3 ways to look cool and classic this summer

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3 ways to look cool and classic this summer
"There's something about classic Americana style that always reminds me of summer." - Amanda, Advice From a Twenty Something
"Denim cut-offs, simple stripes, and classic red, white, and blue are perfect trends for an all-American summer." - Amanda, Advice From a Twenty Something
"This summer, we're loving the iconic and always stylish fit-and-flare dress." - Molly, A Piece of Toast

"The fit-and-flare is an easy, go-to style that will hopefully help us stay cool and look great." - Molly, A Piece of Toast

"The shape is just so universally flattering on practically every figure." - Krystal, A Pinch of Lovely
"By cinching the midsection and flaring out at the hips, you're highlighting your thinnest point." - Krystal, A Pinch of Lovely
"The warm sunny days of summer are almost here. It’s time to bring out your seasonal classics and switch to summer fashion mode!" - Vanessa, Stylishlyme
"An outfit combo that I always have handy, whether it be a casual day at a farmers market or enjoying a fruity drink in a Cali beach town, is shorts and a tee shirt. This easy breezy outfit combination is as effortless as it is all-American." - Vanessa, Stylishlyme
"The great thing about maxi dresses is you don't have to do much. They're a statement piece all their own." - Grasie, Style Me Grasie
"Here, I layered it with a vintage denim jacket, because it's always good to have an extra layer handy in LA." - Grasie, Style Me Grasie
"As we head into the summer months, I tend to gravitate towards classic American style: crisp whites, breezy fabrics, and patriotic colors." - Cortney, Cort in Session
"There are some silhouettes that never go out of style: fit and flare, shorts and tees, and my favorite, the maxi." - Cortney, -Cort in Session

"In summer months I'm all about some white tees (I have about 8) that I can dress up or down or in between." - Chassity, Look Linger Love

"I'd call this an in between look. The polka dot shorts and fun necklace take it up a notch from a more frequent pairing with casual shorts, all of which are summer staples for me." - Chassity, Look Linger Love

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When we think of summer dressing, we like to think classic, all-American style. These days, Americana doesn't necessarily mean Nantucket reds and preppy plaids. Rather, we like to think of "all-American" as classic, worn-in wardrobe staples that always look great no matter what the occasion -- from the beach, to a bike ride, to a barbecue.

This summer, our contributors are especially loving fit-and-flare skirts, maxi dresses, and easy shorts and tees combos. You won't catch them in anything too fussy -- just simple styles that look and feel great. Red, white and blue are optional, but always welcome. Click through the gallery above to see their takes on a classic American summer aesthetic.

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