How to Keep Cool in the Office

As summer progresses, the days get sunnier and the temperatures get hotter. What almost always goes hand-in-hand with this process is the struggle to figure out what to wear to your internship or job when the temperature is pushing upwards of 90 degrees.

You know you can’t go for the cute spaghetti strap dress and sandals like you want to, but you don’t want to sweat through your thought-out outfit five seconds after walking outside. So, what do you do?

You buy a jumpsuit, of course.

This Fashionista is the perfect example of how to keep yourself cool while still looking cool for work. Her look is the perfect amount of trendy, classy, cool, and seasonal. When you look at her outfit, it’s far from the skimpy looks most people have in mind when they think of summer clothing.

The jumpsuit is incredibly flattering and the chambray can be paired with any and everything. She chose to pair it with a tan Tory Burch crossbody, as well as some tan slides and gold hoops. All come together to form a neutral summer look, without being boring.

Having the pants of the jumpsuit fall just above the ankle not only keeps her cool but keeps her on-trend with the cropped hemline. Since the straps of the jumpsuit are a little thicker, this makes it a perfect choice for the office. Not to mention you can stay cool while lunching in the park, but can still throw on a cute sweater or jacket when you re-enter the frozen tundra that is an office space in the summertime.

One of the best parts about this office-friendly look is how versatile it is. You can take it from office to brunch, from summer to winter all with the addition or subtraction of a few key accessories. Plus, it requires little to no effort to pull this look together in the morning when you’re trying to remember your keys, coffee, purse, and lunch, all while attempting to put together a great outfit.

A nine-to-five may be draining sometimes, but don’t let picking out your outfit be a part of that. Keep it simple and always remember there’s a way to stay cute and classy without roasting in the New York summer heat.

Do you have any favorite summer office looks? Show us on social media and tag @CFashionista!

Women’s Fashion and How to Beat the Heat this Summer

It’s summertime and you might be wondering how you can master the perfect summer outfit while beating the heat. July and August are definitely the hottest summer months, so how can you possibly look good while staying cool at the same time? My go-to outfit for the heat is something light and flowy that will definitely keep you cool and chic this summer.

The first key to having the perfect summer outfit is making sure that you are wearing light fabrics. Wearing heavy or clingy materials in the summer is the first thing you want to avoid. My biggest suggestion is to wear a light and flowy chambray shirt. The shirt will allow your body the space it needs to breathe when you are out in the hot sun all day long. This will also help you avoid the horrible feeling of your clothes sticking to your body when you sweat. Another thing to consider is the color of top you are wearing. We all know that one person who wears black year-round, or maybe that person is you, but you want to wear light colors rather than dark. Wearing light colors is just another way to help you stay cool on a hot summer day. Rather than soaking in the heat like dark colors, these light colors will help reflect the sunlight.

Another thing that can become a dilemma for women is how to accessorize without feeling restricted. When it comes to adding accessories in the summertime, the phrase less is more is definitely true. You want to keep it on the simple side by adding delicate pieces. The best thing to add to any outfit is a simple bracelet, small rings, and a cute pair of earrings.

In the summer, it’s important to have a purse that is just as light as your outfit. While fun and flirty bags are super colorful in the summer, to avoid having to constantly switch it up, opt for a light neutral color. Having a purse that doubles as a crossbody bag and a handbag are perfect for every event. It will still be just as chic and it will save you from having to constantly change up your purses throughout the week.

Lastly, if you would rather go for a one piece in the summer, you can go for a simple, embroidered romper. Wearing a romper will allow you to skip the pain of being constrained by pants in the hot summer sun.

Beating the heat while having a cute outfit can seem nearly impossible these days. By keeping your summer wardrobe light and flowy you don’t have to worry about summer sweats ruining your daytime look.

Why don’t you give it a try and let us know how it works by tagging @Cfashionista on social media!

These Summer Boots Were Made for Walkin’

Things are starting to heat up in Florida—this means it’s time to bring out the shorts, comfortable tops, and… boots? This month’s Fashionista decided to bring out some thigh-high boots this summer and totally rock them!

Since I had been studying abroad in Spain for five months, I kind of lost a feel for what Florida style was like. I was getting used to very eccentric outfits, lots of fur, and black. As soon as I got back, I remembered how nice it was to be able to wear shorts and sandals with some loose, breezy tops due to the extreme heat that we have. But fashion is always about taking risks, and to me, thigh-high boots in summer would seem like a risk, but not to this Fashionista.

She used these boots as the statement piece of the outfit with a chambray top and some white shorts, which scream summer. The balance between the basic clothing items and the boots mixes chic with edgy. It’s interesting to see how just one clothing item or accessory can completely change the feel of an outfit, but it’s never too late to try something new out!

If you would like to recreate this outfit for a girl’s day out or brunch with your friends, here’s how to recreate it:

1—Pick out your favorite pair of thigh-high or knee-high boots. This Fashionista is rocking a pair of Stuart Weitzman Highland Boots.

2—Look through your closet and find a cute chambray top. Everyone should own at least one because it’s the easiest item to style for the spring and summer time.

3—Finish the look with white shorts. This is another item that everyone should have for spring and summer. It matches with everything. You can dress it up or down and you’ll be ready to go!

Now that you know how to rock this look, what are your opinions about it? Would you rock thigh-high boots in summer? Let me know in the comments below. If you decide to recreate this look, show us on social media. Don’t forget to tag @CFashionista!

Chambray Your Vacay

It’s the best time of the year. Time to pack pool towels, sandals, and a unicorn float for that über-cute Instagram photo you’ve been dreaming of all year. It’s time for summer vacation, and I can literally smell the sunscreen and salty air as I’m writing this.

When it comes to packing, I do my best to follow the “pack smarter, not harder” mantra, and there’s nothing smarter (and cuter) than a chambray skirt. Chambray is a look that has never gone out of style because let’s face it—it’s lightweight, perfectly understated, incredibly versatile, and nothing screams summer more than a light wash denim.

The chambray skirt is perfect because there is so much versatility in the way you can style it. If you’re someone like me who’s edgier style always needs to have a say in the outfit, a ripped collar shirt adds the perfect touch of grunge without clashing the styles of both pieces.

The tie on this skirt is one of my favorite elements about it, second to the ruffle detailing. It adds the perfect amount of detail and frill to the skirt without overdoing it, all while creating this adorable pleated look on the bottom. A chambray skirt is also an amazing piece to take on vacation with you because of its day-to-night functionality. Not only would it be cute and easy to throw on over your swimsuit bottoms with a pair of flip flops before heading to the pool, but could also transition to night with a lace bralette or crop top and a pair of wedges—all you have to do is fix your makeup and throw your hair up in a high pony!

The platform shoe trend that came back a few years ago, and is definitely here to stay. This is another way to edge up the chambray skirt look. These Steve Madden platforms stay comfortable for a whole day of walking and touring and are a perfect way to stay on-trend while remaining incredibly functional.

Lastly, I paired my chambray skirt outfit with my favorite sunglasses and Rebecca Minkoff bag. Perfect for storing your favorite lipgloss, cellphone, travel size sunscreen, and wallet, this bag is essential for going out and it matches perfectly with the shoes.

There are so many more awesome summer outfit combinations you can make with this chambray skirt, it looks like I’m going to have to plan another trip!

Are you going on a summer vacation? I would love to hear where everyone is going in the comments below and some outfits you’re all planning on bringing!

The Basis of Minimalism

I often find myself overwhelmed by the amount of stuff I have. In an attempt to declutter my life after moving home from my first year of college, I donated and sold so much.

I knew I would eventually have to tackle my closet, even though I was dreading it.

When I set out to clean my closet, I was having such a difficult time because I have so many clothes. I ended up using a sorting system to make it easier.

I separated my clothes into five piles: love, maybe, no, occasional, and seasonal. My “love” pile had clothes in it that I would wear right now. The “maybe” pile had clothes that I liked, but didn’t fit right or were itchy. I sorted through them again a second time. My “no” pile were clothes that I didn’t wear enough, so I donated them. The “occasional” pile had clothes that were for special events like formal weddings. I hung them in the back of my closet. My “seasonal” pile included my winter coats, hats, and gloves. I stored that in vacuum-sealed bags under my bed.

As I finished organizing the piles, I realized that I had about 40 pieces for the summer. For me, this was a number that I felt comfortable with and decided to stick with it for all four seasons.

For each season, I would like to keep the number of pieces of clothing I have under 40, so every time I buy a new piece, I will donate one.

While I was sorting through clothes, it was important for me to remember the basics I could mix, match, and layer. I love these cardigans because I can have them in multiple colors. I would run out of outfits way too fast if I had more statement pieces than versatile pieces. Neutral colors can always be dressed up with fun accessories and makeup.

A black dress and a bold lip are my go-to’s because they are so flexible—they can go from day to night by simply removing the chambray shirt.

What are your go-to’s? Let us know on social media, and don’t forget to tag @Cfashionista!

STYLE ADVICE: Summertime in the City

It’s officially summertime, Fashionistas! With this new warm weather and sudden freedom from academic responsibilities, it’s time to break out the sundresses and sandals and spend a weekend exploring a new city. For this Fashionista interning in Washington, D.C. for the summer, that’s exactly what she’s doing; and she is certainly dressed the part.

This Fashionista’s chambray sundress is the centerpiece of her outfit. It’s flowy and perfect for keeping her cool while she explores the beautiful sights of the city, and runs errands. She accessorizes it with a lacy white bralette—it keeps the overall vibe of the outfit casual and is extremely comfortable, which is important with the hot weather and all the walking that she’s doing. The crystal necklace adds some flashy detail but it’s not too overbearing. Combined with the layered bracelets, this Fashionista has appropriately accessorized her look. My favorite element of the outfit; however, is her bright red lipstick. This Fashionista’s bold choice ties her whole outfit together in a perfect blend of dressy and casual that basically screams, “it’s summer!”

Those wedges may be great for pictures and short walks, but this Fashionista has a trick up her sleeve for commuting across town. For long walks across town, it helps to keep a trusty pair of flip-flops or other flat sandals in your purse. This will help you avoid the blisters and painful feet that might come with walking long distances in heels, but you’ll still look fabulous upon arriving at your destination. With the elements of this look all combined, this Fashionista is ready for a fantastic summer in America’s capital.

STYLE GURU STYLE: Festival Season

Festival season is among us—music festival season, that is. To some that means an ungodly amount of glitter, flash tats, and probably some sort of bohemian maxi dress that imitates the tapestries seen in almost every freshman girl’s college dorm room. While this is a suitable way to go about a festival, as it is the most popular style, I see festivals as a perfect manner to wear the perfect outfit showing off your personal style. It’s almost like your last meal—what would you choose to wear for a full day filled with sweat, tears (for some), and unforgettable memories? And maybe to impress your favorite band if you’re front row? Maybe even more importantly, comfort is key. Standing all day with the sun beating down on you does not call for heavy knits, pants, or shoes that do not fall under the category of sneakers. So, personal style and comfort equal the perfect festival outfit? Easy as pie.

I used these guidelines to help me get dressed for Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta, aka the festival that has made me fall in love with music over and over again four times in a row. So for my fourth time, I put my festival fashion knowledge to work. I declare overalls as my favorite article of clothing, but they just don’t seem to work for every occasion. I slipped on my Calvin Klein overalls, otherwise known as my festival overalls, as I’ve worn them to two festivals in a row now—shamelessly. A knit, off-the-shoulder top peeked out from underneath the overalls, and a chambray shirt was tied around my waist, mostly as a layering mechanism just in case it rained (which it did!) but also as a way to not fall under the less-is-more category. What a way to oppose a style that seems like it was invented for festivals! On my feet, I wore glitter socks to make up for the lack of glitter on my face and my go-to festival shoes, my Stan Smiths. Not featured is my favorite Man Repeller hat to keep the sun off my face and my Madewell sunglasses to keep the sun out of my eyes. It was a sunny weekend!

I always attempt to make my festival experiences not about fashion, as it should be a weekend full of music and far too many popsicles eaten in one day. But adding style to the mix doesn’t hurt. Also, it makes for some amazing photos.

STYLE GURU STYLE: Spring’s Statement Sleeves

I’m back again with a personal Style Guru Style post! I am so excited about this post and outfit in general. Since spring is finally here (even in chilly Ohio) we have had temperatures in the 60’s! I know what you’re thinking, or at least if you’re like me, “Kailey that is still cold.” However, after a seemingly long dragged out winter of walking to class, 60 is looking good!

We have to start with this chambray shirt… It is my going to be my go-to spring statement shirt. When I saw this piece I knew immediately I had to have it. The amount of outfits I can create with this amazingly fierce but girly shirt is infinite. This bell-sleeve cropped blouse is seriously a dream for anyone looking to step up their game this spring. Bold sleeves are very trendy this season. Some of my favorites are bell-sleeve, ruffles, or even big sleeves that cinch around your wrist!

I paired this top with a classic pair of black skinny jeans. You cannot go wrong with pairing just about everything with black jeans! Since this top is the star of the show, you could even wear white jeans to incorporate a more spring look.

I paired these gray slip on shoes to makes this look effortless. If it were a little warmer, I would have worn a cute pair of sandals but these did just fine for a day out with my friends. For someone who is often running late, I love a good pair of shoes you can just throw on a run out the door. So these are definitely a go-to shoe!

For accessories, I really tried to keep it simple by just wearing silver hoop earrings and my round Ray Bans! I hope you all have a stress-free rest of your semester! See you next time.

STYLE ADVICE: Spring Blues

For this month’s post we have some fresh fashion coming at you from your favorite frat boy (try saying that 10 times fast! Dare I even call him a ‘Fratshionisto’).

Now that the weather in the mid-Atlantic is sunny and has reached the mid to upper 70s, it’s time to break out the khaki shorts and spring blue button-down short sleeved shirts.

This Fashionisto rocks a chambray blue, collared button-down with white polka dots, sunglasses, a blue and silver time piece, and he looks ready to set sail in tan boat shoes (which are a must for fashionable frat men and non-frat men alike). The combination is the epitome of cool and is perfect for a ‘fratty casual’ look for day-to-day wear (and likely to get you a spot on the best dressed list) or can be donned at a more dressed up occasion like Sunday brunch or Easter with the family (as opposed to the cliche pastels).

The outfit can also be paired with tennis shoes or sneakers to make it perfect for an outside gaunt or catching a few innings on a Saturday. Some things you need to avoid to pull off a perfect frat casual look include socks with boat shoes and crazy patterns. You want people to notice you. When it comes to subtle patterns like stripes and polka dots, it’s still best to limit them to one article of clothing per outfit: be it a vest, shirt, pants, etc. The tiny polka dots on this button-down adds the perfect little detail to this outfit!

STYLE ADVICE: Oversize and Unique

Oversize clothing has become a trend that both men and women have indulged themselves in. From oversize T-shirts, sweaters, and jackets, to culottes and vintage jeans. This Fashionista, with her distinct sense of  style and detail, has made this current trend her signature look of choice. The outfit suits her well with the pieces that she put together for her overall ensemble. This look has a lot of cool and unique pieces that are both functional and fashionable.

Chambray is the main theme of this particular outfit, and the Fashionista also incorporated a blue cross-body bag and blue embellished accessories and jewelry. Chambray has become a favored and popular trend in the spring paired with different denim pieces. The details of the oversize ensemble are very simple, yet very distinguished. This Fashionista is wearing a stripped chambray off-the-shoulder top. She has paired this top with some oversize denim cut-off culottes. She then added white wrap-around platform sneakers and white fishnets to add to the white and blue color scheme that is shown. Platform sneakers and sandals are also a trend that many Fashionistas have added to their wardrobe for the spring and upcoming summer months.

This oversize outfit is perfect inspiration to wear for the spring weather that has come this month and is a great trend to incorporate into your everyday style. Oversize clothing can be very breezy and cooling on the warmer days of the season. Also, many designers and celebrities have made this trend a part of their fashion lines and looks of the day, like Kylie and Kim on their casual days out. My style advice for this season is to definitely add platforms, chambray, and oversize and off-the-shoulder pieces to your wardrobe.