Monday, 21 July 2014

Marinel Sun: A Fashionista's Solution to Chic Style for the Boardroom

As every fashionista who does the nine-to-five grind knows, finding an ensemble that is both professional and stylish is never easy. And even when you do find a piece that adheres to both sets of criteria, snagging that au courant blazer or skirt at an affordable price is yet another challenge. With pieces less than 70 dollars, Marinel Sun blends three necessities- style, professionalism, and quality- into one ultra-affordable brand.



Based in San Francisco, designer Marinel Sun recognizes the modern women's need for office-friendly clothes that doesn't compromise her position as a fashionista. If Sun's solution to chic and affordable work style isn't enough to make you love this collection, the entire line is made locally. And, as we all know, an eco-friendly attitude is always on trend.

With several classic silhouettes and fun prints, there are so many pieces to lust over. The Cindy dress (pictured) screams utilitarian chic while the Jenny skirt looks like something straight out of Mad Men. Between the easy-going silhouette and fun print, the Wendy shirt is perfect for the cubicle or a night out with your girlfriends. Versatile enough to make your own, yet zesty enough to spruce up your work ensemble, Marinel Sun is undeniably a must-have in your closet.

How would you style Marinel Sun's work-friendly collection? Sound off below!
xx

Monday, 14 July 2014

The 8 Best Looks From Fall Couture 2014

For the typical style savant, Couture Week is like Christmas, Hanukkah, Fourth of July, Valentine's Day, and your birthday rolled into a few days. With every show comes beautiful craftsmanship,  thought-provoking silhouettes, and extraordinary execution. While the looks that cascade down the couture catwalks don't directly translate to masses, you have to admit that they are some of the most beautiful runway shows of the year. Editing down hundred of outfits is no easy feat, but get your crash course in couture by taking a look at these eight jaw-dropping looks.

Armani Privé Look 8:  Couture shows aren't all about impressive beading and applique. Beautiful tailoring can be seen in even the most modern looks. Exhibit A? This super feminine alternative to a pantsuit. While the overall concept is undeniably classic, the voluminous trumpet sleeves revitalizes an otherwise safe look. Overall, Armani's collection juxatposed sleek matching separates with loofah-esque dresses and polka-dotted veils. Though the evening gowns are guarantees for several upcoming red carpets, there's nothing more refreshing than a crisp ensemble.
Christian Dior Look 48: It's no secret that Raf Simons is consistently killing it at Dior. With dashes of the brand's famous "New Look," the Creative Director meshes modernity and femininity to create the ultimate cool girl vibe. Though Simons's array of Marie Antoinette-inspired gowns started the show with a sartorial bang, it was the collection's fuss-free cocktail dresses that took center stage. Breezy shapes are paired with delicate beading and girlish applique. Consider these looks the essence of Simons's knockout couture collection: the perfect midpoint between lavish evening dresses and super hip pantsuits and minimalist coats. A far cry from last season's perforated dresses and flouncy silhouettes, this collection is proof that Simons does not dwell on the past. Instead, he always looks to the future.

Chanel Look 25: Leave it to Karl Lagerfeld to glamorize the mundane during each couture show. Last season was all about adding luxurious sneakers to girly minis. This time, the beauty of this collection was utilizing interesting fabrics. From sequins to a lace-silicone blend, this collection is just begging to be touched. With furry sleeves and a hypnotic tweed, Lagerfeld spices up the ever-so-basic column dress. However, the experimental dress gets Coco Chanel's stamp of approval with a matching hat. Ultra chic.

Elie Saab Look 39: Even the biggest Elie Saab fan will tell you that the French designer's couture collections always offer the same thing: embellished evening gowns that are regulars during awards season. While the predictability of these collections can be a little frustrating, you have to admit that the execution and results are always impressive. Lately, Saab has been toying with embroidery and paneling in addition to his signature beading. The off-the-shoulder neckline, subtle slit and rich craftsmanship offers something new while staying true to his trademark aesthetic. While the industry is always gasping for a breath of fresh air, it never hurts to have one designer that you can always depend on.
Giambattista Valli Look 1: Without fail, Giambattista Valli always strives to redefine his "girl" during couture season. Last fall, she was a feminine warrior with painted florals and iron accessories. Just one season ago, she was a little more eclectic with bow-tied skirts and high-octane jewel tones. However, Valli's latest couture show took a stroll down memory lane. With hint of  the traditional shirtdress, retro full skirts, and classic hair wraps, the latest collection felt like a reincarnation of Grace Kelly's impeccably clean style. An asymmetrical shape with sharp stripes, Valli's opening look set the tone for the whole collection (with no questions asked). Further into the runway show, the designer played with intriguing textures; however, this collection proves that first impressions do matter.
Maison Martin Margiela Look 7: In the world of couture, Maison Martin Margiela is the spunky younger sibling. Though the brand's collections may not promise red carpet-worthy ensembles like Elie Saab, Margiela offers an artistic look at couture. Between jeweled masks and unexpected patchwork, this collection is anything but traditional. But in the midst of all the chaos lies a look that beautifully captures the craziness of Margiela with couture's stereotypical beauty. Though polka dots and florals don't generally seem like a print match made in heaven, the different densities of each fabric makes this strong combination easy on the eyes. The netted mask and geometric earrings give this look a perfectly whimsical finishing touch.
Valentino Look 60: Over the past few seasons, design duo Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli have been incorporating more streamlined, monotoned looks into their couture collections. However there's always a sheer embellished number that provides the perfect princess moment. And in a sea of new-aged florals and bold belts, it was one of Valentino's final looks that ultimately offered the "wow" factor. Sheer without the scandal, this look teeters between sexy and sophisticated. Though the silhouette is nothing new, Valentino gives a basic shape some depth with monochromatic clashing prints: the ethereal side panels perfectly complement the tribal pattern on the front of the dress. Tres chic.
Viktor & Rolf Look 15: Every season, there's one couture collection is so insanely creative, it is pure genius. For fall, that collection is none other than Viktor & Rolf. With carpet textures and towel dress shapes, Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren strayed away from the conventional this time around. Though it takes a special style savant to sport a towel-inspired dress, this look makes the untraditional incredibly wearable. The patches of carpet fuzz offer a subtle risk while the sharp silhouette makes this dress perfect for the red carpet. If any dress from this collection is going to reach commercialized status, it's this number.
Which couture looks are you loving? Sound off below!
All runway photos courtesy of Style.com
xx

Monday, 7 July 2014

Mens Spring 2015: Would You Date That?

As every fashion nerd knows, there's something undeniably attractive about a stylish guy. Okay, he doesn't need to know the difference between Brioni and Boglioli, but a man who can put together a solid outfit and has some level of trend awareness is a major turn on. However, for every coveted menswear trend that we're dying to see Bradley Cooper and Joseph Gordon Levitt try, there are a slew of fashion fads that are completely undateable. For your viewing pleasure, and a great way to review the latest menswear collections, let's play a little game called "Would You Date That," shall we? The ranking remains the same as always: 0= No way, 10= Here to stay.

Mono-Printed Suits: 3
Goodbye, traditional suit and tie-- spring is all about a zesty, mono-prints. Though the type of print is up to the tastemaker, several collections have on thing in common: their mono-printed suits honor "in your face" patterns. Jeremy Scott's fast food craze continued at the Moschino men's show with soda pop themed suits. Equally bold, psychedelic color-blocking was all the rage at Alexander McQueen. On the other hand, Christopher Kane's mono-printed suits boasted subtle, yet undeniably futuristic, lines. And of course, florals ran rampant on the catwalk. Yohji Yamamoto smartly paired scarce florals with a baggy silhouette. Always the Euro romantic, Dolce & Gabbana's spring collection provided an alluring mixture of florals and ornate masonry. The Verdict: Whoever sports a mono-print suit is undeniably confident, but this trend ranks dangerously low on the scale. Matching separates a surefire way for any fashionista to effortlessly make a statement; however, this menswear trend screams trying too hard. And how annoying would it be if your beau's ensemble received more attention than yours did? So annoying. Unless the mono-print in question is a small polka dot or seersucker, stay far away from he who wears mono-prints. (Moschino Look 1)
Stylish Stripes: 8
To be unapologetically blunt, the stripes phenomenon is nothing new. Everyone from sailors to Elvis circa "Jailhouse Rock" sported the classic lines. However, the nautical-friendly pattern has received an au courant  makeover. At Kolor, Junichi Abe presented head-to-toe stripes, yet the wide bands offered a modernist take on this staple.  Hedi Slimane's Saint Laurent boys were the epitome of California cool rockstars: their stripes were paired with tight leather pants, embellished jackets, and wide-brimmed hats. Layering was key at Dior Homme as primary-colored stripes are thrown between crisp oxford shirts and pinstriped suits. Stripes are even on trend for outerwear as Emporio Armani showed off some seriously major slickers. And let's not forget Topman Design's take on this fad: with a bold color palette and flared jeans, design director Gordon Richardson is clearly scheming up a seventies revival.  The Verdict: Provided this trend is styled realistically (read: no wide-brimmed hats), stripes are a must for men this spring. Though the phenomenon is undeniably preppy, the pattern is versatile enough to be worn by every man. A striped shirt seems like the obvious option; however, jackets and shorts are two fresh alternatives. Or have your man revitalize this trend with unpredictable hues. Either way, the striped shirt guy would definitely make it to a second date. (Dior Homme Look 8)
The Unconventional Hoodie: 6
Hoodies have always been a staple in mens' closets; however, gone are the days when neutral zip-up and pull-overs are the only acceptable way to wear this piece. This spring, look out zany colors, bold patterns, and even unpredictable fabrics. Balmain's menswear collection presented electric colors and geometric shapes, which were cooly styled with moto-inspired pants. No stranger to making a statement, James Long revitalized this piece with patches of color and loads of stripes. But no example of innovative hoodies is as unconventional as Umit Benan's collection. Nothing turns heads quit like perforated sheen. The spring shows even offered new ways to style the trusted hoodie. For exmaple, Gosha Rubchinskiy's models sported jean jackets over their zip-ups-- two trends in one look. Similarly, Ami mixed classic hoodies with bold striped coats. The Verdict: Cozy, versatile, and the ideal piece to snag from your beau, a hoodie is definitely dateable. But unless the fashionisto in question is experimenting with new textures and prints, this trend could steer in the way of basic and safe. A surefire way to bring this phenomenon to to the next level is by layering. Isn't there something sexy about a guy with a hoodie and leather jacket? (Balmain Look 15)
The Reinvented Bomber: 9
Look out, hoodie: there's another casual jacket that's getting a makeover. Though the bomber already screams effortlessly chic, the newest takes on this fad pushes the sartorial envelope just enough. Silky prints and subtle metallics cascaded down the runway at Dries Van Noten while Fendi's take on the bomber paid homage to the T-Birds with cool leather. While Brioni gave the classic silhouette a very sporty twist, Kris Van Assche spruced this piece up with sharp lapels and bold stripes. And then there was Marc Jacobs, who adorned his bomber jacket with a zesty flamingo. The Verdict: Unless the man in question is sporting a flamingo embellished jacket, which could either mean he has a great sense of humor or is already waving some major red flags, this trend is insanely dateable. And for all of you who have watched Grease a few too many times, this piece isn't strictly for goodie two-shoes. Your man can give this trend a much-needed edge with ripped jeans and ultra-cool aviators. (Dries Van Noten Look 32)
Daring Denim: 5
It seems as if we've been obsessed with denim-on-denim for many seasons, but this new take on the trend exceeds the traditional Canadian tuxedo. For example, Junya Watanabe's menswear collection boasted loads of patchwork denim while Sibling jazzed up the American fabric with jeweled applique. However, there were swarms of more traditional ways to rock denim. Christopher Bailey tucked a jean jacket underneath equally relaxed blazers at Burberry Prorsum, and Miharayasuhiro played it safe with denim jacket and matching pants. Trussardi was inbetween the spectrum with a bold denim blazer and trousers. The Verdict: The datability of this trend rest on how it's styled. While a chambray and jeans is undeniably sexy, a man in embellished ensemble would most likely upstage your very own outfit. And we all know that's not the foundation for a lasting relationship. If your guy is looking to revitalize his denim, layering or a patchwork shirt is a healthy mix between the two. (Junya Watanabe Look 6)
Utilitarian Jumpsuits: 1
While this isn't one of the biggest trends for spring 2015, but the utilitarian jumpsuit did have quite the impact. At Kenzo, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim's jumpsuit was reminiscent of a race car driver's uniform with some subtle color-blocking and sporadic patches of honor. The trend quickly took a show-stopping turn at Louis Vuitton with a jumpsuit that's covered in rivets and grommets.  3.1 Phillip Lim, on the other hand, opted for clean minimalism in a versatile neutral. The Verdict: As much as we all love Billy Joel's "Uptown Girl" music video, a potential beau who sports a jumpsuit as ready-to-wear is questionable on multiple levels. Occupation aside, save the onesies for young boys.(Kenzo Look 33)
What do you think about these trends? Are they dateable? Sound off below!
All runway photos courtesy of Style.com
 xx

Friday, 27 June 2014

5 Best Trends from Resort 2015

Let's face it: no matter how style savvy you are, everyone finds themselves in a serious sartorial summer slump every now and then. Who cares about full looks when anyone who has to venture outdoors is too preoccupied with combating a heat wave? Luckily, resort is always a reliable way to boost a fashion groupie's spirits. Though these pieces won't be in stores for a few months, the debut of cruise collections offers a fashion resurgence. While choosing a favorite collection is impossible, there were several trends that took center stage. In no particular order, check out the best trends from the latest collections. Hopefully, you'll be rocking all of them in just a few months.


Snake Bite
Though animal prints have never gone out of style, designers strayed away from the standard leopard pattern this season and opted for an ultra fierce snakeskin. The best part? This print is so versatile, it can be worn in multiple ways. While Gucci's Frida Giannini plays it safe with predominately reptile accessories, Versace's neon snakeskin pants command attention. If you're looking for a less flashy way to sport this trend, Giorgio Armani offers subdued snakeskin separates. Or treat this reptile pattern as a texture and pair it with some fierce leopard a la Tracy Reese. Ease into this trend with an ultra chic clutch. With a cutting-edge little black dress and some wooden jewelry, you have a style homerun! (Photographed: Gucci Look 22)
The New Nautical
 While these collections aren't worn during boating season, it's no surprise when a cruise collection boasta sailor chic references. From a chunky fisherman sweater, as seen in Tibi's collection , to Sonia Rykiel's strategically placed sporty stripes, the fad clearly takes on a modern, masculine-inspired aesthetic this season. Need more proof?  Look no further than Altuzarra's streamlined flared pants. And leave it to Kenzo's Humberto Leon and Carol Lim to revitalize this trend with a sailor-friendly pencil skirt and a flouncy peplum top. Though a striped shirt is the easiest way to add a boating aesthetic to your ensemble, dare to be different with a pair of flared pants. Set sail on this fashion risk, the results will be worth it.  (Photographed: Tibi Look 18)
Fringe Benefits
For what seems like an eternity, fringe has had a poor reputation. Think Vegas showgirls and salacious flappers. Finally, thanks to some of fashion's most innovative minds, the frivolous frippery has received a sleeker makeover. At last! Who knew fringe could be so versatile? Recent CFDA winner Joseph Altuzarra carefully places strips of fringe along the waist and chest, creating more depth to otherwise minimalist silhouettes. DKNY, on the other hand, experiments with long layers. The end result? A dress that was made to twirl. "Queen of Cool" Clare Waight Keller plays with texture by adding some shag to a luxe knit sweater at Chloé. Take evening wear to the next level with a shamelessly sexy fringed dress a la Hérve Léger. No matter how you rock this trend, one thing is for sure: a subtle look is not an option. Dying to wear this trend as soon as possible? Opt for a fringe bikini. You'll be sure to make a splash. (Photographed: Altuzarra Look 28)
Mismatched Prints
It's no secret that a bold print is a surefire way to stand out, but two? The seemingly kitschy look has been all over the runways. At Louis Vuitton, both traditional and zany prints are infused into retro silhouettes: A-line skirts, flared jackets, and trim trousers. Christian Dior's Raf Simons experiments with both prints and textures. Everything from multicolored sequins, to embroidered florals, to geometric chevron are effortlessly woven into a single look. And let's not forget the combinations at Proenza Schouler, which act as a continuation of the brand's knockout fall collection. But all pairing props goes to Stella McCartney, who smartly combines not two, but five different prints in one ensemble. Don't have time to carefully mix multiple prints into one outfit? Don't want to look like a circus folk? Try a dress that has clashing prints. But if you're looking to add some DIY to this trend, the easiest way ace this fad is to opt for different prints in a similar color palette. No matter which option you choose, you'll be sure to turn some heads. (Photographed: Louis Vuitton Look 30)
That's a Wrap!
If this season has taught us anything, it's that super fitted ensembles are on a hiatus. As their replacements, wrap jackets and dresses have taken center stage. What's not to love about the trend? It's the perfect way to flaunt your figure without feeling constricted by your clothes. At The Row, neutral colors are paired with luxe fabrics and cool-girl shapes. No stranger to anything wrapped, Diane von Furstenberg blends potent berry hues into her iconic wrap dresses. Donna Karan's waist ties and loads of fabric create jaw-dropping movement. Red carpet ready in a simple outfit! Preen by Thornton Bregazzi offers everything from cropped jackets to eye-catching wrap coats. It was all languid silhouettes and poppy colors at Escada's presentation, which is perfect for that post-holiday glow. Want to invest in a wrap piece of your own? Make a statement by combining this feminine shape with an unconventional fabric. And don't worry, this trend will be perfect for spring!  (The Row Look 2)
Which trends are you loving? Sound off below!

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All runway photos courtesy of Style.com
xx

Monday, 16 June 2014

Summer 2014 Trend: Summer Slides

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few months, you know that the once squirm-worthy Birkenstocks are this summer's must-have shoe. Megawatt brands such as Givenchy, Céline, and Giambattista Valli have been jumping on the podiatric bandwagon, and let's not forget how many celebrities and tastemakers have been spotted sporting this comfortable shoe. But what's a style savant to do if she (or he) can't stop thinking of this ugly chic trend as purely ugly? Become a trend slave and wear the kicks regardless? Instead, feast your eyes upon this season's other major footwear trend: the slide. Yes, they're also making a major comeback. Though pulling out those sporty pool slides you'd wear after swimming a few laps or during a shower in your college dorm offers a blast from the past, there are so many incredible market finds that are begging to be worn that you are bound to find the perfect shoe. While Miuccia Prada mixed unapologetically flashy gems with a sportier silhouette, Tibi's Amy Smilovic added funky embellishments to a minimalist silhouette. J.W. Anderson offered a refreshing twist on this classic silhouette with a square fold-over. Whether you love Chloé's spring or pre-fall take on this trend, one thing is for sure: Clare Waight Keller's magic touch includes a dash of metal hardware. And if you're not wanting to splurge on a new pair of the au courant sandal, it's okay to take a sartorial trip down memory lane by giving your trust pool slides from many moons ago a second life-- Rita Ora made ordinary extraordinary with striped socks. Birkenstocks, meet your match.

Prada SS 2014, Look 12
Tibi SS 2014, Look 1
J.W. Anderson SS 2014, Look 8
Chloé Pre-Fall, Look 23
Rita Ora
Whether you're hitting the beach or heading out to your favorite summer hot-spot for drinks, think of these kicks as essentials to every summer outfit. Since these shoes have such a simple silhouette, they are extremely versatile. I love the juxtaposition of this minimalist shoe with a dainty slip dress-- the combination screams effortlessly chic. Feeling a little sporty? Try a pair of tailored shorts with a lightweight sweater. For a borrowed from the boys look, try these shoes with a pair of cozy linen pants. Something tells me you're going to get a lot of mileage out of these kicks.

summer slides
1. Marc Jacobs 2. Common Projects 3. Asos 4. Chloé 5. Tibi 6. Newbark
Will you invest in summer slides this season? Sound off below! 
xx

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Red Carpet Review: Best 8 Looks From the 2014 CFDA Awards

Rihanna knows how to add shock value. If it's not her salacious music, or her Instagram woes, the public is always in awe of what the singer wears. Naturally, heads turned when Rihanna strutted down Monday's CFDA Awards's carpet in a sheer sequined Adam Selman number. Too racy? Too perfect? Days later, and it's still tough to say; however, one thing is for sure: Rihanna's dress is a conversation piece. But don't be fooled, style savants, there were several other CFDA-approved outfits that deserve to be gushed over. Check out the eight best looks from Monday's star-studded event. 
Liya Kebede in Wes Gordon: Yes, the CFDA Awards is second best occasion for any fashion plate to throw on a beautiful evening gown, but there's something surprisingly refreshing about the model's simplistic Wes Gordon dress.  The outfit on its own looks like a young Carolina Herrera while the white sandals make this look completely fearless. Kebede's extra voluminous curls with the sleek number give this look an after hours aesthetic. Obsessed.
Olivia Palermo in Ann Taylor: The former reality star is never one to shy away from a fashion risk, as they always seem to pay off for Palermo. However, sporting a lower market brand to such a high-profile event is new for the tastemaker, yet it works. Palermo adds depth to a monochromatic look by mixing different textures from head to toe. The lace-accented shoes continue the textural look, not to mention are also super chic.With a beachy bun and loads of gold jewels, Palermo proves that she can make any brand (and perhaps any look) a smash hit.
Ashley and Mary Kate Olsen: In their own designs, the stylish duo is an obvious choice for the evening's best dressed list. Known for their perfectly coordinating outfits, each twin gives her own twist to the long-sleeved black dress and emerald jewels. The result? Two looks that are effortless, sophisticated, and expresses two different personal styles. Brava.
Joan Smalls in Prabal Gurung: From short hems to plunging necklines, Smalls is never afraid to sport something sexy on the red carpet. The model's ethereal, yet provocative, Prabal Gurung gown from Monday's awards ceremony was a bonafide hit. While the chopped bodice and high slit scream vixen, the sleek gold accessories and Smalls's bangs give this gown a fashion-forward twist. Plus, the midnight blue acts as the ultimate neutral. So major.

Olivia Wilde in Decades LA: While fringe ran rampant at the Spring 2014 collection-- Altuzarra, Emilio Pucci, and Derek Lam, to name a few-- but translating this trend to the mass audience is a challenge. However, Wilde's take on this trend is spot on. Not only is the long fringe unapologetically glam, the asymmetrical shoulder prevents tragic flapper moment. And can we just reflect that she is a new mom in that curve-hugging number. Where can we find the name of her Pilates instructor?

Marion Cotillard in Dior: Though the actress's designer choice is no surprise, Cotillard's look is everything. While the shift silhouette and two-toned shoes scream girly mod, the dimensional components give this outfit a modern flair. But of course no ensemble is complete without a face full of makeup... or is it? On the contrary, Cotillard's au natural look is oddly refreshing and allows onlookers to focus on the dress. 
Karlie Kloss in Band of Outsiders: Wild, wild west chic takes a metropolitan turn as Karlie Kloss pairs a handkerchief-esque dress with exotic lace-up heels. Zestier than the model's signature ladylike frocks, this gown is a fashion risk worth taking. Though the silhouette is relatively minimalist, the cut-outs and gentle print rejigger Kloss's personal style. Let's not forget that the semi-sloppy top knot is the perfect finishing touch.

Jessica Stam in Giulietta: Unless you haven't received the memo, jumpsuits are the new evening gowns. There's a particular easy je ne sais quoi about playsuits that are perfect for the summer. Donning a monochromatic look, Stam aces this trend. The subtle peplum and keyhole neckline create the perfect mélange of sexy and sweet, which is undeniably fashion-forward. Stam's black jewel accessories produces a high-contrast look. On the beauty front, the model's metallic shadow and sleek bun are ideal for this warm season.

All photos courtesy of The Cut.
xx

Monday, 2 June 2014

The 6 Chicest Trends for the Summer

Smell that Hawaiian Tropic sunscreen? Though the sunny season doesn't officially begin for a few weeks, it's essentially unanimous that we are all in the summer state of mind. But what about our outfits? Between the torturous weather and time spent scheming up ways to score that perfect tan, it sometimes feels as if our style choices take a backseat for a few months. What a tragedy! I'm so excited to participate in Raise.com's Closet Swap campaign by sharing my favorite must-have trends for this summer.

You're never fully dressed without a killer pair of sunnies; however, summer is the perfect time to debut some brilliant new shades. This year, allow the ocean to look extra blue through your colored lenses. As the perfect foil to winter's dark glasses, a tinted lens is the perfect way to keep even the most classic outfits creative and quirky. But rest assured, style trailblazers, this funky alternative doesn't mean you must rock Woodstock-approved round glasses or colorful frames. In fact, some of the most versatile styles couple the daring lenses with a more traditional rim, such as Illesteva's collection. For an effortlessly chic look, pair these sunnies with boyfriend jeans and a white linen blouse.

summer trend 2
1. Moschino Cheap and Chic  2. T By Alexander Wang 3. Marni 4. Joseph 5. Topshop

Whether you're vacationing by the beach or trudging through the concrete jungle, one fact remains: summer's heat and humidity are usually never on our side, sartorially. From frizzy hair to sweat-stained outfits, it's fair to say that summer isn't the most glamorous time of the year. For an easy and chic ensemble that won't make you want to jump out of your skin, try sporting a shift dress. These shapeless dresses are perfect for the overheated season because they are available in a multitude of fabrics, colors, and patterns. What could be better than that? Oh right, if they don't cling to your body after walking a few minutes outside. Check! Since summer is all about fun hues and prints, feel free to reach out of your comfort zone-- I'm loving Marni's array of patterned day dresses. A versatile necessity in your closet, the shift dress would look great with everything from strappy sandals to espadrilles. The perfect day-to-night piece? Agreed!


After months of wearing five-inch heels, the idea of resorting to flat sandals for the summer is both a dream and a nightmare. The thought of a comfortable shoe is always attractive; however, your slew of dresses and skirts don't look quite as on-point as they do with a little heel. Fashionistas, meet the city sandal: the perfect compromise. With a small, chunky heel, the city sandal gives you a little bit of height while still keeping in touch with the summer's effortlessly chic vibe. The ideal pair of shoes will transition perfectly from work to after hours. Available in a plethora of heights, colors, and strap lines, investing in a pair of these kicks is a no-brainer!

summer trend 3
1. Halston Heritage  2. Mansur Gavriel 3. Vivienne Westwood  4. Nancy Gonzalez 5. Etienne Aigner
6. Anya Hindmarch  7. Mango
Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that the fashion world is obsessed with Mansur Gavriel's collection of soft leather purses. While Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel's heap of tote bags are just delectable, their ultra chic bucket bag is literally everything. But the design duo are not alone in the bucket bag revolution: a number of luxe designers and affordable fast-fashion outlets have been all over this trend as well. The drawstring closure is reminiscent of a backpack that you'd bring to day camp many moons ago while the bag's silhouette is perfect for stashing your sunscreen, flip-flops, and favorite beach read. Translation? An undeniable must-have!


summer trend 6
1. Lisa Marie Fernandez 2. Dolce and Gabbana 3. Norma Kamali 4. Mara Hoffman
5. Marysia 6. Melissa Odabash
No summer trend is complete without discussing swimwear. While there's always a bevy of maillots and bikinis to choose from, the market's assortment of bandeau bikinis have heads turning. With a number of prints and intricate details, there's a bandeau bikini that's perfect for you. Marysia's scalloped details are unapologetically girly while Lisa Marie Fernandez's experimentation with neoprene definitely paid off. Plus, this season has loads of potent prints: mosaics, tribal, and florals-- oh my! And let's not forget one very important thing: no awkward tan lines.

summer trend 4
1. Givenchy 2. Vince 3. Saint Laurent 4. Vans 5. Sam Edelman 6. Aldo 

While city sandals are the perfect alternative to wearing sandals at work, the sunny season is in desperate need of a pair of "off duty" kicks. Sporty and completely versatile, the slip-on sneaker is ideal for that woodsy hike or beachside picnic. Though a solid pair is the practical choice, keep an eye out for the array of printed shoes-- they are the ultimate way to add a spring to your step. But how are you supposed to rock this trend? Juxtapose this boyish shoe with a pleated skirt or crocheted dress. Want to play it safe? Distressed jeans a light sweater will also do the trick.

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xx