JCrew Rainbow swimsuit

Summer Trends

Am I alone in not being thrilled with the current trends? 90’s fashion is strong right now, and I’m not very interested in it. I find the 90’s trends rather dull and difficult to pull off. The skimpy straps, high waist trousers, and flimsy fabrics can be rather unforgiving. Let’s figure out what trends are worth the investment this season.

Big Buttons

Loft Dress with Buttons

I’m seeing this look everywhere and I don’t love it. It looks really juvenile and kind of boring to me. This one above from the Loft is ubiquitous this season. Sometimes it’s a sun dress look, and other times it’s more of a canvas, safari vibe. Either way, a woven dress with buttons does not sound comfortable for anyone with any curves. Maybe I’m better off trying a skirt version.

Rainbow Stripes

JCrew Rainbow swimsuit

I’ve seen rainbows on swimsuits, jumpsuits, dresses, and shorts, just to name a few. I do find it a little bit clownish, but if you get the right palette, it can also be really fun and pretty. There are some really fresh takes on the rainbow look. It’s an easy way to make a fun statement.

Muted Warm Colors

Anthropologie Jumpsuit

One of the primary color schemes this season is a burnt orange, marigold yellow, orange-red vibe with a side of olive green. I don’t wear many warm colors because my skin is too fair, so I will probably pass on this trend, but I’m here for olive all day long.

Big Florals

Loft Floral Pants

Last year was all about the micro florals, but this year we’re going big! I love a statement print, and the floral prints out there are the perfect statement for any outfit. I think a floral print is so timeless but fresh at the same time. I haven’t gotten any yet, but I will hopefully be riding this wave.

That’s my summer trend round up! What new looks are you trying this season?

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Anthropologie Jumpsuit

Hits and Misses

It’s finally time to refresh the warm weather clothing! I took a trip to the west coast specifically to get my wardrobe in order. There was a lot of trial and error. Here are some of my results.

Hits

Banana Republic Romper

We know I love a romper. This one from Banana Republic is a really drapey, soft fabric. I like that it’s a jersey because some of the woven rompers out there can look awkward around the mid-section to crotch area. The jersey makes it a lot more wearable. I think this will be great for weekend outings this summer.

Banana Republic Wide Leg Crops

I love a linen look. I tried on these pants in white and then ended up ordering them in this chambray color with a matching top. Again from Banana Republic, they are very comfortable and the perfect combination of trendy and timeless.

Anthropologie Jumpsuit

This jumpsuit has everything. All of the colors. I tried it on in Anthropologie when I was on the west coast and ordered it when it went on sale. I think it’s the perfect statement piece to stand out every once in a while. I also think rainbow is a big trend right now. Plus it’s very flowy and comfortable.

Misses

Loft Romper

This is so sad for me. I saw this online at the Loft and loved it, but when I got it in the mail it was not as cute. I don’t love the fabric, and the size was off for me. Maybe if I size up it will be better but I think it might be too big if I size up. I shall be returning it.

Anthropology Pink Dress

I also wanted to like this dress from Anthropologie but I cannot wear this color pink. It just didn’t do it for me. Plus it is a maze to get into. I tried it on and left it in the dressing room.

Victoria Secret Side Tie Bottom

I ordered a basic side tie bikini bottom from Victoria’s Secret and it was way too small! I should have read the reviews because they all confirmed this issue. You live and you learn! Return.

What have you been loving lately?

Back in Action- Fall Trends

I haven’t been very chatty lately, but it’s time to change that because fall is the best! Since August is my birthday month, I take a month or two to recover from my YOLO spending in August. I have not been shopping much lately. I am, however, keeping my eyes open to see what’s new, and figure out what I’m missing in my closet.

Let’s start at the top with blouses. Ever since the explosion of crazy sleeves and ruffles a couple years ago, I think the options have increased and some how have become a little more manageable. There are so many options these days, that unique is the new normal when it comes to blouses.

Wrap Tops

AT Wrap Top

This is a hold over trend from previous seasons that has really blown up. Several retailers such as JCrew and Ann Taylor have a wrap top silhouette that they sell in multiple fabrics and colors. Depending on where the tie hits on my torso, it’s not always a great option for my body type, but I think it’s a great no-tuck look when you have pants that require that. It would also be great to pair with a pencil skirt at work.

Mock Neck with a Front Yoke

Gap Pintuck Mock Neck

I love a turtleneck, but mock necks are all the rage right now. I’ve seen this style consistently where there’s a front yoke or placard that has some pin-tucking or lace designs. It’s a little bit- Little House on the Prairie, but I like the feminine detail. It brings the eyes up to the collar bone rather than the waist with the wrap top.

Tie Necks

JCrew Tie Neck

This is one of my favorite trends. I think it’s a really sophisticated look for work, that looks great with anything. It works with blazers, cardigans, pants, skirts, and even dresses. I love layering a tie neck top under a sleeveless dress. It’s automatic sleeves so I don’t have to wear a cardigan or blazer. It just adds more options to the whole wardrobe.

Boat Neck with Cuffs

BR Boat Neck Top

Ok, this seems vague, but if you go to any retailer, they have this exact silhouette in many colors and patterns. It’s an easy, polished look for work that you can tuck into trousers or a skirt. It’s basically the opposite of all the other frillier trends going on right now, but it’s a great balance when you want to wear your fancy pants!

Tie Cuffs

JCrew Tie Cuffs

I’ve started seeing both sweaters and blouses with ties at the cuffs. ¬†Disclaimer- if you’re at all clumsy at the dinner table, I would avoid this look on first dates. The ties might end up getting dragged into your soup. Proceed at your own risk. Other than that, go for it.

What blouses are you trying out this fall?