Michelle Oliver: Staying classy and cool in the summertime

08/02/2014 12:00 AM

08/01/2014 5:38 PM

We all know that finding a cute and conservative outfit in the summer can be quite the challenge. I feel like clothes are being made with less and less material. I understand when it’s 106 outside it isn’t always practical to wear capris or jeans.

However, with new trends emerging and old ones making their way back, you can find something classy to wear. There are actually quite a few brands right now that have come out with Bermuda shorts and regular shorts that are just a bit longer than most.

I am a huge fan of these longer shorts. They are more attractive and you can wear them a couple different ways. I really like shorts with a cuff, as seen in this picture.

Miss Me sent me this outfit last month and I absolutely love it. These shorts have the perfect cuff and the designs on the front make them perfect for almost any top. They are a bit longer and yet still are very cute and cool for hot weather.

I picked this top to go with these shorts because the detailing at the top is fun and edgy, just like the shorts. I am always trying to step outside the box with my wardrobe and this outfit is no different.

The shirt has an open back with a sheer piece of fabric over it so it is very cool and blows in the wind. I like how the shade of gray compliments the blue denim and the designs on the shorts. This is the perfect outfit for a day of shopping or a lunch meeting with friends.

During summer I like to be creative with different types of shorts. If you read my article on colorful pants a couple months back, you know how much I like to try new colors. Lucky for me, places like Target and Kohl’s have a wide variety of colorful shorts that come in various flattering lengths.

I used to only wear denim shorts, however now one of my favorite pairs of shorts is actually navy blue. You can completely change the look of an outfit just by changing the color of the shorts you wear.

In addition to changing the color of shorts you wear, wearing a top with designs on it can change up your outfit as well. I really like this shirt because the neckline is high and the fabric is soft and cool.

I really try to find lightweight fabrics in summer because I can’t stand to be hot. Picking a light-colored top for a dark-colored pair of shorts is a perfect way to start experimenting with different colors.

Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for those longer shorts. They come in so many different colors and styles. Hope you all have a great weekend and stay cool!

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