Summer Style Staples

Summer Style Staples

4 Summer Clothing Items to Compliment Any Outfit

For style gurus and those still searching for their personal definition of style, these four items offer just a few ideas to complete your overall summer look. What’s special about these items is that they can be used in rotation and are always suitable for the warm weather ahead.

1. Blue jean cut off shorts

I think it’s fair to say that blue jeans of any sort is one of, if not, the most prevalent and iconic style staples of our popular culture. Blue jeans are made for and flatter basically everyone. Yet, as summer is approaching and the thought of heat radiating onto our bodies, the thought of wearing jeans is sometimes off-putting. An alternative to wearing your favorite blue jean bottoms without the threat of retaining too much heat from the thick material covering the legs is to instead opt for blue jean shorts. To “one up” the edginess of the look, I prefer to choose cut off blue jeans with frayed edges. The best way to accomplish this look is to cut a pair of jeans and wash them to stress the “destructed denim” appeal. For even more appeal, I recommend folding the ends and leaving some frayed strings to hang, adding slits near the pocket squares. And my favorite tip: add multicolored patch squares that can either be sewn or glued directly onto fabric. Don’t have fabric? Use swatches of fabric cut out of old t-shirts or dresses. Try something different and choose a character image like the Batman symbol. If you decide to go for the DIY route, you’ll discover how much fun it is to experiment with your look and take pride in having created a clothing item specifically tailored to your style.

2. Crops

Crop tops can literally be made out of any old, worn out t-shirt, so the idea of buying a crop from a department store at an unreasonably overpriced mark up is unfathomable-unless. You might feel that there is no way of making a certain crop yourself. What I love most about crop tops is that they can be worn with almost any outfit you may style for the summer. Whether you wear high waist shorts, jeans, even skirts, more than likely you can pair a crop top with it. Now crop tops are not all the same. Some are loose fitting, may hang over the shoulder droopily, while others are form fitting and accentuate the bodice. For this reason, crop tops are versatile and comfortable to wear. My only advice for wearing crops is that you should make sure that you feel comfortable to wear a crop top. Don’t ever feel like you can’t wear a crop top or that you feel too exposed to wear a sometimes widely bare exposing top of this sort. Wear what you like and what feels comfortable to you.

3. Summer dresses

I don’t wear these often, but when I see them other people I admire the wispy carefree appeal of their summer dress. In fact, the idea of throwing on just a singular article of clothing and appearing as if you spent all day preparing to go out to be one of my favorite aspects of style that I associate with summer dresses. Hence, if you’re the kind of person who thrives on ease, and low maintenance outfits, a perfectly designed summer dress to your style and build is designed for you as it does the work of looking “done up” for you.

4. Hats

I for one am a hat fanatic. From bowlers and fedoras to baseball caps and visors, I accessorize them all. If any season calls for the use of a hat, it’s the summertime. Hats serve two purposes.

1.) The style and its ability to compliment the look of an outfit

2.) Its protective use as shade from the harsh rays and heat of the sun.

Many people tend to avoid the addition of hats to their wardrobe as they may feel as though hats do not compliment them well. However, with the wide variety of hats in terms of shape, size, and style, I guarantee that there are hats that will look well on anyone. The key is to experiment: try on as many as you’d like. By venturing out and trying on different types of hats not only do you invite the fun of trying something novel to your style statement but also learn what best fits you.

These ideas stand as mere starting points to developing your sense of style this summer. Use these items as guides to identify what you like and don’t like as well as to learn to take risks by wearing items that you normally would not dare to wear.
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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything

They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.

Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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