I Feel Pretty | Effortless

Summer style should be as effortless as possible.  Can I get an “amen”?  Effortless summer style doesn’t have to mean a daily summer uniform of tank tops, shorts and flip flops.  While that’s an easy outfit formula, it doesn’t exactly qualify as style.  🙂

The good news is that it’s entirely possible to step up your summer style game while retaining some kind of comfort and ease.  You just have to have the right pieces and know how to wear them.

Yesterday I hosted my first ever tele-seminar and style Q&A where I shared my Five Summer Essentials for Effortless Style.  It was so much fun to chat live with some of the women who I’ve gotten to know through the style challenges.  Thanks to those of you who brought great questions to the call!

You can listen to the full call and Q&A, along with some BONUS reveals from the Summer Style Me Pretty Challenge, just press play below to hear the entire call.


Follow along with this list of my five must-have’s for effortless summer style.

Five Summer Wardrobe Essentials for Effortless Style

1. Maxi Dress

Maxi dresses are one of my favorite summer style pieces because they’re cool and comfortable and define effortless style. Just add metallic sandals and a fedora and you have an instant outfit that’s perfect for anything!

[Racerback Maxi Dress]

[Patterned Maxi Dress]

2. Fedora

A fedora adds a fun touch to all of your summer outfits. Even if you’re not a hat wearer, almost everyone looks good in a fedora style. Try it with a simple tank top and shorts to kick up your style a notch.

[Woven Fedora]

[Ribbon Fedora]

3. Metallic Sandals

Metallic sandals are my summer favorites. They go with everything and add a little interest to all of your outfits.

[Gold Braided Sandal]

[Strappy Sandal]

4. Long Necklace or Statement Earrings

Accessorizing can be tricky in the summer months. I try to keep it as unfussy as possible by adding a long necklace to my maxi dresses, t-shirts and tank tops. Or try a neutral pair of statement earrings to dress up all of your casual looks.

[Tassel Pendant Necklace]

[Long Faceted Pendant Necklace]

[Gold Statement Earrings]

[Drop Earrings]

5. Printed Shorts

Printed shorts are the item I’ve added most to my closet this season. They add interest to plain t-shirts and tank tops and look great with a pair of neutral wedges. Try mixing patterns by pairing them floral patterns, polka dots or stripes on top.

[Orange Dot Shorts]

[Black and White Ikat]

SUMMER STYLE ME PRETTY CHALLENGESummer Style Me Pretty BannerRegistration for the Summer Style Me Pretty Challenge closes tomorrow at midnight!  If you’d like to get my complete summer wardrobe shopping list on Friday morning plus 21 days of summer outfits delivered to your inbox daily, sign up HERE.

Here are two sample outfits from the challenge.

Summer Style 1

Summer Sample

Registration closes at midnight TOMORROW, sign up now HERE!


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  1. Katie

    Love all the essentials! Having them already makes me think I’m doing something right! 🙂

  2. Inge

    I completely agree! Love the options you’ve picked out.

  3. Jill

    Love your summer essentials picks! The denim vest and the patterned top that you show for the style challenge are really cute too! The vest is on my summer wish list.


  4. ADA

    Your style is super effortless Alison that is why I love your blog and relate to it. I agree with all of your must haves, especially the Maxi, Sandals, Denim Shorts and Fedora. I am talking Spring Must Haves on today’s post too. Great minds think alike. Stop by when you can.

    Much Love my friend. Happy Wednesday and Happy June!!

    Ada. =)

  5. Blaire Bingham

    YES! Those are all definite summer staples! I keep finding myself buying printed shorts as well! Thanks for hosting the link up!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  6. Susan Jeffries

    I love this essentials list! I do not own a maxi dress – can you believe that?! I am hoping to get one in my Fix next week. I also need to add a pair of printed shorts to my wardrobe! Susan

  7. Morgan

    I love your five recommendations. I still need to get a maxi dress!

  8. Cynthia @ My Rose Colored Shades

    Agree with all of your essentials. I already got my metallic sandals and I’m on the hunt for cute printed shorts. Love the idea of a fedora but hats don’t look good on me so I’d have to think about that one. Thanks for sharing your picks!

  9. Shybiker

    All good tips. I’m playing with several of them.

  10. Audrey Solheid

    I absolutely love everything you picked out! Great inspiration and effortless style! It’s amazing what a few quality pieces can do for a wardrobe! Love this site:)


  11. Suzanne

    Those pieces are brilliant.

    I have all of them : )


  12. Marta C

    Effortless dressing in the summer-definitley an Amen to that!! All of the pieces you choose are perfect for effortless summer style!! Thanks for hosting the link party, always look forward to it:)

  13. Gina @ On the Daily Express

    Really fun post, except for the part about tank tops, shorts, and flip flops. Guilty as charged, and there went my summer game plan! Ha ha! Oh okay, I guess I wear sandals a lot more than flip flops, and I do love jewelry so I maybe I’m not such a lost cause. 🙂
    Gina — On the Daily Express

  14. Diana

    Maxis are the best and the hats are too cute.

  15. Kim W

    Hi Alison! can you tell me where the short sleeve patterned top is from? Very cute!!

  16. Amanda

    Love your picks! Maxis + strappy sandals are definitely a must for summer!

  17. Vodka Infused Lemonade

    I totally agree with your summer must haves. I just bought a jean vest and I’m so excited. I can’t wait to see all the possibilities!!!!!!



  18. Laura

    Love that striped maxi and you have me wanting a fedora now! Cute picks!

  19. Willfully Elegant

    I am big on easy wear for summer!! Your pointers will help me further make that easier for a go to weekend outfit! Love a good maxi dress and sandals! Thanks for hosting the link up Alison 🙂

  20. Michael

    Can you believe I used to be anti-maxi?! What was I thinking?? I now own 5 of them. I wish i could pull off a fedora hat (with a maxi of course), they’re so cute! They just don’t look good on me.

  21. Lana

    So excited for the summer challenge to start! I’m going out to look for a maxi dress today – I still don’t have one. Couldn’t get in on the call yesterday, but I listened to the link – thank you! I have a hard time finding patterned shorts in a longer length (7-8″) – any suggestions? I love the shorts at Loft but they don’t make the cute patterns in the longer length!

  22. Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries

    Great post! I’ve actually been thinking a lot lately that I need to step up my summer wardrobe, especially now that I’m living in HOT, HOT, HOT Arizona! I need no-nonsense outfits that are comfortable in the heat and do well with chasing around a toddler all day. I’d love a post from you with some more “no-nonsense” but stylish summer outfits!

  23. Cous Cous and Cork Wedges

    Some gorgeous picks here Alison! Life has been pretty hectic the last few weeks & I need a good catch up with you & the blog! I hope all is well? Ax

  24. Rachel

    That Mossimo maxi looks so comfortable and “effortless”! 🙂
    I love the printed shorts trend, and will have to find a pair of those too!

  25. Jessi

    Great Summer basics! I need a really good maxi in my life.. I’ve got lots of maxi skirts but only one dress. Love those jean shorts in the second outfit you put together!


  26. Tarnished Royalty

    Summer is all about effortlessness! Listened to a snippet of your chat, it was fun to hear your voice! ~Ann

  27. KC Saling

    I need some effortless in my life – and I love the easy, breezy look of the summer essentials you picked out! The last thing I want in all this muggy weather is tight fitting uncomfortable stuff that will look bad and feel worse. I can’t wait for the summer style challenge – I’m ready to take notes, because I have a feeling I’m going to learn a lot!

  28. April

    I love the printed shorts! I’m definitely a shorts, tank top, flip flops girl, but at least these will be more fun than my standard denim & white.

  29. Janise

    LOVE the fedoras! Thank you for hosting the link up! Have a great weekend!!!




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