There are few hairstyles as romantic as a French braid. The right over-under plait begs to be styled with a floral maxi dress, worn while you're barefoot in the grass on a warm Saturday evening, watching the sunset with a glass of rosé — or at least dreaming of such a scenario wherever you are.
If you're inspired to bring a variation of the lost-but-not-forgotten French braid back into your look — while you have plenty of time to practice — you'll find endless inspiration in the guide, ahead. From polished updo accents to the beachy boho milkmaid vibe, click on for the French braid looks we're inspired to try for summer 2020 — any of which will get you to that idyllic summer night as fast as your arm muscles allow.
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For me, summer dressing means one thing: staying comfy. Comfort has always been a priority in my wardrobe, but when I'm trying to beat the heat, it's number one. My favorite pieces to wear are dresses. Not only are they fresh and airy, but also so versatile. As I started shopping for a new pick this summer, I had two things on my checklist: cozy and affordable. Behold, I found the Old Navy Sleeveless V-Neck Maxi Shift Dress ($15, originally $35) and knew it was the one. The dress comes in a number of cool prints and solid choices, but I went with the black and white polka dot one. The cute design is easy to mix and match with everything from sneakers to sandals, or even dress up with a pair of wedges. The silhouette is flowy and feels like I'm wearing pajamas, but looks flattering on. It features adjustable straps, so you can fit the top however you like. Need more convincing? Right now it's on sale for just $15, and what's better than that?! Keep reading to shop all its choices and find your perfect match for summer. Related: I've Been Searching For the Perfect Summer Sandals, and Old Navy Has Them For $10 Today!
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I'm someone who loves spending time outside. Whether I'm chatting with neighbors or walking my dog, I love a good healthy dose of vitamin D when I can schedule it in. Now that it's consistently hot outside, I realized I needed to find more warm-weather outfits that were easy to put together. Sure I could go for denim shorts or my biker shorts, but I always feel like I have to put a lot of effort into styling; I wanted to find something more turnkey. I set out to find the perfect Summer dress and set a few rules before I started shopping: the dress had to have a fun print (prints just make me happy), it couldn't hug my waist (nothing more uncomfortable than being hot in a dress that's also tight), and it had to be machine washable (dry cleaning is for the birds). It didn't take long before I found it: the Old Navy Jersey Swing Dress ($25) checked all my boxes. I took a look at the fabric before ordering (a mix of rayon and spandex) and decided to actually order down a size, which sounds crazy considering I wanted to find an easy-going and roomy dress, but it ended up being the right move. The dress fits exactly like a t-shirt up top and is relaxed through the body with a flared hem that swings out as you walk, so there is a ton of space to move around. I also didn't want it to be too long because I knew I'd want to wear the dress with socks and sneakers; I like when dresses hit a few inches up above the knee. This dress has been my absolute favorite purchase this Summer. I plan on wrapping a denim shirt around my waist when I wear it for the Fourth of July, and down the line I can wear it with sandals and a straw bag. Related: I've Probably Tried On 100+ T-Shirts, but This $8 Find Is My New Holy Grail Staple
When we think of childhood summers, we think of balmy nights chasing fireflies, walking barefoot on hot sand, and hours of fun that didn't cost a thing. Just because we're adults doesn't mean we have to drop a ton of money to celebrate our favorite season! There are endless activities you can do this summer, and we've rounded up ones that you'll love when you are feeling lazy, want to bask outside, or are in search of an adventure. The best part is they will barely cost you a thing! - Additional reporting by Lauren Harano and Tara Block Related: 185 Upcycling Ideas That Will Turn Your Trash Into Treasures
Any savvy online shopper will tell you that in our current state of quarantine, popular items aren't available for very long. Whether it’s a breathable face mask, a voluminous house dress, or a top-rated bike basket for hauling groceries, the most popular products fly off the (virtual) shelves fast — leaving us stuck with a sad-trombone “notify me” message for whenever they decide to restock. And, the current & Other Stories summer blowout is no exception to this unfortunate rule. The Swedish retailer has been slowly dropping more and more covetable duds in its up-to-60% off sale section — and we’ve been watching the good stuff sell out in record time. (Like, while we were writing this story.) With a long weekend on the horizon, stay-at-home shoppers have got their fingers on the pulse of the good scores — and the “add to cart” button. So we combed through the slashed-price pages and isolated our favorite summer selects, sussing out which styles still had a healthy size run and minimal “low stock” warnings. Click through to see the best of what was in stock at press time, but probably won't be for much longer. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?These Desk Chairs Are All On Sale For July 4thOur Readers' Top Stay-At-Home Buys Are On SaleThe Best 4th Of July Sale Is At Ulta Beauty
If you're smart, you'll get in on all the huge July sales ASAP. We are shocked by how many items are discounted - you'll find sandals, shorts, tops, dresses, and plenty more. We curated a selection of the very best deals you can get online, so shop through them all and don't wait to buy what you want. You have just a few days to take advantage of it all! Related: The 51 Best Summer Dresses on Amazon Fashion Under $50
Gone are the days when the only clothing options for pregnant women were enormous tent dresses, shapeless tunics and leggings. Maternity wear has come a long way since then – and there’s no reason why you can’t look just as stylish as you do when you’re not with bump. Whether your personal style vibe is […]
It’s time for us to open our eyes. The Lunar Eclipse reaches its fullest point in security-minded Capricorn in the early-morning hours of July 5 (between midnight and 1 a.m. EST). A light is being shone on aspects of our lives that we were once unaware of, and it’s critical to pay attention. New paths will be revealed, though we may need to dedicate some quiet time to a mindfulness practice to see them. Luckily, the Eclipse supports our intuition and encourages us to finally let go of old ways of thinking or acting that are holding us back. The Lunar Eclipse is supported by a trine with change-loving Uranus, which may compel us to discuss our innovative ideas. But it opposes thoughtful Mercury, which can cause some confusion or fogginess — so take time working through your emotions and feelings before you speak, and listen carefully to others. The Moon is void-of-course on Tuesday, and she will remain void for a full day, until Wednesday afternoon. Void Moons are known for halting action and promoting introspection, so these are great days to sit with your emotions, to heal, and to collect your thoughts. The Moon enters Aries on Saturday at just past 1 a.m. EST, stirring up a more active, ambitious energy. Be careful with your words on Wednesday, when messenger Mercury forms a square against warrior Mars. It’s easy for us to get fired up against each other. Avoid jumping to conclusions during this transit. Work to be patient with others — then blow off steam by dancing out your feelings, or going for a quick run to clear your thoughts. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Your July HoroscopeThis Mercury Retrograde, Prepare To FightThe 2020 Revolution Was Written In The Stars
Ah, long weekends... In lieu of crowded backyard barbecues, we seared hot dogs on individual mini grills from a safe social distance of six feet. And, instead of pouring rosé out of a shared cooler while not really keeping track of whose glass is whose, we sipped bottled to-go cocktails beneath the cover of face masks. But, despite all of these time-honored traditions being in a state of flux, there is a holiday weekend staple that we can still expect: the sales. As sure as the sun rising in the east, the annual influx of 4th of July sales is business as usual with many of the deals lasting through Sunday eve — and they don’t disappoint. Click through to see what scores we rustled up this year. No matter how you ended up spending the long weekend, you can complete it with a darn good sale, if you're in the market to do so. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Wayfair's July 4th Sale Is Up To 70% OffThe Black One-Pieces Online Shoppers Swear By23 Red Swimsuits For Every 4th Of July Pool Party
After spending many, many months indoors recently, it's very possible that you already know your way around a good cyber sale. But just when you thought you'd be swapping screen time for sunshine in honor of one star-spangled holiday this weekend, let us remind you that the 4th of July is also a major moment for some of the year's biggest markdowns on everything furniture, decor, rugs, and more. And while we're on the topic of that stay-at-home life we've grown accustomed to as of late, we'd like to point out that many of our R29 readers' favorite finds over lockdown (fire pits, desk chairs, and breathable bedding, to name a few) are having their prices slashed, all in the name of patriotism as July 4 draws near. So we're breaking down the top holiday deals by category featuring the season's most-loved home items so you're well-prepared to ride the wave of promotions that's on its way. With discounts of up to 70% off from popular retailers like Wayfair and Lulu and Georgia, it'll be worth the extra few minutes at your computer. The more efficient your sale shopping, the more time you've got to soak up that all-too-precious vitamin D, so click through our roundup of unmissable steals ahead and keep checking back — we'll be updating this list as long as the markdowns are marching in. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?All The Home Sales You May As Well Shop While WFHUpgrade Your Bedroom Decor With This Design HackWayfair's July 4th Sale Is Up To 70% Off
I’m going to kick this off with two statements that are likely beyond obvious to you (unless you’ve spent the first half of 2020 living off the land in the desolate wilderness with nothing but a penknife and a ball of cord to keep you company, à la My Side of The Mountain). You should be wearing a mask. And it’s freaking hot outside. What do these two things have to do with other? Well, wearing a mask in the heat is a pain. Masks can get sweaty, feel stuffy, and can even leave us with a heat rash.“It’s worth acknowledging that masks are uncomfortable, especially when it’s hot and humid,” says Nate Favini, MD, medical lead at Forward, a concierge medical service. “They’re annoying, and I don’t think we should pretend that’s not true. I’m empathetic — but it doesn’t mean that wearing a mask isn’t crucial.” Because the fact is, face masks work. They reduce transmission, helping to curb the spread of coronavirus and to quite literally save lives. “The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have an increasing number of cases, so it’s more important than ever to wear a mask,” says Natasha Bhuyan, MD, One Medical’s regional medical director. “Until we have a vaccine, widespread masks are our best defense against this virus.”But when it’s hot and sticky outside, and the humid air you’re exhaling is getting trapped by your mask, things might get a little stifling, admits Dr. Bhuyan. (To be clear: While there’s a myth circulating that wearing a mask can lower oxygen levels, it’s not true. Doctors and nurses wear them all day long, and they’re doing okay. “Even though we are exhaling carbon dioxide, it already exists in the environment… Wearing the mask does not increase this risk,” Dr. Bhuyan says.)So, yes, wearing a face mask on a 100-degree day is still worth it. And to make it easier on you, we asked doctors for their best tips for staying comfortable while doing your civic duty and covering your face in steamy temps. Get a more breathable mask. Choose one that has more structure than those that lie flat against your mouth. But Dr. Favini cautions that the more breathable a mask is, the less protection it may offer to the people around you. “There’s the tension of wanting people to have masks that are more comfortable versus wanting them to have ones that are more effective.” So if you’re going to be indoors and/or around others, wear a more effective mask, even if it makes you feel hotter. (Or layer up. Which brings us to…)Choose the right material. This is especially important if you’re getting heat rashes from your mask. “Consider fabrics that are either natural, like cotton, or synthetic fabrics that wick away sweat, such as fabric found in exercise clothing,” says Ted Lain, MD, dermatologist and chief medical officer at Sanova Dermatology. “The latest recommendation is to use multiple layers of fabric to produce the most effective protective barrier to the virus, so instead of using a thick cotton, consider a thinner cotton fabric but layering it.”Bring backups. A sweaty mask stinks — literally and figuratively. So have a few fresh ones in your bag. That way if you sweat through one, you’ll have another at the ready. This can make you more comfortable, and prevent breakouts. “Sweating and the humidity in the mask area certainly can lead to a dermatitis, or even an acne breakout,” says Dr. Lain. Pack each extra in a clean, sealable plastic baggie so it won’t be exposed to any germs before you slip it on your face.Time your “chin strap” moments. Sure, if you’re totally alone, then it’s fine to pull your mask down and take a few deep breaths. But then pull it back up, Dr. Favini says: “Wearing your mask down around your chin is like having a condom and leaving it on the nightstand while you have sex.” Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?