1. Hoisery is not always necessary.
In fact, I haven't worn hoisery, in public, for more than ten years. I love the look of opaque tights in the winter, and have seen some very dressy looks that require black stockings, but for a basic summer wardrobe, you don't need them.
In particular, if you are attending an outdoor summer wedding, I recommend a strappy shoe with bare legs. To achieve this, it is a must that your feet and legs be smooth, clean and slightly tanned. Self tanners are awesome these days, and you can even buy a moisturizer with self tanner that even a child could use successfully.
2. Dressy capri's are the new casual wedding guest attire.
And for good reason! Women are so tired of shopping for dresses that are comfortable and fit well, and they have really learned how to dress up a basic piece like this. Every single weekend I am dressing pluz sized women for showers and weddings, and capri's work for almost everyone.
They can be worn with blouses, jackets, or flowy tanks, and can be worn with flats or heels. After the event, they can be integrated into your every day wardrobe.
Younger women can wear city shorts with killer heels. (City shorts = bermudas in dressy fabrics)
3. I cannot stress how important a good bra is!
Here are some rules for showing straps.
a. All straps must be the narrower kind. "Comfort" straps (which are wider to support bigger breasts) should never be seen.
b. Clear straps look good, but can be a bit of a pain.
c. Coloured straps are best. White can be acceptable sometimes (picture thin, pristine straps) but beige is always a no-go.
d. Look for wider bands across your back to avoid bunching and back fat roll-over. You don't have to be plus-sized to have this problem.
4. Get the right undies.
I love white skirts and white shorts, but I cringe when I can see someone's thong. Last summer I shopped behind a girl in white capri's with a green thong and every time I saw her afterward (small city) I pegged her as an attention whore. (That sounds so mean, but it's what I thought)
Beige thongs, full backs or control garments work good under white.
*edited to add* that when wearing white, DO NOT go tightly fitted with white bottoms. Looser is always best.
5. The most flattering kind of shorts for every body type - bermudas.
6. A store here in Canada is now making sundresses with built in bras. Brilliant!
7.Keep your summer sandals fresh.
Men and women can keep their sandals fresh by using anti-bacterial wipes to clean the insoles. Works best every two to three wears. Keep a pack of wipes in your car, or your office, because they're good for everything.
8. Think skin tones when it comes to shoes.
Especially if you have short legs! I am always tempted to buy black, but in recent years have noticed how long my legs look in light coloured shoes. Heels, sandals, for men and women alike, this works.
That's all I can think of for now. Bill is sick today and we're not sure if it is from the Irish Whiskey (and Tequila) from last night, or a virus. A virus would hurt my parents, so we're waiting until a little later to leave.