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We're so happy to work with Melanie from Head Over Heels with Melanie! She is a professional stylist who loves to help women feel confident through gorgeous, attainable fashion that reflects their personality. Melanie is a native New Yorker who currently resides in the Bay Area and is quite known for hosting fabulous barbecues. 

Whatever your plans for this upcoming holiday, Melanie has whipped up a few cute ensembles as inspiration for your long weekend wardrobe.

"I love me a good summer barbecue. What’s not to love about grilling, cold beer, and relaxing with friends? The only thing I love more than a barbecue is the outfit I get to wear to the barbecue! I absolutely adore finding fun ways to feel fashionable, comfortable, and festive. Here are three of my favorite summer looks that work for your Labor Day party and beyond."



Let’s just call a spade a spade—you can never go wrong with nautical stripes. That being said, sometimes I still want the outfit to feel fresh and new. Wear a unique pair of printed shorts to add an unexpected element to your outfit. I’m a big fan of hats, especially classic ones like this Panama hat. It adds a breezy summer feel and completes the casual summer look.


Striped Tank - J Crew / Panama Hat, Madewell / All Jewelry,  Aquinnah Jewelry / Shorts - J Crew / Heels, Cole Haan



My absolute favorite summer staple is a romper. It’s especially great for a barbecue because you can sit, do high kicks, play a game of Twister—whatever the day calls for—and not have to worry about flashing anyone. Win, win. I made my romper more glam with gold jewelry and a pair of adorable wedges. When it doubt, go for lots of metallic jewelry. It will never lead you astray.


My girl Zoe (aka Zo Zo) decided to make a fashionable appearance as well. She is a big fan of anything she can lift over her head, so this festive star dress worked like a charm. Who says babies can't wear sun hats? I say start 'em young!


Romper, Madewell / All Jewelry, Aquinnah Jewelry / Heels, Onex / Crossbody Bag, Madewell / Zoe's Dress, Shoes and Hat - Baby Gap



What I wouldn’t do for the opportunity to wear a gorgeous maxi dress every day of my life. This white stunner is relaxed, stylish, and romantic—everything you want in a maxi and more. I played up the romance with a fishtail braid and gold jewelry. Since I wanted to make sure I didn’t get chilly later (I plan to stay for s'mores, after all) I added my trusty jean jacket that I should really never leave the house without.


Hat,  Anthropologie  / Dress,  Madewell / Jewelry, Aquinnah Jewelry / Scarf (as backdrop), Free People / Sandals, Target (similar) / Jean Jacket, Old Navy

Follow Melanie for more great style tips at @HOHwithmelanie, on  Facebook, and at Head Over Heels with Melanie!

Photography – Krista Marie Lynch / Hair and Makeup - Melissa Hoffmann