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Summer Style Should Be Effortless

A few inexpensive, comfortable pieces can go a long way, especially when you're over 50. Am I right?

My daughter and I are on a recent trip to Barcelona.

Who wants to think too hard about what to wear when it’s hot outside? I imagine we all want easy and effortless. My goal is to find pieces that are loose, flowy, lightweight, comfortable, and, on-trend.

One of my "go-to" designers for summer is Michael Stars. The pieces are 100% cotton and breathable, perfect for lunch out with friends or a trip to the farmer’s market. I recently picked up the Scarlett Gauze Dress and paired it with Birks. I love how easy and fluid it is, but stylish at the same time. Not only that, it can easily be dressed up or down. There's something to be said for a one-and-done outfit that can transition from day to night.

Speaking of which, when I was abroad, I didn't anticipate how hot it was going to be. In Barcelona, it was humid and sticky. Everything I brought felt constricting. Fortunately, I found this adorable boutique that carried the cutest maxi wrap skirt. Do you know how it feels when you find a piece that just works? This skirt from laraethnics was perfect. It transitioned from day to night and worked with just about everything in my suitcase. I'll be posting about how this one piece works in several ways.

Another versatile piece is a jumpsuit. My sister can't stop talking about them. Of the two of us, she's always up for trying new styles, even if they are outside her comfort zone. I can’t say the same about myself. But, after she raved about how comfortable jumpsuits were, I decided to give one a try. I picked up another Michael Stars piece - the Jane Jumpsuit in black. It’s a great piece that is super easy to wear and you can change the look with a top, jacket, or wrap.

Another staple that I'm obsessed with is the tank top from Target. It’s great to find basic tees in the most unlikely places. With a high neck and tapered arms, they’re flattering and come in lots of colors. Best of all, at $8 a piece, they won’t break the bank. My sister and I both bought multiple colors because they work with shorts or skirts for a casual outing or just hanging out at home. And bonus, they hide that loose arm skin. I wore them all throughout Europe.

My overall style leans toward minimal – simple designs, breathable fabrics, easy silhouettes, and jewelry always helps to complete my look. The jewelry from Gorjana has beautiful, on-trend pieces that work with just about any outfit. If you're like me, you'll be a fan of the Parker Layering Set. What I like most is its wearability. I pair it with gemstones or longer necklaces for a more dramatic look or as is for a more casual look. I appreciate anything that feels cohesive but also has something unique about it.

Mixing modern with vintage is something I love to do because it keeps my look interesting and fresh. Last week I found an embroidered straw bag, circa 1970. Crazy to think that 70s fashion is making its way back, or at least I think It’s lightweight and roomy and it's the perfect accessory for summer.

And, of course, no outfit is complete without a great hat to keep the sun off your face. I’m a fan of the straw fedora from J.Crew, pictured. It has a wide brim, it’s packable and best of all it comes in different sizes. If you’re in the market for a hat, I can’t recommend this hat enough.

Here’s to staying cool, but stylish. What’s your summer style and if you have a favorite go-to designer for this time of year, tell us about it, we'd love to hear from you!


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