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Fifteen Must-Haves on Franklin For Your Wardrobe


Time for that mid-summer clothing haul? We've done the work for you Chapel Hill ladies and gathered the perfect items to add to your summer wardrobe along with some suggestions on where to wear them. And the best part is — you can get them all without leaving downtown.


1. Chic Summer Casual Outfit from Bevello

Why it's perfect for summer: You can really cool off in this light, distressed gray shirt from Free People perfectly paired with embroidered, fringed jean shorts with durability and style. Pair it with this long beaded necklace for a more bohemian look for the summer.

What it costs: Get the shirt for $58, the shorts for $88 and the necklace for $40 from Bevello.

Where you can wear it: Try relaxing in this comfy & cute pairing at an outdoor event like Fridays on the Front Porch at the Carolina Inn.

2. Trendy Sunglasses at Light Years

Why it's perfect for summer: If you don't want to hop on the Aviator sunglasses trend, hop onto another and sport these bigger, circular lenses. They'll shield your eyes from the hot summer sun while keeping you looking fresh and cute.

What it costs: Grab these for only $8.95 at Light Years.

Where you can wear it: These would go perfectly with your Fridays on the Front Porch outfit above.

3. Breezy Summer Staple Dress from Julian's

Why it's perfect for summer: Everyone needs a casual, looser-fitting, breezy dress to slip on during the summers when you want to look like you're trying but you know anything else will make you sweat. Pair it with some gold jewelry and sandals for an easy, put-together look.

What it costs: Get it for $44.99 at Julian's.

Where you can wear it: This dress is perfect for enjoying cold ice cream and listening to great music outside at Ben & Jerry's Summer Music Series. 

4. Stylish and Sweet White Denim Skirt from Uniquities

Why it's perfect for summer: White denim is finally making a comeback, and maybe your old, ripped white jeans aren't looking too appealing in this heat. This timeless mini skirt will last you years and goes with almost anything.

What it costs: Treat yourself and splurge on this one for $168 at Uniquities.

Where you can wear it: Pair it with a cute colored crop top and show off your stuff at a Local 506 concert.

5. Strappy Back Carolina Blue Dress from Bluetique

Why it's perfect for summer: Not only is it the best color on Earth, but it won't add to the back sweat we all know and despise in the summers. You can dress it up with jewelry and a pair of heels or dress it down with a messy bun and sandals, and you'll look amazing either way.

What it costs: This one's a steal for only $19 at Bluetique.

Where you can wear it: Try it out for a fancier date night at one of downtown Chapel Hill's restaurants, such as Lantern and their beautiful garden patio.

6. Rose Gold Heart Choker at Light Years

Why it's perfect for summer: This one combines two of the most popular trends right now: chokers and the color rose gold. Break hearts with this necklace bound to add a pop of modern elegance to any outfit.

What it costs: Get it for only $10 at Light Years.

Where you can wear it: Pair it with an off-the-shoulder top (like #10) and show it off to friends at a fun trivia night or music event at Linda's Bar & Grill or Country Fried Duck.

7. Cute & Comfy Tar Heel Tank at Chapel Hill Sportswear

Why it's perfect for summer: This one combines two things that will never go out of style — tank tops and Tar Heel pride. It'll keep you cool and you can try pairing it with high-waisted shorts and look cute without even trying. Plus, as far as Tar Heel shirts go, this one's pretty stylish.

What it costs: This future game day shirt is only $20 at Chapel Hill Sportswear.

Where you can wear it: Mosey around downtown sporting your Chapel Hill pride in this one, and maybe head over to a casual, fun stargazing event at the Morehead with the kids or some friends.

8. Classy Black Jumpsuit at Bevello

Why it's perfect for summer: Jumpsuits are the foolproof way to look classy and put-together without wearing a dress that rides up or an itchy pantsuit. This black strapless one is the next little black dress — you can dress it up or down and look sleek and savvy either way. 

What it costs: Snag it for $62 at Bevello.

Where you can wear it: Try it with a colorful cardigan at work, pair with summer wedges and sunglasses for a day out downtown, or heels and long earrings for a prix fixe dinner or a concert at Imbibe.

9. Cold Shoulder Pale Pink Romper from Bluetique

Why it's perfect for summer: Rompers are a great decision when you're gearing up for a summer day on the move. You have all the comfort of wearing a dress, but you can bend over or brace a wind gust without worrying about flashing anyone. This one sports the cold shoulder trend, which is an added bonus!

What it costs: It's currently listed as $48 at Bluetique, but their ongoing sale is bringing down prices each day, so don't be surprised if it's much less when you head over.

Where you can wear it: Try it out as a cute, breathable outfit for a walking event like the 2nd Friday ArtWalk.

10. Off-the-Shoulder Summery Scalloped Top from Uniquities

Why it's perfect for summer: This summer is the peak of the off-the-shoulder shirt and dress trend, so hop on it while you can! This one won't make you feel shapeless with its scalloped frill at the shoulders and hemline, and the white makes it easy to pair with a colorful skirt or go classic with jean shorts (and the rose gold choker).

What it costs: You'll be turning heads downtown with this one for only $39 at Uniquities.

Where you can wear it: Match the artsy vibe of this shirt with Might As Well's new Dine & Paint event on Fridays all summer long! Eat, drink and be merry while you learn lifelong painting skills.

11. Long Rock Crystal Necklace at Light Years

Why it's perfect for summer: Long, gold necklaces go perfectly with your staple summer shift dress or a flowy shirt that needs a little bit of added pizzazz. 

What it costs: It may not be a diamond, but you can accessorize with this beautiful shining crystal for $14 at Light Years.

Where you can wear it: Jazz up a cute dress and shine at one of Nightlight's movie nights or first of the month bashes.

12. Patterned Off-the-Shoulder Dress at Julian's

Why it's perfect for summer: Yet another beautiful off-the-shoulder trend, but this one comes with a detailed embroidery down the front and chic ruffles on the sleeves and hemline. The light texture and pale pink color make it a necessity for the next time you want to show off your glam side without wearing something super uncomfortable.

What it costs: Snag this beauty for only $34.99 at Julian's! Pair it with the elegant necklace shown for an extra $20.

Where you can wear it: Dress it down for a comfortable brunch downtown, or dress it up for a night of delicious Italian food as classy as your outfit and take advantages of deals at 411 West or Vespa.

13. Artsy Pink & Gold Tumbler from Bluetique

Why it's perfect for summer: Summer in Chapel Hill is beautiful, but tends to have a dehydration factor on hotter days. It's smart to carry water around, so why not do it in style?

What it costs: Currently listed for $18 at Bluetique. 

Where you can wear it: Bring it along to a beautiful, indoor workout at the Ackland! They offer Yoga or Tai Chi in the Galleries.

14. Airy Floral Summer Dress at Bevello

Why it's perfect for summer: The material is light and airy to keep you cool, but the beautiful darker shade of green makes it so it's not see-through. The floral pattern and halter top design make this dress a perfect, timeless staple outfit for this summer and many more to come.

What it costs: This Bishop & Young brand beauty is marked down to $90 at Bevello.

Where you can wear it: Wear it to celebrate the passing of the Brunch Bill at any of the incredible brunch spots downtown this summer! Check out our summer brunch restaurant & cocktail guide for ideas.

15. Bohemian Blue Tassel Dress from Uniquities

Why it's perfect for summer: It's totally trendy right now with the tassels, the bohemian embroidery, the flattering vertical stripes and the shapeless, casual feel. Dresses like this are almost essential for summertime — sleeveless, breathable and adorable. 

What it costs: You can subtly sport Carolina blue in this one for $88 at Uniquities.

Where you can wear it: Dress it down with sandals or wedges and sit comfortably at one of our Movies Under The Stars all summer.

Meg McGurk