It’s August, the hottest month of summer, and, for some, the most difficult to style accordingly. In the heat and humidity, pants are obviously out of the question. After two months of wearing the same shorts time and time again, a dress seems the perfect way to go.

This nautical look is not only fitting for the Fourth of July, but a red and blue color palette flatters all skin tones and is a quintessential summer classic. This Fashionista makes great use of a belt as a way to define her waist. This trick should always be in your back pocket, especially when you are wearing a shift dress. A belt will help to accentuate your curves and prevent you from looking like a potato sack.

I love this Fashionista’s vintage-style watch; its bigger face (similar to a men’s watch) has been popular all year and can be found in Fashionistas’ favorite stores, such as J.Crew and Forever 21. To tie the look together, this Fashionista gravitated to a pair of red TOMS shoes, which are a great flip flop alternative. Overall, this ensemble defines the ease and simplicity of summer, and, with these great pieces, you can make the most of its last few weeks.

One Simple Change: Transition this look from day to night by adding your favorite jean jacket. This look is ideal for grabbing ice cream with friends or sitting around the fire pit with family.