Sure, summer uniforms (a.k.a. anything that's lightweight and airy) are what you want to wear this time of year, but that's no reason to retire your staples from last season. Rather than invest in a completely new a warm-weather wardrobe, why not update your past purchases with a few key pieces? Consider this your closet's annual face-lift, with ideas courtesy of some talented professional fashion stylists.
"The key to making [black booties] appropriate for the season is by pairing them with something light and pretty," says stylist Cher Coulter. Kate Bosworth, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Nicole Richie rely on her knack for nailing effortless style, so take note if you thought this footwear should be stashed until fall. Whether your next summer concert is indoors or on the lawn, Coulter recommends channeling the glory days of rock and roll with simple separates and heavy-duty embellishments.
If you splurged on a bag in spring's color du jour, there's an easy way to incorporate that deep burgundy hue into your everyday ensembles: Just add white. Stylists and designers Emily Current and Meritt Elliott (
Leather moto jacket
From punks to It-girls, the motorcycle jacket has quickly become the common denominator of layers — anybody can wear one. Give the look a casual bent by wearing it over your shoulders, as Orlee Winer recommends (she counts Malin Akerman as a client), along with something feminine like a carefree frock. Lilli Millhiser, who works under stylist and designer Kate Young, agrees that balancing out the toughness is key. She would put a moto jacket with a delicate blouse and denim shorts. We could see Young's clients Natalie Portman or Michelle Williams wearing this ensemble.
To try: Birkenstock Arizona soft footbed sandal (available at
Camel cashmere sweater
As a contributing stylist for Rolling Stone, Nylon, and Teen Vogue magazines, Laura Francis encourages her clients to take risks. In her eyes, the innate elegance of a camel cashmere sweater calls for some playful add-ons, including a '90s-inspired backpack and leather miniskirt. Blue linen flats give a dash of color to an otherwise all-neutral look.
To try: Opening Ceremony Rusty zipper-embellished moto skirt in black (available at Opening Ceremony, $350); Harper Ave. Kazuyo backpack (available at Crybaby Presents, $210);
Dark-wash skinny jeans
Described by Laura Jones as "a year-round styling safety net," dark skinny jeans shouldn't be left for colder months. The stylist boasts Alicia Keys and Lily Kwong as regular clients, so she's aware of what it takes to elevate a staple from basic to breathtaking. Keep cool in an outfit that is equal parts glam and gangster.
To try: Ancient Greek Chrysso beaded flat leather sandal (available at Net-a-Porter, $270);