Best Summer Cover-ups

-SLH East Coast Fashion Editor :

Abstract, floral, nautical – whatever your preference, the cornerstone of summer post-water wear is the summer cover up. But why save this easy, flowing apparel just for beach and pool?

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Here at SLH, we’ve combo’ed our 3 favorite ways to wear this chameleon of the summer.

Casual Luncheon Chic – Grabbing a casual bite with your gal-pals? Easy accessories are key. Pull from the colors of your dress to guide you. If your dress is Abstract Earthy for instance, then pair it with this season’s sandy-toned ankle strap sandals, classic cool aviator shades and some primitive statement earrings. A woven hat and roomy tote in white (this summer’s it color) complete the look.


Shop This LookRalgan Sleeve Printed Ethnic Style Mini Tunic Dress $20, Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses $174, Women’s Kenneth Cole Women’s Classic Strap Quartz Watch $75, MayFair Accessories International Limited Floppy Hat $10, Giani Bernini Saffiano Tote $50, Shackle Bracelet by American Bench Craft $35, Chime Chandelier Earrings by Artifacts $210, REEF Voyage Hi Sandal $80

Here are a few more Abstract favs we love…

Shop This Look : Strappy Plunge Print Dress $20, Trina Turk Royal Botanical Tunic $148, Ethnic Floral Buttoned Dress $20

Does your go-to has a more Floral vibe? Add some color pop with accessories like your sandals, a bright watch band, and classic framed shades. Keep your jewelry low-key with clean metal hoop earrings. Try out this season’s round woven bag, but keep the color simple and solid and top off the look with a jaunty woven fedora.

Shop This Look : Vintage Chic Floral Printed Crochet Mini Dress $29, Ryder Honey Tortoise Shades by DIFF $85, Pantropic Fedora Stroller Hat $119, Riah Fashion Woven Cross Body Bag $16, Gem & Harmony 10K Yellow Gold Hoops $119, Sharon Premium SunJuns Sandals $85, Fitbit Surge SmartWatch in Tangerine $199

Gotta have more vintage floral? Try these…

Shop This Look : Raglan Sleeve Floral Dress $22, Billabong Junior’s Relax On High Printed Dress $65, Kimono Sleeve Floral A-Line Dress $21

Prefer your Nautical print? It’s very hot this season. Pair it with a metallic sandal and lightly layer with some delicate chain jewelry, like a pendant necklace and a cute companion piece. Tiny ball earrings keep things clean, or tiny anchors if you’re feeling salty. Cap things off with a lake bucket style hat and protect your peepers in Incredible style with a pair of Edna Mode glasses (yes, you heard us) from the Trina Turk – Disney/Pixar collaboration in honor of the upcoming “Incredibles 2”.


Shop This Look : Empire Waist Striped Handkerchief Slip Dress $28, Allison Cole Nautical Rope Bracelet $28, Flash  Pendant Necklace by AK Studio $60, 14k Gold Apple Charm Necklace $80, Ralph Lauren Seabrook Tote $158, Mayfair Accessories International Limited Bucket Hat $7, Gem and Harmony 14k Yellow Gold 7mm Stud Earrings $40, Edna Mode Sunglasses from Trina Turk and Incredibles 2 Limited Collection $128, REEF Bliss Wild Sandals $26

Need more Nautical? Cast your sight on these additional…

Shop This Look : Blue One Plunging Neck with Elastic Waist $20, Miss Brady 2 Dress $288, Fashionable Women’s Fitted Round Neck Stripe Print Dress $20, Spaghetti Strap Stripe Spliced Dress $20

Daytime Playtime – You are a gal on the go and when it comes to multi-tasking you’re a pro. So is your cover up, capable of running from errands to lunch with just a few accessories. Think casual but clean. Be kind to your tootsies as you are pounding the pavement and cushion them in a pair of classic court sneakers or low tops. Because you’ll be inside and outside, add a layer that’s stylish and easy to take off and put on. This summer’s collection of jean jackets are a perfect match in traditional denim or lighten up with a pale wash. Add some funky artisan earrings to give color to your casual. Toss on a fun statement bracelet (like our choice from Fendi) and grab this season’s hot summer trend – the woven bag (we’re loving Patricia Nash). You’ll be ready to take on the day in style.

Shop This Look : Button Up Ruffles A-Line Dress $23, Demi Shades by Demi Lovato and DIFF $85, Kut from the Kloth Amelia Denim Jacket $79, Rebecca Minkoff Glitter iPhone X Case $65, Kenneth Cole New York Women’s Kam Lace-Up Sneakers Gold $90, Mari Chain Hoop Earrings by Soko $68, Fendi Leather Flower Bracelet $195, Patricia Nash Chainlink Pisticci Shoulder Bag $399

Craving some more Daytime Playtime? Try these easy  numbers..

Shop This Look : Mustard Spaghetti Strap Short Dress $20, 60s Flounce Floral Summer Dress $22, Chic Cold Shoulder Banana Print Dress $25

Nighttime Fun time – This season’s Tiny Floral look is perfect for whatever your evening plans. Step up your game by adding a bomber jacket. There are a ton of bombers out there but right now we’re loving BB Dakota’s super-Feminine take with their Emily Lace Bomber jacket. Add some luxury accessories, like the Hermès Apple X watch and/or a cute stackable ring from Tiffany & Co. Go for a delicate chain or leather cord necklace to show off your lovely décolletage (check out our pick below by Gucci). Then add your statement earrings – think sculptural styles and solo danglers to complement rather than compete. If you’re a gal who loves a good not-to-big, not-too-small “it” bag, check out the Mia K. Farrow crossbody purse. It checks the boxes on several of this season’s trends including saddlebag style with (as the name implies) a crossbody look and the ‘Gram exploding round hoop hardware (plus we managed to find it at such a great price point, why not check out all fabulous 5 colors available?) Complete your look with the latest gladiator sandals from Kendall & Kylie (comfy on the feet and the wallet).

Shop This Look : Maje Printed Off-The-Shoulder Dress $85, Tiffany & Co. 18K Chalcedony Sugar Stacks Ring $445, Blair Ring by Tarin Thomas $218, Hermès Apple X Watch $995, Emily Lace Bomber Jacket by BB Dakota $85, Gucci Running G Pendant & Leather Cord Necklace $195, MKF Collection Crossbody Purse by Mia K. Farrow $30, Rachel Zoe Tassel Drop Hoop Earrings $125, Kendall & Kylie Fabia Studded Leather Gladiator Sandal $55

Taken with Tiny Floral? Here are some other options for you too..

Shop This Look : Plus Size V Neck Long Sleeve Floral $20, Elegant Floral Flounce A Line Dress $20, Jack by BB Dakota Saylor Printed Dress $80

These are just our examples. Consider refreshing your look to make it more formal or casual as you like. Try your own layering looks and find your own effortless summer vibe!

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