I recently wrote about 5 Summer Lip Colors and Makeup Ideas for Every Budget, and so it would only be right to couple that with some recommendations for your summer wardrobe, right? After all, every season is unique, but summer holds a special place in many of our hearts. I, like many of you probably, have countless cherished memories of experiencing summer as a kid, enjoying everything the season has to offer (particularly carnivals, hot dogs, fireworks, and swimming pools). Now that I'm a bit older, I'm happy to say that the magic hasn't worn off...but I'm not so comfortable running around in basketball shorts and swim goggles anymore, ha!
Here are a few of my must-haves to keep in the spirit of the season, but still look (and feel) like an adult (most of the time):
1. Bold Patterns
When it comes to fashion, I absolutely love bold pieces. Whether it's a hot pink blazer or multicolored sequined dress, it's fun wear something that will catch someone's eye. Tobi recently gifted me this sleeveless cheetah number, which works fabulously! It's professional enough for the office, but fun and feminine too.
2. Cutoff Shorts
Cutoff shorts are an obvious staple for any summer wardrobe, regardless of your personal style. I'm a big fan of light wash pieces, but there's so many options out there, so look around. It's definitely worth investing in a few pairs!
3. Cross Body Bag
Summer means carnivals, 4th of July fireworks, country concerts, and more. AKA there's no better time to treat yo' self to a cute and durable cross body bag. I'd recommend purchasing at least one neutral colored cross body, so that you can use it for all of your outings this summer where you don't feel like being weighed down by a shoulder bag.
4. Flowy Dress(es)
I practically live in dresses when summer rolls around. Call me lazy & unimaginative, but I love not having to put together a top and bottom combo. One piece outfits are my jam. That doesn't mean I won't add a killer vest or accessories (like in these photos), it's just easier for me to style a dress. And let's be honest, it's way more liberating than pants. I recommend having a variety of lengths to choose from, so stock your closet with both short, midi, and maxi dresses. Just make sure they're flowy, for maximum comfort in the heat. Nobody likes fabric tight to their skin when they're sweating, right?
Okay, it probably appears that I'm getting lazy with this last rec. I mean, sunglasses are so obvious. Know though that when I write sunglasses, I don't mean any old pair. There are so many styles out there, and a pair of unique shades can really spice up and raise the bar on an otherwise "eh" outfit. Personally, I avoid super pricey brands and opt for several lower-end pairs that are all very different from each other, since I like to have a nice mix of shades that can complement any outfit.
What are your summer wardrobe staples? Are any of your must-haves listed above?
P.S. Here are a few more summer items you may want to check out!
With the athleisure trend in full swing, I'm really vibing on casual pieces lately. I finally invested in a pair of Adidas sneakers a few months ago, which have really stepped up my game. And I don't even care that everybody and their mother has a pair at this point, because they're SO. DAMN. COMFORTABLE.
Seriously, just try 'em on. This pair is loaded with memory foam, so it's legit like you're walking on a cloud. I straight wear them at least a few days per week, simply because they're so comfy and go with pretty much anything.
Earlier this week, I shared with ya'll some of my thoughts on graduating. It's honestly a bit of a weird time, and overall it's bittersweet. But want to know what I absolutely, hands down HATE?
Having to move my entire life out of my apartment and back home.
This is coming from someone who hauled a literal trailer to campus with all of her stuff in it at the beginning of last year. There was that much.
So yeah. Moving out is a sick freaking joke at this point.
So, perhaps you've read this post, where I told ya'll about the little hurricane warning we had in NY last week...
Sounds like fun, huh?
We're obviously *quite* ready for summer over here in the East Coast, so I just couldn't resist putting together a little warm weather roundup to get in the spirit. I'm loving all the pom poms and tropical prints this season, despite the fact that I'm trying to keep away from such bright pieces (I wear 'em once and get bored). I can't wait to just lay out in the sun all weekend though — with SPF like 1 million on of course, b/c I'm a psycho bitch about preventing wrinkles.
Unfortunately, it's still sweater weather here in NY.
In fact, we had a literal tornado warning on Monday night.
WTF East Coast.
Can you see I'm a bity salty about this 'lil predicament here? I'm a person whose mood is definitely affected by the weather, so the constant grayness outside is quite underhwelming. How's a girl supposed to stay creative (which is essentially us bloggers' bread & butter) when it's downright gloomy out?
You guys know I love me a good deal. After all, I did write a whole post on how to afford designer clothes in college. And ICYMI, that really translates to: how to afford designer clothes when you're broke as sh*t.
Seriously though, I get a good laugh every time I see a fashion blogger advertising a "sale", where her favorite picks are "just *insert absurd price here*. To each her own...but I refuse to drop $50 for a t-shirt (cue "Thrift Shop").
For some reason, I never plan my Easter outfit out too far ahead. I've seen a number of bloggers dressed to the nines in gorgeous floral numbers and other festive frocks for the past few weeks, but I'm more of a last-minute kind of gal. I also don't love some of the stiffer looking pieces — you know the dresses that just look kind of hard to breathe/move around in?
Instead, I'm taking more of a lax approach to my Easter attire this year and opting for my favorite flowy pastel maxi skirt. It's easy to style (#lazygirlapproved), and is absolutely killer if you're looking for something that just screams "Easter weekend".
In this social media age, where FOMO is becoming the complete norm, I often hear college girls envying fashion bloggers and other Insta stars for their seemingly "perfect" lives.
Along with those picture perfect moments are also, typically, killer outfits. After all, isn't this part of what makes us girls jealous of these social media mavens in the first place? Not only do they jet set around the world experiencing the best of each and every city under the sun, but they do it in style.
Maybe I'm just speaking for myself, but lusting after clothes that are WAY out of my budget (which I typically stumble upon through street style blogs or Instagram) is just another day in the life of a broke-a** college girl. Ya know?
Ahh, self care. The oh-so-trendy topic that's simply everywhere on the web right now. It sounds very Gwenyth Paltrow if you ask me, but I love that #treatingyoself is actually becoming a legitimate practice.
I mean, if you're not taking care of yourself, what ARE you doing?
Am I right?
I do think that there's this huge misconception though that self care needs to be some elaborate, expensive, time consuming, etc. process. In reality, self care is a gold mine for us boss ladies.
If you've had the chance to peruse my ever-growing library of fashion content, you may have noticed that I'm not typically one for flashy jewelry. I love a statement necklace just as much as the next girl, don't get me wrong. However, I have a few staple pieces that hold a lot of meaning to me and that I wear almost every day.
Try to spot them in the next outfit post I publish ;)
Anyways, I thought it'd be fun to give you guys a rundown of the pieces that you've probably already seen on me and will continue to see for a long time to come:
Thank the freakin' Lord, spring is finally in the air. Winter has been treacherous around these parts, but it was (almost) all worth it when I got to pull out my favorite polka dotted number this past weekend. I'm already feeling a major purging of my winter closet coming on, and I absolutely can't wait to break out more of my spring pieces.
In the spirit of the warmer weather, I want to share with you guys five trends I am loving this season in hopes of helping you perfect your spring wardrobe fast. I swear, just grab the below essentials, and you'll be up to speed in no time.