Summer fashion 2021: tips for your summer style


With summer officially starting in less than a week, it’s time to say goodbye to the work-from-home sweatpants you’ve been living in and say hello to your warm-weather wardrobe.

As you dig up your clothes from past summers, you may find that you no longer love your previous fashions as much as you did when you bought them – but you don’t have to go through a complete overhaul to breathe new life into your existing wardrobe.

Style expert Melissa Chataigne has joined Hoda & Jenna to share inexpensive ways to freshen up your closet so you can go out this summer with confidence. Chataigne provided advice on how to multitask every item in your closet. Read on for must-have pieces that flatter a variety of body types and more outfit inspiration to upgrade your existing fashion game.

Style situation 1

Not looking for outfits for summer events like weddings and going out? Chataigne took items in Wendy’s closet like the bright pink blazer and adapted them for every occasion this season.

Look 1

Zara printed linen blend dress

This linen dress is a statement piece that can be worn in summer and autumn. It’s airy and beautiful. The linen fabric ensures that you can stay cool on the hottest summer days and wear a light jacket over it on cool summer nights.

INC Jerzi lace-up sandals made of rope

With a unique design and chic bead accents, these boho sandals can adorn almost any outfit. Reviewers say you should order them one size larger than your normal size for the perfect fit.

Poppy + Sage Penelope Bag

Complete the look with this stunning handbag. It’s hand-woven from rattan straw and we’ve determined that it will be the hottest accessory of the summer.

Look 2

1. State satin crpe blazer

Make a statement in a pink blazer this summer. Not only is hot pink trending this summer, it can also give you a confidence boost.

Brooks Brothers striped long sleeved tailored shirt

A tight-fitting button-down is a classic that never goes out of style. This shirt is specially treated to ensure a perfect shine so you can spend your day wrinkle-free.

Sam Edelman Linnie Bit Mule Mul

This mule can spice up almost any outfit. Available in 12 colors, from snakeskin to white leather, these backless loafers can be dressed up or down, it’s up to you.

Framework Sustainable Le Skinny De JeanneAugusta

If you’re looking for the perfect pair of jeans this summer, you’ve come to the right place. This classic mid-rise gives you a clean and sleek silhouette. In addition, they are made from sustainably sourced materials. (To get the look for less money, Chataigne loves the budget-friendly Dark Wash Old Navy Mid-Rise Super Skinny Jeans and the ASOS DESIGN “Sculpt me” high-waisted premium jeans.)

Style situation 2

Monochromatic looks are everywhere right now. But adding a pop of color can change the feel dramatically. See Chataigne wear Amy Paffrath’s sleek outfit from day to night with these little additions.

Look 1

Garnet Hill Short Sleeve Weekender T-Shirt

A summer item that never goes out of style year after year is the short-sleeved T-shirt. This t-shirt fits seamlessly into your wardrobe and can be combined with practically any base. It’s also available in six colors so you can choose what best suits your personal style.

Bsubseach Rayon Beach Cover-up

Chataigne loves this stylish, flowing duster to add a pop of color to a monochrome look. Available in a variety of fun patterns and colors, you can choose the one that speaks to you and wear it to the beach or as a wrap over other staples.

Garnet Hill Sadie woven linen belt

Made of leather on the front and woven linen on the back, this belt really gives you the best of both worlds. The two different textures create a unique look that can add depth to any outfit.

Zodiac Shoes Mae sandals with footbed

What could be nicer than looking fashionable and feeling good about it? This sandal achieves both a padded cork bottom and a knotted strap detail that is available in four colors.

Forever21 Fedora made of structured felt

Feel fabulous in this textured felt fedora this summer. The wide brim protects you from the sun and the ivory-cream color easily matches items that are already in your wardrobe.

Poppy + Sage Camilla Bag

This round rattan straw shoulder bag sells out weekly according to the brand – and it’s clear why. Rattan is a trendy texture for summer and this chic bag is the perfect introduction to this fashionable must-have.

Look 2

Marc Fisher Deric sandal

Strappy sandals have made a comeback and that’s no surprise. Her bold look is great for an evening out and small details like the square toe and the crocodile embossed finish will enhance your look.

Zara mini shoulder bag

This adorable mini shoulder bag is just too cute to be without. Despite its size, it has two compartments that can hold essentials. It is available in lilac, white and blue.

Zara pocket square with a satin look

Whether you wear it on your bag, around your neck or in your hair, this adorable pocket square with a satin print will add a little flair to your look. This vintage-inspired scarf comes in two colors and is a great piece to add to your summer wardrobe.

Style situation 3

Chataigne has all the style tips to wear shorts, croppeds and prints while hugging curves this summer. Jenny already owns the printed shorts.

Look 1

H&M zigzag shorts

What says summer more than a funny pair of shorts? These are a great way to show off your personal style and are sure to get you some compliments. (These $ 20 Milumia Paperbag Boho Shorts hit the same chord.)

Zara long oversize linen shirt

An oversized blouse can be styled up or down for going out. It goes great with shorts or even as a dress. You can find it in lime green, white, and a striped style.

Castaner canvas wedge sandals

These black espadrilles are exactly what your wardrobe needs this summer. The straps made in Spain give a classic shoe an elegant touch.

Natura Brasil red raffia clutch bag

This clutch is a stunning piece that will add a pop of color to any look. Even though it’s compact, it’s still big enough to store all of your daily essentials.

Look 2

Numi boat neckline crop top

A plain crop top is a summer staple, and it’s clear why. Available in white, black and almond, it fits practically any bottom and the boat neckline is very flattering. Sizes range from XS to 1X so anyone can jump on the crop top trend.

DKNY blazer with ruffle sleeves

A blazer is a simple yet effective way to upgrade any look. The gathered sleeves and open front offer a contemporary style that will make you feel confident and fashion conscious. This blazer is available in both black and pink.

Missguided mid-heel sandals

These stylish sandals allow you to ditch your worn-out flip flops for a more sophisticated look. With a small heel, they can be perfectly combined with a dress or trousers with wide legs and still remain comfortable.

Olivia & Kate White Scrunch Shoulder Bag

If you want to keep on the lookout for the latest in style trends, you’ll want a shoulder bag. Chataigne chose this wallet as a small statement piece that can be combined with practically anything.

Style situation 4

Gina Field, a mother of three, wants to feel best in a bathing suit this summer, but not show too much skin. Chataigne gave her a look that is a little bit sexy and a little bit humble.

Look 1

Birdsong Plum Pie Wrap Underwire One Piece

Get ready for summer fun in this stunning one-piece swimsuit that will boost your confidence. Not only is the wrap design flattering, but with crossed straps and hangers for extra support, you can play with the kids this summer while maintaining full protection.

Poppy + Sage Straw Sun Visor

A great hat is essential in summer, and this hand-woven hyacinth straw umbrella is the perfect protection from the sun. Whether you’re hanging out by the pool or spending a day at the beach, it will add value to your look with ease.

H&M wide-cut trousers

If you want to brave the heat but don’t want to wear shorts, Chataigne recommends linen pants as a timeless alternative. These high-waisted trousers have an elastic waistband, wide legs for extra comfort and are available in white, black and pink.

Nothing says summer like a comfortable slip-on sandal. Available in black, a mix of blue and gray, and cognac, the ruffled strap details make these sandals stand out that you can easily combine with anything in your closet.

Prive Revaux Heatwave sunglasses

The smallest details of your accessories can have the biggest impact on your style – and these sunglasses prove it. The gradient of the lenses in combination with a straight brow frame gives you a clean, modern look. These sunglasses are available in three colors: champagne gold, rose gold and palladium.

Poppy + Sage x Holy City Chic Olivia Tote Bag

A must have for beach day, this handwoven rattan bag is not only cute but also practical. Big enough to carry everything you need while completing your overall look, this bag is a summer must-have.

Look 2

Chataigne also gave Gina a different look when it’s time to go to the beach with her sweetheart! The equally flattering looks are below.

Poppy + Sage Mary Cane bag

Spice up any outfit this summer with this handcrafted bag that will add a polished, sophisticated look to any outfit.

Ramy Brook Delphine mini dress with crochet look

Get on the crochet trend this summer with this boho style cover-up. It has an elongated silhouette, adorable tassel detailing, and is a great option when you want to show off some skin. (Those cheaper options like the Old Navy gauze kaftan button front swim cover and the La Blanca tunic cover with embroidered insert are also great.)

Michael Kors Berkley Espadrille Sandal

If you’re looking for the perfect shoe for a summer night out or even by the pool, espadrilles are a great option. Not only will they make your legs look longer, but the reviewers have raved about how comfortable and stylish they are.

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