Gingham has kind of the preppy-yet-trendy runaway hit the summer, and it was a total must-have for me all season long. Since the weather in Northern California is still pretty warm I have been wearing my favorite summer looks one last time as sort of a goodbye gesture.
To me, this look perfectly summed up the summer 2017 trends— gingham, ruffles, off the shoulder tops, and a bright color. I loved pairing the busy pattern of the top with the bright solid skirt. The ruffle wrap in the skirt gave it such a great flare, but it did make me a little nervous when I would wear the skirt on windy days!
What have some of your favorite summer looks been?
As summer starts to come to a close, I find myself reaching for my favorite warm weather pieces more and more. We have had record heat here in Northern California the past month, and it is hard to feel excited to wear fall piece when it is still over a hundred degrees outside! While I probably won’t be transitioning into my riding boots and puffer vests anytime soon, I am starting to think about putting away some of my very summery pieces. One fashion rule that I follow very closely is not wearing bright white after Labor Day. Give me an antique white or a winter white in autumn, but for me the bright summer hue has no place in my wardrobe come September.
Since I’ll be packing up these pieces soon, I’ve been trying to get some extra love out of them. I have loved this skirt from the Banana Republic Outlet this summer. The cut outs are very on trend and it’s so easy to pair with things. I paired it with a simple button down and of course my white Jack Rodgers which will also be going away soon. What have you been wearing during the end of the summer?
My brother Thomas recently graduated from college in Upstate New York, and of course this was not an occasion this California girl was going to miss! Tom went to school in Poughkeepsie, and since we had a lot of family traveling for the big event my parents decided to rent a house in nearby Rhinebeck for the occasion. The white shuttered house was so cute and on an amazing property with lush green lawns. It truly had that Northeast charm that I grew familiar with during my childhood summers in Massachusetts. The classic aesthetic inspired me to wear one of my preppiest outfits. I love love love this J.Crew whale sweater that I bought a few seasons ago, but in Northern California it always feels like a bit too much. However, in Upstate NY the preppy look fit right in! I wore it with a fun full yellow skirt for a look that’s perfectly summer.
One of my favorite pieces lately has been this blush pink pleated skirt from J.Crew. I bought it a few years ago and seriously get a compliment on it each time I wear it. One of the things I love about it is that it’s surprisingly versatile. Often I can find myself gravitating to neutrals like navy and black for easy pairings, but this solid colored skirt is just as easy to match and offers a much lighter look for summertime. I love the feminine color to this piece and the flattering pleats.
I have different ways that I wear this skirt, but for this look I wanted to feature one of this season’s hottest trends— the off the shoulder top. I got this top at Banana Republic and of course could not resist it because of the unexpected bow in the back! It is sort of like a mullet shirt, business in the front and a party in the back, haha. I finished off the look with pale milkshake pink accessories to complement the blush skirt. I had to add one of my favorite pink pieces, the Bauble Bar Crispin Drops earrings. Seriously how fun are these? The only issue is that they are pretty heavy on your ears and make it hard to walks around!
Green is undeniably one of my favorite colors. Forest green in particular is a favorite because of the way it complements my green eyes. For whatever reason, it seems forest green is not a color that is incorporated in many women’s clothing pieces, so when I saw this shirt at Anthropologie, I knew I had to pick it up. Even though darker jewel tones are more of a winter staple for me, I couldn’t resist wearing this flattering color right away. What’s great about this shirt is that it’s very lightweight and easy to style. I love wearing this shirt with a high-waisted skirt and then tying the fabric off to the side to create a silhouettes similar to a crop top. For this outfit I kept the knotted theme going with my knotted headband, I love headbands and this is a much needed update on the accessory. I picked a tassel necklace because I have really been loving the tassel jewelry trend and the color of this necklace looks so nice against the dark green backdrop of my shirt.
In the warmer months all I want to do is spend time on the coastline. This outfit is perfect for seaside days with its nautical flair and classic preppy elements. I actually wore this outfit to my interview for my current job, so it must be lucky! I love pairing the bold printed skirt with a more classic top and then some flashy ballet flats to add some luxe elements. The skirt is from Cath Kidston which is one of my favorite British brands. Whenever I am over in the United Kingdom, I always have to make a trip to their store and pick up some classic British pieces.
This past spring my brother and I took a trip down the California coast to Monterey Bay. We had a great day going to the aquarium, checking out the historical district and enjoying the scenic beauty of the area. I feel like standby pieces for full-packed touristy days are jeans and T-shirts. However, since I am not really a jeans and a T-shirt person I had to reimagine a simple yet sophisticated outfit set for spending the day exploring.
I decided to wear one of my favorite sundresses from Garnet Hill. The cotton dress is so comfortable and the stripes were a nautical complement to the Monterey vibe. I added a panama hat to protect myself from the sun along with my comfy and classic white sneakers. To finish the outfit I added a jean jacket which paired nicely with the loose dress.
While the trees on my college campus have started to bloom into light green plumes, we have recently been given a rush of cold weather in Northern California. The changing of seasons can often pose some awkward fashion challenges, and this cool weather period is no exception.
For early April I have loved mixing winter trends with spring patterns as I did on a recent trip to Los Angeles. I was not intending to take photos for this blog when these pictures were taken, but while waiting to get into a playhouse in Hollywood I noticed how nicely the purple wall behind me complemented my outfit. It was a photo opportunity I couldn’t pass up, shout out to my dear friend Nicole for being such a help with my content.
I love this top because it pairs the winter velvet trend with a floral pattern, perfectly blending the seasons. On bottom I wore one of my favorite pieces, a large A-line floral skirt. I love this piece because it makes such a statement with the pattern and has a very feminine silhouette.
When the ’90s trends first started returning, I’ll admit I did not welcome them with open arms! To me the moody and simplistic trends of my birth decade have always seemed overly dramatic and ugly. They’re too little return on investment for me.
However, for the past year I have been working for a classic American clothing company which has recently been embracing grunge looks and simplistic styles. Being exposed to this brand identity has definitely had an influence on my style, pushing me out of my comfort zone. While my style used to be very preppy when I first entered college, it has mellowed out as I have become more comfortable in my skin, allowing for me to explore new (or revitalized) trends like grunge.
Of course while embracing a trend, the most important thing for you to do is to hold to your unique self style. So while I may have sold my polos on Poshmark a few seasons ago, I still love embracing girly, classic elements into my outfits. When I took on the grunge trend, I made sure to keep elements of my style alive. I wore a basic staple gray T-shirt with a vintage flannel I stole from my dad wrapped around my waist. To keep the look clean, I added my trusty white converse and for some girly elements I had to pair my tops with a classic A-line navy mini skirt.
A very popular theme this past year has been the revitalization of ’90s trends. It’s so funny how cyclical fashion can be, now as an emerging adult I have been wearing items very similar to those I wore as a child. This past winter I started to embrace the layering trend. I remember in the late aughts being exposed to this trend through one of my favorite movies Clueless. During a scene in the movie, Cher wears a black spaghetti strap shirt over a white T-shirt. I remember thinking at the time that is so ugly, who would ever wear that? And yet, here I am a few years later embracing the trend. I think what’s great about the trend is it’s versatility. In this outfit I was able to layer a warmer winter turtleneck under a summery cotton sundress for a transition look. Looking forward to seeing what past looks will be revised soon.