Summer event season is in full swing and Trendsetters at the U are ready to provide some inspiration! From music festivals to farmers markets, you’ll be looking stylish all season long.
When fun outdoor events start happening around Missoula, I always get excited to mix up my style a little bit. If you’re going to be sitting in the grass and walking around, you want to be practical as well as stylish. I decided to go for overalls because they are extremely comfortable, have a bunch of pockets for everything you might need, and I don’t really care if I get grass stains on them (or cinnamon sugar from all of the mini donuts I’ll be consuming.) To make the overalls a little less childish, I rolled the bottoms and wore a cropped sweater underneath. I went for a black and white floral sweater, which I stole from my sister’s closet, because I thought it made the look more springy and fun. It can also get chilly in the mornings, so a sweater and shorts is the perfect combo. To finish my look off I’m wearing a pair of white Converse sneakers, which are extremely comfortable for doing lots of walking, and a pair of sunglasses from Target to keep the sun out of my eyes.
At Missoula’s Out to Lunch, you can expect to see Big Dipper Ice Cream, The Chive, and people dressed ready to hike the M or jog around Caras Park. For events like this, I like to keep my outfit a little elegant and fun. I wore a black Wet Seal maxi skirt with a loose maroon and white chevron pattern. Sticking to the black theme I wore a black Hollister strapped crop top. While being in the sun, seeing all of your friends and consuming way too much ice cream, some sort of shade is necessary to keep cool. To protect my eyes, I wore a Wet Seat beige straw hat. With this on, no sun rays were going to blind me from seeing all all the colors of Missoula together in one place.
With the weather getting hotter and the drinks getting colder, outfits are losing the sweaters and the various heavy layers. Spring is usually the time of the year when I personally come out of my own fashion rut. I chalk it up to the happy vibe of renewal with the budding flowers and the vibrant green grass. I drag out my dresses from the back of the closet and replace the many pairs of jeans and leggings.
I would choose this look for an outside music event. I love the vibrant color of the orange chiffon and the pop of light blue in the zipper. This dress is light, flowy, and fun. The Ariat shoes I paired with this dress are a neutral earth tone to let the dress have the spotlight. I believe that this Buckle dress’s most important quality is that it is comfortable and easy to move in. My utmost advice for wearing something to an event is having whatever you’re wearing lend to you being comfortable in your own skin. So you are not bugged with always adjusting your clothes and are able to dance around, socialize or just have a good time.
I love this time of the year, especially in Missoula. I love taking advantage of the fun summertime events that take place all around town. Not just because the events themselves are amazing, but it is also a wonderful opportunity to put together a killer summer outfit.
I found this dress at TJ Maxx, and I love it. It fits the whole out to lunch vibe perfectly, plus its super loose and comfortable so it’s super easy to wear all day. Comfort is my goal whenever I plan to dress for something that’ll be outside and last a couple of hours. My light long sleeve jacket and Birkenstocks are the definition of comfort, and make the day so much better.
Outdoor festivals, shows and farmers’ markets are some of the best parts about spring and summer. My white crop top, from Wet Seal, is a whimsical detail piece that goes well with most maxi skirts. I prefer neutral-colored crop tops because they accentuate the skirts without overpowering them.
I love wearing long, patterned maxi skirts for these special occasions. My maxi skirt, from Wet Seal, is the perfect mix of bohemian and chic. Maxi skirts are a combination of my favorite summer trends: dresses, yoga pants and shorts. I love the bold prints and fabrics of summer dresses that inspire maxi skirts. They’re also as comfortable as yoga pants and as cool as shorts.
Summer is my favorite time to get out and about, but leaving the house early to head to Farmers Market, then running errands after, all while the temperatures are rising, can lead to disaster if you aren’t wearing the right thing. This sweater, from Apricot Lane, is the perfect choice for a summer day. It’s light and airy, but still keeps me cozy during those chillier mornings. Boyfriend jeans are a huge summer closet staple for me, so it was about time they made their way out for the season. A pair of classic white Converse finish off my look because not only are they cute and go with everything, but my feet won’t feel like they’re going to fall off at the end of the day.
Photo Credit: JS Productions