Featured on CHALK Magazine’s March 2011 Issue.
My take on transitional dressing, transforming clothes from last season into summer appropriate outfits. Thanks to Bianca Santiago Reinoso for this, and Edric for the photos! All clothes from WAGW!
Name: Kryz Uy
Occupation: Fashion blogger, writer, stylist, model, creative director of WAGW (What A Girl Wants) Inc.
1. Floral Polo
One of the easiest pieces to bring back for summer is the ubiquitous floral polo. This print, be it in painterly, watercolor or an other form, signals to nature coming bloom, and exudes an easy summer dressing appeal.
This summer, stow away the leggings and jeans. If long enough, your floral polo can be worn as a dress or tucked into basic denim cut offs for a more casual look. Since you will be showing much leg, balance your outfit by opting for a buttoned up upper half. Accessorize with fun summer pieces that match the colors of the prints in your polo.
2. Holiday Knits
Fresh from the holiday trends of last season is knitwear. My closet is practically covered in knits! Be a frugal fashionista by reworking this piece into your summer wardrobe.
Pair this fall staple with a printed maxi dress in the summer’s hottest prints. Gather and tie at a corner of your top to add shape to your look. For that sexy effortless appeal, let it fall slightly under one shoulder (as if it wasn’t done intentionally), and don’t bother to fix it! Pull everything together with wooden accessories and comfortable flats.
3. Bright Colored Bottoms
Nothing screams summer 2011 more than color. We lost much of it last season, but its time to bring it back! A pop of color is an instant indication that those fun and fresh summer days have arrived.
When wearing brightly colored (and short hemmed) bottoms, you draw much attention to your bottom half. Make sure to keep it sweet (and not racy) with a dainty and conservative top. This outfit works best for petite people, as it elongates the appearance of your legs.
4. Oversized Basic Tee
The most versatile item in any girl’s closet has to be the plain and basic tee. This item can take you through seasons of trends and back. For the more reserved and conservative, it’s an alternative summer piece that doesn’t call too much attention.
Channel an easy boho vibe by pairing it with basic denim cutoffs, tucking in the front, but leaving out the back. This way, a draping effect occurs, and the look becomes even more easy and effortless. Match with a turban and some cute summer wedges to really liven up that summer in your outfit.
5. Animal Print Bandeau
There’s no summer without a bikini top waiting to be worn. However, bikini tops and bandeaus aren’t just for the beach. They can be styled to suit many occasions, one such is summer.
For the more daring fashionistas, wear a deep plunge top or dress without a tank top underneath. Instead, grab your beach bikini’s and allow them to peek through, showing off your glowing summer tan.
If you’re showing too much skin, match with heavy beaded accessories that lay right on top of your décolletage. Dress up your whole outfit with chunky platform heels in an unexpected shape and color.