The Fastest Way Ever to Jazz Up Easy, Breezy Summer Whites

It’s It’s officially summer! Now that we’ve passed Memorial Day, that means the season of warmth, sunshine, and relaxation is really, finally here. And I don’t know about you guys, but after a very long, dismal winter, I could not be more excited to bring out my sunblock, swimsuits, and big beach hats. Summer accessories are so cool and easy to wear, they look fabulous on just about anyone. But if you feel like really amping up your wardrobe and going a bit bolder this season, I’ve got just the thing for you.

To me, the summer season is all about cool, flowy blouses and dresses, especially when they come in a nice, bright shade of white. But all on its own, all that white can seem a bit boring after awhile—it needs just a small injection of vibrant, colorful fun to feel fresh each and every time you wear it. And luckily, with so many awesome Goodwill thrift shops around the city, it’s easy to find what you’re looking for without dropping a lot of cash. This week’s find is a fabulous pair of bright, gorgeously printed high heels that will look lovely against summer’s classic whites. The abstract pattern in a vibrant sky blue, red, tan, gray, and white isn’t so loud that it will distract from the overall look or feel too brash or loud, but it’s bold enough that it will certainly draw some eyes your way. The ruched detailing over the top of the foot adds a touch of femininity to these shoes, which aside from having a sexy, skinny heel on the back end, aren’t all that girly. And though the heel is thin, it’s not so tall as to make these heels impossible to walk in, and the rounded toe adds and element of comfort that makes these shoes suitable for everyday wear.

The perfect summer wardrobe refresh calls for lots of gorgeous, glowing whites and a few funky, vibrant accessories to liven them up and make them feel fresh and new every time you wear them.

Laid-back luxury. There’s no piece of clothing that says, “perfect for summer” more loudly and clearly than a light, white top or sundress in an airy, silky fabric. And when paired with my fantastically patterned, colorful new heels, there really isn’t a better ensemble for all those warm, sunshiny summer days ahead. Here, I’ve picked a comfy pair of slightly slouchy, cropped jeans and, to contrast with the ultra-casual bottoms, a white long-sleeved top in a super light, silky summer fabric that’s just a little more sophisticated. Intersected with one other small piece in a bold neon yellow (that belt is also a Goodwill find!), and finished off with my fabulous new shoes, this outfit has just enough color, boldness, and sass to draw some positive attention, without going overboard and while still feeling appropriate for the season.

Play up the ease and fun of the summer season in all of your looks over the next few months, by throwing pops of brilliant, eye-catching color into otherwise basic (but well put together) outfits made up of classic denim and cool summer whites.

Lauren Haslett writes “Goodwill Gems,” our weekly column about everything accessories here in A Good Look. She is a lover of fabulous fashion, a trained chef and a writer.  Follow her on twitter.

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