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For as long as I can remember, I have been drawn to pastel colors. I could never reserve them for the springtime alone—in fact, I might love styling them throughout the year, when they feel fresh and unexpected, even more than I enjoy layering them on in the spring. In the height of summer, shades of soft peach, butter yellow, mint green, and sky blue infuse any outfit with a light, airy, whimsical feel.
I couldn’t resist this pink linen dress by Sleeper, as it meets all of my current must-haves: breathable enough to beat the heat, easy to style for at-home or on-the-go wear, comfortable, and true to my personal style. The puff sleeves, ruffled neckline, and full button-down front add just enough thoughtful details to make this style feel special. If I’m getting dressed for a simple day at home, I love pieces like this that make me look and feel put-together, even if they are secretly as comfortable as pajamas. I slipped into white sneakers to create a more casual look–something I started doing more frequently when Clementine was born and have kept up with throughout the year.
Whether paired with pastels or worn on their own, crisp white staples also make up a central part of my wardrobe year-round. If pastel colors are not your favorites, white offers a similar bright and breezy aesthetic, especially if you opt for lightweight, flowy fabrics. I have my eye on this relaxed dress, this flutter-sleeve top, and these cropped pants. See below for more of my favorite pastel and white pieces to style this summer.
Whether we’re popping over to the beach or spending the afternoon on our lawn, a sun hat is a summer necessity. This one from Eugenia Kim has a sweet oversized bow, making it a stylish and comfortable addition to any sunny-day ensemble.