Upgrade Your Summer 2014 Style with these Essential Updates

Making a statement in summer 2014 style goes well beyond wearing white denim with a breezy blouse. These days, it’s all about the add-ons—the pieces that accessorize your look to reach all kinds of chic.

The good news is these pieces will mix and match with most of your outfits.  The even better news is they’re reasonably priced, so they won’t overload your wallet. Here are the essential updates you need to bring your summer style up to speed.

Essential Updates for Your Summer 2014 Style

FRESH Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15, $22.50, available at sephora.comFRESH Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15, $22.50 from Sephora

Now is the time to lighten your look with a natural, tinted lip.  The sweet hint of color will freshen up your face, and the SPF protection will make sure it stays that way. And when you’re only adding a tint to your lips, you won’t have to worry about lipstick lingering on your teeth.

Havana Clutch in Natural GoldHavana Clutch in Natural Gold, $49.50 from JCrew

A straw clutch is the ultimate in summer time luxe. The lightweight accessory works well at a daytime wedding, polo match or luncheon affair as it accents a simple sheath to perfection. Though somewhat small in size, it’s roomy enough for the basics you’ll want by your side—cell phone, lipstick, compact and keys.

Espadrille Wedge Sandals, $46.90, available at yesstyle.comEspadrille Wedge Sandals, $46.90 from Yes Style

If there’s one shoe to put on this summer, it’s the espadrille wedge. We particularly love this shoe style when worn with a preppy flair—white shorts, navy blazer and sailor striped top. Or step into a pair to elevate your maxi dress, yet maintain the casual feel. Wedge sandals are also our favorite because unlike a pair of stilettos, you can walk in them for hours without feeling any pain.



ORLY MAGNETIC FX Nail LacquerOpposites Attract, $6.75 (on sale!) from Beauty.com

We know, it’s completely unexpected to wear dark nails in the summer. But if Cara Delevinge, Lupita Nyong’o and Jessica Alba did it…we say, give it a go. Just don’t do a matchy-matchy mani pedi. If you go dark on the toes, then keep the nails pale.

South Beach Long Open Caftan With Multi Print $47.64, available at us.asos.com

South Beach Long Open Caftan With Multi Print, $47.64 from ASOS

Let’s be totally honest here, beach days are the best with an amazing caftan to wrap up in. The maxi style is flattering for most figures though petite women will want to opt for an ankle length. Pink is a great color for dark complexions while lavender wears well on fair skinned blondes. Brunettes can go with a deeper burgundy, or if you’re feeling fierce try orange.

Kitty Shades

Kitty Shades, $40.00 from Nasty Gal

Of course, it wouldn’t be summertime style without the right pair of sunnies. A cat eye is best for those with a heart shaped face, or looking to balance the jawline. An aviator will suit those with a narrow or oval shape. Round faces can try a classic wayfarer while round frames will flatter those whose face is square.

What is your favorite accessory to update your summer style?


Elysha shops for a living. As a NYC-based fashion stylist she spends her days combing the racks for major must-have items. A veritable who’s who of publications, brands and private clients have entrusted her eye for style, knowledge and resources to elevate their vision and bring it to life. Elysha lives on the Lower East Side of Manhattan with her husband and two kids.

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