Sometimes the hardest outfit to put together is one that's interesting but not too interesting— something that's on-trend enough to impress judgy friends but not so fashion-forward it flies right over boys' heads (harem pants, shoulder pads and denim tuxedos come to mind).
From beachwear to spring dresses, these eight outfits fall right in that sweet spot. Neither costume-y nor too classic and conservative, they'll keep everyone happy...but most importantly YOU. (Which is good, because you'd be the one buying them.)He'll like the high hemline, while you'll like the graphic print-mixing and perfectly oversize clutch.
(Photo courtesy shopbop.com, beauty.com, jcrew.com & zappos.com) With a muscle tank, selvedge denim and sturdy yet pretty platforms, this version of the dude-approved jeans, t-shirt and heels combination feels much fresher.
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(Photo courtesy of modcloth.com, topshop.com & forever21.com)
The skirt's high-low hemline is like the outfit: simple and a little conservative...but also a teeny bit flirty.
Striped Transmission Tee, $35, madewell.com; "freeport" sweat pants, $49.50, quiksilver.com; Chuck Taylor All Star, $50, converse.com.
(Photo courtesy of 6pm.com, shopbop.com & forwardforward.com)Toughen up the obvious nod to Marilyn Monroe with cagey heels and a bit of punk arrowhead jewelry.
"Reina" sleeveless dress, $75, Trina Turk, 6pm.com; "Sofie" caged booties, $325, Pour la Victoire, shopbop.com; arrowhead ring, $552, Pamela Love, forwardforward.com.
(Photo courtesy of myluckymag.com, metroparkusa.com, matchesfashion.com & shopbop.com)
Simple sandals don't feel high-maintenence, while the one-piece swimsuit is sexy and a little more covered-up, too.
One-piece tie-back swimsuit, $470, Missoni, myluckymag.com; metal frame aviator sunglasses, $20, Dollhouse, metroparkusa.com; western-style denim shirt, $194, Blk Dnm, matchesfashion.com; "Gigi" flat sandals, $65, Sam Edelman, shopbop.com.
(Photo courtesy of nordstrom.com, asos.com & zara.com) Pairing an Old Hollywood-style red dress with a slightly unpredictable, eye-catching shoe makes it way more modern.
Black helix jersey dress, $410, Helmut Lang, stylebop.com; suede studded clutch, $59.34, asos.com; leather biker jacket, $330, Topshop, topshop.com; black and gold triangle necklace, $115, House of Harlow, piperlime.com.
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