Maybe it's because May delivers
the unofficial start of summer, but there's just something about this time of year that has us feeling really excited about getting dressed again. After a decently wet April (here in New York City, at least), we're a bit tired of wearing jackets, clunky shoes, and anything else constricting — or, to be honest, anything that'll leave us sweating. So something new, albeit something we experience every single year, helps reignite our creativity.
The tricky thing about May, though, is while it helps usher in the warmest days of the year, the month itself isn't
always no-jacket, no-pants weather. Instead, it's a transitional time that requires adequate layering and styling — something we don't necessarily dedicate enough time or energy to. To keep that low-maintenance approach to dressing going strong, we're letting the 31 outfits ahead (one for every day of the month), help plan out what we'll be wearing for the next four weeks. Summer, we're ready when you are.
If you read Refinery29 regularly, you know we have a thing for
basket bags. Now's the time to get one that looks as good on Instagram as it does IRL.
Wildfox dress, Levi's pants, Urban Outfitters shoes, Le Birkin Basket bag. Photo via @alyssainthecity. More
For a work-appropriate situation that shows you mean business, gravitate towards a "
summer suit." The cut is looser, the fabric lighter, and the colors more muted.
Mango suit, Massimo Dutti shoes. Photo via @annaaborisovna. More
The whole striped T-shirt, white pants combination never gets old. To give it new life, add some
statement-making earrings into the mix. The bigger, the better.
Zara top and shoes, Mango pants, Pared Eyewear sunglasses. Photo via @aoifejudithturner. More
Forget that whole "no white after Labor Day thing" (because who follows that anyway!?) and opt for an
all-white look. Nothing feels more summery.
June 18 top and pants. Photo via @ascia_akf. More
Not typically a florals person? Pull a Vetements and try a
black-based option that still delivers, minus the whole super-bright-colors thing.
ASOS dress, Dr. Martens shoes. Photo via @asos_lotte. More
Logomania is back. Embrace it (even if it's with just one piece, rather than a full look).
Gucci top, bag, shoes, and socks. Photo via @avanope. More
Gingham is one of those timeless warm-weather patterns. Instead of the expected Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz dress, try the print in a cropped pair of pants or a midi skirt.
H&M top, ASOS pants, Topshop shoes, Versace bag. Photo via @curvy_roamer. More
The question isn't whether or not you should own a metallic skirt — it's which one should you invest it. We've got you covered
ASOS jacket and skirt, Puma shoes. Photo via @daniellevanier. More
We're all for
tucking our button-ups in a variety of weird ways, but we haven't thought about doing it with a blazer — until now.
Asilio jacket, Storets skirt. Photo via @doina. More
Bought a dress that's
see-through? Don't panic. Invest in a bra and underwear set that looks fancy enough to be seen, or, try wearing a solid-colored bikini underneath.
Rodebjer dress, Miista shoes, The Nude Label bra and underwear. Photo via @double3xposure. More
Knee-high boots are typically associated with fall, but we're all for wearing them into spring with a floral mini and oversized denim jacket.
Magda Butrym dress, Balenciaga dress, Aquazzura shoes. Photo via @handinfire. More
Berets for spring? Now that's actually groundbreaking.
Marimekko dress, Gestuz shoes, 2nd Day hat. Photo via @hannastefansson. More
Champion sweatshirt you've been wearing all winter long on-hand for days that are a little chilly. We love how it looks when paired with something less sporty, like a ruffled skirt.
Champion sweatshirt, ASOS skirt, Vans shoes. Photo via @itsmekellieb. More
If there's one pair of shoes you really, truly need this season (and really, all year long), it's some crisp (and comfortable)
Atmos&here dress, Adidas shoes, Ray-Ban sunglasses. Photo via @jennatilemile. More
Last month, Kim Kardashian brought
the cardigan back to life. We're loving this cropped version of the silhouette, too.
Chanel bag. Photo via @lifeofboheme. More
Dig through your grandmother's jewelry box for one of her old-school brooches. Then pair with denim shorts and ribbon flats, and you've got a
Man Repeller -approved outfit. Dior shoes. More
Mini bags are in! And they make any outfit look even cuter!
Coach top, Acne Studios pants, Ganni jacket, Nike shoes, Simon Miller bag, Ray-Ban sunglasses. Photo via @lucywilliams02. More
robe coat turns an look into street style bait. Basically, adding one to your wardrobe is a no-brainer.
Topshop dress, Olivia von Halle robe, Photo via @manrepeller. More
$5 souvenir earrings are the best accessory. Pick up a pair on your next vacation.
Gucci top, Dodo Baror skirt, Joseph shoes. Photo via @pandorasykes. More
Don't shy away from
stripes. Instead, wear multiple variations of the print at once.
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