FASHION FORWARD: Easy breezy summer wear

By Kathie Morris

Photography by Dennis Fernando

Styling by Pastel Makeup & Style


Oh how we look forward to summer in Central New York! The sun, warm weather and easy living. We can’t wait to shed those layers of clothing and put on summer clothes! But why is it when the weekend comes around we tend to throw on the old standby denim shorts and graphic tee or default yoga gear? We love summer clothes! But putting together a fun outfit isn’t always easy! Why not look cute on the weekends while running errands, going to the park, sitting at a sporting event or meeting friends for brunch? How about if I show you an easy way to have you still wear those standby favorites and look cute…. are you in? Yes, you can have fun cute outfits and still wear your favorite standbys! It’s so easy! Just think three easy pieces! Here’s how we do it!

Our models show examples of how easy it is! No. 1, we took your standby graphic tee; No. 2, paired it with flowy tropical pants and No. 3, added fun earrings top or bottom piece then add a new seasonal item, like the suggestion listed below, add an accessory and one, two, three you are ready to take off to the nearest brewery!

This is what we have been waiting for — easy, casual summer outfits! The clothing options and trends this summer season are no exception: colorful florals, bright colors and tropical prints! I’ve formed an easy plan I’ve listed our faves below and what you can add to make you look effortlessly cute and not like your trying too hard.


To your favorite graphic tee or tank top add the following:

  • fun tropical print pants
  • long breezy skirt
  • wide leg palazzo pants
  • white fringed jeans
  • a short full floral skirt
  • cropped pants or jeans
  • bright colored skinny jeans


To your favorite denim shorts add one of these:

  • colorful embroidered silk top
  • tropical print top
  • off the shoulder peasant top
  • ruffle crop top (show off that midriff you worked so hard for)
  • baby doll top
  • sporty embellished top
  • patterned kimono


Finish your look by adding on accessory (or two if you dare!)

  • colorful earrings
  • straw hat
  • round sunnies
  • woven bag
  • wrist full of bangles
  • wide leather belt
  • colorful scarf in your hair
  • colorful sandals
  • white kicks
  • cowboy boots
  • funky footwear


Yes, the season is short, so spend less on trendy accessories and invest in pieces that will carry you through the year, consider a jumpsuits and a strappy black maxi dress. Both can be worn dressy now with sandals and casual with sneakers. Keep them out for next season — wear the jumpsuit with a blazer and boots and the dress with high heels to a cocktail party.

Summer is short — try these easy tips and have fun with your weekend look!


Kathie Morris owns The Changing Room, located at 425 South Warren St., Syracuse; (315) 299-4320. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.