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5 Pretty Ways to Dress Up Your Summer Look

Jun 3 2011 - 12:45pm

When the weather is warm and you've gotten used to kicking back in jeans and a t-shirt, it can be difficult to dress yourself up once that formal June wedding or a date for Shakespeare in the Park rolls around. Don't worry, though. If your style has become casual and loose, there are plenty of ways to dress it up without losing any warm-weather charm. Check out these five ideas for getting formal in a flash when the mercury's high.

Go Half Up

If you've been out all day and your hair has become more texturized by the wind and water, instead of trying to hide it, use it to your advantage. Jamie Chung's tousled, voluminous half-up style has a formal silhouette but lets you keep the season's beach-y, natural texture.

Band Together

Freida Pinto looks gorgeous with this soft, unstructured cupdo. Using a pretty band like this keeps hair from sticking to your forehead, chin, and neck, and then pinning it up gives the look a styled but soft appearance.

Braid It Down

If you have fine hair, you know that getting volume going in the heat is nearly impossible. So create a style where flatness is actually a plus, like this pretty braid on Nicole Richie [1].

Get Sleek

Try a look like this one Selita Ebanks wore by creating a deep side part and then using a roller or round brush to create a wave in the front. If your hair is short, you're done. If it's longer, then knotting or pinning your hair in the back is best. Use a little styling gel around the front keep everything smooth.

Turn to Red

Olivia Wilde [2] knows that a good red lipstick is the secret to making casual hair look suddenly dressed up. Bring it all together with a pop of blush, champagne shadow, and jet eyeliner.

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