Summer is but days away—are you ready? If you're already pulling out the tried-and-true cut-off denim shorts and frilly white dresses to beat the heat, put them down. We propose a slightly different take on summer dressing. It's easy to get in a style rut in the summer months—when battling intense heat, almost any garment seems to do. But take a good, hard look at your planned style: does it fit the bill for cool, modern dressing? Are you going to look like a clone of every other summer babe? Ahead: the summer looks we're sick of already—and the pieces to swap in for them for a really neat contemporary look.
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Alison Baitz is a freelance fashion and culture writer. When she's not busy chatting about online shopping or rooting out cool new designers, she's interviewing up-and-coming musicians or sampling food for articles and calling it research. She's proud to be a part of the DC-based food zine The Runcible Spoon. Yes, she is on Twitter: @itsmealison.