Memorial Day weekend is almost here and with it comes parties, barbecues, beach time, and lots, and lots, of fun activities. Now we just need to figure out what to wear! Whether you're hitting the Hamptons, Cape Cod, or Miami you'll need great style. Here are a few great summery essentials we love that include trends of the season from floral prints, to white, bright, and color blocking. It’s time to start packin’!
Clutch or Bag- That is the question!
Whether it is an all weekend event, or a couple hours for the day, make your choice of handbag accordingly. We love these summery styles as the blue and white stripe clutch by Rag & Bone shows a little nautical spirit, and Club Monaco’s Goldie Moroccan Bag has that beachy feel to it with the wicker weave and the gold-dipped bottom.
Don't Forget the Shades!
As women, shades are always something that we keep in our handbags (or on top of our heads)! They're an essential accessory and it's likely you'll need at least a couple options. Pick a pair that can transition from outfit to outfit (either a classic style, or in a color that can be worn with all of your holiday outfits). We are loving the retro look right now and Stella McCartney hit it dead on with these rounded shades in the subtle tortoise shell frames. Not your style? A great go-to that looks fantastic on everyone is the aviator. This pair by Tom Ford has a great, classic shape with a little modern edge to it. It’s chic, classic, and easily worn with anything.
We always suggest dresses as a go-to if you are looking for something that can easily go from day-to-night and either one of these dresses (or the styles) are a great addition for the Memorial Day weekend. If you love maxis, check out this one by Alice + Olivia. We love the incorporation of the big, tropical flowers against the white background and the silk crepe makes for a perfect flowing look. If the maxi isn’t your style though, every girl looks good in a waist-defining dress and this one by Steven Alan is the perfect, white summer dress to wear to a barbecue or brunch and can easily be dressed up with the right accessories!
Haute Hot Hats
Hats are perfect for hot summer days to add a stylish look while keeping the sun out of your face! If you want to go for a bigger bolder look go for this fantastic Raffia Sun Hat by Banana Republic. However, if this doesn’t really scream you and you are still wanting to be included in the hat obsession, go for a simple bowler hat or fedora, like this one by J.Crew. They're simple enough to play it safe, but are still a great, trendy summer essential.
Wedges are a great way to go if you are looking for some height and we love Anthropologie’s Felicie Wedges in lime; the color is right on trend and the style is a little different than your average-Joe cork wedge. These sandals by Zara are also a great addition to your Memorial Day look if you are going for something a little more toned down. The ankle and t-strap style is a great trend for summer and of course, we always love color blocking!
And of course you'll need some hot, versatile jewelry to finish your ensembles. Go for pieces you can wear day and night that are light enough to wear to the beach or by the pool. We love these gold Kevia petal earrings and this Three Pyramid Stud Layered Necklace by Noir.