Although they are a staple in any woman’s wardrobe, black pants are definitely not all created equally. This Enza Costa pleated “Easy Pant,” however, has earned the title of current favorite! For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had a pair of go-to black pants. Thinking back on how my favorite styles have evolved, I get a little tickled (and maybe a tad embarrassed) as I recall the trends! The first pair of LBPs I remember having a relationship with was a wide-leg pair from Banana Republic my senior year of high school. My sister gave them to me for Christmas, and I thought they were just so chic. With the faintest hint of a pinstripe on the draped silk (or more likely, rayon) fabric, those pants made me feel like I was going places!
Last night marked the end of the Glastonbury music festival. Kanye West’s set was (deservedly) interrupted by a stage crasher, Florence + The Machine covered the Foo Fighters, giving a shout out in support of Dave Grohl’s broken leg, and of course the festival fashionistas were out in full effect! Alexa Chung paired her Glasto-staple Hunter wellies with a sequined mini, Cara Delevigne and Kendall Jenner sported matching t-shirts emblazoned with “CaKe Tour” (apparently a derivative of the first two letters of each of their names), and The Three F’s — fur, feathers, and fringe — were delightfully in abundance. I merely enjoyed a few of the sets from the YouTube couch tour on this side of the pond, but I was nonetheless inspired by all of the great looks!
This fringed Zara tee was a steal (even more so now…it’s on sale for $10!), and it has quickly become one of my favorite summer tops. I’ve been wearing it with cut-offs and overalls, but for date night, I paired it with white skinnies for a more polished look. The simplicity of this look allows for major accessorizing. I usually keep my jewelry pretty simple, but it can be fun to have a little arm party every now and then! I love mixing high and low, and really the only rule is that there isn’t a rule for piling on the bracelets…just have fun with it!
Fringe Tank: Zara, on sale for $10! (here, here, and here for similar) | Jeans: J. Brand (here for similar) | Pumps: Schutz, sold out (here, here, and here for similar) | Clutch: Elaine Turner, sold out (here and here for similar) | Necklace: Lucky Brand (worn backward)| Earrings: here for similar | Ring: House of Harlow | Gold Cuff: here for similar | Pyramid Bracelet: Madewell, sold out (here and here for similar) | Feather Bangle: here and here for similar | Enamel Bracelet: Hermes (here for similar) | Gold Bangle: Marco Bicego (here for similar) | Initial Bangles: here and here for similar | Sunglasses: Ray Ban
Gladiator sandals in gold and to the knee for under $100??? Sign me up! I have been a big fan of knee-high gladiators for a few years, but every pair I really liked was too pricey for something I wasn’t completely sure I would actually wear very often. I don’t mind splurging on shoes when they are a great staple or just a fabulous statement shoe, but I have to be sure I will wear them often enough to justify the cost. I’ve had my eye on two pairs of Stuart Weitzman gladiators — both the classic gladiator and the newer lace-up “Sparta” — and this season’s Valentino gladiator is an obsession! But when I spotted this pair by Aldo, I was sold! I like that they emulate the style of the higher end versions but don’t completely copy them. And of course, the price point is clutch! I anticipate wearing these all summer with my favorite sundresses and cutoffs!
I found this top recently at Anthropologie and was immediately sold. It is so soft and incredibly comfortable, but it still looks crisp and fresh! It was also comes in a light gray solid and light blue gingham…both so cute. I love it with my favorite J.Crew cutoffs, and I think it will also be a great topper for any summer jeans!
Shirt: Cloth and Stone | Shorts: J. Crew (similar Factory version here) | Sandals: Aldo | Belt: here for similar and only $5!!! | Panama Hat: J. Crew | Clutch: J. Crew | Necklace: Lucky Brand | Earrings: here for similar | Ring: Madewell, sold out (here for similar) |Gold Bangle: Marco Bicego | Gold Initial Bangle: Alex and Ani | Feather Cuff: here and here for similar | Sunglasses: Ray Ban | Nail Polish: Essie
I don’t know the exact year maxi dresses became a thing, but I have been counting them among my many blessings for quite some time. I can remember wearing a white Guess floral maxi to my junior sports banquet in high school, so that tells you how long I’ve been a fan! Even though they are designed to be a carefree and comfortable garment, with the right fit and accessories, maxi dresses can look effortless and chic. I bought this ONE by Pink Stitch dress for a beach vacation, but I have worn it everywhere, from little league games to casual patio dinners. It also makes a great travel outfit! It comes in a rainbow of colors, and I can’t wait to order another one (or two!) for summer.
Gladiator sandals have been on-trend for several years now, but they are THE shoe for this spring and summer. I’ve had my eye on this gorgeous knee-high Stuart Weitzman pair for so long, but I can’t quite bring myself to pull the trigger. In the meantime, I am enjoying this more subtle Schutz pair! Schutz is one of my favorite shoe designers. Every single shoe they make is exquisite and very well made, but despite their quality, they are reasonably priced….total win win!! Pairing these gladiators with my flowy maxi made my outfit instantly feel more put together and stylish.
We’ve had some crazy weather the past few days — torrential downpours one minute and full sunshine the next. In other words, the worst possible scenario for my hair! My solution was to cover up the mess with a hat. I’m a big fan of hats during the summer months (by “summer months,” I mean March to November in Houston!), and this J. Crew Panama Hat is currently in heavy rotation. I practice full sun protection, and I like to back up my sunscreen with a head covering whenever possible. Thank goodness hats have gotten so much cuter over the years! This one makes the perfect topper for any casual chic outfit, especially beach-inspired maxi dresses. 🙂
Maxi Dress: Shopbop | Gladiator Sandals: Schutz (also in nude here) | Clutch: here and here for similar | Panama Hat: J. Crew | Earrings: here for similar | Ring: Madewell | Hammered Gold Cuff: here for similar | Gold Bangle: Marco Bicego (less expensive option here) | Feather Bangle: here and here for similar | Gold Initial Bangle: here for similar | Antiqued Gold Initial Bangle: here for similar | Necklace: here for similar | Sunglasses: Ray Ban Wayfarers
“All across the meadows, many poppies blossomed, and that were so hypnotic and brilliant in color they nearly dazzled Dorothy’s eyes. ‘Aren’t they beautiful?’ the girl asked her companions, as she breathed in the spicy scent of the big, bright flowers.” — The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L.Frank Baum (1900)
Perhaps one of the most visually stunning cinematic scenes ever, the poppy fields Dorothy and her friends encountered on their way to the Emerald City were brilliant indeed. (Also deadly, but that’s beside the point!) This TopShop skirt certainly gives a nod to the Land of Oz, and its cheerful print makes it so much fun to wear. It is one of those pieces that instantly perks up your mood just trying it on. I am more a solids and stripes kind of girl, but a print this happy is not to be ignored!
Although the poppy print of this skirt immediately drew me in, I wasn’t sure if I could pull it off. Florals are usually not my thing. But my sister was with me when I found it, and she convinced me buy it. I decided to downplay the ladylike vibe of this midi skirt by pairing it with cage booties and a python cuff. It’s no secret that accessories are the key to making an outfit your own, and these slightly edgier pieces enabled me to wear this bold floral pattern, which is a look decidedly outside my comfort zone. I love the way it turned out, and I think another great addition would be a leather moto jacket or a plain black tank top with contrasting shoes for a pop! I actually learned a great fashion lesson with this skirt — never say never!! Because just when you think a certain look is not for you, you can always find an exception, and accessorizing can transform a piece you think is not your style into something that is SO YOU!
Photos: Kelli Elizabeth Photography
Skirt: TopShop, sold out (here, here, and here for similar) | Striped Tee: here and here for similar and here for SUPER DEAL! | Cape: French Connection, sold out (here and here for similar) | Booties: Zara, sold out (similar and ON SALE here and here) | Clutch: YSL, sold out (here for similar and here for less expensive option) | Earrings: Kendra Scott | Python cuff: here and here for similar | Gold bangles: Amrita Singh, sold out (here for similar) | Ring: here and here for similar