How to make simple summer outfits more interesting
For those of us whose preferred looks are layer-based, summer style can be challenging. When it’s too warm to layer, how do we make our outfits more interesting? One option is to include a patterned piece in the mix. (Or more, if pattern mixing is your thing.)
While there’s no shortage of patterned pieces available now, they’re often accompanied by an overabundance of ruffles and/or volume. It’s still Instagram’s world; we just live in it. 😆 If that’s your style, enjoy! But I’ve been on the lookout for some options for the rest of us; here are a few I’ve turned up recently.
For this edit, I tried to stick to pieces with sleeves, and in non-synthetic, breathable fabrics.
This washable silk blouse has a relaxed cut for more air circulation (but drapes nicely so it won’t overwhelm) and is sustainably produced.
Ok, so I’m cheating a little because this is a blazer (aka a “layer”), but it looks like a perfect summer-weight linen-blend blazer to throw on over a tank/tee for the office or other air-conditioned spaces. I have this color on order; it’s also available in blue and white. Missses / Petite.
Many of you have mentioned that you love the ease of dresses. Pattern adds visual interest to your summer dress outfits, and makes them look more “finished.”
Can’t help myself, I love dots. 😁 This jersey shirt dress is available in several other colors and patterns too. Regular, Petite, and Long sizes offered, though some color/size combos no longer available.
Gotta love gingham for summer. These cotton trousers have some stretch, and are offered in navy/white and green/white. Classic, Petite & Tall are offered (though some colors/sizes no longer available).
Ok, so let’s call it a baker’s dozen…because I wanted to show you this paisley too. These cotton-blend pants are a pull-on style, and offered in a few additional colors and patterns. Regular and Petite sizes offered.
How do you make your simple summer outfits more interesting?