Old Clothes, New Tricks: 6 Summer Style Problems Solved by ModCloth

Shopping for warm weather clothes is one of the best parts about summer. Flirty dresses, chic sunglasses, bright colors -- what's not to love? Unfortunately, some people shy away from their inner fashion goddesses due to the inevitable challenges our favorite season can provide. How do you stay cool without feeling overexposed? Are there ways to dress up shorts for work? What about making sure your clothes don't wrinkle in the heat?

Luckily, all of our biggest summer style problems have been solved by one of my very favorite sources for retro-chic summery staples - ModCloth! They tackled every one of our fashion issues, from travel wardrobe woes to accessorizing questions. Check out 6 of my favorite pieces of advice:

1. PROBLEM: Looking cute while traveling
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Solution: "Breathable, wrinkle-free fabrics, with light layers, cute flats, and simple accessories."
See all of ModCloth's travel outfit suggestions.

2. PROBLEM: Help! I don't know how to mix patterns

Solution: "The trick is to keep both bold elements in the same family. Whether the patterns share a similar motif, compatible textures, or a common color family...make sure the match-up is subtle and unexpectedly unique."
See ModCloth's mixed-pattern suggestions.

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3. PROBLEM: How to style a bathing suit
How can you wear your bathing suit to pool parties and beachy events without a typical cover-up?

Solution: "Make the most of your favorite piece by pairing it with seasonal staples like floral shorts, a breezy maxi, or a cotton sundress." ModStylist Amy played up on the peplum trend by turning your bathing suit into a summery-looking shirt.
See ModCloth's bathing suit styling suggestions.

4. PROBLEM: How to look cute yet casual for a BBQ

Solution: "Try out a light, printed frock with a cute headband and your fave strappy sandals. After the sun goes down and it's a bit cooler, throw on a wardrobe staple such as a chambray shirt."
See ModCloth's BBQ outfit suggestions.

5. PROBLEM: How to dress up a maxi dress

Solution: "You can take it from a day at the beach to date night by swapping your flat sandals for a colorful wedge and adding a statement necklace. Between you and me, sometimes I even keep a sparkly clutch in my oversized day bag!"
See ModCloth's maxi dress accessories.

6. PROBLEM: How to wear a dress while bike riding
If a bicycle is your summertime transportation of choice, it can feel like your wardrobe is limited.

Solution: "A [longer-length] sturdy cotton dress is an excellent choice because it keeps you cool, resists wind gusts, and looks adorable. Pair it with brogues, a circle scarf, and a backpack for your essentials."
See ModCloth's bicycle-compatible outfit suggestions.

See all of ModCloth's "Sunny Solutions" -- including how to fancy-up shorts and wear pastels!

By Michelle Horton
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