This weekend is Memorial Day, which is the official kickoff to summer and when we can officially break out the white pants, if you haven’t already (because that rule is dumb), relax a little bit and enjoy the warm weather.
My Memorial Day weekend is usually spent at my sister’s, who lives way up in the country of New Jersey. Yes, New Jersey does have countryside, contrary to popular belief. She hosts a summer party, which also is a birthday celebration of my youngest niece, Avery. It’s nice to get away, smell the country air and take a few jumps in the bouncy house that she always has brought in for the kids…and adults who know how to enjoy themselves, especially after eating a few spiked snow cones. I always make sure my outfit is bouncy house friendly. Because she lives in farm country, literally with a cow farm across the street, it isn’t uncommon to have some animals, like ponies and baby goats also stop by. She doesn’t need to hire a pony, the neighbor just brings one. Yea, it’s pretty rural, and I am not kidding when I say that one year she had a garage sale and someone came by on their John Deere tractor to shop.
Whatever your plans are, I put together some stylish Memorial Day Weekend looks to consider that will keep you cool and stylish as you welcome the summer season. Take a look at them below.
Stylish Memorial Day Weekend Looks
If you plan on wearing shorts and a t-shirt this Memorial Day, you can make this super easy ensemble look stylish with a few accessories that won’t take away from the casual nature of the outfit. Here, for example, I took a pair of Gap shorts and a Theory t-shirt and added a pair of yellow sandals from Coach and turquoise drop earrings from Banana Republic, for pops of color, and white bracelet from Stella & Dot. Even without the Fossil Bag, that brings all the colors together, the outfit still looks polished without being fussy at all.
A maxi dress, like this one from Modcloth, is a great choice for a Memorial Day weekend party. Not only is it a bit more elegant, but it’s comfortable, easy to move in and covers up your legs, which may not be all that tan yet. All this outfit needs to look complete is a pair of gold sandals from MICHAEL Michael Kors, a gold pendant necklace from Max & Chloe and a green handbag from Hobo.
A short little sundress is another great option. Personally, summer dresses are my favorite for weekend parties. They are no-brainer options that make it look like you tried a lot harder than you did to pull an outfit together. Here, I chose this navy and white halter dress from Boden and added a comfortable pair of tangerine Espadrilles from Franco Sarto that add can give you some sophisticated height without actually wearing heels. Lastly, I finished the look with a basic pair of hoop earrings and white handbag from Lord & Taylor.
Going the cropped or ankle pants route is a popular choice for many women who wouldn’t be caught dead in shorts but don’t want to wear pants. Here this leaf printed pair from J. Crew looks summery and sophisticated, especially when paired with a sleeveless tunic from Theory in ivory. The gold Bauble Bar pendant adds some interest near the face, while the comfortable Anhu sandals complements the outfit. The metallic crossbody bag is an easy finish for this look.
Lastly, a printed summer skirt, like this one from MICHAEL Michael Kors, is a perfect substitute for a pair of shorts. You can check out more ideas on subbing in a skirt for shorts, here. I love the way the navy J. Crew tank creates a more summery (and less Halloween-y) look than black would. To keep the outfit casual, I added these navy Fit Flop sandals, an orange nylon Mosey by Baggallini bag and orange drop earrings from Blue Bijoux.
Whatever your plans are this Memorial Day weekend, I hope you have a fantastic time and feel great doing it.