Summers in West Texas are infamous for their scorching heat, which don’t exactly make for the most stylish outfit options. Looking fresh and chic in super hot weather is a challenge, but I’ve learned that mixing and matching prints and textures, is the best way to achieve the effortlessly cool look that summer is all about.

In past seasons, easy dresses in bold prints have been the go-to for hot weather because of their soft material and light feel. Summer of 2015, however, is all about choosing a few key separates in complimentary colors to elevate your warm weather game and really give your wardrobe a second life.

I challenge you to stay clear of the romper, jumper and dress as a daily go-to, and instead get inventive with a few special separates.

A few of my favorites:

Crop tops and Twofers – Crop tops have been in style for a few seasons now and they’re here to stay. These crop tops are usually paired with high-waisted minis or shorts that make the style a friendly option for any body type.

High-Waisted Skirt — This skirt is the “it” item of the season, and the basis for your summer separates. A short mini can update your cropped pieces, plus mixing and matching colors and textures adds an unexpected but chic twist to your entire look.

In the photo above, I’m mixing a sheer check and silk crepe textured Voula crop top with a printed Risley skirt, both by Elizabeth and James. Elizabeth and James brings together two dynamic personalities into exquisite balance. Elizabeth’s uptown sophistication and feminine detail is paired with James’ laidback, downtown edge and masculine tailoring. Individually, each would be incomplete. Together, they are striking in perfection. Cheers to finding your own balance in style this summer!