There’s nothing quite like summertime.
From rooftops and pools to parks and festivals, it’s all about getting outside, soaking up the sunshine, and doing so in style. To help you kickoff the season on a high note, we asked two of our personal stylists, Brittni and Sarah, to share their favorite things to do and their fashion must-haves for women. Keep scrolling for their picks.
Enjoying rooftop views
Lounging around in the sun is great, but lounging around in the sun while overlooking the city is next level. Here’s how to dress up your outfit with a few easy pieces.
Switch up your day bag by going for a novelty shape. Brittni recommends a classic straw bag or one with net detailing to add a summery element to an outfit.
2. Statement earrings
A pop of color in the form of eye-catching jewelry instantly glams up your look. “It’s such an easy way to dress up a sundress or a T-shirt and jeans,” Brittni says.
3. High-waist statement pants
Give your jeans the day off and opt for a comfortable pair of culottes or trousers. “Pair your flowy, high-waist pants with a simple tank and a pair of block heels. I love anything that looks stylish but provides comfort comparable to my favorite pajamas,” Sarah says.
“Flowy pants are great for work and weekends. They’re polished enough in a professional setting while still being comfortable for a chill day.”
Getting pool-party ready
Whether you’ll be hanging out poolside, taking a dip, or simply soaking up some rays, having a fresh supply of swimwear and accessories is key.
4. High-waist swimsuit
“It’s not all about the itsy-bitsy-teeny-weenie bikinis,” Brittni says. “I love the retro look of high-waisted bathing suits—they offer more coverage, are flattering, and come in super cute styles.” she says. PSA: Yellow polka dots are totally optional.
5. Straw hat
We all know how important it is to protect ourselves from harmful UV rays, so anything that helps beyond SPF is a plus in our books. Sarah suggests a large-brim hat as a chic way to protect your face.
6. A good book
So maybe a book isn’t your typical accessory, but it definitely is a poolside must-have. Brittni can’t seem to get enough of Shari Lapena books because they’re an exciting yet easy read.
“You can’t put a Shari Lapena book down. Such an easy read poolside or while traveling. I recommend them all!”
Hanging at the dog park
Taking your dog out for a walk is much more enjoyable when it’s warm out. Make the most of your jaunt with a comfortable look.
7. High-waist jean shorts
A perfect choice for the dog days of summer. Sarah suggests looking for a high rise because they’re flattering and can easily be dressed up or down.
It’s important all year, but especially during the summer months. If you hate the feeling of traditional sunscreen on your face, Sarah suggests going with a powder sunscreen. “Sunforgettable by Colorscience is a brush-on sunscreen that provides a light wash of coverage as well. The compact size is easy to carry around in your purse if you want to reapply.”
9. White sneakers
A versatile pair that can be worn from dog-walk to lunch is always a good idea. Brittni specifically loves Cole Haan sneakers because they’re lightweight and polished enough to be worn with anything from jeans to dresses.
“I wear these shoes all summer long because they add a cool, sporty touch to my outfits.”
Outdoor concerts and festivals
Street fests, food fests, music fests, art fests, beer fests… Whatever you’re into, there’s sure to be an outdoor event for it. And the perfect outfit might even land you on a street-style blog.
“Chic sunglasses are probably the most important thing in your summer wardrobe because they can be worn any and everywhere,” Sarah says. She suggests looking for a style that is timeless yet functional. Her favorite brand? “Celine!”
A one-and-done summer outfit is great because it requires minimal thought and effort. Sarah actually wore this linen jumpsuit to Coachella and says it was great for staying cool and comfortable.
12. Embroidered midi dress
A breezy dress is essential, but take it up a notch with interesting details. One of Brittni’s favorite trends is dresses with embroidered accents. “It’s a great way to have a stand-out look. Plus, it’s guaranteed to get you compliments,” says Brittni.
“When the weather is nice, I try to opt for outdoor [music] venues. Whether it’s a big headliner like Beyoncé or a small band at a street fest, it’s fun to be outside listening to good music.”
Training is only half the battle. (OK, maybe more than half.) The right activewear can also help get you through to the finish line.
13. Running shorts
Keep it cool with a classic pair of running shorts made from a moisture-wicking fabric. Because they’re constructed with performance materials, you’ll keep cool and dry throughout your workout.
14. Sports bra
Sometimes a good sports bra is all the support you need. Look for a non-restrictive design that’ll keep you comfortable—a racerback is ideal for enhancing your range of movement.
Shield your eyes from the glare of the sun with a lightweight visor as you breeze through the miles on the course. Choose a lightweight version with an adjustable strap that stays in place.
“Race day is really fun—lots of energy and excitement. The Chicago Half Marathon path is down Lake Shore Drive, so you can view the city and lake while you run. The best part is the finish line—they have tons of tents with pizza and cold beers post-race!”