Formal Summer Looks
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 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.
Turn to Red
Olivia Wilde knows that a good red lipstick is the secret to making an easy bun look suddenly dressed up. Bring it all together with a pop of pink blush, champagne shadow, and black mascara.
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Hair wet and unstyled? A slicked-back bun is for you, then. Try a look like this one Selita Ebanks wore by creating a deep side part and then knotting or pinning your hair in the back. Use a little styling gel around the front to maintain your wet look and keep everything smooth.
Sweep It Low
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 demure low side ponytail on Ashley Greene.
Braid It Back
Freida Pinto looks gorgeous with this soft, deconstructed braided chignon. Making two small braids away from your face keeps hair from sticking to your forehead, chin, and neck, and then twisting them into a messy chignon in the back gives the look a styled but soft appearance.
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