"A problem almost every girl faces at some point is overpacking. The smartest solution to lugging around your whole closet? Wear (and pack) clothes and accessories that can easily work with dressy or casual outfits, and take you from day to night."
Add a SoCal touch to your summer wardrobe
Being relaxed and laidback is what warm-season dressing in California is all about. Effortless style is key, so try wearing head-to-toe black and white, a color combination you can never go wrong with - it’s easy, simple and timeless!
Pair a white, lacy crop top with black, high-waisted shorts, and don’t forget to top it off with a boho necklace and fedora hat. Shop our California style pieces below.
How will you get Cali cool?
6 Athletic-Inspired Essentials to Step Up Your Fashion A-Game
You don’t need to be a sports fan to get involved with one of the summer’s biggest trends. Athletic-inspired looks ruled the runways, from sleek and sexy sportswear at Gucci, to sequined streetwear at Ashish and tennis whites seen at Rag & Bone.
For sporty-cool style advice, look to one of our favorite bloggers, Jayne Min of Stop It Right Now, or channel models-off-duty in a mix of casual sports inspired pieces worn back with denim. We break down the key elements you need to get the look below.
1) The Sweatshirt
Unleash your inner track star in a classic grey marl sweatshirt, which is enjoying something of a fashion moment currently. An everyday essential all women should have in their closets, look for styles with slogans and varsity lettering.
2) The Varsity Tee
Want to get the sporty look but don’t know where to start? Invest in a Varsity T-shirt. Teamed with denim shorts or casual pants, it’s perfect for game night or a weekend brunch.
3) Track Shorts
Switch your favorite denim cut-offs for a sporty track short this summer. Bring out your inner tomboy in chambray styles or go ultra-glam in liquid metallics for a day-to-night look.
4) Sporty Bags
Sports bags aren’t just for the gym. Opt for a steamlined backpack or a classic nylon carry all to take you from the street to the studio.
Sneakers are trending in a big way right now and it goes without saying that they’re an essential part of any sporty ensemble. Whether you’re a high-top or slip-on kind of girl, the right sneaker elevates your look.
6) Baseball Caps
The sports classic thats just as at home on the streets as in the stadium, so get your game face on with a baseball cap!
What’s your favorite athletic-inspired fashion piece?
8 Must-Haves for Your Summer Work Style
Sweltering humidity. Dry, hot air. Stuffy subway. We love summer weather as much as the next beach babe, but dressing for the heat at work can be a bit of a challenge. You want to stay cool and look stylish, but also be professional. The key to the perfect office outfit is to remember what your dress code is.
Opt for a sleeveless dress, slouchy pants or a relaxed suit to keep sweat at bay and still get compliments from your co-workers. Just remember to bring an extra layer to combat that office A/C!
Need some more summer work style direction? Check out these 8 must-haves:
How are you dressing up for the office this summer? What has been your go-to fashion piece? Let us know!
5 Style Tips for Summer Sheers
Dare to bare this summer in lightweight, translucent layers
Beat the heat in one of the season’s biggest trends, sheers. Delicate sheers were all over the Spring 14 runways, from light-as-air pleated chiffons at Christopher Kane to peekaboo inserts at 3.1 Philip Lim and colored, organza overlays at Theyskens’ Theory. But you don’t need a designer budget to get the look. Read on for our guide to the best summertime sheers and shop our top picks below!
1) Naughty but Nice
Update basic shapes like a T-shirt or vest with translucent layers - a sheer top can be both naughty and nice, especially in angelic white.
2) Carrie Bradshaw-Approved
Channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw in a sheer ballerina skirt, because, let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to be SJP in the Sex and the City opening sequence (minus the bus soaking obviously)! Opt for allover organza layers or keep it simple with a cheeky sheer insert.
3) Sheer Delight
A sheer blouse may seem like a daunting prospect, but the trick to pulling it off is in the layering - make sure you have a solid base, like a vest or cute crop top, underneath. Stick to prints or textures (like lace) if you feel too exposed, or opt for a blouse that mixes solids and sheers together if you want to preserve your modesty.
4) Dressed to Impress
The sheer dress is a summertime favorite. Light as a feather, it’s a great way to beat the heat while still looking cool. Layer over a bikini for the beach, or a contrast color slip dress for the ultimate ’90s look!
5) Peekaboo Accessories
If you’re the shy and retiring type but still want to experiment with sheer, then accessories are the way to go. Opt for sunnies or a bag in tinted plastics to get the look without exposing too much!
Do you have any sheer style tips to add? Let us know!
3 Tips for Wearing Floral Menswear
You’ve been avoiding floral patterns because you think they’re just a fad. Consider this a public service announcement: florals are here to stay in the men’s fashion world. Don’t be afraid to wear florals; instead, learn when and how it’s a good idea to wear them.
1) The Setting is Key
Spring and summer are always great times to bust out your floral menswear gear. There are numerous labels and designers that create masculine floral tees and short-sleeve button-down shirts in lightweight, natural fabrics. Don’t worry, florals can still work for fall and winter; just go for pieces with darker, bolder designs. Thinking of wearing florals to a traditional office setting one day? Keep it to accessories, and save it for Casual Fridays.
2) Know the Floral Species that work for You
Just like other fashion patterns, florals come in a variety of designs and motifs. And just like those other patterns, certain designs look better on you than others; it all comes down to experimenting and trying out pieces to see how they work for you. Some common floral designs that are easy to pull off: Classic, Micro, Tropical, and Graphic.
3) Transition from a Floral Rookie to a Floral Pro
Don’t buy a 2-piece floral suit or a floral blazer right away when you first start out wearing this pattern. Start with accessories and smaller pieces with floral accents that can be worn with solid menswear items; they’ll add pops of color to your outfit, and you’ll slowly get the hang of which floral designs match with your personal style.
Want dibs on some of the best floral men’s fashion items to wear? Here are our Top 10 picks:
Ready to wear florals now? Which floral menswear piece did you like the most?
"Co-ords (short for co-ordinates if you hadn’t already worked it out) is a huge trend which is set to stay throughout the rest of the summer and well into fall. Matching your separates (and not necessarily identically) can suit any body type with the variety of choices available, making this trend super fun and most importantly, really easy!"
Master the Off-Duty Model Look
With the growing popularity of street style blogs, high-fashion models are just as well known for their everyday style as they are for their work on the runway, hence the fashion crowd-coined term, ‘off-duty.’ They have a penchant for leather jackets, boyfriend jeans and skate shoes, and always seem to hit that perfect medium between effortlessness and perfect polish.
Although we can’t copy models’ good genes, we can steal their style with these key casual-cool pieces, from an Alexander Wang tee to a classic shoulder bag. Go off-duty and shop our picks below.
What’s your go-to model off-duty look? Let us know below!
10 Perfect Snapback Caps for Your Street Style OOTDs
There’s nothing like a snapback to complete a street style OOTD. They have the perfect mix of retro influence and street luxe motif that’s needed to add the final touch of cool to any outfit. The best part about snapbacks? There’s no need to worry about sizing; the magic of adjustable straps takes care of that problem.
Whether you exclusively rock HBA and Pyrex all day, or prefer to mix and match much more minimal pieces, the snapbacks below will serve your fashion taste well. Check out these top 10 snapback picks:
Sometimes all you really need is to keep things simple; that’s why the plain white snapback gets our top pick. Which stylish snapback did you like the most?
"Take a page out of the hipster style book, mix and match these trendy pieces, and rock a casual, on point look."