It feels like summer has been in South Florida for months already, and I just started shopping for shorts and other cute outfits to hang out with the kids. Of course, I have no idea what’s fashionable for a 40-something mom who is either working, or playing, or both, so I asked my friends at my FAV boutique in Ft. Lauderdale to school me on some of the hottest summer trends. You know, ways we can mix in and spice up what we already have, and still feel like ourselves!
Since I’ve never been too fashionable, I rely on the owners of Lilac And Lillies, Michelle, Kelli, & their Stylist Kelsey to dress me for Miami HEAT broadcasts, blog appearances, and red carpet events. I love that they have everything at Lilac And Lillies from bathing suits, to dresses, to adorbs jewerly and accessories! One stop shopping if you live in the area. Here are 5 easy summer trends busy women can rock!
5 easy summer trends for busy women
Trend #1 Chambray
Chambray is everywhere this summer. It is an awesome lightweight alternative to cotton, and gives you something different to wear other than tanks or t-shirts! I own the tank denim dress (above right) made of TENCEL® fabric. TENCEL® is a sustainable fabric regenerated from wood cellulose, and basically the softest denim on the planet! It’s more absorbent than cotton, softer than silk, and cooler than linen. Perfect for the summer right? I think everyone needs a denim dress for summer or fall. It’s great for work or date night with a pair of heels, or if you’re tired of shorts you can pair it with sandals for a play date or lunch with friends! I wore this one to an appearance at Macy’s Dadeland Mall.
Trend #2 Back to Basics
Good news friends, simple is once again hot and fashionable. (Thank goodness!) Buying the basics is a great way to get longevity out of your wardrobe. You can mix and match basic and solids tees, shorts, skirts, and dress them up with trendy accessories like fringe or tassle necklaces, or metallic shoes. Pairing a classic white tee and cargo’s with an updated espadrille sandal is a great way to embrace a trend without going overboard. And come this fall, just dress either of these up with a blazer! (I have the necklace on the left in nude, it is AWESOME!)
Trend # 3 Boho Prints
Boho prints are a classic summer trend, and a great way to had some fun patterns to your wardrobe! Try a chic boho printed swing dress, it’s a great lightweight piece that is perfect for those hot summer days. If you don’t like wearing prints, try accessorizing with a boho scarf or handbag. For those of us living in warmer climates, we can even carry this trend into fall by pairing it with knee high or ankle boots, vests and jackets.
Jumpsuits have been around popular sine the late 60’s-70’s, but over the past year there has been a huge demand for these one piece outfits. Depending on the fabric, you can dress a jumpsuit up for date night or dress it down with sandals for a busy day of running around. This one piece outfit is great for mom’s on the go who do not necessarily have time every morning to put together the most fashion forward outfits. Jumpsuits come in an array of styles between wide leg, to a more tapered and fitted style fabric ranging from silk to linen. I personally haven’t embraced this trend because of my hips, but may give one a whirl!
Pop of Color Maxi
Maxi’s are a staple in my wardrobe and something most women and moms can’t live without! They are so versatile and can be worn from day to night so easily! You can add a blazer or denim jacket with heels for work, or pair it with sandals and a trendy necklace for play like above! I only own dark maxi dresses, but am obsessed with this one! Plus it’s made by Olive + Oak, who also made one of my FAV white hot dresses I wore during the HEAT playoffs. Get it HERE!
other lilac and lillies finds I wore!
I also LOVED this one, so pretty, wore it during the 2016 NBA Playoffs.
It. Is. Time. For the #WhiteHot @miamiheat playoffs! Tune in to @foxsportsflorida for all of the round 1 games! How awesome are the fans this year?! Thanks to @lilacandlilies_boutique for this AMAZING dress! I ❤️ all of their dresses, tees and tops! ???????? #HEAT #heatnation #MiamiHEAT #NBA #nbaplayoffs #ilovethisgame #gamestyle #work #letsgoHEAT #sports #tvreporter #tv #southflorida #ootd #fashion #tvready #basketball #myLLstyle #sheisFOXSports
And check out this tank top! Super comfy!
Travel vibes. (And my FAV new comfy tank!)
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and dress I wore from Lilac And Lillies to the Miami New Times BEST OF Party when I won BEST BLOG MIAMI.
So honored to be part of the @miaminewtimes BEST OF party! Thanks to @lilacandlilies_boutique for this beautiful @tartcollections dress! #bestofmiami
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For my friends in South Florida, I highly recommend this quaint store right across the street from Galleria Mall in Ft. Lauderdale. Their staff is so helpful, and I love the vibe inside, kind of like Sparkle and Shine Darling but more centered on clothing!
The store was opened seven years ago by Michelle DiMarco and Kelli Krystynak, and has reasonably priced dresses, tops, skirts, jackets featured alongside gorgeous accessories and wonderful gifts. You might even see the store featured on TV, as it plays host to several reality shows like VH1’s “Basketball Wives”, and was voted “Best Boutique” by Gold coast Magazine three years in a row!
And if you don’t live down here, no worries, if you see anything on their Insta account, just call the store and order it! They should have online ordering back up soon!
Hope you are as inspired to embrace these summer trends as I was! Happy Summer! Please give us a LIKE on Facebook! And if you liked this post check out The Top 5 Things Every Woman Needs in Her Closet!
Janine Huldie says
Omg, I just love all the clothes you featured here, especially the boho style look. I will say that when I was in Florida last year, I ended up at the Mall at Millenia after damaging my iPhone and agree about the shopping option. Sadly though, I couldn’t really spend much on clothing at the time, because the cab ride and phone cost me a mint, but still the shopper in me could have truly gone wild. But on a side note, we are going back to Disney a week from this Saturday and still have to go shopping for this trip and totally taking your advice here above. Thanks!! 🙂
Have fun! Wish I could come up and meet you!
Robin Masshole Mommy says
I love, love, love boho prints, so I am so happy you included them here. They are SOOO in right now, too!
Yes! Love them too!
Simple is in AND Chambray! I think that is the best fashion news I have heard all year! What adorable outfits. I love those first dangle earrings you wore. I am starting to get back into wearing dangle earrings again. For so long I had a baby to worry about, but the toddler (almost preschooler) is now able to follow the directions of staying away from mommy’s ears, so hooray!
Great stuff here my friend!
YAY! How are YOU?
I love everything you picked here! I am terrible at fashion seriously I grab a T-shirt and shorts and that’s about it. I would love to have some your fashion sense.
Mine is taught, not innate!
Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says
You are so obscenely pretty, I can’t even! =D These are all great picks, but I think the one that really speaks to me is the Taco shirt. Love it!
Kerri (The Maven) says
I love all of your fashion picks! It’s a reminder that I really need to start dressing up more. It’s hard to be motivated sometimes when there are days I just stay home with the kids. Let’s go shopping! 🙂
Oh I just LOVE all of these items. And I totally want that red dress you wore to receive your award. I wonder if you can order it online? I may have missed a link or something. I love rompers too, but they can be a pain to go to the bathroom in haha. I need the snaps like my daughter has on hers!
good tips and i love that white dress fo sho’…
I love all these styles. The boho has always been a favorite of mine. I just never really thought it would look good on me. I also really like the back to basics outfits. Those are nice!
All of the outfits are beautiful! I especially like the jeans with the pink top. Too cute!!
I feel like summer is halfway over & I still haven’t shopped for summer styles! These are all such cute looks, but the Back to Basics probably suits me best.
Pamela K says
Oh I love the jumpsuit.
Wow! They put some great outfits together for you! Can they come help me now? lol I love that print on the jumpsuit!
THe jumpsuit is SO comfy!
valmg @ Mom Knows It All says
For summer I hate to be hot so I usually wear as little as possible, shorts and a tee is about it.You look terrific in all of these.
I really love everything you picked but that white dress is my favourite. I’m so happy that basics are in and so glad to see chambray make an appearance again.
I love al of those different styles that you have. They are all really pretty, especially the red maxi.
Ann Bacciaglia says
I love these trends for summer. I really like the Boho prints.
I love this post. I will have to check out their online store. While I’m not into boho, I love solid, bright colors in whimsical styles. The color maxi is awesome.
Amy Desrosiers says
I think you look super cute in these outfits. All the choices are so cute! I need to get my body into shape to pull those off like you!
Liz Mays says
I love Kendra Scott, just love her! I just bought a necklace the other day, and I need to get that cuff now too!
Kelly Hutchinson says
I love anything that is easy to wear when it is this hot. I love the jumpsuit Super cute yet polished at the same time.
Those outfits are all so cute! Totally agree that chambray is a fantastic summer staple. It’s so easy to dress up or down. And those white dresses are adorable on you.
Right? So cute!!