No need to spend a fortune or go through a complete wardrobe change come summertime – simply make over your look by incorporating these 10 summer styling tips and tricks. From bright accessories to fashion-forward pieces, your summer style will be more than thankful.
Scarf All Around
Take note from the Marc by Marc Jacobs Spring collection and scarf it up. Incorporate a cool lightweight scarf into your daily ensemble and mix it up by tying it around your neck, wrapping it around your hair, encircling your waist or even letting it float on a handbag. Choose a pattern that picks up the colors of your summer wardrobe.
tFS Pick: Kate Spade New York Tiles Scarf $98
If your current style options feel too neutral or boring, consider adding bright and bold jewelry accessories like a statement cuff or a global inspired necklace for a major jolt of color. Better yet? Layer on a few pieces for a study in contrasts—think different textures, mixed metals and more importantly, plenty of bright color.
Printed and patterned trousers are one of spring's biggest and most attention-grabbing trends. The trick is to find a pair that is versatile enough to mix and match with several tops. Look for a bright geometric pattern that easily transition from the office to dinner.
tFS Pick: Zara Printed Pants $59.90
Look for eye-popping fluorescents that deliver style in one intense dose like these neon yellow studded flats. The great thing about flats like these is that you can wear them throughout the summer without feeling like you're overdoing it, all while punching up your neutrals.
tFS Pick: Modcloth Next in Line Sandal $27.99
With so many cropped tops showing up this season, modern details like sheer panels take the prize for summer. Not only do they look cool styled casually with shorts and flats, they look just as great when paired with a silky top and high heels.
tFS Pick: ASTR Illusion Lines $48
A Bright Day Bag
What better way to incorporate a fun, bold color for summer than through a day bag? Not only will a bright punchy color instantly transform your day-to-day outfits, it will also add a lighter vacation-like feel to the rest of your wardrobe. Look for a roomy silhouette that is simple and pattern-free to avoid that busy-effect that is hard to match.
tFS Pick: Milly Emma Tote $435
Seek inspiration from the hottest spring runway shows like Diesel Black Gold and DKNY by donning sleek white shoes. Better yet, lengthen your legs and form by matching your white footwear with white jeans or pants, a trick that also proves sophisticated and chic. To get the most bang from your buck, look for a pair with a simple silhouette that is easy to step into, no matter the occasion.
tFS Pick: Topshop REBEL Clean 2 Part Sandals $96
Dress Your Tee
Because summer is all about sporting a casual vibe, dress down your separates by throwing a fun tee into the mix. Because you want the result to look fun, not schlumpy, the trick is to pair your printed tee with a more sophisticated bottom like a knit pencil skirt.
Rock an Ear Cuff
One of this season's most of-the-moment pieces is the ear cuff. As seen at this year's Met Gala by the most fashion-forward celebrities, ear cuffs add a rock 'n' roll, cool-chic vibe that feels unexpected and fun.
tFS Pick: ASOS Rainbow Jewelry Earcuff Pack $16.97
Use Your Stripes
Good news if you've invested in nautical stripes—this classic style is not going anywhere. For a summer upgrade, you can mix and match your pieces if there is at least one recurring shade, otherwise it's going to get too dizzy. For example, you can team a thick-striped black and white sweater over a skinny-lined red and white pencil knit.
tFS Pick: Mango Striped Cardigan $24.99