As far as seasons go, summer always steals our heart. And summer fashion is no small part of that! Sunnily sandwiched between the first blossoms of spring and the more subdued autumnal months, summer is an invitation to have adventures, to lounge poolside and watch the sunset, to invite friends over just because and scoop out the insides of a sweet watermelon. There's a simple beauty to summer fashion that any Ruchette can achieve and our Summer Fashion Guide is here to help!
Let's start with the obvious summer staple: summer dresses! Every Ruchette needs a whole section in her closet devoted to versatile summer dresses in a wide array of different lengths, cuts, colors, and patterns. Nothing says summer like tossing on a pretty sundress, adding a quick swipe of blush, and being on your merry way, after all. In addition to classic sundresses, here are two dress styles you need in your closet:
As an alternative to the little black dress, a little white dress will be your go-to summer fashion staple for brunches to date night. A little extra detail goes a long way, so look for a LWD that is classically cut and romantic with lace, detailing, or pleating.
Maxi dresses are sweet and feminine, the perfect choice for outdoor soirees and leisurely picnics. Look for lightweight fabrics in bright colors and floral prints, or hop aboard the summer fashion trend toward eclectic prints and chevron stripes. Pair long summer dresses with low wedges and you'll be comfortable at the beach or in the city. To transition with stylish ease from day to night, simply add some delicate long necklaces and a clutch.
While we adore summer dresses for their ease, skirts are a versatile staple. To continue your summer fashion checklist, here's what we recommend:
For a vintage-inspired season, think skirts that are gathered and pleated, fuller and flirtier, that still accentuate your waistline. Wear these oh so feminine skirts to backyard summer parties, and sip on homemade lemonade in full confidence that you look fabulous!
If you're looking for something more casual, midi-length skirts (especially in Ikat prints) are a great option for coffee dates and weekend getaways when paired with a simple blouse and comfortable sandals.
While we love our summer dresses, summer fashion begins with the liberating feeling of trading close-toed shoes for sandals and wedges. The quickest way to change up the look of a summer outfit is the shoes you pair it with -- think casual and beaded sandals paired with beachwear, nude sandals or wedges paired with bright colors, and metallic or strappy sandals for evening soirees. Stylist-recommended, a closet-full of cute sandals and wedges to choose from is essential! After all, we can never have too many pairs of shoes, right?

And lastly, here are three more summer fashion trends you will want to keep in mind while shopping!
Whether or not you'll be strolling through charming seaside towns, nautical-inspired clothing is a timeless must-have. A striped top, for example, is a beloved Ruchette summer fashion staple from year to year. Pair with neutrals for a classic seaboard look. But nautical inspiration doesn't stop at stripes! A canvas tote can add a Cape Cod vibe to any summer outfit, and anything with boat and fish prints, or rope and anchor details makes your look that much sunnier, too.
Pattern mixing feels especially new this season. It might look like a tricky summer fashion trend to pull off, but it's not! To start, treat polka dots and stripes like neutrals: where you might usually add a white blouse to a patterned skirt, add a striped or polka dot top instead! Also, try keeping the patterns in the same color palette for a visual link or mix a tighter pattern with a more open one. Don't shy away from eclectic prints either!
Bright colors are ever a summer fashion do. Think tangerine and fuschia, cobalt blue and quirky-cute lemon, colors bursting with summery optimism! Try pairing bright colors with classic pieces like nautical stripes or a neutral basic for a cute modern-vintage twist. If you're new to wearing bright colors, start with accessories, like a colorful statement necklace, sunglasses, or brightly hued wedges. Even painting your nails a bold shade is a great start to brightening up your look!
There you have it, Ruchettes! With these summer fashion style tips in mind, we hope you will be ready for sunny days ahead and have the best summer imaginable!