Don't go overboard; Summer fashion tips

As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, I feel the urge to spend more time outside. With the hope that most of our population will be vaccinated, a summer filled with unforgettable nights, lake days, backyard parties and weekend getaways seems not too far away.

However, after over a year of staying inside, I found myself at a loss for how to adequately get ready to go out. Looking as stylish as I was before the pandemic, or perhaps more so, is essential to feeling confident and comfortable. Navigating the ever-changing trends while staying true to my personal style is a complicated task.

Whether we like it or not, fashion plays a major part in campus culture. I, for one, have grown pretty accustomed to waking up and putting on my favourite pair of joggers or sweatpants. The multipurpose versatility is hard to beat: perfect for staying comfy in zoom classes, breathable enough to get a quick workout in and if you find the right pair, they might just be cute enough to wear down the grocery store aisle.

Apart from the “busy online school student wearing sweatpants” archetype, my style has taken a significant hit. Wearing jeans seems like a foreign language, accessorizing is a process I am suddenly unfamiliar with and matching my bag to my shoes has become nearly impossible.

Here are my tips for creating a timeless sense of style, just in time for summer.

Confidence is key

Since clothing is a reflection of yourself, it’s necessary to find items that make you feel as good as you look. To start, the most fundamental piece to have in your wardrobe is a perfect pair of denim jeans.

For the summer, you can convert this to the perfect pair of denim shorts to accommodate the hot temperatures. Switch it up with a lighter wash or white denim to stay cool in the warmer months.

Where exactly do I find the perfect pair of jeans? My answer is, surprisingly, the thrift store. In addition to being better for the environment, thrifting has become increasingly popular. While it might take some digging, finding the perfect pair of vintage Levi’s is always worth it.

Stand out sneakers

Having a fresh pair of sneakers can make you look more sophisticated than you actually are. I personally love sleek, classic shoes. Solid colour, slide-on sneakers provide a casual look, but bulky shoes with a fun pattern are a statement piece that helps you stand out from the crowd.

For summer, sandals are a must.

Inevitably, we’re going to have to discuss Birkenstocks, because it isn’t summer on campus without the famous footwear. I know it’s a sensitive topic, but I have decided to embrace the comfort aspect of Birkenstocks and will be wearing them come summer.

Never with socks though.

Plain white tee

You just can’t go wrong with a plain white shirt.

For summer, a collared, short-sleeve button-down is crisp and cool, or try a ribbed material for maximum comfort. White can be worn with anything; it is a wardrobe staple and can be combined with other closet staples, like denim shorts and a fresh pair of sneakers, to create an effortless outfit.

Layer your look

My last, and arguably most crucial, tip is knowing how to accessorize. Adding a baguette bag that is too small to carry what you need or your great-grandma’s pearl earrings instantly spices it up, and adds a layer to the look.

The only thing to remember is not to go overboard. I heard this saying once, “always take off one accessory before you leave the house,” and I think that it is a good rule for how much to add.

If there is something you feel you don’t need – leave it.