Thanks to layered, lightweight fabrics, and minimal cuts, summer is one of the best times to wear your modern romance looks.
Lace, ruffles, floral prints, and free-flowing lines are what modern romance is made of. And while this often ornate style of dress requires many layers of material, it’s still an excellent choice for summer when using lightweight fabrics. Capitalize on sheer or semi-sheer looks, and avoid heavy brocade pieces until fall and winter come around again. Sweet details like bows, sateen finishes, casual corsetry, and avant garde flair are what you need to put the romantic touches in your everyday modern attire.
1. Ornate Lace Top
This striking handmade vintage lace and applique top is a definite head-turner and really epitomizes the modern romance look. Perfect for summer, you can wear this top as pictured, or mix things up. Try it with skinny jeans, heels, and an oversized hat, or with tap shorts and flat, lace-up sandals. Whether you’re hitting up an outdoor concert by day, or checking out an indie band by night, the top pictured above is able to be adapted for either occasion. Priced at $148.
2. Garden Party Skirt
A sweet summer skirt with a conservative length can take you all over town this summer. Understated, yet beautiful, the pretty print and midi cut is perfect for work or play. Baby showers, bridal showers, casual weddings, date nights, and the office are all great places to appear in this piece. For work, try a plain fitted tee, bib necklace, and heel or flats. For the weekend, try a simple tank and sandals. And if you really like the look above, you won’t want to miss out on the coordinating shoes! Priced at $118.
3. Ruffled Corset Top
A fine example of casual corsetry and modern romance, this detailed tank is sexy and feminine. Wear the semi-sheer linen top with jean shorts, like shown, or mix things up a bit. A lightweight maxi skirt, denim skirt, khakis, or skinny jeans would all work well with the ruffled top, which, by the way, is bra friendly. Pretty, strappy shoes, buckle accessories, and windswept hair would finish off this look nicely. Priced at $98.
4. Floral and Bow Jumpsuit
One of the cutest jumpsuits we’ve seen all season, this beautiful blue floral print one-piece has modern romance written all over it. The bow strap details, ornate pattern, and seasonal design is perfect for summer. Pair with flats or heels and make good use of the awesomely well-placed pockets. Keep the bow theme going with knotted headbands, jewelry, shoes, or barrettes. When styling romantic pieces, the more feminine the vibe, the better. Priced at $49.99.
5. Ruffled Cropped Pant
An easy way to inject a sense of modern romance wherever you go, these trouser-style pants feature slightly flared, cropped ruffle bottoms in a slim cut. Easily wear these avant garde beauties for work or weekend, and couple them with a variety of tops. From crisp button down shirts to sexy low-cut lace, these pants are a surprisingly versatile choice. They’d look great worn with heels or flats and a pair of long statement earrings. Priced at $139.
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