Tip No. 1: Break In Those Summer Sandals
Do you have a pair of strappy sandals that look amazing but feel like daggers? Now's the time to give them another shot. Try one (or more!) of these tips to get them in walking shape.
Get Cleaning: Not your shoes, your room. Throw on your thickest pair of socks, slide into your sandals, and start vacuuming, dusting, organizing your bookcase by color—whatever will keep you on your feet for a few hours. The motion (and the socks) will loosen up the leather, while your feet stay protected. Do this a few times and soon your Indoor Shoes will feel soft enough to accompany you out into the world.
Get Wet: If your sandals are leather, wet a tiny patch in a hidden spot (like, on a strap between the toes), then wait for it to dry. No discoloration? Great! Put them on, mist them with a spray bottle full of water, and wear them around the house. This should help them conform to your feet.
Get Reinforcements: If your sandals are delicate, baptizing them isn't the way to go. Instead, pick up some cushioned strips to stick to the inside of your shoes' straps. Focus on the spots that have given you blisters in the past.
Get Yourself Some Shoe Stretchers: Place them in your shoes every night for a week and they should loosen up. Or, just take your sandals to a professional shoe repair shop to have them stretched; the turnaround time is usually less than 24 hours.
Foot Petals Strappy Strips, $8, amazon.com.
Pair of 2-Way Shoe Stretchers by Eachway, $22, amazon.com.
Tip No. 2: Revamp Your Lingerie Drawer
Putting together an outfit only to realize you don't have the right bra or underwear to pull it off can really derail a morning. Here's some summer-specific lingerie to buy now.
Nude Underwear That Matches Your Skin Tone: We're entering the season of white denim and gauzy dresses, both of which can act as windows to your underwear. Pick up a few undetectable, seamless pairs in a color close to your skin tone—brands like Naja, Nubian Skin, Nudz, and Hanky Panky all offer a wide range of nude shades.
A Strapless Bra That Stays Up: Strapless bras that don't slowly work their way towards your belly button are rare; when you find one, hold it tight and never let it go. This seamless style by ThirdLove (below) works under summer's complicated necklines (Halter! Cold shoulder! Halter and cold shoulder!), and its silicon elastic edging keeps it firmly in place.
A Meant-to-Be-Seen Bralette: Want to beat the heat in a plunging neckline, or unbutton a few extra buttons, without feeling too exposed? Try wearing a bralette in a relaxed, longline shape—it'll read as a light layer, rather than lingerie.
Bikini Nude 05, $20, naja.co.
24/7 Classic Strapless Bra, $72, thirdlove.com.
Stretch Jersey Soft-Cup Triangle Bra by Fleur du Mal, $100, net-a-porter.com.
Tip No. 3: Protect Your Tees
Sweat stains aren't actually caused by sweat—those yellow marks are a product of the aluminum used in antiperspirants. The solution: make the switch to natural deodorant. You may not smell your freshest for those first few weeks (it'll take your body some time to adjust), but it's better to make the swap now than during the sweatier summer months.
Once sweat stains have set, they're pretty hard to remove, but there are a few things you can try. First, dry your whites outside! Bright sun is often strong enough to bleach out yellow marks. If that's not an option, mix a tablespoon of white vinegar with half a cup of water and soak your tees in the solution before laundering them as usual.
Vanilla Coconut Deodorant by Lavanila, $14, sephora.com.
Tip No. 4: Keep Your Off-the-Shoulder Tops in Place
Off-the-shoulder tops are a commitment; once you put one on, there's a good chance you're going to spend the rest of the day either pulling it up or tugging it down. Here's a trick: get yourself two hair elastics and four safety pins. Loop the hair tie through the open circle at the top of each safety pin (using two pins per tie). Then, take these contraptions and pin them inside your top, straight across the arm openings closest to your shoulders (the elastics should nestle underneath your armpits). Then, try your shirt on, raise your arms, and watch the neckline snap back into place.
Re-Worked Corset Bardot Top, $68, topshop.com.
Tip No. 5: Make Your Sneakers Sparkle
You're undoubtedly running around a lot more in the summer, which means your sneakers are bound to get grimy. To keep those rubber soles white, take a Magic Eraser, wet it a bit, and buff out all the dirt. Then, dry them with a paper towel and admire your clean, clean sneaks.
Women's Blazer Low LX QS by Nike, $100, kith.com.