By Marla Tomazin
Eight Easy Ways to Instantly Update Your Look for the Hottest Season (Literally!) This Year
Just because the temperature is rising, it doesn’t mean your wardrobe has to consist of flip flops and tank tops all summer long. Read on for eight easy ways to take your look from ho-hum to HOT this summer.
For most women, summer is the dreaded season of bathing suits and bare legs—a time when hiding behind your wardrobe isn’t an easy option. If you’re tired of your summer staples and want to heat up those balmy nights out with a look that screams summer, you’re in luck. The transition from bulkier cool-weather clothes to slim-downed summer sleek is easier than you think.
Many women are perplexed when it comes to summer style. They struggle to find the balance between staying cool while maintaining a look that is both classic and functional—and one that doesn’t consist of only flip flops!
In all actuality, summer is the perfect opportunity to blend classic pieces with trendier looks. And you don’t have to bare it all to do it. Read on for eight simple tips that will create lovely summer looks from now until Labor Day (and beyond):
Say hello to summer with sun-kissed skin. Nothing says summer like a sun-kissed glow. But relying on the harmful UV rays that come with sunbathing just isn’t smart. Embrace sunless tanning as an integral part of your summer look. Whether you pay a professional or use an at-home self-tanning product, there are plenty of options for every budget. I recommend using Neutrogena MicroMist or Jergens Natural Glow Foam. Both will give you a healthy glow and allow you to embrace your bare legs in short dresses and cropped pants.
It’s in the bag. Don’t just swap long sleeves for short; update your accessories as well. Trade in your black suede handbag for either a metallic, pale leather or neutral straw bag. A simple switch of your handbag can go a long way in summer-izing any outfit.
White hot. Say good-bye to winter white and hello to a pair of crisp white bottoms—a must for every summer wardrobe. Pairing almost anything with white bottoms creates a look that is very fresh for the season. Buy a pair of white jeans, cropped pants, shorts, or even a skirt. You’ll look crisp and fresh, and your tops will pop against the white base.
Make a little wiggle room. If your shoes are looking a little worse-for-the-wear after spring’s torrential downpours, worry no more! This season, you can switch out those restrictive closed-toe pumps and flats for open-toe shoes and sandals. But don’t forget to properly primp your toes! Pedicures are a must during the warmer-weather months. Think twice before you slide on sandals for work—not all offices deem open-toe as office-appropriate. Instead, try slipping a dressier pair in your handbag that you can slip on later before heading out to happy hour!
Polish it off. Summer is a great time to experiment with fun new shades of nail polish. Try a new bright pink or coral polish on your toes and consider a pale pink or nude shade for your fingertips. These cool colors will be sure to complement any summer outfit you throw on.
Lighten up. (Your locks, that is!) If you’ve been sporting a dark ‘do all winter, it may be time to try something new. If the darker hue of your hair is bringing you down, you may want to try to brighten your hair color for the season. Subtle highlights can pack a big punch and make you look like you’ve spent a weekend on the beach (and not a day in the salon!).
Minimize when you accessorize. For the summer months, it’s best to lighten up on your accessories. Choose lighter jewelry such as crystals and select other accessories in lighter hues to get you through the hot summer months. You’ll not only look better, you’ll feel much better in the hot sun!
Shop for one special top. Whether it is a cute t-shirt, flowing tunic, or a simple white shirt, choose something that will work with all of the bottoms you have from last season. Remembering the cute pieces you already own certainly makes updating your summer look easier.
The summer season is the perfect opportunity to try out new trends and flirty looks that you may otherwise shy away from. Embrace the attitude of summer: the vibrant colors, the relaxed atmosphere, and the buzzing excitement of those unforgettable summer nights. It will show on your face and in your attitude—and no matter what clothes you may wear, you’ll look and feel simply fabulous.
Marla Tomazin, Certified Image Consultant, established her image consulting business in 1990 with the goal of helping clients identify an authentic image and develop its effective expression.
Through her successful career in the fashion and retail industries, Marla has gained invaluable expertise in retail buying, merchandising, sales, and marketing. She began with May Company in Denver after earning a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Denver. Marla moved to New York where she worked with several well-known Seventh Avenue design firms. As she developed her business skills, Marla made a serendipitous discovery—an innate sense of style and facility for working with fabrics and colors to maximum advantage.
The progression to Certified Image Consultant was a natural transition. Marla utilizes her abilities in evaluating body shape, movement, and coloring as well as synthesizing optimal cuts, lines, colors, and textures. This results in balance and proportion that accentuate attributes and conceal flaws. Her clients include women, men, and corporations seeking external revitalization that mirrors their internal development.
She has lectured at The Learning Annex on “How to Become an Image Consultant” and at The American Women’s Economic Development Corporation on “What Does Your Image Say About You?”
For more information, please visit www.marlatomazin.com.