skirt works on a quintessential level for me. I’ve found that, in addition to covering me up well against the sun, it also adds glam to a casual outfit.
My take on it is romantic-chic. I wore a long cotton-skirt by Temptation Positano, who is known for elegant, hand-sewn pieces worthy of a trip to the beach or the countryside. The cotton skirt itself has intricate lace details, and is very breathable and lightweight. There was no need to expose more skin because the fabric let in enough air to keep me cool. I wore it with a matching loose, lace top that has ¾ sleeves. It’s not the usual full-length sleeves that I wear, but the coverage was good enough.
For accessories, I put on a fedora and mirrored pink sunnies. I also donned some delicate jewelry—I mixed metals for a more vogue statement. A set of the same metals would be too drab, especially since the outfit worked as a canvas for something more experimental with accessories. But I went easy on it because I didn’t want something that was too overpowering. A couple of choice, exquisite pieces is enough.
I stuck to light, pastel hues for my outfit, except for a bright, beautiful woven handbag that added a splash of color and interesting texture that blended well with the rest of what I’m wearing.
Saint Barth, Summer Hats, Pom Poms…OH MY! You heard right, cheerleaders aren’t the only ones that can rock the pom poms! My recent vacation to Saint Barth was completely magical: the warm sand in my toes, the fascinating views, spending quality time with my family, and enjoying nature in style.
The only struggle with packing for an exotic vacation is you always want to pack your absolute favorites! For this trip- that’s exactly what I did. I could not leave home without my favorite summer item. I made this navy dress that I am wearing in the photo. It is so light and flattering on my figure, and it is made out of breathable UPF 50+ fabric! This dress became an easy solution for when I am in a hurry – I just put it on for an instant sun protection. It also looks summer friendly while hiding me from those unfriendly rays. I must have worn it a thousand times since I put a last stitch in it! I really want to make more of these dresses before summer comes:)
I paired my dress with color-friendly shoes by Elina Linardak. These Pom Pom sandals were so playful, I thought I was a kid on the playground again. I completed the look with spirit-filled summer hat with the matching pom poms! I love how this hat brought my outfit together, from the details in the texture, to the added pom poms placed in the center of the hat. Not to mention, this hat was chic and provided great coverage from my outtings in the sun.
No summer outfit is complete with out a pair of polarized sunnies. These sunshades set the entire mood for my outfit. With the rounded cat eye shape of the frame, it embodies some edgy characteristics- but also keeps the outfit looking sleek and summer friendly. This style of sunglasses can really transform an outfit.
If you are planning a family vacation, or just a simple park stroll with your family, you can always look trendy, and stay safe from the sun beat downs. I have learned that the sun will not get the best of me, and I can always find fashionable alternatives to create a fabulous outfit. What are your favorite summer outfits, or what do you like pairing your favorite summer dress with?
I underwent a little bit of a heartbreak when I realized that committing to a sun sensible lifestyle meant that my wardrobe will be limited to full-length pieces. That means that none of those cute camisoles, sophisticated culottes, or short playsuits will make it into my day closet; I would have to start dressing for maximum coverage. What I discovered for my kind of lifestyle, though, is that the fashion industry has endless, stylish options for any dressing needs I had—I just really had to be open to the challenge and learn the rules of the style game.
One trick I learned? If you’re stocking up on full-length pieces, vamp it up with prints, patterns, trimmings, and inventive silhouettes. That way, you keep things playful and interesting.
One case in point I’ve had is this Dodo Bar Or tasseled maxi dress. It’s a breezy maxi dress made from black and white cotton-gauze, with a geometric op-art print that is no short of enchanting. It’s incredibly detailed, and I love every bit of it, from the silhouette-defining tassel trimmings to the gathered skirt. Needless to say, this dress has officially become my favorite for the summer, and I can’t rave enough about it!
The dress is already a showstopper, but I wanted to maximize it by pairing it with dark Celine sunglasses and a skull-embellished, black cowboy Bullhide hat. I wore it to lunch on the beach, and then a local town center for a casual shopping session with some of my friends.
I always get so ecstatic when I find something this intensely stylish for my sun sensible wardrobe. It doesn’t hurt that it’s versatile, too; I can definitely see myself wearing a lot more frequently and styling it in new ways in the future.
Photographed by Max VanderNoot https://www.facebook.com/maxvandernootphoto/?fref=ts
It would be an understatement to say I love jumpsuits. If I have to pare my wardrobe down to 10 key pieces—factoring in my sense of fashion and concern for sun protection—jumpsuits will definitely be in there. They’ve got style and function rolled into one: providing maximum coverage while lending sophistication to your overall get-up while requiring very little styling effort.
With the sunny days just around the corner, you will definitely spot me wearing one of these full-length pieces. Because why not? They give you that much-coveted, effortlessly chic look. This one that I wore is a Safari-inspired jumpsuit from Ralph Lauren. It’s made of satin finish silk, which is said to have infallible UV protection and can help withstand the scorching island weather. Not to mention, the satin silk is soft on the skin.
You can expect this jumpsuit to provide ease of movement with its loose and light fitting, too. And for a day out and about, I’d require nothing less for an outfit.
Just as a dress is not style on its own, jumpsuits need a little work, too. I sprinkled a little color toe the soft nude hue of my jumpsuit with my wrist bangle. My Sensi Studio fedora hat has beaded details that added a little playfulness, too. Then I put on sunglasses to finish the outfit off with.