1. When in doubt, wear white
Crisp whites are the turn-to color of the season for both clothing and accessories. Wear them on their own or as a platform for pops of color and you'll look cool and chic, regardless of the temperature.
2. Brighten up
Forget soft pastels and muted hues, this season, it's all about bold, bright pops of color. Pair yours with white and neutrals or opt for colorful accessories.
Ruffled Chiffon Top, $24.50 at oldnavy.com
From yellow clothes and accessories to sexy bronzed skin, a sun-kissed glow is a must this summer.
Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel, $30 at sephora.com
4. Bare your soles
Flatter your feet with this season's bevy of strappy sandals, gladiator thongs and sexy wedges. Pampered feet and pretty toes are a must.
Steve Madden 'Lukas' Sandal, $69.95 at nordstrom.com
5. Play it cool
Filmy fabrics, light-as-air accessories and lightweight makeup are essential during the dog days of summer.
6. Get dressed
When in doubt, opt for a dress. Not only is it this summer's must-wear silhouette, it's also the easiest. Whether you wear one to the beach with a pair of flip flops or at night with wedges, there's a dress out there for every body, occasion and budget.
Paisley kimono-sleeve dress, $110 at bananarepublic.com
7. Pick prints
From tropical florals to crisp graphics, prints pack a punch this summer.
Florentine-print antibes bandeau tank, $95 at jcrew.com
Metallic accessories, juicy patents and shimmery makeup are the perfect complements for bronzed skin.
Sigrid Olsen Calista Crinkled Patent Leather Convertible Clutch, $128 at bloomingdales.com
9. Make a statement
Bold necklaces and chunky bangles will turn even a basic tank and jeans look into something special.
Ombre three-strand necklace, $59 at bananarepublic.com
10. Keep it simple
Summer is not the time for complicated or fussy clothes. Stick with simple silhouettes paired with one special piece.
Featherweight cotton striped tee, $25 at jcrew.com