The Best Spring/Summer Dresses

I’ve decided that it’s imperative that I invest in a few dresses this season. The options are just too dazzling. We’re talking metallics, whimsical whites, florals etc. You name it, it’s on the street and I need it in my closet.

I’ve picked out my top 6 favorite styles and fabrics including a whimsical white, which will always be in style, a truly timeless and classic piece. I’m also loving denim dresses for their laid back, vintage vibe.

Metallics have been a fun addition this season as well; from shoes, bags, and now dresses. This shift dress is the perfect design for a metallic color because it’s simple but the shimmer is eye-catching. Florals are huge this season as well, especially in more structured looks, like these shirt and body-con dresses. Last but not least we have the off-the-shoulder number from Mango. It’s the perfect throw back to 70’s style, and paired with lace up sandals makes it the quintessential summer look.

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Must-Have Bags For The Perfect Closet

The perfect closet is like an elusive unicorn. It’s the closet that has all the latest on trend pieces mixed in with the classics and basics. The perfect balance between minimal and chic. Getting to this closet takes time, financial investment, and the knowledge that you won’t get away with abusing your clothing, but that you’ll have to take really good care of your things. (No tumble drying!)

The quest to the penultimate closet also includes organizing your bag situation. Slimming down your wardrobe from tons of semi great bags you only use a few times, to the few quality bags you’ll use over and over again will take diligence and self-control. If you’re serious about tackling your bags but the financial investment part scares you, then shop at places like TJMaxx, Zara, Mango, and other department stores that have really great leather products but for a fraction of the cost of high-end names. Same material quality, different price point.

Here’s my list!

The Tote: An Every-Day Bag

A tote bag is a necessary bag not only for style reasons but for functionality. You can use a great tote for work or school to pile in your books, laptop etc or as a great weekend travel bag. Think about traveling and using it as your carry on. When you’re looking for a tote, look for one that’s structured and leather. Always do leather. Make sure it’s not too small (should be tall and wide enough to fit a laptop and some books, in my opinion), and a neutral color with not too many flashy aspects like buckles and zippers. You want to go for timeless. Will this bag be in style next season and 10 seasons from now. Think colors like black, grey, tan. I’d try find one that has a zipper closure so you don’t have sticky fingers rummaging in your bag if you live in a place with pickpockets around.

 

The Weekender

Your weekend bag is something you can toss on your shoulder and go. It’s small, no hassle and carries the essentials. You can run about town and do your thing without lugging something heavy around. Stick to your neutral colors, that way you don’t have to worry that neon pink is clashing with your look. It goes without saying, choose a quality leather item.

 

The Black Tie Event Clutch

We’ve all been caught in situations where we’ve been invited somewhere nice and realize we don’t have a bag to go with the elegance of the evening. That being said, a “black tie event” clutch will go a long ways to ensuring your date, broadway, and fancy soiree nights are fully prepared for. You’re most likely wearing a gorgeous black dress to one of these events, so have fun with a clutch that is both elegant but has some great style elements.

The Wallet/Every-Day Clutch

This little guy is where I live. I despise carrying around my tote (it’s usually full..), and that weekend bag isn’t always appropriate. But what IS appropriate is this wallet that doubles as a clutch. It’s small enough to throw into your tote or weekend bag, but big enough to carry like a clutch. It fits all the necessary things like your phone, a lipstick, a few credit cards, some cash,keys, and your license. So adorable!

 

The Fun Bag

This is sort of a bonus category, but in case you feel like you may get tired of your neutral colored bags, it’s fun to have that “other” bag for the days when you feel like you’re made from sun rays. We all have those days! Try a fun colored bag, or if colors aren’t your thing, go for a neutral color with crazy amounts of texture. Thing tassels, buckles, zippers. Make sure when doing a fun colored bag that your overall look is well balanced. Depending on the outfit, looking like a neon eye-shadow palette might not be so hot.

 

Hope you found this article helpful! Let me know what you think!

Coat Craze Continued..

Remember how in that last article how I mentioned my major obsession with this seasons winter coats. Well I just can’t stop. This outfit is preppy youngster meets seasoned sailor and it’s too die for. Try mixing and matching items that come from different backgrounds, like boho meets chic, or rocker meets classy english lady sipping tea. If it’s done right you’ll always end up with killer looks that totally stand out.
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White sweater
2020ave.com

Zimmermann coat
zimmermannwear.com

H&M black jeans
$40 – hm.com

Black boots
$725 – youheshe.com

Michael kors handbag
shop.harpersbazaar.com

A Flannel How-To

I’m not sure about nations abroad, but here in good ole ‘Merica we do love our flannels. It’s the perfect combination of crisp fall weather, orange and red leaves, misty mountains, cold oceans and total coziness. Weather you’re male or female, you own a few of these. As much as I love my flannel and leggings combo, I decided I needed to spice up some outfits and show a flannel how to. I wore mine with black skinny’s, a precious kitten heel and a moto inspired jacket with a large structured bag. This way you don’t lose the coziness and patriotism but you also look fit for the city.
Enjoy!
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H M white shirt
$24 – hm.com

MANGO white jacket
$115 – mango.com

Acne Studios black skinny jeans
$225 – youheshe.com

Pierre Hardy black pumps
matchesfashion.com

Michael Kors handbag
neimanmarcus.com

Peach, Red, Gold, Paris

I love mixing different textures like velvets, wools, etc and this look is a perfect example of just that. These velvet pants and jersey are so chic. The boots dress down the velvet pants to make them more day friendly and can be switched with heels or flats. The warm tones of this outfit make it perfect for a chilly fall day and will instantly make you feel cozy and warm.
Enjoy!

Ivy Kirzhner leather boots marissacollections.com

Michael Kors watch net-a-porter.com

Signet ring kule.com