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Are You Game Day Ready?

It’s the season of Saturdays! Kids sports games in the morning and college football games in the evening! You might be going to your neighbor’s house to watch a game, a tailgate at your alma mater, or straight to the stadium. Anywhere you go, you want to be comfortable, cool, and ready to cheer on your team! Along with some stylish outfits ( links at the bottom of this post) I have some great tips and tricks to help get you through your day!

Shoes

We all have heard it, know it, and told others about it, but wear comfortable shoes! I always tell people that although shoes can make an outfit, it is rare that people are looking at them. Today the market is saturated with cute and comfortable sandals and sneakers that will keep you on your feet all day! If you want to wear heels, opt for a flat platform! This gives you the height that you want without the pressure put on the balls of your feet. Instead of boots, go for a sneaker! Lifestyle sneakers can also range in comfort, so make sure to break them in before you slip them on. There is nothing worse than missing out on a good time because your feet hurt. 

Additionally, protect your feet! Game days consist of walking from uber drop-off locations to the stadium, bathroom, and food lines. Make sure you are wearing thick, sweat-absorbing socks. Game days are long, and you do not want to wake up with a massive blister the following day. I recommend Marino Wool hiking socks for boots or extra customed crew socks. Don’t forget to stick a band-aid or two in your purse! 

Purse

If you are going to the stadium, do not forget to check their bag policy! It has been a while since we have been in person, and rules have changed. Many stadiums require clear bags, or if it is not clear, it needs to be smaller than the size of your hand. 

Recently, there has been an adorable, beaded purse strap trend. They are customizable to the team you support! You can choose the mascot logo, chant, or print. Search college beaded purse straps into google, and they will pop up! If you are seeking a more neutral purse, try a small clutch. They are perfect for fitting a small sunscreen, ticket, Band-Aids, and your phone. When going to a game, remember that you do not need a tote bag as it will get in your way!   

Clothing material, choose wisely

Your shirt or pants do not make the outfit if you have sweat stains. We have all been there and experienced having to keep your arms down or looking back at pictures and gasping. Remember that before you get dressed, and you will thank yourself later! Choose a loose-fitting breathable top. Cotton, linen, and nylon are all excellent materials to look for both tops and pants. Eyelet tops help keep you cool, and patterns can help disguise sweat. For pants, go for a looser fit, whether it be jeans, shorts, or skirts. 

Although it is trendy, do not wear leather. During the day, the leather will attract heat, and the material will get unbearably hot. Save them for an afterparty or a game later in the season! Other materials to avoid are silk, satin, and polyester. Silk and satin show sweat quickly, and polyester is not breathable, making you sweat more.  

Makeup and Sunscreen

It’s hot, your sweating; is makeup even worth it? I would say a full face of makeup is not worth it. It will be dripping down your face in a matter of minutes. However, there are many lightweight options in the market today that will serve your needs! First, start with your sunscreen! It can be regular sunscreen or one that is in a moisturizer. Then, put primer on. Primer will help the makeup stay on your face throughout the day and all you go through. Next, opt for a tinted moisturizer. Supergood, Glamglow, and Cerave make great options that are lightweight and blend right into your skin. The great thing about a lightweight tined moisturizer is you can reapply like sunscreen. If you don’t want to wear a tinted moisturizer, pull out cream-based bronzers and blushes as they will have a higher likelihood of staying on. Jones Road is a great option! Finally, grab a lip stain and Chapstick with sunscreen in it, and you will be ready to go!  

Long sleeve orange dress Neutral dress Black dress Purple top

White jean skirt Gold Belt Gold Wedges Orange short sleeve top

Red top White shorts Red stud clear purse Black booties

Neutral Tennis Shoes Neutral purse Blue dress Blue purse

Happy Shopping and Hook Em' Horns!
Alexis

Labor Day Weekend Checklist

Can you believe it? Summer is almost to be officially over! The white jeans move to the bottom of the drawers, and the fall colors have hit the stores. But don’t get sad yet! We are here to help make sure you have all the essentials for looking confident and stylish this long Labor Day weekend! 

Having some Backyard Fun?

Are you going to a green yard with BBQ and corn hole? If so, grab a loose fitting dress. There are both mini and maxi options; however, if you choose a maxi, look for slits in the side so you don’t get too hot. Although this is the end of summer, light colors are still appropriate. Bring in neutral tones through a woven purse and sandals! 

Are you dressing things up? Pick a ruffle dress.

Cocktails at the Club?

A ruffle dress is not head-to-toe ruffles but a way to add novelty and character to an outfit. As we are about to transition into fall, look for a fun print with deeper tones. To brighten things up, pull out one of the brighter colors and use it in your accessories to make an outfit sandwich! 

Headed to the Beach?

Start your beach day with ease by picking out a one-piece with a long sarong! Sarongs are versatile and can be styled as a skirt or a dress. One quick google search will present you with countless YouTube videos demonstrating how to tie them!  Grab a loose oversized tote that can let the sand out, stainless steel jewelry, a pair of sunglasses, and enjoy your weekend!

Having a Lake Day?

For a lake day, a casual outfit can get you to and from the boat. For bottoms that will double as a cover-up, grab a flowy skirt! If you are looking for one in stores, try Aerie and if you want to order one with free, fast shipping, try Shopbob. Pair your bottoms with a button-down top that is easy to get on and off! Add a pair of slide-on shoes that can get wet, a hat, sunglasses, and you are ready for the day! 

Sipping drinks Poolside?

I mean, is there anything better than a pool day?  For a breathable look that will protect you from the sun, grab a pair of linen wide-leg pants and a button-down. Put a one-piece or bikini under the button down, and French tuck it! Apply Supergoop sunscreen for flawless skin, and don’t forget your hat!  

Details, Details, Details

A bag, especially for a big weekend like this, can make or break a look. For any by-the-water outfit, grab an oversized tote built for water and sand. Great options are the neoprene bags that have been trendy this year, Consuela, or a knit bag!

If you are at a land event, stick to a smaller bag as opposed to a tote. A fun crossbody or shoulder purse can pull an outfit together! If you are looking for an affordable, trendy piece, Target and Zara are great in-store options and Looks Like Summer and Charles and Keith are fantastic online options. 

Are you trying to get the last ounce of sun rays on your hair to lighten it? Well, you are still going to wear a hat but grab a visor! Amazon and Free People sell adorable straw visors, while Nike and Lululemon sell great active visors. To give them an elevated look, put on a pair of hoop earrings! 

Wide brim hats have been everywhere this year! When sitting by the water, bring out your straw hat! They can be relaxed and floppy for easy traveling or more structured! When you are back in dry clothes, whip out the neutral suede gota hat. A fun trick to adding color is to switch out the band! 

Hope y’all have a great Labor Day Wkd!

Cheers

Alexis

5 End of Summer Looks

Here in Texas it sure can feel like summer lasts forever, or at least well into October. As Saturday morning athletic events with the families are about to pick back up again, it can be challenging deciding what to wear or what is out of season. Knowing what is “in” can be challenging, especially in warmer places when all stores are filled with oversized sweaters. We want to help give you five endless summer looks that will help take you into the fall!

Cotton Dress

When thinking about transitional pieces, you want to consider the fabric, color, and pattern. Cotton and other heavy materials give the visual impression that the clothing item is warmer and meant for a warmer season. Additionally, autumn colors such as rust orange, mustard, army green, and brown will also help an outfit appear more transitional. Also, prints such as deep florals, tartan plaid, and gradient appear as fall but come in many lightweight materials. 

As you get dressed in the transitional months, opt for clothing with a summer shade and a fall shade. For example, go for a mini mustard or rust color dress. Bright yellow and orange have been staples of the summer, and they will transfer into the fall through their fall shades. To make the colors more transitional, you can wear the outfit with white accessories to give it a more summer feel. Also if you’re going for more of a fall feel, opt for dark or denim accessories.

High Waisted Jeans

This is hands down my favorite trend! If you have not invested in a pair of high-waisted pants, this is the time! High-waisted does not have to be super high. A mid-rise is still very trendy. Additionally, if you have a smaller torso, mid-rise is more flattering as it is more proportional to your body. High-waisted pants are great transitional pieces as they can be worn in any material and most colors and still remain transitional. All materials, even linen and all colors besides pastels and white past Labor Day are acceptable. 

Monochrome

All white. Yes. All black. Yes. All Blue. Yes. If you can think of a color-on-color combination, it’s on-trend. In the hustle and bustle that we live in, learning how to style monochrome outfits can save you hours in front of the mirror. When going for an all-white outfit, use two shades of white. I love cream and white. Then with your accessories you can bring in some color or go for a simple look with tan or leather accessories. For black on black, give your body some shape by having one piece more fitted and the other looser. For a blue-on-blue outfit, wear jeans with a light button-down. Then don’t button the bottom two buttons and tuck in one side. This creates a casual chic look.  

Long Jean Shorts

The hack to flawlessly wearing long jean shorts, is to have them Haigh-waist and loose. The high-waisted jean trend carries over into the jean shorts. You don’t want them to be baggie, but you also don’t want them tight. Longer jeans shorts offer a great in-between option for traditional shorts and jeans. When styling them consider where you are going. They are casual, so to dress them up, try a blouse with a blazer and small heels. If you are going somewhere casual, go for a tucked-in graphic tee and trendy sneakers. To keep things proportional, grab a smaller purse instead of a tote! 

Fanny Pack Fashion

Did I just scare you? Don’t be afraid to show your trendy side! Loosen the strap on the fanny pack and bring it crossbody. This is the most significant trend that can help carry your outfits into fall! When first purchasing a fanny pack, go for a simple one. Athletic stores such as lululemon, Athleta, and Gap have great options. When easing your way into a monochrome, start with an athletic outfit. An all-black outfit with a fanny pack offers a sporty and chic look. Overall, fanny packs are great options for when you just need a few things and don’t need the hassle of carrying a large purse! 

Cheers

Alexis

5 Tips and Tricks for Put Together Back to School Looks

You guessed it; it’s back to school time! This time of the year can be exciting with all the pool parties and meet the teacher events, yet stressful with all the outfits needed to accompany the events. Since we did not have a proper back-to-school last year, we want to help you jump back into the rhythm of the hectic season so that you can look your best and feel confident! 

  1. Develop a uniform

Don’t worry, a uniform does not mean a kid’s school uniform or required work attire. A personal uniform is a go-to outfit. It is a formula where you vary the color and pattern between outfits, but the style is the same. When first developing a uniform, think about your staple look. Is it a graphic tee, blazer, and straight-cut jeans, or is it a button-down tucked into shorts? Once you determine your staple outfit, think about if you want this to be your uniform or if you need to change something. Maybe you are wearing low-rise jeans and need to opt for a high rise to elongate your legs and create a visually appealing look. 

When creating a uniform, don’t forget accessories. Having simple gold hoops, a necklace, and a bracelet ready to go will relieve so much stress when you are getting ready.   Remember, a uniform is something you can wear every day to allow dressing with ease and avoiding the stress of standing in your closet. However, it is not wearing the same thing every day. It is just the basic formula that allows great variation. 

  1. Stock up on the basics

Basic pieces do not just fall into clothing that is a neutral color. I’m sure you have many neutral-colored things yet still struggle to get ready in the morning. Think of the basics as the essential and foundational tools that every closet needs. Basics items can range from black work pants, jeans, a tee, to sneakers. To begin filling the holes in your closet, take note of every time you are getting ready and wish you had that one thing to complete the outfit. If that one thing occurs often enough, it is worth the investment. Speaking from personal experience, I can say it is worth it to invest in the basic pair of jeans that fits like a glove, and you can slip on. If you need more ideas on where to begin, check out our blog post on a summer capsule wardrobe. 

  1. Invest in dresses

I get it, you are running around constantly picking up toys you don’t want to be in a dress. I have a revelation for you, dresses with hidden shorts. Yes, this is technically considered a romper, but because you cannot see the shorts, no know will know it’s not a dress! This season I have noticed that these have been everywhere! They are the best purchase because you get the sundress aesthetic without the hassle. Remember, these are considered rompers, so look under the romper section if you are online shopping for them. 

Dresses will be your lifesaver for the back-to-school season! They are so easy to throw on with a pair of sandals, a tote, gold jewelry and run out the door. Although effortless, they present as being well styled. When looking for a sundress, you can choose from mini, midi, or maxi. If you are going mini, opt for the romper option above. Midi is a great option to wear with sneakers! Maxi is a more elevated option that would be great for making first impressions on teachers or going to a brunch with the girls!

  1. Invest in a neutral tote. 

If you do not already have a neutral tote, run, don’t walk. This will be your best everyday purse that will be able to take you from day to night in the snap of a finger. When styling a neutral tote, remember outfit sandwiches. Look back at the summer accessories blog post if you need a refresher. In combination with your neutral tote, go for a neutral belt or sandal. This will give a very cohesive look!

 The neutral tote styled using an outfit sandwich can be applied across all outfits. If you are going to a workout class, pick out a pair of leggings or tennis shoes with the purses shade of neutral in them. Bringing outfits together, no matter what outfit, will allow you to be confident when you randomly bump into people! 

  1. Shop the back-to-school sales. 

Back-to-school sales are not just for the kids. They are for moms too! To stock up on your basics, check out department stores, as they will have the most extensive section to choose from. The most notable sales come from Nordstrom’s, Macy’s, Old Navy, and Target. Keep in mind that the price drops you see are not because goods are defective or fit weirdly. Sales right now are specifically to get rid of inventory to make room for the fall pieces. This is fantastic if you live in a warmer place as you will still have two to three more months of wear for t-shirt, shorts, or swimsuits! Additionally, many of these sales include great layering, and transitional pieces are essentials for the fall!

Chat soon!

XX

Alexis

It’s Wedding Season

Do you hear the wedding bells? I certainly do! Over the past 18 months, things have been well, interesting. One of the things I think we can all agree on is how hard it must be on those who had to cancel, push back or alter their wedding. On the bright side, those weddings that were put on pause are now on the calendar! With that being said, every weekend has now been filled with events with specific dress codes. I am here to help untangle the confusion of what the dress code means! 

When you first start planning your outfit, there are a few things to consider and research. You first need to distinguish the location. Are you on a beach, outdoors, or at a traditional wedding? Keeping the location and the climate of the wedding you are attending in mind is essential! When considering the climate, remember the terrain you will be walking in also! Finally, you need to look at the attire specified on the invitation and do not go outside of them. The dress code is not a suggestion. Now, let’s get into what to wear! 

As the weddings we are discussing are in the summer, the weather will most likely be warmer. If you are wearing a strapless or sleeveless dress, conder taking a shawl with you to cover your shoulders and protect you from the sun. I recommend a light cotton or linen material! If you will be walking on a beach or at an outdoor area, stick to block heels and elegant sandals. Absolutely no flip-flops! To stay cool and looking stylish in the season, stay away from dark, heavy fabrics. Search for a light and bright dress, jumpsuit, or pantsuit that will not stick to you and that is appropriate for the season. A great place to look for dresses is Rent the Runway! You can get a high-end dress for a fraction of the cost!

Alrighty, now where are we are headed? For a beach wedding, the attire can be pretty confusing, so I recommend doing your research first. Once you have determined if the ceremony is on the actual beach or on a rooftop or patio, you can then begin to plan out your outfit. If the wedding takes place on a rooftop or patio, you do not need to change what you are wearing. If the attire simply says beach attire, then assume the dress is semi-formal. Go for a maxi dress that is a fun print, breathable and flowy. However, be sure to avoid a loud pattern that distracts from the bride! Beach wedding vibes are fun, comfy, and casual so choose an outfit accordingly. Some great dress styles include wrap dresses, high low dresses, long dresses that just barely drag against the sand. 

If the wedding takes place directly on the beach, it is essential you get the shoes correct!  Do not wear pumps or stilettos! Go for a block heel or a dressy sandal. Short one-to-two-inch block heels are very on-trend this year and are perfect for not sinking into the sand. To dress up a sandal, go for a design such as a bow on the front or metallic color. A great brand to consider is Gianni Bini from Dillard’s.  Additionally, when dressing for a beach wedding, pick fun accessories! Try a woven or beaded purse, and consider adding a braid to your hair! After all, you are at the beach! 

If the wedding is outdoors, you have more wiggle room on what you can wear. Similar to a beach wedding, you will most likely have to do some walking on unsteady terrain. In preparation for this, make sure not to wear a tight or long dress. Slip dresses and midi dresses are great options. Also, a floral print brings in a nice pop that allows you to showcase your style without looking like you are battling for attention with the bride. To make sure you don’t break an ankle, find a block heel or a wedge to complete the look. This will give you more surface area to balance on! 

So the wedding is downtown and they specify the dress code. No worries, let us break it down! Formal or Black Tie is the most dressed up a bride and groom will ask you to get. You are expected to show up in a long gown that does not show your ankles. If the venue and vibe of the wedding appears to be less sophisticated, a dressy cocktail dress may be appropriate. Long shimmery fabric is a great dress material to keep it formal yet cool. Make sure not to wear black or anything too sparkly. Heels are expected to be worn, but try a block heel or a small one-inch heel if you are not comfortable in them. This will still allow you to dress the part but remain confident as you walk around! 

Black Tie optional is just barely a step down from black Tie. Gowns going below the ankle are not a requirement, and cocktail dresses are more acceptable, but do be sure to make sure they are dressy. Jumpsuits and high-low dresses are also great options. If you want to have fun, a wide-leg pantsuit set is a modern take on formal attire! Although more freedom is given to guests on what they can wear as far as fabrics and patterns, this can still be a tricky category to navigate. If you are unsure of what to wear, always dress on the nicer end! Heels are also still requiring and as said previously but they do not have to be tall!

Accessories can be a saver in a Black-Tie optional wedding. It is effortless to wear a neutral dress that could quickly go fancy or casual with earrings! If you are really struggling with how formal you should dress, put a backup pair of earrings in your purse and switch them out if you feel like you should be dressed differently. Cocktail rings and statement necklaces are also great additions to bring elegance to any outfit! Gold drop earrings with a bit of bling are always classic and chic!

A semi-formal wedding is the most straightforward, in my opinion. The length of the dress is not as important as long as the dress is classy. Remember, this is a wedding and not a night on the town. Cocktail dresses or midi dresses paired with a heel or wedge are right on par. Jumpsuits and pantsuits are also fantastic pieces to wear to spice up the attire! Fun jewelry and fun prints are acceptable for a semi-formal wedding. Especially since it is summer, yellow, orange, or pink bring a fun vibe! To complete the outfit, add a hoop earring and a purse! 

Personally, I think that casual can seem intimidating but ultimately is the easiest to wear. As long as you don’t wear any denim or cotton, you are good! I love casual weddings because this is when you get to pull out all of those dresses that you have been saving for brunch with the girls and put them to good use! Floral and flowy are two standards to stick to. Sandals and flats are acceptable, as long as they are not flip-flops, and wedges would be highly encouraged. Looking light and bright is key for a casual wedding!

Here’s to dancing the night away at your next wedding!

XX

Alexis

Summer Accessories

If you have ever been hesitant to branch out, add some variety to an outfit or walk out of your door with the mentality of ‘who cares I like the outfit,’ summer is the time to do so! For the past few seasons and continuing into this summer, vibrant and neon colors are very much in style! Yes, it’s not for everyone, and don’t worry, I have the classic looks covered as well. No matter if you choose classic or vibrant, you will look amazing with the following tips this summer! 

A key to accessorizing, is outfit sandwiches! An “outfit sandwich” is the idea is that you want to alternate colors. For instance, if you have a pink top, you will also want to wear pink shoes. In-between the two would be a different color, the color of your choosing! Now let’s take this idea to accessories. If you are wearing white earrings with a pink top, you would want to have a white purse. Making sandwiches allows you to wear color, patterns, and fun accessories in a cohesive, stylish way!

Earrings

Let’s talk about statement earrings. Many people, especially with the current trends, are fearful of statement earrings because they think of large, chunky pieces of jewelry that can be heavy and take away from an outfit. However, statement earrings are defined as an earring that grabs someone’s attention. The size, color, or pattern is not mentioned. With that being said, if you are ever in a situation where you need to be a showstopper, I would head straight for the statement earring department. Whether it be colorful, sparkly, or vintage, a statement earring will grab people’s attention and leave you destined for a compliment! 

I am a leading fan of colorful earrings! Nothing brings me more joy than spicing up a bland outfit with hot pink earrings! The wonderful thing about colorful earrings is there are so many affordable options. A simple google search will bring you a plethora of unique, colorful, and beautiful pieces that look custom made for your outfit! To create a cohesive look, bring in the earrings’ colors throughout the outfit using outfit sandwiches. If your earrings are pink, try pink nail polish or pink accented bracelets, purses, or shoes!  

Classic earrings are everything! No, that does not mean boring studs or plain hoops! A great way to show style is by differentiating yourself in a subtle way, such as in a classic earring. Opposed to choosing a basic hoop or huggee for your everyday earring, go for one with your birthstone, a pearl, or maybe one with artisanship in the design. Not only do these small variant details set you apart from the masses, but they give you a unique style and uniform. Additionally, although gold is trendy, silver is just as acceptable to be worn every day; just make sure that the style is contemporary!

Necklaces

Necklaces are an accessory that people are very opinionated about. Some only like to wear one, and some like to layer three or more. The good thing is that there is no wrong way to wear necklaces! If you want to wear more than one, I have a couple of tips. To begin, a positive is that if your necklaces are minimalist, you can never wear too much. Try a necklace separator to avoid them getting tanged if you struggle. If you desire something more substantial, opt for a chain or herringbone. A bonus with these thicker materials is that they help prevent other necklaces from tangling. Altogether, just make sure that all of your chains are different lengths and that the smaller pendants are at the top!

If you like to wear one necklace (that’s me because it is the easiest, no care option), I have a few tips to make it count. Bringing in a touch of personality or something meaningful to you makes it unique and allows it to pop. If you are looking for a simple go-to necklace, try one with a small jewel such as your birthstone. If you are looking for a pendant, look on Etsy for one to personalize with your name or initials. Personalizing the one necklace gives it meaning and allows it to be a statement! 

As with everything this summer, color, and 90s vibes are in style! If you want to jump on the trend, I recommend tying it in with all your other necklaces. If you layer necklaces, maybe switch one out for a blue pendant. If you are going to the beach, try the beaded or pearl necklaces. You can pick and choose the amount you want to dabble in this trend, but it can be fun to bring something new into your wardrobe! 

Bracelets

One, three, or five is the umbrella rule to live by! If you go beyond five, well, you already broke the rule, so knock yourself out! The one, three, or five rule is pulled from interior design and is the principle of what attracts and draws the eye’s attention. Have you ever noticed how when bracelets are sold, they are typically sold individually or in packs of three or five? When wearing multiple bracelets, do not be afraid to mix colors, sizes, and metals. Part of the fun is the novelty that it can bring! However, I do have a few tips for you. 

To begin, you do not want to cover more than 1/3 of your forearm. Wear the fitted pieces such as your watch close to your hand and stack the bracelets and bangles behind. If you have pieces that you never take off, try mixing in a trendy beaded bracelet or a colorful rope bracelet with a pendant. There is nothing wrong with having jewelry you never take off but bringing in new pieces can pull an outfit together!

Hair accessories

Have you noticed how hair accessories are all the rage this year? Around every corner is claw clips, ponytail covers, barrettes, headbands, and many more! If you are generally hesitant to jump on a trend, this is the best one to join! All of these can be found at Amazon, Walmart, Target, or any other store you frequent (like your grocery store). Additionally, there are so many variations. All clips come in an elegant gold or silver, a bold color, or embellished with pearls. The headbands come in bold patterns or solid colors, a knot on top, or a weave texture and can come embellished!

If you are ever in a rush and are throwing on an outfit, I recommend adding a simple hair accessory! They do wonders for pulling outfits together and making you look polished with little to no effort. If you have a bad hair day, a claw clip will save you and look like you put more effort in than a ponytail. Additionally, if it’s humid (like it has been recently), go for a barrette or clip to help keep the hair contained. To add the ‘something’s missing’ element of an outfit, pull out a headband to complete it! 

Purses

My personal opinion is that you can never have enough purses. They are like shoes; you wear them with every outfit, and you need a new one for every outfit combination. This summer, beaded bags are everywhere. They have been rising as a trend for the last couple of seasons, but they are the most prevalent this summer. Many stores carry them; however, why would you want one that is mass-produced when you can have a custom one? Etsy is stocked with shops that custom make purse straps, clutches, and totes! 

For football games, I ordered a custom one that says Hook ’em! Trust me when I say that you feel so special when you can hear people talking about how cool and unique your purse is. On many occasions, I have seen clutches gifted for graduations, weddings, and bridesmaids! They are the perfect personalized gift. For lake or beach days or simply running around town, a beaded monogram on your tote can help you appear stylish!

I hope this post helps you pick out the perfect summer accessories!

Alexis

Shorts of the Summer

The dreaded shorts season is in full force. Every year, we beg for summer to come. We want the beach, no school, swim meets, and being outside. Yet the thought of putting on short’s dangles in the back of our minds. Well, we are here to help you wear shorts this summer in confidence, while looking stylish! There are so many types of shorts out there. It is all about finding the right one! From high rise to low rise, long to short, drawstring or pull on, we have you covered! 

Depending on where you are going, a different style of short is necessary. If you are going to be doing lots of walking in warm weather on a vacation or shopping, opt for paper bag shorts or linen shorts. Jean shorts can get uncomfortable and sticky in warm weather for long periods of time. If you need something to throw on to pick the kids up from camp, try the linen shorts with a graphic tee and sneakers! If you ever need any help, send your selfies in, and we will respond in 15 minutes! 

Lets break it down by types:

Jean Shorts

“Daisy Duke bikini on top!” No, in all seriousness, jean shorts or “jorts” do not need to be short. Right now, if you go online to a retailer who sells jean shorts, they come in long Bermuda length, a “mom” length with a 5in inseam, and the shorter 3in inseam. The one excellent thing about jeans shorts is that they are extremely easy to hem because they frequently have a raw hem. If you can’t t find a 4in inseam, grab a 5in pair and your kitchen scissors and get to chopping! Remember to measure the cut so both sides are even, start small as you can always cut off more. And, remember that they will fray, so give yourself a little bit of extra length. 

Being made of denim, jean shorts can be styled in an almost identical way as jeans. They are incredibly versatile and are practically a neutral. A bonus is that if you want a pop of color, they also come in an array of colors for an affordable price. In the summer, wearing jean shorts with a white button-down, gold jewelry, and sandals is such a chic look. If you are ever struggling to elevate a jean shorts look, try French tucking your shirt in and adding gold jewelry! 

Brands un $25: Target, Banana Republic, Cotton On

Brands under $100: Gap, Everlane, Madewell

Brands under $150: Agolde, Paige, Grlfrnd

Paper Bag Shorts

For a very long time, I have had my hesitation about paper bag shorts. However, this season I am in love with them! They do wonders for cinching your waist in and flatting you in the best ways! In recent years more and more variations of this style of shorts have appeared. You can now find them in any print imaginable! I have seen them in floral, plaid, to beaded, to just a solid bright color!  Furthermore, you can now find them without the bow belt that they were notorious for! Paper bag shorts without the bow can create an elevated look that brings your style game up effortlessly. 

Since paper bag shorts are loose at the top, opt for a fitted top. Bodysuits and tailored blouses are great options! This style tip is follows the basic rule that if you wear something loose like pants, wear a tight top. The opposite also applies! Choosing more fitted pieces will help give your body figure and make sure that you are wearing your clothes and your clothes are not wearing you! If you need to bring your look to another level, try adding a blazer. A consistent fun combination is having your blazer and shorts being the same color. Then, wear a print for a top, and you have a stunning outfit! 

Brands un $25: Banana Republic, Forever 21, J.C. Penny

Brands under $100: Aritzia, Zara, Anthropology

Brands under $150: Intermix, Farfetch, Splendid

Linen Shorts

Let me tell you, linen shorts are my lifesaver! They feel like pajama shorts, yet when you wear them, you look put together. Linen shorts cover a broad range of styles. They come in high-waisted, low waited, mid-rise, a tie, an elastic top, a button top, and many more variations. These style variations allow everyone to wear them, it is just about finding what pair looks best on you! Once you start looking, you will also discover that they come in many different colors. I recommend buying neutral colors and staying away from the patterns to keep a classy, elevated look! 

I have a pair of linen shorts with an elastic top. At least once a week, you will catch me wearing them with a graphic tee and sneakers or sandals, depending on the day. To make the outfit look more stylish, I always accessorize with bangle bracelets and layered necklaces. For a more elevated look, I recommend wearing linen shorts with either a drawstring or a button. Then, pair them with a blouse or button-down, tucking it in completely or in a French tuck. If you are looking for a more on-the-go look, try the elastic top with a graphic tee or cropped tee. Linen shorts can be worn with sandals or sneakers, so don’t be afraid to try new ways to wear them!

Brands un $25: Old Navy, H&M, ASOS

Brands under $100: Athleta, Reformation, LOFT

Brands under $150: Wolf and Badger, Anthropology, Bloomingdales

Tailored Shorts

The tailored shorts are your dressy shorts. They can be pleated, pintuck, or just plain! I absolutely love when they are midrise to high waited as they extenuate your waist and give you more of a figure. I also love how these shorts can easily take an outfit from not quite perfect to a stunning fit! They just add that extra element of texture or pattern that pulls an outfit together!

These shorts are overall very versatile and can be worn with a blazer, blouse, bodysuit, or really anything! My favorite way to wear my tailored shorts this summer is with a puff sleeve. Adding this trendy element to a classic look makes you look modern and stylish. I recommend investing in a quality pair of tailored shorts that will last you many seasons and then switching up the accessories you wear with them to apply the season’s style to them. If you want to ease into the trends, wear a classic outfit and then some trendy sandals with a kitten heel or studs on them! 

Brands un $25: Shein, Forever 21, Nasty Gal

Brands under $100: Banana Republic, Express, Endless Roses

Brands under $150: Alice and Olivia, Maje, AG

Hope you find all these details about shorts helpful,

Cheers!

Alexis

4TH OF JULY WEEKEND, EVERY OUTFIT COVERED

Ladies and gentlemen, it is the time of the year where we get to talk about my favorite holiday, the Fourth of July! This is one of the absolute best days of the year. A day where you get to hang with family, friends, eat good food drink cold drinks and end the day watching fireworks.

Although it may sound relaxing, we all know at some point or another we will be stressed about what to wear during this weekend full of festivities. Let us help you plan your outfits so that you can sit back, relax and enjoy the day! 

Although the Fourth of July goes hand in hand with stars and stripes, try to leave them to the decorations. Right now, it is all about having the red, white, and blue color scheme and bringing in a unique pattern for novelty. But that’s where the fun begins! The options are endless on what you can do to look fun, festive, and stand out!

Backyard BBQ

The backyard BBQ is the time of the day when memories are made! If you are in the south, where it is scorching hot, choose a loose graphic tee. Having the t-shirt not touching you will help you remain cool and not feeling sticky. Remember, do not wear a white top! Nothing is worse than looking at a picture and seeing a BBQ sauce stain. For shorts, jean shorts are the easiest to throw on to dress up the casual outfit. Also, if you don’t have white jean shorts, it is perfectly acceptable to wear blue jean shorts with a blue outfit! Have some fun with your accessories! Bring in all the red, white, and blue you want and show your patriotism! 

The main thing when creating a backyard BBQ outfit is picking something that you can move around in. You might be leaning down to grab a beer from the cooler or playing with kids, so planning for that will save you from being uncomfortable. If you never wear red, white, or blue jewelry but want to have some fun, check out places such as Target, Walmart, or H&M for affordable options.

Brunch at the Club

Hello mimosa! Didn’t you hear? Festivities start early on the Fourth! Many people will be wearing the same variation of an outfit, so it’s important to have some fun and stand out! My favorite way to do this is by mixing patterns and textures. Go for one bold print and one subtle print. Use your accessories to tie the two together and make a cohesive outfit. Since it is relatively early, wear subtle accessories. Simple huggee earrings and bangle bracelets still contribute to the theme but do not draw too much attention. 

If you have anything uncomfortable or hot, but it’s perfect for the 4th, wear it to brunch! This is the ideal time to showcase a personal favorite because you most likely will be getting pictures, be sitting down, and be in air conditioning!

Dinner on the Cruise

I mean, what is better than getting dressed up in a festive outfit! This summer’s floral trend is perfect for evening wear because it allows you to wear red and blue simultaneously. On other occasions, you might be hesitant to overpower an outfit with color, but the Fourth of July gives you that excuse! My main piece of advice for making sure your outfit doesn’t clash is to find accessories that are the same shade. This will give an effortless pulled-together look that still makes you pop!

If you lean more toward the all-white side of red, white, and blue, stick to a solid color dress. Then, in your accessories, pull in the other colors to bring it to the theme. A great way to incorporate all three colors is doing earrings in one color, shoes in another, and then tying the two colors together in a purse or clutch.

Day at the beach

Ok, I get it, it’s the Fourth of July. You walked into Target, and you see the display of stared and striped swimsuits and think, perfect. NO! Keep walking! Just behind those swimsuits is an adorable, patterned swimsuit in red or blue. Leave the stars and striped to your kids! 

For swimsuits, I love a one-piece that doubles as a top! You can tie a sarong around it or put on flowy pants or a skirt giving you one less item to pack. For the swimsuit outfit, stick to red or blue in combination with white. This gives the outfit an elegant pulled-together look that looks like it was styled by a professional! If you want colored sandals that can get a little beat up at the beach, try Target, Old Navy, and Banana Republic.

Watching Fireworks

Arguably the most important event of the day, if not the most memorable event of the day, is the firework show. By this time in the day, everyone has showered, eaten dinner, and it has begun to cool off outside. Slim-fit jeans are a great place to start as they won’t stick to you and make you hot while still dressing you up. To avoid the stereotypical tank top, try a one-shoulder top! Tops are a great place to bring in patterns to add novelty to your outfit! A bonus with one-shoulder tops is you don’t need a necklace, and if it is long sleeve, you don’t need bracelets either. When watching the fireworks, fun earrings are a must! Kitten heels are very trendy this summer; however, the Fourth of July might not be the best time to wear them as you might be in the grass. If you want to wear a low heel, opt for a block heel to prevent you from sinking into the ground.  

Altogether, when creating an outfit to watch the fireworks, pick one solid piece of clothing, pants, or top, and then make the other one a patter. Tie your earrings, shoes, and purse into the colors of the top. Don’t be afraid to play around with mixing patterns and textures! If you want to have fun with your earrings, check out Bauble Bar for unique themed pieces!

Watching the Parade

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE the parade. It is when the patriotism and festivity are brought to life, and you cannot help but smile. I love dresses at parades because they are light, breezy, and easy to wear. Parades are the perfect occasion for prints because it is the time when everyone goes all out. Additionally, with a pattern, you can wear neutral accessories that you most likely already have. To avoid looking too cliché, I would recommend sticking to two colors. This will help you look chic and add an extra element of style. Additionally, to help set you apart, try a small heel! They are still very comfortable, and they elongate your legs!

Comfort is the main thing for the parade. At a parade, there is rarely shade and often some walking. This is the time to think through the practicality of your outfit.  My biggest tip is that you do not wear a strapless bra, sticky boobs, wedges, or any other shoe that could hurt or rub a blister. Trust me, you will regret it.

Happy Fourth of July Yall

XX

SELFIE STYLIST TEAM

Summer-Chic Capsule Wardrobe

Hello Summer! I am so excited for the sunshine, warm weather, and all the events that come with it! However, when a busy day is ahead, the last thing anyone wants to stress about is what to wear. This post will alleviate the overwhelming feeling you get when standing in your closet and “having nothing to wear” and allow you to get dressed stress-free. This summer capsule wardrobe will enable you to effortlessly put together many outfit variations from very few timeless pieces that you can wear year after year! 

The main difference between capsule wardrobes during different seasons is the color palette. Many of you most likely have some of these pieces in your closet, and you can build on them by adding new colors. However, if you are looking for a place to start, focus on the lighter and neutral colors of the summer season. Then, as it transitions to fall, you can build fall colors into your wardrobe. 

1. Button Up Shirt

Now, you might be thinking that button-ups can come across as professional-looking, but NO! The button-up top is a staple and should become your new best friend. For the summer, look at silk, cotton, or a light linen material. Colorful button-ups are very trendy this summer. If you are beginning your capsule wardrobe, avoid them and stick to the neutrals. White, black, tan, navy, and the color you look best in are great foundations! However, if you fall victim to the trend (I don’t blame you), don’t splurge, as you will most likely not be wearing it in a couple of years. 

To keep it casual, the fit should be looser. Utilize French tucks, a half-tuck, or knotting it in the front to give your body figure. If you wear the button-down untucked, especially with jeans, make sure it hits at your natural hip to give your body proportion! Cuffing or rolling the sleeves provides the top with a fresh look and also helps keep you cool! Best places to by a button down:

Brands under $25  H&M, Old Navy, Target

Brands under $50 Banana Republic, Gap, Zara

Brands under $100 Everlane, J. Crew, Reformation 

2. Slim Fit Jeans

Yes, you can still wear your skinny jeans, I promise! However, a good pair of slim-fit jeans are easier to throw on and being comfy in (and they are semi-lose, so you don’t have to wiggle them on ☺). If you do not already own slim-fit jeans, I recommend getting medium or light wash denim with no distressing. They are still casual enough for a t-shirt and sneakers but have the potential to be dressed up with a blazer and heels. 

Slim-fit jeans are tight through the knee and then loosen up into a straight cut. They are NOT the same as wide-leg or super skinny jeans. They highlight your legs and allow for them to be elongated. Look for a pant that hits right above your angle. This will allow you to wear the jeans with sneakers, sandals, and heels! A tip for hemming your jeans is a good DIY with kitchen scissors and a measuring tape. Start small and try on your jeans with shoes after every cut. Trust me, everyone does this and if your jeans fray a little bit, cut off the string!  

Brands under $25  H&M, Old Navy, Target

Brands under $50  ASOS, Banana Republic, Zara

Brands under $100  Everlane, Gap, Madewell  

3. White Sneakers

If you do not already own a pair of white sneakers, run, do not walk to the mall! I promise you when I say that these are lifesavers. Expensive white sneakers are not needed, and there are many for under $100 that even celebrities such as Megan Markle wear. Many white sneakers on the market right now have small color accents on the side or back of them. I would recommend going for a neutral color such as white, black, navy, beige, silver, or gold. This way, the shoe is truly versatile, and you can wear it with any outfit. 

Now, if you are anything like me or my family, a pair of white sneakers would not last a month and would constantly need clearing. I’m going to let you in on a secret, Mr. Clean magic erasers. These work on all materials except suede and take less than two minutes of scrubbing for your shoes to look brand new again! 

Brands under $50 Adidas, DSW, Nordstrom Rack, 

Brands under $100  Chelsea Violet, Gianni Binn, Veja

Brands under $150  ASH, Same Eddleman, Thousand Fell,  

4. A Suit

The great thing about this part of the summer capsule wardrobe is that almost everyone has a suit! If you do not, no worries! They have recently become so popular that you can find a good quality one for relatively inexpensive. I recommend a beige or white suit. The light color in the summer is classic, lasting you a lifetime if well taken care and is tailored to fit your body like a glove. The pant style does not matter as long as it fits your body well, but I recommend mid-rise to high-waisted. To keep the blazer modern and feeling chic, I like a more oversized feel. It should fit well in your shoulders and your arms, but go a little past your hips. 

Here is where it gets fun! Wearing suit pieces individually is a huge trend right now. You can put on a graphic tee with sneakers or sandals to dress it down with the suit pants. You can also wear them with wedges and a blouse to dress it up. The blazer can be worn with shorts and jeans as well as a blouse or t-shirt!

Many of the pieces I mentioned, such as sandals, heels, a graphic tee, and a t-shirt are not classic and will be out of style within the next couple of years. To avoid splurging on something that will not give you much in return, stores such as Target, Walmart, TJ Maxx, and Nordstrom Rack are great places to shop. 

For sandals, I like to get these at Target and small boutiques. They have a consistent selection of neutral sandals (and trendy ones for when you want to add a twist) that are most likely under $25. 

For heels, it is all about comfort. If you want a wedge instead of a heel, Target is still a great place to shop. However, if you want a true heel, I recommend brands: Sam Eddleman, Vince Camuto and Dolce Vita. You can even find these brands at Nordstrom Rack or Amazon, just remember to set your search filter to narrow in on these brands so you don’t have to search so long!

For a plain cotton t-shirt, please search no farther than Target. Universal Thread makes the best quality and most comfortable tees for $8. They are a looser women’s fit, so you can get your actual size. 

For a graphic tee, my favorite shop is Saturday Morning Pancakes. They have the best ones with song lyrics and even make some ones for the littles. Chaser brand is so soft and can be found at Nordstrom, and occasionally Amazon.

Happy Shopping!

the Selfie Stylist Team

The Scoop on Summer Dresses

It’s finally here! The season where we can just throw on a lightweight summer dress with sandals and be on our way. I love buying summer dresses and get them anywhere from Target to Nordstrom. The versatility in these summer dresses and ability to dress them up or down, is so appealing to most people. And over the years of collecting these dresses, I’ve learned a thing or two. So here are a couple tips!

1- Know what you are buying. When you know what you’re buying you will know how it’s going to fit. Bottom line, KNITS CLING

So for example the dress I’m wearing below is a knit dress from Target. The name is Women’s Sleeveless Rib Knit Ballet Dress. If you see something with knit in the description that tells you that the material is probably a bit stretchy and will cling to your body. This is neither good nor bad. But it should signal you to be aware of the fit. I’ve heard a lot of people complain about these dresses either that they hug their tummy too tight or they highlight every little midsection crease. If you’re looking for a garment that is more flowy or glides across your midsection, a KNIT dress is not it! Here is a picture of me in a knit dress from Target. This isn’t as clingy as some because it has that fit and flare cut. But I still didn’t like the way it sat on my tummy so I ultimately returned it.

Here is another knit dress from Target. I really like the fit of this one so I kept it and have already worn it multiple times. Another thing a lot of women to help with the cling of these dresses is to size up. That can help with the midsection cling.

2- The other main type of summer dresses is a “woven”. All the rest of the dresses below are all examples of a “woven dress” or a summer dress that is not knit. These dresses are usually more flowly and have more ability to glide across the body.

3- Accessorize. Adding a belt, scarf, statement earrings or necklace can all really elevate the look of a sundress. After getting a sundress, I like to level them up by adding a belt. Look at the difference adding a belt made to the green dress below. And bonus, the belt is also from Target.

Hope this helps to broaden your knowledge on the beloved sundress!

Happy shopping!

Chat Soon!

Lana