Dos and Don'ts for Summer's Hottest Trends

Where should you wear flip flops? What is appropriate at the office on "casual Friday"? When are shorts too short?

Everyone loves the warm weather, but trying to dress for summer can put a dark cloud over anyone's closet and wallet.

Joe Zee, creative director of Elle magazine, says anyone can be saved from a fashion scorcher with easy summer fashion dos and don'ts.

Summer Style Tips for Women
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"Once summer arrives, clothes get a bit shorter, more casual and more relaxed. It's easy to look less than pulled together if you're not careful," warns Zee.

He adds hot summer looks don't have to cost a lot of money.

"Summer makes looking great on a budget easier than any other season," he says. "Incorporating big trends, such as splashes of color and patterns, are easy to do with inexpensive dresses and embellished accessories."

Following are Zee's summer fashion 911 tips:

Summer Fashion Tips for Women

Tip #1: Shoes

Summer Fashion for Men
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Don't
Uggs
Flip flops

Do
Embellished sandals

Style Secret
Embellished shoes pull together any outfit.

Brand
Zara, $89

Tip #2: Shorts

Don't
Hot pants
Bermuda shorts

Do
Tailored shorts
Neutral colors

Style Secret
Never wear lengths shorter than skirts.

Brand
Mango, $59

Tip #3: Casual Friday

Don't
Sheer fabric
Dark suits

Do
Patterned dresses

Style Secret
Wear boyfriend blazers instead of cardigans.

Brand
White House, Black Market, $128

Summer Fashion Tips for Men

Tip #1: Shoes

Don't
Socks with sandals
Flip flops

Do
Driving moccasins
Canvas sneakers

Style Secret
Moccasins pull together any outfit.

Brand
J.Crew, $78

Tip #2: Shorts

Don't
Shorts covering knees
Shorts higher than mid-thigh

Do
Tailored shorts

Style Secret
Patterns slim

Brand
H&M, $29

Tip #3: Casual Friday

Don't
Untucked shirts
Dark suits

Do
Lightweight plaid shirts

Style Secret
Swap briefcases for weekend bags.

Brand
EXPRESS, $59

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