Summer Lookbook: What to Wear All Season Long

It’s the season you’ve been waiting all year for, and you’ve definitely got better things to do this summer than stand in front of your closet wondering what to wear. Luckily, we’ve put together five looks that will keep you looking fab all through the dog days of summer. Get ready to show some skin in style-setting outfits that are sure to be a hit at a summer music festival and make a splash at your next pool party.

Rooftop Cocktail Party


Enjoy a balmy night at a rooftop cocktail party in a whimsical multi-patterned dress. Catch the candlelight with dangly hoop earrings and a delicate bracelet, and pick a pair of cork wedges that complement one of the dress’ hues. Keep a lightweight wrap handy for breezier evenings.

 1. Gap Lightweight Solid Scarf – $29.95;  2. Tabitha Banded Totem Shift – $178;  3. White House Black Market Silverstone Silver Crystal Hoop Earring – $28;  4. Zara Block Color Clutch Bag – $78;  5. BCBGMaxazria Delicate Natural Stone Bracelet – $28;  6. Modcloth Above the Clouds Sandal – $32.99


 Music Festival


Get in the groove at a music festival this summer with an outfit that’ll make people think you’re with the band. Give the grunge look a girly update with a pair of boots in full bloom and a matching floral lace cropped tank. Take it easy in a pair of denim cut-offs—bonus points if you get some of the holes sneaking into a VIP show—and stash your stuff in a boho fringed bag. A pair of statement round sunnies show that you know your style stuff.

1. Topshop Petite Crochet Top – $45;  2. Urban Renewal Acid-Wash Destroyed Denim Short – $49;  3. Wetseal Assymetrical Fringe Crossbody Bag – $22.50;  4. NastyGal Empire Shades – $40;  5. Dr. Martens Floral Boot – $130


Pool Party


Washed-out coral and mint are the hot colors for summer and will earn you major style points at your next pool party. Cover up poolside in a geometric-print romper, and keep your phone (dry) nearby for poolside pics in a colorful mesh clutch. Everyone needs a pair of flip-flops, and white will continue spring’s white pump trend while giving your feet a break. You’ll even be on-trend in the deep end wearing a colorblocked bikini–don’t forget to protect yourself from the rays with a floppy, vintage-inspired sun hat.

1. Modcloth Boardwalk Bistro Clutch – $54.992. Armani Exchange Color Block Beach Hat – $22.80;  3. River Island Color Coulour Block Bikini Briefs and Top – $39;  4. Havaianas Slim Flip Flops – $26 5. Dorothy Perkins Geo Bandeau Playsuit – $29


Summer Wedding


Heading to a wedding? Float on the dance floor in a yellow guipure lace dress. Embellished gold hoop earrings and a box clutch add a touch of elegance, while white sandals with a metallic heel elevate you (and your look). This summer style wouldn’t be complete without a swipe of punchy lip color.

1. Hoss Intropia Guipure Lace Mini Dress – $335.75;  2. Nayades Earrings – $48;  3. Windsor Peach Square Box Clutch – $34.90;  4. Aldo Clemee Sandals – $80 5. Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture – $34


Backyard BBQ


When you’re hanging out at a backyard BBQ, a sleeveless denim tank top with a flirty tie front and a pair of high-waisted white shorts will give your all-American look a retro vibe—just be careful with the rib sauce! Coordinate with a classic pair of red Salt Water sandals and oversized cat-eye sunglasses, and add a sweet touch with heart-shaped gold stud earrings.

1. Marc by Marc Jacobs Domed Logo Heart Stud – $48;  2. Denim Check Collar Tie Front Cropped Blouse – $28;  3. Topshop Pique High Waist Shorts – $56 4. Salt Water Sandals Outer Bank on it Sandal – $39.99;  5. Mango Cat-Eye Sunglasses – $24.99