Style Guide: Dress To Impress at Your Summer BBQ

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, we try to pack in as many fun-filled summer activities as possible, and with them, we always have to keep our ensemble of the day in mind! Looking for the perfect outfit to wear to your summer barbecue? Whether your style is girly, laidback, or even edgy, we've got you covered! The key is comfort, while still looking good in the summer heat while playing games or munching on snacks. Check out these three different styles that are perfect for your days filled with fun in the sun!

The Girly Girl

Dots Done Right: How to Wear Polka Dots this Summer

The classic polka dot pattern is back in a big way. The pattern, made famous by Minnie Mouse and itsy-bitsy bikinis, is showing up on everything from hats and dresses, to underwear and umbrellas. Which means, for those of you who are pattern-shy, there is an easy way for you to incorporate them into your wardrobe too! No need to mix patterns if you don’t feel like it; these hot spots look great on their own.

Cheap + Chic: Hot Spring Shoes Under $50

Switching up the wardrobe for each season is essential. However, staying in style can get costly! With this spring’s wardrobe essentials much different from last season, those of us on a budget have to sift through all the various styles for cost-efficient duds that will keep us on trend but won't empty our pockets. So what is a girl to do? Why, go on a bargain hunt, of course!

Check out our list of hot spring shoes under $50 and remain fashionable while staying economical.


Stuff We Love: Statement Necklaces

As The Sartorialist, Scott Schumann, so brilliantly pointed out while searching the style-forward streets of Paris, big, decorative necklaces are a huge hit right now and we can definitely expect to see more of these looks this spring and summer. These pieces are big, bold, and can really change up an entire outfit. There are multiple directions to go with these statement necklaces, and there are various looks to fit any style.

The tribal beaded necklaces are a fantastic ethnic look to add into your wardrobe. We know that these large, bulky pieces are a bit eye catching so if you are not looking to draw too much attention, the tribal beaded and fringed necklaces are the way to go. While maintaining the big bold look, they don't necessarily have big bold colors. This makes the necklace become apart of the ensemble rather than the ensemble itself.

Kim Kardashian: Style Star We Love

As owner and curator of three Dash boutiques (...we hear there’s possibly a fourth in the works for Dallas) alongside her two sisters, having designed a capsule collection for Bebe, the Kardashian Kollection for Sears, as well as a full jewelry collection Belle Noel available at and other retailers, it’s safe to say this girl knows a thing or two about fashion.

Get Frugally Nautical With Rebecca Minkoff

Alright, we'll admit it. We're a little obsessed with nautical stripes, and for good reason. Statement bags, like the Dear Tote in red and cream stripe, are an instant outfit boost for our summer wardrobes. Toss it on with denim cut-offs and a plain white tee, and you're out the door in no time.

Free People's Mochila Bags

This season tribal print makes a strong statement in the latest “it” bag - the mochila. Hailing from the Sierra Nevadas in Colombia, the original bags are hand-crafted by the indigenous tribes of the area. Sold exclusively through Free People, one third of the profits will go to different community based initiatives that will continue to promote women artisans in South America.

Dress Like the Boys

The ratio of the amount of clothes men own to the amount women own can get a bit ridiculous- just peek in your brother, father, boyfriend, husband, or friend’s closet and you’ll see. Theirs is a small corner of neatly arranged (well, in theory) shirts, slacks, jackets and shorts with a few pairs of shoes thrown in. While, I will agree, this is not nearly as exciting as a closet full of sky high heels, gold lame trench coats, and cocktail dresses that really fit only a handful of occasions, the simplicity of a man’s closet is something we can learn from.

Men and women alike tend to wear certain wardrobe staples over and over again- we just tend to have more of these staples and have more options to update them from outfit to outfit. Having these three basics- essentials, rather- that a. fit well, and b. are of high enough quality they can last through several seasons, will make getting dressed in the morning as easy as 1-2-3.