Audrey’s Days of Summer | Summer Styling: Beach and BBQ
  • by Audrey Archives
  • May 28, 2013

With summer in full swing, it’s time for some fun in the sun. Whether you’re heading to the beach or to a garden barbeque, you’ll always be in style with these summer must-haves.

Maxi Dresses

If you don’t already own a maxi dress, now is the time to get one. Go for dresses with bold, graphic prints like this one from Hot & Delicious. If you’re on the shorter side, maxi dresses help elongate the legs. Already tall? Pair your maxi dress with cute simple flats (Quipid) or bohemian sandals (Bamboo) for that beach-ready look. Maxi dresses look good on every body and are the go-to clothing piece this summer.


No, we aren’t telling you to wear your tight, barely-there bodycon dress to your next 4th of July picnic. We’re talking about subtle back cutouts. Back cutouts not only add a modern twist on classic A-line dresses, but they also help highlight your shoulder blades and back muscles. The style looks good in both neutral colors and bright patterns (both Line and Dot). Paired with eye-catching wedges (Bamboo), you’re sure to be the talk of the town.

Cropped Tops

Cropped tops have been in style for a while now, but here’s a new twist. Go for thin, chiffon crop tops with sleeves like this one from Mix and match with colored jeans (Cookie Johnson) to make “Hampton chic” cover-ups for before and after you hit the waves.


Every girl knows that accessories make the outfit. It wouldn’t be summer without some stylish shades. We love these retro sunglasses from Stun. The tortoise shell frames are classic and timeless or, for a more funky twist, go for these green mirror shades. Jewelry is always a must. For a stylish yet understated look, look for unique hoops or delicate chain necklaces.

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The Final Touches

The nail polish color for this summer is sea green. Whether on your hands or feet, this tint is playful and flirty, yet subtle enough to wear to work so you won’t have to take it off after the weekend. Finish with a few spritzes of Beyonce’s newest fragrance, Beyonce Pulse: Summer Edition, and you’re officially ready for summer.

Photos courtesy of Joann Park