Crop it: For outdoor events, Gregg Andrews, a fashion director for Nordstrom, suggests tailored shorts that hit just above the knee. “They have trouser-like details, [such as pleats and cuffs], and they sit at a more natural waist,” he says. “Pair them with a soft blouse or a cardigan.” Ann Ackman, owner of Arafina, an Edina womenswear store, recommends cropped pants. “A cropped pant can be worn with a cardigan or an oversized, [flowing] top,” she says. “That would be a great look for a picnic or an outdoor lunch.”
Suit up: “The matched suit is in fashion without a doubt,” Ackman says. Pay close attention to the cut and style. According to Andrews, the pant should have a wide leg and a high waist, and the jacket should be fitted and shorter in length. After work, simply remove the jacket for a more casual look. “A soft blouse with a bow detail is a great way to add a touch of femininity with a wide-leg trouser,” Andrews says.
Natural or colorful: Both neutral and bright colors are in fashion right now, Andrews says. For a natural look, think tans, beiges, blush, and rose tones. “It’s a way of suggesting skin without showing skin,” he says. Otherwise, Andrews recommends using bright colors to update year-round staples. “Bright oranges and corals are big, as are bright shades of blue and yellow,” he says. “They all work back to the basic colors in a woman’s wardrobe, such as blacks, tans, and grays.”
Pick a height: “Right now, every heel height is in fashion,” Andrews says. Ballet flats, kitten heels, and high heels give women many options to choose from. For casual outdoor gatherings, Andrews suggests wearing ballet flats or oxford lace-ups. For indoor events, try a nude-colored heel. “A nude heel is great for two reasons,” he says. “First, it goes with everything. Second, it blends in with the skin tone of your leg and makes it look that much longer.”