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Your 2018 Alternative to Shorts

It’s 95 degrees and you have to get dressed (and look cute!). What are your options? For so many women, this is a serious fashion problem. A lot of us just don’t feel comfortable in shorts, myself included! I have a few particularly stylish pairs that I will wear when I must (see the bottom for some of the options I love). However, I’ve also found other solutions for myself and for my clients who prefer not to show their legs. What’s your go-to summer uniform? Which option is your favorite? Let us know on our Facebook page or comment on our Instagram post.

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Cargo Pants

Ok so the 2018 version of cargo pants is a little different from the baggy 90s utilitarian look. Look for a pair with a streamlined skinny/straight silhouette and less overall bulkiness. This look is a go-to for our clients who like to add a little edge to their summer casual looks.

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Sanctuary Terrain Crop Cargo Pants, $99

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Nili Lotan Cropped Military Pant, $325

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Wit + Wisdom Twill Star Camo Cargo Pants, $68

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Sanctuary Peace Release Hem Cargo Pants, $99

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Joie Park Skinny Pants, $218

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Joggers and Drawstring Pants

A pair of linen or cotton joggers are exactly what you should be wearing on those 90 degree days when you need extra sun protection. Light colors like this Athleta pair are great with a bathing suit for pool days, while the patterned versions by Madewell and Caslon are great for a day in the city or on vacation with a tee and necklace.

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Athleta Bali Linen Ankle Pant, $79

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Marine Layer Allison Pant in Black, $98

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Madewell Caracas Cover-Up Pants in Warm Paisley, $68

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Caslon Pattern Cotton Blend Drawstring Pants, $65

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J.Crew New Seaside Pant, $75

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Wide-Leg Pants

Whether full-length or cropped, we’ve been adding wide leg pants into all of our clients’ closets this season. I’ve almost completely switched to this silhouette for my work and weekend wardrobe!

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Lands’ End Mid Rise Wide Leg Crop Jeans, $69.95

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Athleta Stripe Bali Linen Trouser, $84

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Eileen Fisher Wide Leg Linen Pants, $178

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J.Crew Point Sur Paper Bag Pants, $98

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Nic and Zoe Traveling Wide-Leg Pants, $138

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Everlane Clean Cotton Culotte, $68

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Easy Breezy Skirts

A cotton skirt is such an essential wardrobe piece for dressing up and down in the summer months. We also included one of the many Athleta skort styles, since we find a lot of our clients love having a skort option for the ease of shorts with the polish of a skirt.

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Caslon Twill Utility Skirt, $49

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J.Crew Point Sur Crinkle Pull-On Midi Skirt, $158

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Athleta Volley Skort, $59

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Madewell Drawstring Circle Skirt, $98

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Boden Stretch Cotton A-Line Skirt, $75

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One and Done Dresses

Sometimes the easiest thing to do is to simply throw on a dress in the morning. We discovered Persifor dresses at Tuckernuck recently which fit like a dream and wear like iron.

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Persifor Winpenny Dress, $220

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Madewell Moment Dress, $118

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Caslon Shirt Dress, $69

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Caslon Twist Neck Maxi Dress, $69

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The Reset Silk Shirtdress, $225

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Old Navy Jersey-Knit Sleeveless Dress, $26.99

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Or Shorts, for Those Who Want Them!

Whether you want a three-inch inseam or a bermuda, we’ve picked a few of the cutest shorts for you to shop this season. I have the following two Uniqlo pairs as my favorite summer shorts!

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Uniqlo Cotton Linen Relaxed Shorts, $19.90

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Uniqlo Drape Shorts, $19.90

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Sanctuary Field Shorts, $79

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Athleta Bali Linen Short, $59

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Wit & Wisdom Ab-Solution White Denim Shorts, $58

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Eileen Fisher Pleated Jersey Walking Shorts, $118

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Hudson Amelia Rolled Knee Shorts, $135

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Joe’s Army Shorts, $128

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Mother Vagabond Prep Frayed Hem Shorts, $208.

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Lani Inlander is a personal stylist who has been working with clients who want to feel their best and look put-together every day for 20 years. You can find her in the Washington, D.C. and New York metropolitan areas. Are you looking for professional training to become a personal stylist? Learn how you can train with Lani at The Stylist Studio

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