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April 30th, 2015
Stay cool, stay classy

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by Shelby Bilbruck
Columnist

As soon as finals are over and the temperature is higher than 70 degrees, it seems like the shorts get shorter and the shirts lose four or five inches.

Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy wearing my crop tops and short shorts, but one of my favorite repeating fashion trends during the summer are those that keep it classy.

So how do you stay cool and stay classy during the months where it’s acceptable to wear nothing more than shorts and a bikini top? Let me offer up a few suggestions.

When looking for shorts this summer, don’t just look for distressed jeans with an acid-wash finish. Try to find standout shorts, like ones covered in lace or solid print ones with scalloped edges.

PHOTO BY ANDREA LOPEZ / FEATURES EDITOR

PHOTO BY ANDREA LOPEZ / FEATURES EDITOR

Another style you can try with shorts is the high-waisted trend. When wearing these, you can make a poke at crop tops again since your entire midriff won’t be exposed.

That’s also one way you can class up crop tops! These half-shirts are, once more, going to be a big trend for summer 2015 – but it’s all up to you on how you wear them.

The style of crop tops and what you pair them with can take your outfit from classy to trashy in a matter of seconds.

For style, think flowy, boxy and all-around elegant. You can pair it with high-waisted shorts or a skirt to edge it up, turn it preppy or whatever you deem fit for your own personal style.

Another fun way to keep cool and look cool is by investing in a couple jumpsuits and rompers. They’re both a combination of shirts and pants so you don’t have to worry about taking the time to mix and match an outfit together.

Try wearing one of these over your swimsuit when going to the pool. It’s easier to keep your clothes together when you only have one piece to roll up and put away.

Lastly, let’s talk sheer. This is veering into dangerous territory. When it comes to sheer clothes, keeping it classy is somewhat of an art.

Sheer material lets you show a bit of skin while staying covered up at the same time. The top way to stay classy while wearing sheer is to make sure the see-through parts are in the right places.

Sheer shoulders: classy. Sheer pants over shorts: super classy. Sheer everything with no camisole beneath: not so classy.

Wearing less in summer is OK. It’s hot and you don’t want to have a heat stroke, but it doesn’t mean you should lessen your style quality.


Click here for more stories by Shelby Bilbruck, or follow her on Twitter @ShelbyLuGal.

 

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