Trendy Summer Styles 2020

This summer, dressing in accordance with trends is a little challenging since we aren’t going out as much anymore. However, as stores and restaurants begin to reopen, we will finally be able to wear our cute summer outfits again! So, without further ado, let’s get this show on the road!

This summer, dressing in accordance with trends is a little challenging. Since we aren’t going out as much anymore, it really isn’t necessary. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been spending my days in sweatpants and a sweatshirt or a swimsuit – not outerwear. But, as stores and restaurants begin to reopen, we will finally be able to wear our cute summer outfits again! So, without further ado, let’s get this show on the road!

When everything reopens again, I can assure you that I will be super excited to go out into town again! Finding these trendy outfits are not at all hard to do, as they can pretty much all be found at Target or Amazon. They can also be shipped to you if you don’t feel up to shopping inside a crowded store. Not only are these outfits super cute, but they also fit nicely into a tighter budget. If you need a place to shop this summer, check out my favorite ones in my post about the best places to shop. Check them out here. Enjoy this post!

1. Cross – Ruffled Skirt

A solid colored or polka dotted ruffled skirt is so cute to wear in the fall and in the summer. It pairs perfectly with a white t-shirt or vans. My favorite cross ruffled skirt is a maroon red with white spots on it. I love wearing gold jewelry with cross ruffled skirts as well. You can get one from Alter’d State. (It’s kind of hard to tell in the pic, but there is a ruffle. You can definitely tell when it is being worn.)

2. Retro T-Shirt

An off – white retro (and loose) shirt with a fun saying or design on it is one of the top styles this summer. You can get them almost anywhere for a really awesome price. My favorite vintage shirts are from Target. Prices range from around ten dollars to twenty dollars.

3. Tie – up Tank Top

Tie up tank tops are SO cute, especially during the summer time. While I don’t have one myself, I fully intend to get my hands on one eventually. I see them all the time at shops such as Alter’d State. I’m sure you could buy them on Amazon or at Target as well.

4. Striped Shorts

Striped shorts, especially ones with a matching/built in fabric belt is definitely one of this summer’s must haves. You can get them for around ten – fifteen dollars at Target or even Amazon. This trend has been around for a long time, and I don’t see it going out of style anytime soon.

5. Solid White T-Shirt

Solid white shirts are a general clothing necessity. They are nice to wear underneath a sweater, and can be paired with any shorts/skirts/pants. Your white shirt will look wonderful with gold or rose gold layered necklace (which is also trendy) and possibly a black or navy blue accent piece such as a handbag or watch. You can get them for around ten dollars. I would say that Target or Amazon (or T.J. Maxx) has the best prices.

6. Loose Long Sleeved T-Shirt

A loose or oversized long sleeved t-shirt or sweater is a trendy idea for this summer. This idea would look amazing if you plan on dining inside a casual restaurant, or an activity along those lines. This outfit isn’t particularly meant for a fancy location. Some would opt to save this style for autumn, when the weather becomes cooler. Sweaters can be found on Amazon or Target (they really do have everything!) for around fifteen – twenty dollars.

7. Hollister Shirt

Shirts from the brand Hollister are simply the cutest if you pick the right color that matches your hair color and skin tone. (For paler blondes, I recommend red). While all of the merchandise at Hollister is great, t-shirts with the brand name across the front are the trendiest.

8. Striped Shirt

Honestly, there are so many styles of striped shirts. (ie. shirts covered in thin stripes, shirts covered in bulky stripes etc.) While all of these are definitely in style, shirts with only a few thin stripes across the front or shirts with inky a few bulky stripes are the trendiest. I would also like to say that photo creds for images 2-8 go to my friend Kaylee!

Hopefully you found something to spark your interest in this summer’s trends. When you find yourself out and about again, please be sure to wear a mask and distance yourself to keep you and others safe and healthy!

Keep Smiling,

2020 High School Themes

It’s important (and fun) to have a recurrent theme throughout the school year. Here are some of my favorite themes that I think are super cute that you can use to absolutely ROCK this next school year.

It’s important (and fun) to have a recurrent theme throughout the school year. Here are some of my favorite themes (such as marble, pastels and florals, to name a few) that are super cute (and trendy) that you can use to absolutely ROCK this next school year. If you already have a theme (Or once you’ve picked one), feel free to head right on over to my “Top Five High School Must-Haves” page.

1. Pastel

Personally, I haven’t tried this one yet; however, a lot of my friends have. And we all know how gorgeous soft colors are. Pale blues, light pinks and muted pinks can either stand alone as a single color, or they can come together to create a beautiful color palette. It’s relaxing to look at as well. Pastel themes typically give a playful, but mature vibe. Some of my favorite pastel color palettes always include purple and pink, but a pale peach color or a hint of lime green adds an extra touch to make your color scheme absolutely adorable.

2. Marble + Gold

Marble + gold is a chic, trendy back to school style that I used one year and absolutely LOVED. It’s super modern and goes with…..well…….pretty much everything. While simple marble is pretty, gold adds a bit of a sassy kick. If you do choose to stick with only marble, it’s super cute to have contrasting marble colors to use to decorate all of your materials. I was required to cover all of my textbooks, so I would always use marble scrapbooking paper to spice it up. It’s also easy to use separate colors to differentiate your subject. I used a blue-based marble for English class, a pastel pink marble for math etc. Obviously, you can use this technique for any theme that you choose.

3. Beachy

A beachy theme can be portrayed in a couple different ways. You can use hues commonly associated with a tropical island, or you can use physical shapes (such as palm leaves, or maybe an anchor) as a center point. This one is on my list, for sure, and I plan to use navy blues, deep turquoises, and maybe a sunshine yellow to add some pizzazz. You can create custom graphics to design binder/textbook colors at Canva.com. It’s super easy to use as well, and it’s absolutely free.

4. Floral

Your design will vary with this idea depending on whether or not you like dark base or bright and colorful base. I tend to fall under the bright and colorful category, but I think both are gorgeous. For a darker, more sophisticated pattern, you can mix and match grays, peachy tones, navy blues or blacks and ivory whites. For a playful and lively color-coordination, pinks can also still be used with coffee browns, deep greens, gray and bright blue. You can also choose whether or not you want a sketched flower arrangement or an organic watercolor one. Watercolor flowers are typically more elegant. Sketches are on the edgy side.

6. Adventurous

This one is more of a color scheme pattern. While there’s no specific shapes or design elements, there are basic colors that allow creativity are easy to expand upon. The Adventurous theme primarily consists of neutral tones, like khaki greens, bright whites and stone grays. Because the adventurous theme is neutral, it can be mixed & match in all sorts of different ways. You can also add colors to this theme to make it your own. Some of my favorite colors to add are pale, peachy pinks, muted greens and stone washed blues.

7. Chic

The Chic idea reminds me of a vacation on the French riviera. Dark shades (such as navy and royal blue) and whites converge with bright pinks (you can tell that I like pink) to create a contemporary style contrast. Apart from color, there is a design element to help everything come together -stripes and solids. You will regularly see the whites and dark hues depicted as the stripes, with a solid coral, but you can always replace colors. That’s part of making things your own! This is for girls with a fresher, refined taste and looks beautiful however you choose to change it up.

8. Paisley

Lastly, we have paisley. Paisley can be changed to fit different color themes. If the other coordinations above weren’t your cup of tea, then paisley might be right for you. If you don’t approve of pink, or blue isn’t your favorite, (you can tell that it’s one of mine), I would recommend paisley because you can always find a paisley pattern to suit your taste. A purple or peachy orange are always my go-to palettes, but there are plenty of others to choose from. One of my friends loves a good navy blue style. Whatever color is your favorite, you are sure to find it within this theme.

Hopefully you were able to find inspiration for a good theme to use this school year! There are so many different ones to choose from, aren’t there? If you found a lovely style to use, please feel free to check out my post about how to keep organized and decorate your materials. As for now, be sure to have a fantastic day (or night) and remember to keep smiling!

-Belle