Category: Styled For Summer

Dress Bright and Feel Bold

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For a long time growing up I always played it safe with my wardrobe. I would put together creative, bright, kind of “out there” outfits, but then I never had the confidence to wear them out. I was scared of standing out in the crowd and always decided on the safe route.

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Now, as I’ve gotten a little older and wiser, I’ve learned that standing out is actually a really amazing thing. Dressing bright and dressing bold and dressing a little “out there”can turn into confidence. I love putting together a super bright and colorful outfit, like this one, because it instantly puts me in a cheery mood. How can I not have a good day, and a confident day, when i’m wearing a cobalt blue dress and a plaid primary-colored scarf. This outfit is powerful, and instantly makes me feel like I can take on anything that is thrown my way.

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Interning at Kate Spade this summer has taught me so much, but one of the most amazing things that it has taught me is that living colorfully, being confident, and having fun can truly become a lifestyle. Life doesn’t have to be serious, and neither does your wardrobe! Reflect who you are, and your confidence, through your wardrobe.

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A Petite Girl’s Guide to Boyfriend Jeans

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Being 5’2″ is both a blessing and a curse. Sure, I can still get away with the kids menu sometimes, but boy is shopping for pants a headache. Very few stores carry short enough jeans, and I have had so much trouble in the past adapting the latest trends to work with my tiny legs. Flared jeans.. nope… Boot cut… nope… culottes.. absolutely not.

When I first heard of the boyfriend jean trend a few years ago I instantly wrote it off too. My first thought was, “Oh my gosh, I would swim in boyfriend jeans..” I envied the tall, thin, models in the magazines and on the runway working the trend, and wished I had their physique.

Then one day when I was out shopping I decided to take a risk and try on a pair. They looked so loose and comfy…I caved and snatched up my size to slip on.

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When I first looked in the mirror with the boyfriend style on I initially was doubtful, i’m not going to lie… but then I played around with them a bit by adding a belt, cuffing the bottoms, and throwing on a pair of heels and instantly saw a difference.

“IT’S A MIRACLE…” I thought, “I CAN ACTUALLY WEAR A TRENDY PAIR OF JEANS!”

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When I style my boyfriend jeans now I typically pair the looser pants with a tighter or more structured shirt (like the one in this photo). I like to belt the jeans to sit a little higher on my waist, and usually roll the bottoms 2-3 times to get them to sit right above my ankles. A half-tucked shirt shows off my belt and waistline a little, but still keeps with that laid-back style of the oversized jeans.

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This shopping discovery of mine goes to show that you should never be afraid to experiment with different fashion trends, no matter what your height or size is. Every girl can rock the same trends, it’s just all about your confidence and creativity.

Mixing Mod

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This look is all about mixing styles. I took my mod-inspired dress and paired it with various accessory pieces and boots to make it have more of an edge. This dress has a looser silhouette, so belting it accentuated my waist and made it feel more feminine. I’ve found that mixing different styles is easy, as long as you have a few key accessory pieces.

Always have a variety of necklaces that differ in style; you can mix more of an edgy or feminine necklace with the opposing style of clothing for a creative clash. Having a variety of shoes always helps too. I love being able to add my combat boots to any look for a statement. Unfortunately I couldn’t bring my entire shoe collection with me to Italy, so i’ll have to get pretty good with mixing my pieces!

Cobblestone and Vespas

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The streets in Florence, Italy are all unique and beautiful in their own way. The narrow roads are built of cobblestone and the sidewalks are thinner than you could imagine. Vespas are parked along most roads and little Fiats are plentiful. Florence has so many famous, historic, locations, but I have found that their streets are one of the most charming aspects of the city.

For this post, I decided to take two simple clothing pieces and show how accessories can change the look. I started off by pairing a simple black, knit, midi skirt with my dark teal crop. To make the simple look more fashion forward, I added a chunky statement necklace and gold watch. Adding these elements distributes the focal point of the outfit and makes it appear more dynamic. I finished off the look by pairing my black heeled booties with my favorite sheer floral socks. The socks gave the outfit a subtle feminine touch.

Buon Giorno Firenze

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I have lived in Florence, Italy for 5 days and am already in love. Coming from the hustle and bustle of New York City, it has been such a nice change of pace. Everyone in Italy appears to take their time going from place to place, and they truly embrace the life they live and the friends that surround them. Nights in Florence are energetic, and restaurants are crowded and lively. It is common in Italy to meet friends at a restaurant and stay there dining and drinking wine together until close. No one rushes you, no one power walks, and no one pushes past you. Florence is quiet and peaceful. Where as New York City streets would be filled with the noise of honking and talking, in Florence you hear the quiet talking of friends, the breeze, and the zipping noise of vespas as they wiz by you.

For this day of exploring the city, I chose a comfortable jersey jumpsuit and simple accessories. Italian fashion here seems to veer toward a more neutral color palette, so I try to blend in as much as possible. Nothing too flashy, and nothing too bright.

I’m looking forward to traveling all throughout Europe these next 3 months. Stay tuned to follow my journey and observe as I eat my way through all of Europe.

Ciao!

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