Since summer is winding down (and I am currently on summer vacation!) I’d like to share with you my summer “staple” pieces – just for kicks. It’s always interesting to me, when I take “inventory” of my clothing, shoes, bags, etc., and realize that I really only wear a few things over and over again. You’d think this would be incentive enough to perform a “closet cleanse”, and make room more for more clothing that I will inevitably buy, but this is never the case. There are certain things I just can’t part with! A good rule I have recently heard: If you haven’t worn it within a year, then get rid of it. Here are my personal “staple” pieces this summer.
I like to call these my gladiator sandals. They are quite worn (as is noticeable in the photo) and I just bought them this summer! What I love about these shoes, is that they have a small wedge in the back, but are so comfortable because of the cushioned material they are made out it. While the way a shoe looks is very important to me, comfort is equally as important. Why walk around in a pair of beautiful shoes if your feet will hurt for days after?
Crocs, Slingback Flats
Crocs is my brand for summer shoes. Really, there are three pairs of Crocs shoes I would alternate wearing this summer, including the above pair. Who knew that rubber shoes could be so comfortable and…cute? What I love about Crocs, is the way the company has expanded into creating more fashionable shoes, such as the ones seen in the picture above (one of my favorite pairs).
H&M, Linen Pants
I love linen pants. Especially for the summer, and especially these. Linen is light and breathable – perfect for chillier summer nights. Army green is one of my favorite clothing colors, and it’s easy to match. In addition, these pants are capris, and wearing capris (at least to me) always screams warmer weather.
What were your “staple” pieces this summer?
Style Outside The Box is a great new online store, that sells the most unique luxury goods made by independent designers. While looking at all the items today (I practically want to buy them all!) I found a scarf, which I absolutely love and feel the need to share.
Pirose Bevin Scarf, $35
Why is this scarf so great you ask? Well besides the fact that I seem to have a scarf obsession (along with a boot and bag obsession…), this accessory can be worn twelve different ways! It can be worn as a scarf, a shawl, a top (as pictured above), and many many other ways. I think I need it…
For more unique products visit styleoutsidethebox.com.
“I am not young but I feel young. The day I feel old, I will go to bed and stay there. J’aime la vie! I feel that to live is a wonderful thing.” – Coco Chanel
A new biography entitled Coco Chanel: An Intimate Life by Lisa Chaney, will be released this November. Can’t wait! The book talks about the style icon’s bisexuality, drug use, and lover who was a German spy for the Nazis.
August is always an exciting time for the fashion world, as preparations are busily being made for fashion week and fall and winter 2011/2012 color trends are being decided. Surprisingly, color trends for the upcoming colder months (my favorite kind of weather) are anything but typical. Darker colors are out and brighter colors are in.
Colors for Women’s Wear:
Purple, Orange, Red, Maroon, Caramel, Camel, Gold, Teal
Colors for Men’s Wear:
Blue, Camel, Orange, Yellow, Teal, Chocolate
The key to the upcoming seasons is not one specific color, but instead a mixture of different hues – mix and match!
Here’s a dress I found online, that mixes two different colors very well. I couldn’t stop looking at it! I am trying to refrain from buying it…even though the price is amazing.
Spiegel, Colorblock Jersey Dress, $34
We all know the positives of wearing heels – they dress up an outfit, they make your legs look great, but let’s be serious, there are also negatives. For me, I really look for comfort in a shoe, so when wearing heels I usually bring a pair of flats with me as well. One of my favorite brands Keds, has just paired up with Neiman Marcus and created a designer slip-on commuter shoe (and we all know how much I love designer collabs). There are no laces, so these shoes are easy to wear and about the equivalent of flats except much more comfortable.
Neiman Marcus, Keds Champion Leopard Slip-On, $100
I love the leopard print on these Keds – for those commuters who choose to be a little daring by pairing these with a black skirt or dress pants.