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Fashion bloggers are known for taking risks by trying out new style trends, and sharing their discoveries with the world. As the seasons come and go, it’s a fashion blogger’s mission to figure out how to best incorporate new fashion trends into one’s own personal style.

With the hot, humid days of Summer now upon us, it’s no wonder that women everywhere are finding it challenging to look great and feel comfortable. From revealing apparel to clingy fabrics, figuring out which undergarments work with different outfits can make surviving Summer in style a daunting task. That’s where Maidenform® comes to the rescue!

Top 10 Summer Style Essentials

Featured here are my Top 10 Summer Style Essentials. Whether heading to a beach BBQ, an elegant cocktail party, or brunch with friends, the Maidenform® line of figure-flattering undergarments makes getting dressed for Summer outings both effortless and easy.

Summer Style Essentials – How to Wear Wrap Dresses

One of the most fabulous dress silhouettes for Summer is the eternally-chic wrap dress. Since it first debuted in the 1970’s, the wrap dress has become a staple in many women’s wardrobes, and with good reason.

The v-neckline of the wrap dress highlights a woman’s décolletage (which means you will need a bra that provides good support), while the self-belted feature makes your waistline appear smaller.

Wrap dresses are ideal for Summer, as they can be easily packed in a suitcase for Summer vacations (without the worry of wrinkling), they feel light and breezy when worn, and they can transition from day-to-night with just a few accessory changes.

This season we’re seeing a lot of bold, striking patterns, ranging from black & white prints to colorful, art-inspired motifs (like the wrap dress shown below), all of which are true Summer style essentials.

What can be tricky about wearing wrap dresses is that they usually come in slinky, synthetic fabrics (like jersey or poly blends), which mean they can show every curve. That’s where the Maidenform® Comfort Devotion Smooth Body WYOB Full Slip can help, as it provides “innovative, ultimate back smoothing”, making it ideal for dresses.

Summer Style Essentials – How to Wear Strapless Dresses

Another Summer style essential is the ultra-feminine, strapless fit-and-flare dress. Perfect for garden parties and outdoor Summer weddings, fitted bustier style tops (like the floral top above) paired with flared, A-line skirts always look sweet, ladylike, and demure.

From whimsical floral prints to dramatic, head-turning hues, strapless tops and dresses are definitely some of my all-time favorite looks for Summer.

When it’s time to get a bit more dressed up, fitted, strapless dresses with peplum waist details look especially sexy when accessorized by glamorous extras (like a sky-high pumps and a sleek evening clutch).

The challenge with strapless tops and dresses comes into play when you have a fuller bust-line. For those of you who want to wear this cut, but are concerned you won’t get the support you need, have no fear. The Maidenform® Comfort Devotion™ Natural Boost Strapless Multi-Way Bra is here!

This strapless bra not only gives your “girls” a boost, its stretchy fabric provides all-day comfort. In addition, it comes with attachable straps that can be worn in a variety of ways (halter style, one strap, criss-cross, etc.), making it versatile.

Next up on my list of Summer Style Essentials are light colored apparel. From striking white dresses (off-set by sophisticated, tailored blazers and chunky gold jewelry), to pretty pastels (that bring out your softer, feminine side), light colored apparel is a natural for Summer.

Summer Style Essentials – How To Wear Light Colors

When the days get longer and the sun shines brighter, wearing lighter colored clothing is something most of us feel inclined to do. But, lighter colors can pose a different set of challenges. Some lighter colored fabrics are a bit too sheer (making you feel exposed), while other materials can show every bump and bulge.

To remedy this situation, the Maidenform® Weightless Comfort™ Shortie Slimmer works wonders. With its seamless fabric and powerful control, this short-style shapewear helps you look flawless and feel comfortable all day long.

Whether you’re wearing a fitted, ivory pencil skirt or a revealing white dress, this shapewear will keep you covered and under control.

Summer Style Essentials – How To Wear Casual Ensembles

Last, but certainly not least, are casual looks for Summer. When running errands, heading to the beach, or just enjoying a leisurely weekend, the perfect go-to look is casual and comfortable.

This season, we’ve seen a major resurgence of nautical inspired looks, like horizontal stripes, come back into style. From traditional blue & white color combos to on-trend tones (like hot pink & orange), horizontal striped tops are an adorable way to dress casually for Summer.

This type of top looks especially stylish when paired with dark denim jeans and eye-catching accessories (like a colorful statement necklace and high-shine, metallic handbag).

On those hot summer days, going sleeveless seems to be the only option. That’s where casual, cotton sleeveless tops are the way to go. One of my favorite Summer styles is a neutral colored sleeveless top with dynamic detailing (such as this turquoise beaded embellishment). Adding a dose of glam to an outfit can easily be done by accessorizing with sparkly Swarovski crystal jewelry (even for daytime).

When you’re enjoying a relaxed Summer day, the last thing you want to worry about is your bra strap showing. That’s why the Maidenform® Comfort Devotion Tailored T-Back Bra works wonders.

This comfortable, easy-front close bra was designed to work under T-shirts, Sleeveless Tops, and Racer-back style tops. With its adjustable t-back straps (for added versatility), this bra is ideal for wearing with casual Summer apparel, since it won’t show under clothes.

When you want to look great and feel confident, the first step in putting together a fabulous Summer outfit is to start with the right undergarments. No matter what you’re doing or where you’re heading this Summer, enjoy fun adventures while looking stylish.

[Photography by: Presidential Technology]

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Maidenform. The opinions and text are all mine.

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