The LBD of Summer

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Many times on this blog I’ve mentioned how important a Little Black Dress (LBD) is for every woman’s wardrobe, but usually I’m referring to a dress that is fit for a holiday party, last minute black tie wedding, or fancy date night.

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Finding an LBD that can do all of those things AND be casual enough for the beach is a whole other story.

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Let me introduce you to the LBD of Summer: this button-front cami is light and airy enough for hot, casual summer days, yet it easily elevates itself for a more dressy occasion with the right shoes and accessories. You’re welcome. 

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“One is never overdressed or underdressed with a Little Black Dress.” 

 Karl Lagerfeld

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Always a Bridesmaid, Never a Bride

After working tons of weddings this season, I’ve seen many different dress options for bridesmaids. As time progresses, people are moving in a less traditional direction—which I love! Most notably, I have not seen a single wedding this year where each bridesmaid is wearing a 100% matching dress, as is typically found at your run of the mill wedding dress shop. Let’s face it, it’s nearly impossible to flatter EVERYONE in your bridal party with the same dress, so why try? Instead of forcing something that usually doesn’t fit or feel right, brides are getting creative. These are a few of my favorite modern bridesmaids dress trends (so far:-)

White SHORT Dresses

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Same Color/Fabric but Different Style

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Different Fabrics/Patterns of Same Basic Color

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Same/Similar Fabric/Style but Different Colors

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Jumpsuits Instead of Dresses

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My favorite dress shops right now are BHLDN, ModCloth, Lulus, Reformation, and ASOS!

Royal Replica

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I’ve been intrigued by Harry and Meghan since news first broke that they were seeing each other, and the footage of the royal wedding was so fun to watch. It’s like a modern day twist on a childhood fairytale, because this charming prince met a mature, self-made woman with a story and style of her own. 

She’s gone from girl next-door to Hollywood glam to Kensington Palace, and her Givenchy wedding dress by Clare Waight Keller really spoke to who she was. It was classic and contemporary at the same time, with an elegance and simplicity that reflected her persona perfectly–no frills or embellishments, yet beautiful. What was even more lovely to me was her sophisticated reception dress by Stella McCartney. The halter cut was so sexy and chic. I immediately started looking for something similar to enjoy this summer. Here’s a few options I’ve found that might work for us commoners:

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Nordstrom

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Nordstrom

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Neiman Marcus

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Zulily

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Bergdorf Goodman

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Nordstrom

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Nordstrom

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Lilly Pulitzer

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Gilt

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New York & Co.

“You can be a woman who wants to look good and still stand up for the equality of women.” –Meghan Markle (Create & Cultivate, 2016)

Swimsuit Cover Ups

With warm weather, the beach, and bathing suits on the brain, I can’t forget about an often overlooked yet equally (if not more) important summer staple…cover ups. There’s nothing worse than shopping for months and finally finding the bathing suit of your dreams only to realize that you have nothing to wear over it on your way out the door to a last minute pool side BBQ. We have all been there—your favorite low rise jean shorts look weird with a high waisted swimsuit bottom underneath; or maybe your bikini top isn’t sitting well beneath your tank. Or worse, your swimsuit ties are rubbing uncomfortably against your hips because your shorts are too tight with your bathing suit bottoms on, but you hate the tacky look of ties hanging out the waist of your jeans so you just can’t win. No matter what the issue might be, there usually is one (if not a couple) of set backs that make getting dressed for a swim day a drag.

Instead of going through this fashion fumble another year in a row, I’m planning ahead and shopping for cover ups early. To me, the best type of cover up is one that can be worn all year long, like an oversized t-shirt dress or a lightweight cardigan. Take a look at my cover up shopping list and save yourself from the stress of picking out an outfit that doesn’t make you feel confident. It’s not worth it.

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Zappos

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Nordstrom

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Zappos

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Nordstrom

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Nordstrom

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Vineyard Vines

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Anthropologie

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Zappos

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Zappos

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Nordstrom

“Summertime is always the best of what might be.” –Charles Bowden

Dresses for Spring

Ever wonder what differentiates a spring dress from dresses worn the rest of the year? Mostly it is the feelings of renewal, happiness, and carefree comfort they evoke through the use of colors and patterns that are associated with this special time of year. With spring dresses, I love incorporating pastels and floral prints. They represent the common themes I’ve been blogging about for weeks: bright, light, and full of fresh starts. Dresses are so effortless. They’re perfect for the days when you wake up late and need to throw something on without thinking about it, but still want to look polished and pretty. If you’re like me and need to refresh your spring dress collection, keep scrolling: 

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ASOS

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ASOS

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ModCloth

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Gilt

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Gilt

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Shoptiques

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Shoptiques

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Gilt

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Nordstrom

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ASOS

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Forever 21

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ModCloth

“Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.” ― Yves Saint-Laurent

Vintage Style

Most trends are cyclical, moving in and out of vogue over time. What was fashionable for an older generation, i.e. bellbottoms, may be a dreaded faux pas later; yet some pieces are so iconic that they have made repeated encores. Here are a few examples of style fads that have made impressive comebacks:

Oversized Sunglasses

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oversized sunglasses

High Waisted Bathing Suit

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high waisted bathing suit

Square Scarf

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Beret

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beret, vintage style

Pea Coat

Pea Coat

pea coat

Wide Leg Pant

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wide leg pant

Oversized Sun Hat

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oversized sun hat

Off The Shoulder

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off the shoulder dress

Crop top

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crop top

LBD

Little Black Dress

Little Black Dress

High Waisted Jeans

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high waisted jeans

Asymmetrical Shoulders

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asymmetrical dress

“Fashion fades, only style remains the same.” —Coco Chanel

Valentine’s Day Dresses

Valentine’s Day is just a couple weeks away! Whether you’re headed to a romantic dinner with your beau or a fun night with the girls, your outfit is going to be a priority. For those of us who rarely get the opportunity to put on a dress, Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse. Check out some of my favorite dresses to celebrate love!  
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Valentine's Day Dress
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Valentine's Day Dress
Valentine's Day Dress
Valentine's Day Dress
Valentine's Day Dress
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Valentine's Day Dress
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“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” 
― William Shakespeare, All’s Well That Ends Well

Holiday Long Sleeve Dresses

The Holidays are under way! Figuring out what to wear can be difficult. I love dressing up, but I never own a dress that’s warm enough, and yet still elegant. Most of my dresses are meant to be worn in the summer, usually sleeveless, short sleeve, or even strapless. I realized an easy fix to my problem—invest in some long sleeve dresses! There are a few styles I gravitate towards in particular. Check them out below.

The LBD

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Shopbop

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Shoptiques

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Nordstrom

Bell Sleeve

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Shopbop

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Nordstrom

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Shoptiques

Over the Knee

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Neiman Marcus

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Revolve

 

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Revolve

“Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.” 
― Coco Chanel

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Off The Shoulder

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It took me a long time to hop on the Off The Shoulder train. I always assumed I wouldn’t be able pull it off, or that I would need to pull it up every second like with strapless dresses—but I was pleasantly surprised.

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I have found Off The Shoulder dresses to be way more supportive and flattering than strapless dresses. Not to mention, the femininity is effortless.

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I normally don’t wear necklaces, but I love pairing an Off The Shoulder dress with a simple, dainty chain.

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For those of us who don’t have sculpted upper arms, this cut is perfect. You get to show off what you want, and hide what you don’t.

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This dress in particular is more supportive than most. The elastic in the chest section is perfectly placed, and the scrunched fabric looks cuter on than I had expected.

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Shop my look: Urban Dress/Clarks Shoes/Marc Jacobs Sunglasses/Similar Necklace

Here are some other Off The Shoulder pieces I love:

Off the shoulder dress

Asos $40

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Asos $24

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Revolve $98

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Shopbop $63

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The Floral Dress

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A simple floral dress is one of my go-to looks for the summertime. It’s effortless, season appropriate, and just plain pretty.

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Finding a pattern that doesn’t cross the line into grandma territory can be tricky, but here are a few suggestions that can help:

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Choose a flattering silhouette. I have been reaching for off the shoulder dresses recently. As long as the dress itself looks good on you, the pattern will take a back seat.

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Stick to a pattern that only focuses on two complementary color categories. In the dress I’m wearing, black and gold stand out. This way, it isn’t too overwhelming.

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Unless your flowers are smaller (like in the dress I’m wearing), make sure the print is a bit scattered and spread out. It’s easier on the eyes.

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“After women, flowers are the most lovely thing God has given the world.” -Christian Dior

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On Me: Similar Urban Dress/Clarks Heels/Nine West Purse

Here are a few floral dresses I love:

ASOS floral dress

ASOS $35

Calvin Klein Floral Dress

Calvin Klein $74.66

Forever 21 Foral Dress

Forever 21 $35