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Summer style secrets from a fashion expert

6/14/2011, 1:34 p.m.

(ARA) - Warm weather is finally moving its way across the country. With this shift comes thoughts of barbecues, picnics, days at the beach and one major question - what to wear?

This summer, follow the advice of Tim Gunn, chief creative officer of Liz Claiborne Inc., and use these guidelines to embrace this summer's hottest looks, while staying true to your personal style.

Get dressy:

Have at least one dress in your wardrobe that's appropriate for daytime. Putting on a dress is a simple way to throw together an outfit that's inherently stylish, while requiring minimal fuss. To extend the value, find a dress that can take you straight from day to night. To add an ounce of glamor - update your look by purchasing trendy accessories at an affordable price.

Dare to wear white:

Now that summer is here, it's time to re-embrace all those white tops and bottoms in your closet. The classic white shirt is a staple item for any wardrobe. In order to keep your white shirt looking great, and of course white, turn to Tide plus Bleach powder detergent to help extend the life. After one wash, it helps get rid of the dinginess that builds up over time and contains whitening agents to keep your shirts looking fresh. And, because it is color-safe, you can also use it on all the bright-colored garments that are sure to fill your closet this summer.

Play up personal style:

It's always important to remember that no two bodies are alike. Choose cuts, colors and patterns that accentuate the positive aspects of your figure. The rules put forth by fashion magazines and designers are great guidelines for what will be popular this summer. For instance, don't be afraid to follow trends like pairing a couple of daring patterns together, while sticking to clothes that make the most of your body type and work the best with your lifestyle.

Embrace your closet:

Too many women claim that they have nothing to wear, but this is sheer fallacy. Form new combinations from within your closet. This summer, there is a huge focus on mix-and match-separates. Get creative with what you already own and match tops and bottoms you've never worn together before. This will help you extend your wardrobe for minimal cost.

Gunn serves as the co-host of the six-time Emmy-nominated "Project Runway," a reality-based fashion design incubator. Gunn's latest book, "Gunn's Golden Rules," was released Sept. 7 and rose to No. 5 on The New York Times bestseller list. The paperback version will be released this fall. ViewTracker.aspx?articleid=13500&memberi