When the temperature has gone from 65 to 90 degrees in a week, you know you have entered a D.C. summer. The district is notorious for humid weather with thermometers peaking right around 100 degrees within the first weeks of June. Nothing makes you cringe more than having your clothes stick to you, especially when you are trying to make a statement.
This week’s Fashionista was able to beat the heat with her practical yet stylish approach to the change in climate. Her white on white ensemble kept her cool and did not compromise her originality. First, her polka-dotted button-down was layered over a black silk cami adding contrast to this classic approach. Crisp white shirts made famous by the likes of Katherine Hepburn will never go out of style, and are light enough to wear on days when clothing should be optional.
Next, her lace mini was every ounce of femininity and it added an unexpected approach. Pairing two patterns or textures together was a popular trend seen of the spring runways. Many chain stores offer affordable takes on this trend. Lace minis also look great with jean jackets for day or blazers for a more polished look. An excellent place to find your perfect lace mini would be Shopbop or UrbanOutfitters. This look can be recycled in the fall with tights and boots as well.
By adding a Louis Vuitton bucket bag and Frye harness boots, she was able to incorporate her own twist on classics. Keeping her outfit simple with gold bangles and chandelier earrings, she worked this look from head to boot. Remember that summer is the season of simplicity, and you have to make it work with your own rules.
What’s better than a blazer? A white blazer! With Central Florida temperatures skyrocketing, we have no choice but to dress for the weather. But, even though you must adapt to the summer heat, don’t let your style suffer. Instead of a heat-attracting black top, try some white.
Familiar with the saying ,"Never wear white after Labor Day"? Fashion icons all over would beg to differ. Charla Krupp, the author of two successful style bibles, believes “You should wear white all year long, especially if you live in a seasonless climate.” You heard it yourself. White looks amazing when worn as a dress, blazer or even jeans. White isn’t only going to keep you cool throughout these blazing summer days; it is seen as a knockout piece. Achieve the most stunning of looks by adding a bold color to your white ensemble.
Since head-to-toe white is pushing it, add a flowing coral or turquoise top to your white skinnies. Just like any other fashion statement, make sure you are accenting your the areas you are most fond of. White, unlike black, isn’t necessary slimming. With that said, make sure you’re picking a part of your body that you are proud to strut around. This Fashionista has the right idea, drawing your attention to her envied neckline.
White has a way of shouting poise and sophistication. From pinstripes to three-quarter sleeves to this Fashionista’s shoulder pad style, the blazer makes the perfect white item for class or your summer internship. Don’t let the heat get in the way of your perfect fashion-forward look. Throw on that white summer dress, and strut your stuff through campus!
With the Fourth of July parties kicking off the summer festivities, being able to dress in a casual and trendy way is becoming an even more valuable skill. At summer barbeques, the weather is often quickly changing from warm and sunny to chilly and dark, making it imperative for your outfit of choice to be extremely versatile. To accommodate the day to night party, it is important to dress in a relaxed way and not look as if you are attending a nightclub. To accomplish this, follow the style of the Fashionista above, as she decided to take advantage of the “It” color of summer: white. This Fashionista chose to go to her friend’s barbeque while wearing a white mini dress. The dress has a floral eyelet pattern, providing her outfit with a light and airy feel. To take her white mini into the night, she opted for sky-high espadrilles with a nude canvas fabric that aligns with the summery tones of her outfit. These espadrilles are a great substitute for sandals worn during the day in order to make getting ready in a jiff easier. Lastly, this Fashionista topped her dress and wedges off with a bright, patterned headband, which contributes color and liveliness.
To elevate your daytime look like the Fashionista above, pick a cute, white mini like this C & C dress from Shopbop.com, strappy wedges like these from Piperlime, and a handkerchief with a standout pattern, such as this one I found at Echo Design, to wrap around your head.
Hint: For those incredibly crisp evenings, bring a cardigan in your handbag to layer over your dress.