Hello Pretties! It’s Pretty Fix time and this bonus look from the Outfit Formulas® Summer 2021 Capsule Wardrobe has got me feeling those sweet summer vibes! I kept it simple with some white shorts and a solid tobacco brown tank top but added tons of extra interest by topping it with this super light kimono. While the kimono has always been one of my favorite summer go-to items, I’m seeing them everywhere this season. What’s also on-trend for summer? Raffia accessories! I’m seeing them in handbags, headbands, earrings, and even sandals.
What is the Pretty Fix you may ask? For the Pretty Fix, I utilize trends mixed with classic closet staples and put together a super easy-to-follow formula. By doing this you’re able to easily keep your outfits feeling fresh and find new inspiration for pieces you already have. Also, the formula gives you the freedom to shop where you want (I always suggest starting with your closet), spend what you want, and interpret the formula to fit your climate and lifestyle. For example, this formula contains a solid top. A brown top may not be for everyone and that’s okay. Pick the solid color that makes you shine! Now let me see your interpretations of this month’s Pretty Fix Outfit Formula! Drop your pictures on the GYPO Pretties Facebook page! Not a member yet? Join it here! Now let’s take a look at this month’s Pretty Fix Outfit Formula!
Kimono + Solid Top + White Bottoms + Neutral Shoes
1. Raffia Headband
Raffia accessories are everywhere this summer and I for one am enjoying this trend! The raffia headband is a great way to keep your hair stylishly out of your way. Wear it alone or combine it with a top knot, messy bun, or high ponytail. If headbands are not your thing there are other easy ways to incorporate raffia into your summer style such as earrings or sandals. Don’t miss the bonus at the bottom for more raffia options.
2. Solid Top
While the solid top options are endless, you want to pick a color that coordinates with your chosen kimono. For my look, I opted for a rich tobacco color brown tank. This plays nicely off the white shorts and looks great with my neutral palette kimono. Also, don’t forget the rule of proportions, since the kimono is on the flowy side, choose a top that’s a little more fitted for a more polished look!
The kimono has always been my summer go-to! It’s a great way to add tons of detail and interest without adding heat and that is crucial here in Texas. I have a few in my arsenal but this year I added this beautiful neutral number with its tan, black, and cream coloring complemented by pops of orange. Whatever pattern and color combination you pick, you can’t go wrong with a kimono!
4. White Bottoms
Whether white shorts or white pants, I am a huge fan of white bottoms. If you haven’t tried them yet I insist that you do! They go with everything and are a great alternative to denim. They also are an easy way to amp up your outfit. This year I added this pair from J.Crew Factory and I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love them! They cinch in a little at the waist which is perfect for my pear-shaped body.
5. Neutral Shoes
Here’s where you have a little flexibility but what exactly is a neutral shoe? Neutral colors usually fall into shades of brown, black, gray, and white. This means you have lots of shoe options. Typically if your outfit moves towards cooler colors then opt for a black or gray shoe but if you’re in the warm color range, variations of brown are ideal.
6. Straw Tote
Straw is a little heartier than raffia but the concept is still the same. It adds an easy natural element to your summer ensemble, plus it’s really versatile. For everyday use, I love a small straw tote or even a crossbody but there are some really cute straw clutches that are perfect for a night out. When we’re heading to the beach or pool, a large straw tote fits the bill perfectly.
7. Hoop earrings
Yes, a total classic! Can you tell how much I love a simple hoop earring? Even though I choose a hoop earring there are still plenty of options available like silver, gold, or even rose gold. Plus you can pick ones that have a cute hammered detail or find ones that are small and dainty. However for this look, if you want something a little different, you can skip the headband and opt for some fun raffia earrings instead.
Bonus – Raffia Accessories
Earlier talked about raffia accessories and I promised to share some more of them with you. Below are some great raffia additions to any outfit. I’m partial to the earrings but I also added a pair of raffia sandals to my closet and I’ve already worn them multiple times. What accessory is your favorite?
Your turn! What is your favorite pretty fix item?
The Outfit Formulas® Summer 2021 Capsule Wardrobe guide includes 33 days of casual outfit ideas with “dress it up” and “dress it down” tips so that these looks work for every lifestyle! You also get a shopping list of easy, low cost essentials that are already on trend today, including accessories!