What Should I Wear This Summer?

Elena Perez, ’15

Fashion only works when everyone is doing their own thing; it gets boring and stressful when people feel the need to follow a trend. Being fashionable is about wearing clothes that suit YOU, so if you like it, wear it. That being said, here are a few things that I personally have had a lot of fun rockin’ and look forward to rockin’ in the warmer months.

Quick Disclaimer: Most of these trends apply to my ladies, but I hope people of all genders/ sexes can enjoy!

1. Tiny Backpacks: purses are pesky. When you put them over one shoulder they fall off, and when you sling them across your body they create this weird boob sling (not so cute). You can pop and lock and jam and break with a backpack on without fear of it ever slipping off your shoulders. Plus they’re so much cuter than purses. The only problem is that they can be quite pricey — for example this little cutie is $135.00 at Urban Outfitters. Is it even worth it? If you got the money to spare go for it, but if not, L train Vintage and Buffalo Exchange have a lot of cute leather backpacks for $15.00 and under. I just Febreezed the crap our of mine and left it open, and now it smells delicious.

2. Huge Earrings: When you’re in that sickly August humidity the last thing you need is a bunch of bracelets and necklaces clinging to your body, weighing you down. This is why giant funky earrings are the ultimate summer jewelry. I have a lot of hair so I like my earrings BIG —  that way everyone can catch a glimpse of my ear bling. Also, larger earrings leaves more room for cool designs. Right now I’m really lovin’ my silver hoops (hand-me-downs from mother dearest).  However, if your mamas aren’t as glamorous and giving as mine, and if second-hand earrings don’t gross you out, check out the Goodwill or the Salvation Army. I got giant silver turtle earrings at Goodwill for $1 (I just cleaned them with peroxide and it was totally fine). If not, places like H&M and Forever 21 have fake silver and gold jewelry for around $5.

3. No Bras: Slowly but surely I’ve been transitioning to the bra-free life. I’m not sure if this is necessarily a trend, or just that bras in the summer make me feel sweaty and I just prefer not to wear them. Shirts also just tend to look better without bras on…? Maybe that’s just my opinion. Here are some of the things I’ve picked up in my braless endeavors.

a. Wear a dark color shirt. White shirts tend to be a bit more see-through

b. Wear a button-down. I don’t know why, I think it’s because button-downs tend to be made of thicker fabrics, but I never wear bras with button-downs because it looks the same with or without them. Also I love looking very business casual but knowing there’s a party just beneath. It’s just perfect.

If you’re not ready to go totally braless or don’t want to, but you still think bras are annoying, may I suggest a bralette? Not only are they so much more comfortable than bras but a they’re a whole lot cheaper. There are some really nice ones at Brandy Melville for $12, which work the same way as a sports bra would. If you’re looking for something lacey and a bit cheaper, you should try out Forever 21. The prices range from $4.90-$12. Aerie also has really good bralettes, but they’re a lot pricier at $14-$26. However, they are extremely supportive (for you bustier gals) and still really comfy.

4. Pink: I have recently re-discovered my love for the color pink. I don’t know how I ever fell out of love. It’s the best color ever. There’s not much more to say here. Maybe it’s about embracing the girl power, maybe it’s just a beautiful hue. Either way, I’ve been slowly adding pink pieces to my closet. It’s just a happy beautiful color. Try it out.

So that’s it y’all, I hope you enjoyed my little nuggets of fashion wisdom, and again, wear what you want, and have fun!

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