When it comes to summer, many of us have a tendency to let the usual rules slide.  It’s a relaxed atmosphere during those warm months, but that doesn’t mean that anything goes.  Embrace the season and find out how to rock it instead of just throwing on the same old sundress or shorts. We have ten ways to look fresh and fierce from now until it is time to hit the books.

  1. In living color is what 2017 is all about. From sunshine yellow to the brightest pops of pink, the colors this year are in-your-face with their boldness. Find your favorite shade and wear it from head to toe—or add touches to brighten neutral outfits.
  2. Learn to wear all white. Summer is the perfect time for white, and it works for everyone and every size.
  3. Be in the fray when it comes to denim. Cropped or not—but we prefer cropped—frayed denim is hot. Doesn’t matter if it’s dark wash, gray, black, or crisp white. Pair frayed denim jeans with a logo or graphic tee to dress them down, or don a pair of mules or slides and a bright blouse to dress them up.
  4. Mix up your prints. For many years the perfect pairing has been stripes and florals.  Both are even bigger and bolder this year, and the trend is as hot as ever.
  5. Add a tee. Take that tired sundress and give it a new spin by wearing a plain white or  black tee underneath it. It’s a nod to the ’90s— and a great way to keep covered in the sun, too.
  6. Wear your pjs. Remember the pajama trend from this past winter and spring? Keep it going!  Take that top, tie it in a low knot, and pair it with high-waisted jeans.
  7. Accessorize your ears. Skip the choker you picked up last winter and instead find a fun pair of statement earrings to work into your next look. Ideal for parties, get-togethers, and date nights. Tassle-types earn you bonus points.
  8. Love music? Show your appreciation for the artists you love, from Bowie to Heart to the Rolling Stones, Tupac, or Blondie. Find your favorite and rock it all summer long, because band tees are back!
  9. Break out the Chucks. Sneakers in white or a fun print look cute with sundresses, cropped denim, and shorts, too. Pick a pair and let your feet do the talking.
  10. Find your flare. Whether you love a good pair of palazzo pants or a fun flare-leg, pick pants in solid, stripes. or floral prints.  You’ll be on trend and elegant. too.