9 summer-approved outfits for the unofficial start of the season — with local boutique finds from $26 to $550

9 summer-approved outfits for the unofficial start of the season — with local boutique finds from $26 to $550
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This weekend kicks off the unofficial start of summer. If you need last-minute ideas for Memorial Day celebrations through the rest of the season, I’ve got you covered with stylish outfits that stand up to the Carolina heat — from breezy floral maxi dresses to casual looks with comfortable sneakers. And they’re all available at local boutiques.

Heading to the beach? Try a breezy maxi dress paired with lightweight accessories.

This Rebecca Minkoff Lucy dress in blue ($298) is perfect paired with Schutz Heloise wedge sandals ($180), a Rebecca Minkoff Serra foldover clutch in blossom multi ($75) and a pop of color with bright yellow beaded earrings ($40).

Find it all at Monkee’s.

Monkee’s: Rebecca Minkoff Lucy Dress in Blue $298.00, Schutz Heloise Sandals $180.00, Rebecca Minkoff Serra Foldover Clutch in Blossom Multi $75.00, Yellow Beaded Earrings $40.00

Monkee’s: Schutz Heloise Sandals $180.00, Rebecca Minkoff Serra Foldover Clutch in Blossom Multi $75.00, Yellow Beaded Earrings $40.00

Or go for this effortless Natasha maxi dress in white ($145) with an on-trend rectangle bamboo bag ($128), Cabana rose gold slides ($36), bold woven earrings ($44) and Mod Star sunglasses ($58).

Find it all at Lipp Boutique.

Lipp Boutique: Natasha Maxi Dress in White $145.00, Rectangle Bamboo Bag $128.00, Woven Earrings $44.00

Lipp Boutique: Rectangle Bamboo Bag $128.00, Woven Earrings $44.00, Mod Star Sunglasses $58.00, Cabana Rose Gold Slides $36.00


Going to the neighbor’s barbeque? Stay casual in fun layered looks and comfortable sneakers.

Shake up your go-to jean shorts and opt instead for this Mind Reader denim jumper ($54) with a Day in the Life striped top ($26), Coachella Valley sneakers ($28) and fun accessories.

Find it all at Vestique.

Vestique: A Day in the Life Top $26.00, Mind Reader Jumper $54.00

Vestique: Coachella Valley Sneakers $28.00, Here Comes the Fun Koozie $5.00, Sunglasses $12.00

Or go for cropped skinny jeans ($195) with an off the shoulder top ($94).

Find it at Lipp Boutique.

Lipp Boutique: Hibiscus Off the Shoulder Top $94.00, Midrise Skinny Crop Jeans in Optical White $195.00


Invited to a garden party? Complement bold, floral prints with neutral pairings and geometric accessories.

This Milly handkerchief skirt ($550) with a Ramy Brook Lynn top in ivory ($275), Milly diamond square clutch ($295) and Schutz Felisa heels ($180) is airy enough to keep you cool but still looks polished. Keep jewelry simple and understated with minimalist rings.

Find it all at Monkee’s.

Monkee’s: Ramy Brook Lynn Top in Ivory $275.00, Milly Handkerchief Skirt in Multi $550.00, Milly Diamond Square Clutch $295.00, Schutz Felisa Heels $180.00

Monkee’s: Milly Diamond Square Clutch $295.00, Schutz Felisa Heels $180.00, Blue Ring $12.00, Knot Ring $12.00

Or opt for this elegant, daytime-appropriate Tassa floral maxi dress ($130) with statement fringe earrings ($38).

Find it at Lipp Boutique.

Lipp Boutique: Tassa Maxi Dress $130.00, Fringe Earrings $38.00


Attending family brunch? These will be your new go-to dresses for any family affair. The simple solids pair perfectly with any accessory!

This ruffled La Vida Loca dress in yellow ($54) is a bargain and looks great with Tides of Change earrings in teal ($24) and neutral sandals ($42).

Find it all at Vestique.

Vestique: La Vida Loca Dress in Yellow $54.00, Tides of Change Earrings in Teal $24.00, In the Night Sandals in Tan $42.00

Vestique: Tides of Change Earrings in Teal $24.00, In the Night Sandals in Tan $42.00

Or stick with a summer staple — the little white dress.

Find these options at Vestique and Lipp Boutique.

Vestique: Makin’ Mama Proud Dress in White $48.00, In the Night Sandals in Tan $42.00

Lipp Boutique: Kate Dress in White $208.00, Metallic Wristlet $100.00

For more Memorial Day inspiration and to see what sales are coming up, follow Monkee’s, Lipp Boutique, and Vestique on Instagram.

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