Santa Barbara Summer Fashion Tips

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Santa Barbara Summer Fashion Tips
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By Madeline Williams

Summer is officially upon up us and Santa Barbara beachwear has never gone out of style. If you're interested in enhancing your summer wardrobe, here are a few tips. Of course, they are only suggestions and I am a firm believer of creating your own style that works for you. But if you are lost and would like a little bit of guidance on what to wear (or what not to wear) this season, keep reading!

Fashion Do’s

Wear white! Whether it’s day or night you can rock the white. Don’t be afraid to show off a monochromatic look (all white everything) and add a little pop of color with a belt, a shoe, or a handbag.

Make sure you have a go-to denim pant and blouse option ready for any occasion. Pair with a sandal for a daytime excursion or a nude pump for warm summer date night.

If you don’t have a pair already, be on the lookout for platform sandals. They’re everywhere! From boutiques on Coast Village Road to shops on State Street, be sure to snag a pair that catches your eye to complete your summer look.

Build a sunglasses collection! It’s so fun to have the option of adding different colored, shaped, and sized sunglasses to any of your outfits.

Fashion Dont's

Don’t get too color-happy.  Avoid mixing too many colors. Instead try to always mix a color with neutrals like white, black, or beige. Multi-colored outfits can come across as tacky and unintentionally mismatched.

Don’t mix athletic wear with everyday wear. Whether its running shorts and a blouse or tennis shoes and denim, avoid it at all costs. Instead, commit to one style. If you want to go for a sporty look or if you want to be a little more trendy, you have to be all in. 

Don’t over-wear black. Of course once in awhile, we all want to pull off a black on black look (don’t get me wrong, it’s always a go-to for me) but in the summer it can be a little too overbearing and edgy.

Don't only wear flip-flops.Try switch up the flip-flops look once in a while. Replace it with a colorful slide or a white sneaker or just go barefoot on the beach!

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Sprigofsage Jun 30, 2019 02:31 PM
Santa Barbara Summer Fashion Tips

PARVOPUP - I am far more concerned about said sweating between one's fanny divide than I am about how it looks. What are these people wearing - white polyester bell-bottoms?

rwelsh Jun 30, 2019 10:37 AM
Santa Barbara Summer Fashion Tips

People that have been lucky enough to have grown up around the west coast beach areas know how to dress casually cool. Its a part of the sweatshirt and tees beach life... casual, slightly sloppy/slouchy, comfortable and ready for anything, any temp. Its funny to see new arrivals with their ghostly pale skin wearing technically perfect "cool" clothing, trying to look like they just "threw" it on. Hang around this active area long enough and the hiking, biking, swimming, running, boating fever tends to dictate the fashion, as it should.

a-1591041949 Jun 30, 2019 10:11 AM
Santa Barbara Summer Fashion Tips

Thongs don't much of anything! Ask a female doctor sometime about the many downsides of them. Ooof!

Flicka Jun 29, 2019 10:28 PM
Santa Barbara Summer Fashion Tips

I like and use Dolly Parton's statement when, years ago, people made fun of her clothes. She said, "I'd never to stoop so low as to be 'fashionable'." Wear your own "fashion" of whatever you like and is comfortable.

ParvoPup Jun 29, 2019 08:55 PM
Santa Barbara Summer Fashion Tips

Please, don't wear white if it's hot out. You can't see it - but we do. After you have been sitting in the heat at some tres-chic outdoor venue and get up to leave - all of us can only stare at the now off-white, half-inch wide sweat line running up your fanny divide. Thongs don't do much for absorption.

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