School’s out, and you know what that means: It’s time to break the rules. With the arrival of warm weather, long days, and chunks of free time come looks that break free from the everyday uniform and tamer side of things. Bold and brilliant take the lead, while the muted and mundane of previous seasons become a thing of the past.
Rainbow brights are paired with even more rainbow brights, the mixing and matching of prints, patterns, and textures become the norm, and the no-makeup makeup look gets ditched for vibrant, flashy, and out-there looks. All in all, it’s a time to be loud and do anything but go by the books.
Photographer and Director: Tory Rust at Apostrophe
Stylist and Art Director: Heather Newberger
Makeup: Tony Tulve at Kreative Kommune using M.A.C
Hair: Ashley Rubell at BA Reps
Nails: Honey at Exposure
Models: Bri Morris at Muse, Rori Grenert and Ocean Waring at Red Image, Diana Veras at Jag, Dominique Babineaux at State, Max Von Isser a Fusion Models, Fuji Ng at Americana
Producer: Cayla Damick with Spirit Animal Productions
Casting: Eric Cano
DP: Blaine Dunkley
Video Editor: Kyle Moriarty
Music: Dom Bodo
Photo Assistant: Alejandra Vasquez and Anushila Shaw
Stylist Assistant: Noa Rachel Bricklin
Makeup Assistant: Natalia Lopez de Quintana
Hair Assistant: Jackie Seabrooke
Production Assistant: Jennifer Turpeau
Be colorful AF
Let us guess: You spent your whole winter in dark and muted tones, and then in washed-out pastels over spring. Well, summer is a time of celebration—and now that it’s here, its time to bust out all things colorful, bright, and bold. Wear a literal rainbow, or style together two clashing variations of the same print. While summer tends to be the season of denim, keep thing interesting with pops of color, such as a rainbow-print handbag.
Diana is wearing a Lazy Oaf shirt, SHRIMP jumpsuit, Alice & Olivia bag, Gola shoes, and & Other Stories socks. Dominique is wearing a Feng Sway vintage shirt, shorts, and shoes and a Gola bag. Rori is wearing an Alice & Olivia shirt, PRPS skirt, Coach shoes, and & Other Stories socks.Photo by Tory Rust, styled by Heather Newburger
Brighten up your beauty
Just as we love to incorporate neon brights into our wardrobe during the warmer months, why not do the same for our beauty look? Makeup artist Tony Tulve went for total ‘80s excess on Rori. Inspired by the strong female personalities of the decade, he turned up the intensity on the classic cat eye, recreating it in metallic purple (shadowed by bright pinks and violets) and pairing it with a fuchsia lip that strikes just the right note without overpowering.
Better yet? Turn up the volume on your hair and brows with a little DIY hair color session, keeping the rest of the look clean and fresh with just the subtlest hint of eye gloss and highlighter.
Or go for minimal color
Goth kids can do summer, too! Keep your heat attraction to a minimum by pairing your typically all-black ensembles with white—and subtle hints of color if you dare.
Fuji is wearing a J. Papa shirt and Private Policy shorts. Ocean is wearing a Krammer & Stoudt shirt and YMC pants. Max is wearing a Libertine jacket.Photo by Tory Rust, styled by Heather Newburger
Rethink your uniform
School’s out, but your uniform doesn’t have to be put away until fall—just rethink it. Pair your classic collared shirt with a floral maxi and combat boots for a look that screams ‘90s or breathe new life into your uniform skirt by bringing a ruffled crop top into the mix.
Diana is wearing an & Other Stories shirt and socks, ASOS skirt, and Gola shoes. Dominique is wearing a Coach shirt, dress, and bag and Dr. Martens shoes.Photo by Tory Rust, styled by Heather Newburger
Pair your look with a white nail
For a fresh, ‘60s touch, pair your bold and bright ensemble with a white nail that will really pop. Not much of a minimalist? Do an accent nail or...
Dominique is wearing a Feng Sway vintage shirt Alice & Olivia bag, and Lady Grey earring. Rori is wearing a Simone Rocha dress.Photo by Tory Rust, styled by Heather Newburger
Take a walk on the wild side
... go all out with a total wild card nail look. Mix and match the colors, textures, and bedazzlements of your dreams for a look that’s truly statement making.
Bri is wearing a Lazy Oaf shirt and stylist's own necklace.Photo by Tory Rust, styled by Heather Newburger
Screw the rules
When summer rolls around, it’s time to break the rules—especially the rules of fashion. Be experimental with layering (skirts over pants, anyone?) and your overall pairing of prints and colors.
Bri is wearing a Molly Goddard shirt, Scrap City LA tee via NYLONshop, Simone Rocha pants and skirt, and MNZ shoes. Max is wearing a David Hart shirt and pants, Coach shoes, and stylist's own bag.Photo by Tory Rust, styled by Heather Newburger
Don't leave prints to just your clothes
Mixing-and-matching doesn’t have to stop at your clothes. Throw in some printed or bedazzled shoes into the mix to really get the party started.
Dominique is wearing a Valfre dress via NYLONshop, YRU shoes via NYLONshop, and an Elie Saab ring. Diana is wearing a Sarah McCall shirt, Gola shoes, & Other Stories socks, and her own overalls. Fuji is wearing an & Other Stories shirt and socks, Feng Sway vintage shorts, and Krammer & Stoudt for Mason Garment shoes.Photo by Tory Rust, styled by Heather Newburger
But most of all, have fun
When it comes down to it, summer is all about freedom—the freedom of self-expression and being uniquely you. Embrace yourself as well as others and, most of all, have fun with it.
Clockwise from left: Ocean is wearing a Coach jacket. Fuji is wearing an & Other Stories shirt. Dominique is wearing a Valfre dress via NYLONshop. Max is wearing an ASOS shirt. Bri is wearing a High Heels Suicide jacket via NYLONshop, an & Other Stories shirt, and Target tee. Rori is wearing an Elie Saab dress. Diana is wearing a Sarah McCall shirt and her own overalls.Photo by Tory Rust, styled by Heather Newburger