Warm weather, hot style

The Village at Briarcliff

As temperatures heat up, our wardrobes can either wilt or wow. In Kansas City, you never know what the weather has in store. Luckily, this summer’s hottest looks are flexible, comfortable, and warm-weather friendly.

No need to pick up an entirely new wardrobe. Just a few key accessories can help you look fresh and on-trend, no matter how high temperatures rise.

Scarves – No, we’re not talking about your grandma’s knitted wool numbers. Lightweight linen scarves are everywhere this season. They’re a comfortable way to spice up even the dullest outfit. Pair one with a plain tank, and casually drape it around your neck and shoulders. Scarves are also ideal as shawls in air-conditioned spaces or in the evening. Stash one in your bag and you’ll always be ready – and stylish.

Wraps – Speaking of a bit of a chill, lightweight wraps are the perfect wardrobe transition staple. These loose pieces can be dressed up or dressed down, and create a great boho look. We’re big fans of the Tart Collection wraps at Design in the City. They’re ideal with cutoffs or even over a dress. Wraps can give your ensemble some creative polish without weighing you down.

Bags – Nothing resets your style for a new season like the right handbag. This season’s bags are all about expressing your signature style, so don’t be afraid to go with color. Summer is always a great time to opt for a bright hue. Whether you love a big satchel with room to spare or a dainty clutch, you have endless choices.

Jewelry – Summer isn’t the time for heavy pieces that will weigh you down. Instead, go with delicate pieces that you can layer for a bolder look. The boho look is especially apparent in this season’s accessories, and it’s easy to create by mixing and matching pieces. Try pairing necklaces of varying lengths. We also love the wire-wrapped gem bracelets at Finishings for Her. They’re stunning alone, or chic when partnered with leather cuffs.

Sunglasses – Cat-eye sunglasses add instant glamour to any ensemble. This shape may seem a little old-school, but let’s let the cat out of the bag: cat eyes are flattering on almost any face. The subtle lift of the frame shape creates high cheekbones on even the most cherubic-faced of us. You don’t have to go for the rhinestone-encrusted cat-eyes of old. Today’s designs are polished and worldly, and definitely worth a try.

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