Summer Essentials

summer-essentials

Although I love fashion and clothing, I am not one to do a lot of shopping. When I do venture out for a little retail therapy, I tend to binge shop and I buy a season’s worth of pieces in one go. I haven’t set out to curate my summer wardrobe yet, but here is a little peek into my shopping list for the season.

1 // Body Suit – Michael Kors Ribbed Stretch Merino Wool Blend Body Suit

When I first started to see bodysuits appearing in stores I thought that they were a little odd. They look exactly like one-piece swimsuits but are unlined and are supposed to be worn under your clothes in place of a tank top or cami. I have totally been sold on the superiority of the bodysuit as a layering piece. It looks amazing tucked into a voluminous skirt, a pair of flares or layered under a low-cut dress without any of the fabric bunches that inevitably come with wearing a tank top or blouse.

2 // Slip Dress – Sandro Row Slip

The slip dress is really a season-less staple in any wardrobe. I would be just as likely to wear this 90s inspired number with a distressed sweater and chunky booties as I would be with a straw hat and sleek pair of sandals in the summer. It has an effortless, just-rolled-out-of-bed Kate Moss vibe that I can’t get enough of.

3 // T-Shirt Dress –  United by Blue Banbury Tencel Dress

A t-shirt dress may just be the ultimate in lazy-girl dressing. It’s one of those pieces that you don’t have to think about. Simply throw it on, run your fingers through your hair, throw on a little mascara and lip balm and you are good to go.Try it in cotton or modal for a comfy, weekend appropriate look or in silk for an office-ready ensemble.

4 // Denim JacketWhite House Black Market Denim Jacket

Much like the leather moto or wool pea-coat, a denim jacket is an outerwear staple. It looks perfectly polished without trying too hard and goes with everything. I have four denim jackets in my own closet (one in dark denim, a faded and distressed option, a fitted blue jean jacket from Levi’s and an oversized number with a zipper and hood) but I love the classic sensibility of this option. It’s the perfect shade of blue and it’s nipped in waist will highlight or add curves to a silhouette.

5 // Lady-like Skirt –  Embroidered Button Front Maxi Skirt

I pretty much live in jeans but I love to indulge my girly nature and wear dresses and skirts every now and then. I love bows, lace, floral motifs – the works. The periwinkle hue of this skirt is flattering against all skin tones and has a vintage vibe that is romantic and elegant.

6 // Denim SkirtLE3NO Women’s Vintage Denim A-Line Button Down Mini Skirt

Although I love a good pair of denim cut-offs, my denim skirt has been on regular rotation in my closet. No longer the flirty go-to of teenage girls, this style has been given a sophisticated update. Polished denim pencil skirts or feminine a-line numbers lend a grown up sensibility to the look that is so versatile. A denim skirt in either dark or medium blue goes with everything from an off-shoulder tee and converse to a slinky cami and slides.

7 // Silk TrousersGanni Yellow Fusion Rose Silk Trousers

Silk is probably my favorite fabric. It’s light and airy and always feels so luxurious even when worn casually. Silk trousers are formal enough for the office or for an occasion where you want to dress up but they also look amazing when worn casually. Neutral styles always look on point and are a good bet regardless of the season. Personally, I love a bright, opulent print for summer. This cheery, yellow floral print instantly injects a joyful shot of sunshine into an otherwise subdued wardrobe.

8 // Knit TankAlexander Wang Striped Peel Away Knit Tank Top

Perfect for those cool, overcast summer days, a knit tank top is a great transitional piece between seasons as well. I love this striped version from Alexander Wang because it’s casual and classic but also has a vintage vibe that is very current. The navy and white colour combo is also a no-brainer.

9 // Maxi SkirtStylish Chiffon Maxi Skirt

A maxi skirt is a time tested classic and there is a reason for that. Contrary to popular belief, maxi skirts are very flattering. They are effortless and versatile with a bohemian, beachy vibe that screams summer. This black chiffon version is a great choice because it is light and comfy but is so easy to dress up with a pair of heeled sandals and a slash of red lipstick. This luxe number would just as easily work at an outdoor wedding as it would walking down the beach barefoot.

xoxo,

Alicia

 

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