Summer Event Style with WDAY

We teamed up with WDAY to create a fashion segment full of tips on how to dress for different summer events! See what our West Acres Social Stylist had to say…

By: Niki | June 30, 2016

Summer is in full swing and so are those summertime gatherings that fill up your social calendar! While summer isn’t its own fashion season, coming behind Spring, there are still plenty of ways to refresh for the new season and get your style set for those summertime soirees.

I was so excited to team up with WDAY to create a fun fashion segment all around fashion finds at the mall, that work perfectly for certain summer events. We spent the morning showing off different looks for both men and women that were easy, effortless, and elegant!

Here are the styles I put together (and where to get your hands on them!):

Lake Day Getaway

Lake getaways being one of our favorite pastimes around here, there was no question I was going to have to hunt down some fun-in-the-sun styles for those lake days we all love

The first look featured a floral one-piece swimsuit that was accessorized with printed mesh cover-up pant and an utterly adorable “do not disturb” floppy hat (I think I need one of these to wear at the office!).

Swimsuit: Macy’s | Pant: Macy’s | Floppy Hat: JCPenney | Sandals: Macy’s

For the second look, I started with a magenta ruffled one-piece (that screamed summertime!) and topped it off with a straw floppy hat, a beach wrap, and a pair of fabulously polarized aviators!

Let me start off by saying, if there is one thing you need to take with you to the lake this summer it is this beach wrap from Francesca’s! They not only had multiple prints to choose from, but it rolls up nicely to stash away in your beach bag, AND comes with a tag that explains dozens of ways you can wear it.

Swimsuit: Macy’s | Beach wrap: Francesca’s | Sunglasses: LOFT | Floppy hat: Francesca’s | Sandals (shown on table,): Macy’s

For the guys, I chose a Hawaiian print swim trunk from Macy’s and a performance tee from Eddie Bauer. These tees are great because they are made to be active! Whether you are looking to be protected from the sun and really enjoy the wicking material to keep you cool and dry, or you need something light-weight to go on a summer jog, these tees are made for it all.

Top: Eddie Bauer | Swim Trunks: Macy’s | Flip flops: Eddie Bauer

Summer wouldn’t be complete without fun toys and accessories – am I right? I also had to share some of my favorite summertime finds. My latest obsession: These festive pool floats! Macy’s had any shape from donuts and pretzels, to sharks and swans (yes, these were featured on this season of the Bachelorette – and now they can be yours!).

Tassel Beach Tote: LOFT | Sunglasses Case: Francesca’s | “Where is My Cabana Boy” glass: Francesca’s | Waterproof Phone Pouch: Eddie Bauer | Bluetooth Speakers: Eddie Bauer | Donut Float: Macy’s | Pretzel Float: Macy’s

Takeaway Trends:

  • One piece swimsuits
  • Tropical Prints
  • Floppy Hats
  • Florals & Stripes
  • Fun pool floats

Backyard Barbeque

If you love backyard BBQ’s with your besties as much as I do, it’ll likely be one of your most frequent social events of the summer season. Although throwing on a t-shirt and shorts is equally as acceptable after a long day on the lake, for those formally planned gatherings, it is best to dress the part…

Nobody wants to think too much into their wardrobe for a BBQ (after all, someone has to spend the time to make grandma’s famous potato salad!), so I kept these outfits simple, effortless, and stylish!

For the ladies, I styled a chambray off-the-shoulder top (a must-have for summer!) with crochet shorts, and then added pops of color with beaded jewelry and a fun embroidered clutch. I kept the shoes understated yet trendy with neutral block heel sandals.

If I could wear this outfit every day of the week, I would! It makes a major style statement while also remaining comfortable and casual.

Top: LOFT | Shorts: LOFT | Necklace: LOFT | Clutch: LOFT | Shoes: Macy’s

For the guys, to keep things lightweight and comfortable, I paired a striped tee with coral shorts (because who doesn’t love a pop of color?), and accessorized with a white and navy belt and distressed baseball cap.

This outfit will be your go-to look all summer long! This outfit shows that you have some serious style without taking away your “cool and casual” vibes.

Top: Gap | Shorts: Gap  Belt: Gap | Hat: Gap

Takeaway Trends:

  • Off-the-shoulder tops
  • Crochet/lace
  • Embroidered Accessories
  • Block Heel Sandals
  • Stripes
  • Coral & Navy combos

Summer Soiree

Put in your PTO, we may have just found you an excuse to out every night… After all, someone has to show off these styles!

Whether you’re headed out to dinner with friends or hitting the rooftop patio for cocktails, summer poses many excuses to get a little dressed up! Lucky for me, hunting down these looks was an easy task – I was so excited to see how many great dresses, rompers, and looks for men our stores had to offer for this segment!

Maxi dresses are an effortless ensemble! I loved this one because of the print and colors – perfect for a summery occasion. I paired it with other textures like leather and suede to add to the tribal-chic theme. The best part: this dress is breathable and comfortable, making it a great choice for a hot summer night!

Dress: New York & Company | Necklace: New York & Company | Shoes: New York & Company | Purse: Francesca’s

Rompers are all the rage for summer so when I saw one that incorporated a wrapped side tie & a tropical print (two of summer’s hottest trends), I was sold! This little number screams cute and comfort, which is the perfect equation for a night out outfit – am I right?

Romper: New York & Company | Shoes: New York & Company

Guys, I know you like to keep things simple, and while not many trends change for you, it is always fun to brighten things up for summertime! I chose an aqua printed button down (a classic staple in a man’s wardrobe) and paired it with grey denim and brown accessories to complete a cool and casual look for your next summer outing. If your party is a more casual occasion, a pair of grey (lean towards a dressier pair) will do!

Tip: Keep it casual by rolling up the sleeves and unbuttoning a button or two on your shirt.

Shirt: JCPenney | Pants: JCPenney | Belt: Broadway Shoe Company | Watch: JCPenney | Sunglasses: JCPenney | Shoes: Broadway Shoe Company

Takeaway Trends:

  • Maxi Dresses
  • Rompers
  • Tropical & Tribal Prints
  • Lace-Up Shoes


I have the privilege of being on the amazing Marketing, PR and Fashion team as the Digital Marketing Manager at West Acres. When I am not managing our social and digital platforms and brainstorming content ideas, I am the woman behind (and sometimes in front of) the camera – creating content and working with the media to create segments to introduce the latest trends! When I’m not at the mall, you can find me watching “Friends,” eating ice cream by the carton, spending time with my family and friends, feeding my Pinterest addiction or crossing off destinations on my traveling bucket list.




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