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WHAT YOU SHOULD BE WEARING THIS SUMMER

WHAT YOU SHOULD BE WEARING THIS SUMMER

The days of booty-shorts and cropped-tops is long gone.  No longer does summer fashion mean wearing the least amount of clothing that you can get away with in order to beat the heat.  As I was looking around and observing the style of others on days that were warmer than 75 degrees here in the Windy City, I had noticed that summer fashion has become more cohesive with what is worn during the colder months. Layering, and the art of eccentric style is visible.  It seems as though citizens and style gurus alike are starting to embrace real and raw fashionable ensembles during the summer.  

For those of you who haven't been paying much attention when roaming the streets  but you should, you should always pay attention to what others are wearing, it's your more affordable form of a stylist  I'm here to help.  Moto jeans and feminine blouses, slip dresses adorned with sparkles and worn with pendants and denim cutoffs with silky tops are my forte.  To be honest, I have always hated the typical summer style.  I never found interest in wearing shorts that showed a half-moon of butt or tight tops that flashed my unbelievably nonexistent amount of cleavage, yet, I still wore these pieces because that's what WAS in.  But, good riddance to norms and a warm welcome to the new and improved summer style.


SO IT'S FRIDAY NIGHT AND YOU WANT TO GO OUT...

Maybe you live in the city, maybe you live in the suburbs, but regardless, Friday night is the most popular night for hitting the bars, town, or wherever is your spot of choice.  But like most, you're probably searching your closet for your too tight and too short LBD and pair of flaming red pumps.  Stop.  Put those back and take a deep breath.  This Friday night is going to be different. Instead of looking like every other girl trying to score a free drink or two, you're going to be looking like you have bigger and better plans afterwards (but little do they know you're just going to sit back and watch "Sex and the City" all night).  Dressing semi-casual, semi-formal is a lot easier to do than trying to zip up that too tight dress; you'll look a whole lot better in it too.

Get the Look

This ensemble is the ultimate cool-girl look.  Most incorporate a leather jacket into their night out look, paired with heels and a silky cami.  But, the moto jeans and faux leather heeled ankle booties add the perfect amount of edge without looking like everyone else.  The off-the-shoulder top is silky looking, but is still flowy so it covers your stomach.  In contrast, the bit of skin showing on your shoulders adds the perfect amount of sexiness to the look without looking like you tried too hard. 

OUTFIT DETAILS

TOP | Reformation

JEANS | Zara

ANKLE BOOTIES | Zara


IT'S HOTTER THAN HELL AND THE LAST THING YOU WANT TO DO IS PUT ON CLOTHES...

It's so typical for the weather to have an identity crisis, especially here in the Midwest. But when the temperature finally starts to get its act together, you know what that means: temperatures rising above 80 degrees where your brow start to sweat and your hair starts to lie flat.  Never a good combination.  And while we wish we could just sit in our bathtub all day, absorbing the cool water like a dried out sponge. Reality is, that no one has time to lounge around all day just because mother nature decided to hit us with a heat wave.  Since the tub isn't an option, perhaps wearing the least amount of clothing possible is.  But, instead of heading to work or running errands in your undies, thank Burberry and Celine for making intimates a socially acceptable form of dress for this season.

Get the Look

Slip dresses will be your saving grace in the hot weather.  They're the perfect piece to wear because they're flowy and typically made out of a light material that won't cling to your skin.  If chosen right, the piece can be incredibly breathable given the material; my favorite is a nice linen.  But, in order to make sure you don't look like you just woke from your beauty sleep, add a pair of statement sandals and a long pendant necklace.  This will take your look from the chaise to your favorite downtown place.

OUTFIT DETAILS

SLIP DRESS | Zara

NECKLACE | Free People

SANDALS | Free People


IT'S 75 DEGREES AND THERE IS A LIGHT BREEZE, AND WHILE THE WEATHER IS SAYING "PERFECT," YOUR WARDROBE JUST ISN'T

It's one of those mornings when you wake up and you already know the day is going to suck.  You take one look at your closet and think, "I LITERALLY have nothing to wear." Because, of course, you can't figuratively have nothing to wear.  But nonetheless, after minutes of flipping through your pieces and staring inside in hopes that something will jump out at you to wear, you still draw a blank.  On the days when I, personally, think that I have nothing to wear, I often try experimenting with different looks with pieces that have been pushed to the back of my closet.  In summer especially, it's hard to get back into the swing of things when you've had below 60 degree weather for the past 6-ish months.  But, gradually starting to re-wear your old wardrobe loves and messing around with new combinations is the best way to beat any clothing conundrum. 

Get the Look

Instead of running out and buying something new, try mixing up your cold weather and warm weather essentials.  A pair of cutoff denim shorts is a staple for most wardrobes. Try pairing your shorts with a silky blouse and a pair of pointed-toe flats. It's the perfect mix of classic chic. 

OUTFIT DETAILS

BLOUSE | H & M Conscious

SHORTS | Zara

FLATS | Banana Republic

NECKLACE | Madewell


No matter how you're feeling this summer or where you're going, there is a look for every occasion.  So, toss those booty shorts into the donation pile and say an mellowdramatic "cya" to the crop top; summer fashion has never been better.

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