The same sunny days roll around every year, but the debate on what to wear is always a new one. In search of some much needed inspiration, we tapped influencer Lauren Johnson of @Discodaydream for her sartorial expertise. As an entrepreneur, mother, and California native, she knows what’s up when it comes to summer dressing. Plus, she’s always decked in looks that make us want to ditch our current wardrobe and start fresh. Case in point: five outfits (and her tips on how to style them), for the season.
TO A TROPICAL ISLAND
They say packing for vacation is easy (‘just throw a bikini in a bag!’), but it can be tough to find the right cover-up! A maxi dress with smart side ties allows you to wear it loose for the beach, then cinch it in for drinks at night. And don’t forget footwear. A pair of chunky white slides is both chic and comfortable. To really elevate a plain white dress, add the season’s most on-trend accessory: a basket bag. This piece is updated with a long strap.
“This dress is a versatile day-to-night piece that won’t take up valuable real estate in a suitcase.”
TO A MUSIC FESTIVAL
If contemplating another pair of denim shorts and a flower crown has you stifling a yawn, think about pairing a crop top bearing a cool back detail with printed pants, metallic-accented slides, and on-trend cat eye sunglasses. Pants are comfy and will keep you warm when the weather cools down, and a print feels fresher than suede fringing. “These pants are really comfortable and breezy, which is perfect for long days spent outside in hot summer temperatures,” says Johnson.
If you’re looking to expand your wardrobe repertoire, try the ultimate in outfit hybrids: the jumpsuit. It’s an easy one-stop-shop that is both practical and pretty, especially in white lace with statement shoulders and a cute tie. “Wearing a romper for a weekend hangout is the perfect mix of form and function,” says Johnson.” I love the feminine ruffles on this one, and the shorts allow for maximum comfort and movement.” To keep it fashion-forward, wear with gingham flatforms and sling a denim jacket over your shoulder.
TO A PARTY
There’s a reason dresses are a closet staple—they always look great, with minimal effort required. This printed wraparound number, for example, is dressy enough for cocktails with a pair of higher heels, and cool enough for a pool party when worn with slides. Finish off your look with the perfect summer beauty accents: a pinkish-gold bronzer, nude lipgloss and a spritz of your favorite fragrance.
“My summer uniform is normally a mini dress, so this is the perfect flirty party look.”
TO A WEDDING
You don’t want to outshine the bride, but a maxi dress in marigold yellow is special and standout. Skip the florals and look for a dress with interesting details—a crossover back, keyhole cutout, and pleating. The key to keeping it cool is in the accessories: Try metallic shoes with interesting details. “Pairing this dress with gold block heels plays up the warm color and keeps the look fun,” Johnson adds.