Bright Summer Outfits

Emma Does Fashion
by Emma Does Fashion

Summer comes alive with all colours bright and beautiful and it's easy to be overwhelmed by choice - the shops are full of sale items in trendy shades that tempt us to deviate from our timeless, elegant style. Here's a few ways I've been experimenting with colour this summer.

Orange is a colour I've always loved, whether that is a chic, earthy rust or a bold burnt orange. When matching colourful accessories and dresses, break up the look with a neutral cover-up like this white shirt from H&M. The dress is Karen Millen and I would advise sizing up so it hangs properly, as it is quite a clingy material.

To elevate the outfit, I added a pair of Kate Spade sunglasses which I was lucky enough to discover in TKMaxx for a fraction of the original price, and my gorgeous Loewe belt.

If you're a neutrals lover and unsure how to wear colour, adding some pretty floral dresses to your wardrobe is a good place to start experimenting with your look. I found this Warehouse dress on Vinted, an excellent place to look for high street clothes as you get them for a more affordable price, it's more sustainable and ethical and you can find more unique pieces.

When I first bought this dress my instinct was to wear neutral accessories, but one day I tried it with this dark green Ted Baker bag and I loved how it looked. When accessorising florals, pick out a colour from the pattern and check out how accessories of the same colour look with it. I'm definitely tempted to see what this dress looks like with pastel yellow accessories too.

My favourite ways to wear dresses in summer is with straw accessories. It makes for a cute cottagecore style and is very effortlessly glam. Most people dress very casually these days so it's easy to look dressed up even when you've just thrown a dress on! Pairing with straw bags or a floppy sunhat adds instant glamour.

When it comes to heatwave dresses for larger busts, I recommend shirred styles as they give you a small amount of support - not as much as a bra but they can make you feel a little better about going bra-less when the thought of underwires makes you want to scream.

Another way I've been enjoying experimenting with colour is to wear a base outfit that is very neutral, such as this black and white look, and then add a bag and shoes in bold, bright hues. Matching the two makes for a more balanced look. I like to aim for no more than 3 colours in one outfit to keep it chic, so I went for my black Bvlgari sunglasses.

You won't believe how useful a ribbed midi skirt is - I wear mine in all seasons. It looks fantastic with a cami and sunglasses in summer and elegantly effortless in winter with a cashmere jumper and drop earrings.

I hope you enjoyed these hot weather outfit ideas!

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