by Leah Faye Cooper
At last, we’ve reached that time of year when we can tuck away our sweaters and boots and bask in the fun and ease of summer style. There may be fewer getaways and gatherings on our calendars than in years past, but occasions to wear something seasonal and on-trend have already started popping up. Socially-distanced picnics in the park, strolls around the neighborhood, and video calls with colleagues all present an opportunity to reach for summer pieces and style them to your liking. This is where H&M comes in.
A sea of breezy dresses and casual separates, the H&M summer collection offers both neutral hues and bold pops of color. White dresses are elevated with tiered silhouettes, puff sleeves add drama to blouses, and shorts are high-waisted and relaxed. Among those who have gotten a head start on styling key H&M pieces are fashion arbiters Tyla-Lauren Gilmore, Brittany Xavier, and Kristina Zias. From layering with a lightweight blazer to embracing the dress-with-sneakers trend, all are perfecting summer style for at-home and beyond. Ahead, all the inspiration you need to do the same.
Comfort is key when spending the day at home, making an airy maxi dress an ideal choice. Whether responding to emails or hopping on calls, a V-neck design and embroidered trim will have you feeling put-together but not too formal. If your space tends to get drafty — or you have an important video call on your agenda — a lightweight blazer adds a practical, professional touch.
If you haven’t already embraced wearing sneakers with everything, this summer’s minimal, pared-down aesthetic gives you an excellent reason to do so. A casual dress worn with sneakers and ankle socks makes for a perfect weekend look (even more perfect if it’s monochrome). Sneakers pair just as well with cropped trousers and a ribbed tank — an easy outfit for running errands or going on a long, aimless walk.
This summer is all about ease, so reaching for a single piece — like a romper or a dress — is encouraged. Wear either with a pair of flat, strappy sandals, and you have an effortless look that will see you from your morning iced coffee run to an evening dining al fresco. Favor separates? Styling those can be simplified too. Add a puff-sleeved blouse to a denim mini skirt, slip on your favorite footwear, and you’re ready to go wherever the summer may take you.
Images courtesy of H&M