Deciding on ideal outfits for summer always comes down to the limitations of heat. Summer style is all about pairing down to billowy, light layers in fabrics that will keep you cool. The problem with this becomes navigating through all those pieces that are TOO thin, too short, see-through, unstructured, easy to wrinkle or are just plain unflattering. (Yuck!)
Meg Gallagher Personal Stylist Los Angeles shares her top five favorite foolproof LA summer outfit ideas that take all the guesswork out of the perils of summer fashion.
These weather friendly outfits include looser silhouettes and stretch fabrics! We love how each outfit can be worked into both your office wardrobe and off-duty outfits.
The Black Linen Trousers Outfit
If there’s anything that the spring summer 2022 fashion trends have taught us, it’s that flattering volume is the key to any and all bottoms! It doesn’t matter if your trouser is flat or pleated so long as the silhouette flows out. We’re obsessed with how great this silhouette covers up problem-areas on the thigh, as well as highlights the waist. Here’s how to master the trouser look:
Pair black linen trousers with a loose white cotton or linen button up shirt, and wear it with white leather sneakers or a black sandal. If you are wearing this outfit to work, try swapping the casual shoe with a low heeled mule!
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The Modern Bermuda Short
If you thought that the trouser trend was flattering, it’s next of kin is the modern Bermuda short! (Also known as the pull-on short, trouser short, and sometimes falls in the paper bag short category.) Why are these pants so amazing? These pull-on flowy shorts sport a longer leg that covers the larger part of the thigh, highlighting where your leg becomes thinner. We’re walking away from short shorts in favor of the Bermuda short’s flattering length! Many variations also include the comfort of an elastic waist, which is great for the post-covid comfort movement. Here’s how to wear the look:
In a casual setting, the shirt can be a crop top, tied in a knot to highlight your waist, or worn as an open button up with a tank top tucked in. If you’re looking to wear this piece in a creative, trendy or casual work space, try wearing it with a flowy button up blouse half tucked in.
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The Little White Dress (LWD)
A little white dress is ESSENTIAL for summer style! You’re going to want at least one dress in either a cotton, linen or knit style. It could be fitted, could be flowy but the overall tone is that you can layer it. We love this piece for camouflaging legs and tummy on days we need some ease.
Are you afraid to wear white because it’s see through? Invest in the right undergarments like the Spanx Low-Back Mid-Thigh Bodysuit and we promise you won’t even have to THINK about if it’s see through!
How to master the look:
Layer it with an oversized white shirt, blazer or denim jacket! Add a canvas tote or straw bag and pair your outfit with chunky jewelry for texture. For your shoes you can wear sandals, espadrilles, or sneakers. For the office, wear mules!
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The White Denim Outfit
We love a good white denim outfit for casual days at the office and chic out and about looks. We’re walking away from the skinny jean for the modern slim, straight or full leg silhouette! If you’re worried your white pants will get a stain on them, check out the small but mighty (and incredibly useful) tide pen. Don’t let worries with simple solutions hold you back!
Here’s how to wear the look:
Pair your white denim with a tight knitted or ribbed top with an oversized button up or thin blazer as a top layer. The oversized button up can be anything from a casual Hawaiian shirt to a structured, elevated lightweight chore jacket or thin blazer. For shoes – wear platform, wrap up or slide sandals when going out, and wear loafers, ankle boots, lug sole boots or leather sneakers for a casual office outfit.