I’m a huge fan of vibrant patterns in the summer. When I saw this cute little dress from Lulu*s I fell in love with the pattern and fit-and-flare shape. I’ve been wearing it at least once a week all summer. It’s just one of those fun little numbers that is great for all occasions and comfy for all day. Paired with accessories that pull one color out of the dress makes for a uber feminine outfit that is still chic. Check back later this week to check out my favorite patterns for summer, or check out my Pinterest for more patterned inspiration!
I would like to go ahead and suggest replacing the LBD with the LBJ (jumpsuit, that is). I love a good jumpsuit more than just about anything, and I think that having a well-tailored stand-by in your wardrobe is a necessity. I think jumpsuits really stand out in a sea of dresses; and that tailored look is polished, professional, and still so sexy! This one by Lulu*s has subtle sheer cut-outs, but can still be office chic with a blazer or scarf. There are so many fab jumpsuits available right now, so slinky, sexy, or structured there is one perfect for every girl’s closet. I’ve included some of my favorite picks below (though this one certainly takes the cake)!
As a Florida girl, I have a sincere love of bright colors. I think that if you can mix 3 or 4 (or 10) in an outfit you have a fun, eye-catching and girly summer look. I love the pinks, blues, greens and purples in this Kate Spade shirt. I wore it in a recent post with a much more casual vibe. Mixing a fun bright top with some denim is an easy way to dress down this colorful vibe as seen in my Kate Spade or Monet post. Here I chose a giant poufy midi skirt and some casual summer heels for a fun and girly look that can be good for work, brunch or even a party.
I think the key to wearing brights is to go with neutral accessories, as I did here with muted brown leathers. It is also fun to pull a key color to highlight for the whole look, as I did with the pink. But ultimately I am a huge fan of experimentation. This shirt is a peplum so I wasn’t sure it would fall nicely under the skirt, but when I tried it you couldn’t even tell! I think summer brights are a fun way to add some spark to your wardrobe, and encourage everyone to experiment a little with them to find new combos that you love and that work for you! What are you favorite seasonal colors?
Photos by Richard Cline
I got this dress when I hosted my party at Cynthia Rowley with Hallie several months ago. It was seriously love at first sight. It is a bit risque and unique, but still the ultimate little black dress. I was inspired to do this shoot on the roof of my building because I am covering the first fashion show at the new World Trade Center this Wednesday. In watching the promo for the show, I was obviously wow-ed by the views. The show is going to be on the 63rd floor at sunset, and it is supposed to reflect the global significance of the building and empower global unity. I cannot wait to see the designs! The event will feature everything from haute couture to ready-to-wear, and you know I will have all the behind-the-scenes details on Instagram (@thestylephile) and on Joonbug the next day!
I decided to shoot something inspired by this special writing assignment and shot at sunset on the rooftop of a building on the Upper East Side. Something about the skyline of this city always takes my breath away! I kept the accessories simple, modern and a little edgy because that is how the architecture feels to me from this view. But make no mistake, NYC can be historic, warm and inviting as well! I just feel very blessed to live in such a dynamic place that inspires me to do what I love every day!
Photos by Richard Cline
Since I have started freelancing it is sometimes hard to find the motivation to wear anything other than yoga pants unless I have somewhere to go, but I did work an office job for about a year before I started my protest against normal pants. Wednesdays always felt like Fridays to me. And I usually needed something (like a fun happy hour with friends or a Soul Cycle class) to boost morale through the end of the week. Wearing a fun pop of color and a unique spin on a traditional work outfit also seems to do the trick! A basic black and white ensemble is really amped up a notch with this hot pink skirt! I wore some matching lipstick and stashed some flats in my bag and was ready to go!
What do you do to push through to the weekend?