Summer printed top (can be worn on or off the shoulders): J.Crew | Denim skirt: Asos | Gingham ankle tie sandals: Asos | Tassel earrings: J.Crew
Print mixing can be scary, for fear of looking like a crazy street person or a four year old who got dressed herself from the dress-up bin. I’m not usually one for doing lots of prints, especially together, but for some reason, these two prints just spoke to me. I picked these two pieces up around the same time, and since they both have a crisp cotton feel, a black and white base, and both scream “SUMMER!”, I tried them together– and it just worked! A few tips for pairing mixed prints together:
- Keep them in a similar color story (like I said above, both have a black and white base)
- Make sure both prints have a similar “feel”… see how the gingham and “postcard print” (that’s what J.Crew is calling the print on my top) have a summer vibe to them?
- Pair one “dominant” print, like the one on my top, with a more subtle, or smaller print, like the gingham sandals, so that they aren’t in direct competition.
- Use a simple staple piece, like my denim skirt, to ground both prints and to give the eye a break, visually.
Happy print mixing guys!
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2. Marc Fisher Mule Heel in Suede:
Super affordable cork and suede heel with a retro vibe– the shoe of the moment that will make all your summer looks feel fresh and feminine
4. Asos Gingham Ankle Tie sandals:
Gingham is EVERYWHERE guys, and if you only want a small dose, these on trend sandals are for you! I’ll pair them with a rocker tee and cutoffs…
5. Soludos Espadrille Wedges:
A classic summer staple that will never go out of style– Soludos are super comfortable– this pair will bring a girly touch to any dressed up look
8. H&M gold loafer mules:
a SUPER affordable version of the shoe you NEED– extremely versatile and comfortable- I wear these at least twice a week!
Happy shoe shopping!
Blush Adidas Tee: Nordstrom | Red Faux Leather Mini: Asos (similar here and here) | Sneakers: Zara | Sunnies: Givenchy
Sometimes the unexpected really works, in both life and in fashion. Pink and red is a combo most people, including myself, normally would shy away from, for fear of looking like a Valentine’s day card, or like you maybe got dressed in the dark, failing at an attempt to “match”. I’ve come to learn though, if you do something with obvious PURPOSE, and in a thoughtful and interesting way, it works, more often than not (again, this can be applied to both getting dressed and living every day life, I’ve found!). So I paired this blush pink, “sporty-ish” Adidas tee, with my fave red faux leather mini…and I’m obsessed! Sort of a sporty take on color-blocking, and since pink and red are in the same color family, it just works. I tempered the bold look with a textured neutral sneaker, to keep the look sporty and casual, but fashion-forward as well. A friend recently asked me “how you know when to wear a dress or skirt with sneakers…how to make it work?”…I thought this was a great question…As one of my all time fave combos, which I wear AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK, my response was this: It has to look purposeful, NOT ACCIDENTAL OR necessary (like you’re not going for “commuter with heels in her bag running for the train”). There needs to be some sort of sporty or casual element to the overall look, like stripes, or a sporty tee, or something boyish about the look. Sneaks CAN work with florals, but they should have a vintagey, almost worn-out vibe, in my opinion. I wore this for a day of Saturday adventures with Tim and Nolan (playground, exploring Chelsea Piers, brunching, and just wandering the city). Hope this inspires you guys to try an unexpected combo this week!
One Shoulder Cotton Dress: Nordstrom B.P. (sadly sold out! Similar one here for under $50) |Sandals: J.Crew
Navy and white pin striped ruffle one shoulder top: Nordstrom | Jeans: Madewell | Heels: Manolo Blahnik
Off the shoulder tops and dresses have been going strong for a few seasons now, so it’s only fitting that now one shoulder pieces are hitting the streets…after all, how many iterations of a shirt are there really!? Anyway, I’m digging these asymmetrical pieces; they offer a fun way to show some skin in a fresh way. The first look is based around an easy-peasy cotton dress in a dusty rose, worn to lunch and shopping with my sis and Nolan…dresses like these take me right through summer and can we worn to a variety of events.
I wore the second look for my birthday dinner (34!), out to dinner with Tim. I like how the masculinity of the navy and white pinstripes play down the girliness of the ruffle…and even though the top is navy, I paired it with black ripped skinnies to give the look a little more edge (since I was wearing it with “grown up” heels– have to give the sneaks and loafers a break every now and then!).
Just a few thoughts on birthdays– growing up, my family never really made a big deal out of them; I can remember only having maybe 2 or 3 actual birthday parties as a kid…my mom worked full time while raising us, and really didn’t believe in “going overboard” (lol) for celebrating things that one didn’t really “earn” …which I (kind of) get. Now that I have Nolan, I also try not to “spoil” him– we did throw him a first birthday party (which was def more for us, celebrating the fact that we survived the first year of parenthood…also we just wanted to have friends over and bbq, if we’re truth-telling here)…I’ve been to some lavish kids parties where you kind of can’t help but roll your eyes…the problem is, if you’re having “my super-sweet-16-mtv-style” parties as a toddler, the bar for expectations gets raised every year…so I’m thinking let’s try and find some middle ground in terms of birthday parties for Nolan.
As an adult, I think birthdays are still worth celebrating. Once you’re an official grown up, the redundant and arduous tasks of maintaining every day life can result in a serious case of the blahs– so ya know what? I think its kind of cool and maybe even necessary to do something a little extra special for your birthday– if you don’t take the time out to purposely have fun on your “special day”, then when will you, right? When you’re a kid, you’re surrounded by “fun”, with toys and games and treats almost on a daily basis, — so as adults, maybe birthdays should be about the same!