6 Tips to Help You Dress for Summer in Style
July 19, 2019 | Filed in: Your Closet
This time of year, getting dressed can be deceptively tricky: You want to look polished, but you also want easy, fuss-free outfits that won’t make you overheat. We asked Nyjerah, M.M. stylist extraordinaire, to share her tips for taking your summer outfits up a notch—without having to work too hard. Here’s what she had to say.
1. Wear a dress as a jacket.
Button-up dresses are extremely versatile: They can also be worn as jackets! For this look, I styled Casey in the curve-hugging Dylan dress and layered the Amber dress on top. The oversized silhouette of the Amber balances the more tailored fit underneath.
2. Don’t put away your scarves just because it’s summer.
Scarves aren’t only for cold weather. Think of them as your summer shawl, and keep one draped over your desk chair for quick access.
3. Mix and match different prints.
When you wear prints, you don’t need to be matchy-matchy—mixing different patterns adds elegant dimension to your outfit. Here, I paired the faded stripe pattern of the Ronda top with the micro jacquard Cobble Hill skirt.
4. Break up a monochrome outfit by tying a sweater around your waist.
Yes, tying a layer around your waist can look touristy—but not if the layer is a chic, lightweight sweater that breaks up a cool, monochrome ensemble. Mina wears head-to-toe sugarplum, and the airy Chadwick top adds a casual touch to her look.
5. Roll up your sleeves.
A quick way to make your outfit feel more relaxed (but still polished)? Double roll the sleeves.
6. Tie a sash in an unexpected way.
Rather than knot a sash in a single loop and let the ends hang loose, try styling it to look like a belt and securing it in back. Voilà: wait-defining volume.
Photographs by Matthew Priestley. Styling by Nyjerah Cunningham.