TT: August 4th

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Summer is all about relaxing, and your style should be no different. A pair of denim overalls is the epitome of relaxed summer style. Oversize or 70’s-style, it’s a go-to for a comfy and chic look. Its stylish cousin, the overall dress, has made quite a few appearances as well, but it’s not nearly as versatile if you like spontaneous summer romps like me. True to their name, you can throw overalls literally over anything: a bikini at the beach, a bandeau and heels for drinks, or even a sweater and booties to transition into fall. Fashionistas are all over the overall trend, and you should be too!

 

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TT: July 21st

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She wore an itsy-bitsy, teenie-weenie, mini skirt? You can’t wear a yellow polka-dot bikini in town, but a mini skirt is probably the closest and most tasteful way to show some skin in summer–it’s no wonder they’re so hot right now. Easy-breezy flowy minis are a personal fave of mine, but a more structured mod mini is just as cute–bonus points for bright colors or florals. Let your legs breathe and you’ve unlocked the secret to a chic and comfy summer outfit…

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Suit Yourself

If life is a beach then why don’t we spend more time picking out the right bikini? Summer may be ending soon, but bikini season is never over. You never know when  your bikini ready-or-not bod will be making its next yearly debut, it could be as early as January if you’re lucky! Investing in the right bathing suit now means getting the chance to test it out before summer is over–and it means you’re prepared for that last-minute winter vacation to Cabo. But how could a post-holiday body ever be beach-ready? Read on to find out which suits suit year-round.

 

1. Blessed with a Bottom

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$64, Topshop

So you’re a little bottom-heavy, there’s nothing wrong that! Balance it out with a more distracting top like this one to create the illusion of an equally full chest. To create longer-looking legs, choose bikini bottoms with a higher cut leg and tie the sides on a string bikini closer to the front to trim inches off your hips in an instant.

 

2. Bountiful Bust

$31, Asos
$31, Asos

A bigger bust calls for more coverage, seek bikini tops like this one in your cup size to avoid any wardrobe malfunctions. For comfort and support, choose suits with wider straps in spandex, which lasts longer and doesn’t stretch out like nylon. Find a matching bottom with a frill or two to draw attention away from the chest.

 

3. Tummy Trouble

$99, J. Crew
$99, J. Crew

 

“Getting ready for bikini season” is so overrated–there’s too much delicious food in the world! Good thing there’s a swimsuit for that. There’s no shortage of cute one-pieces these days, picking one like this raises the bust line to elongate the torso and hides the tummy with ruching and draping. If you still prefer bikinis, go with the high-rise retro look to suck in the stomach and pair it with an eye-catching top.

 

Now that you know which suit suits you, don’t be afraid to make a splash!

Stay tuned for next week’s article on what to wear to weddings.

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Beating the Heat in Style

On those unbearably hot summer days in D.C., I opt for my shapeless H&M dress and Havaianas. Why would I bother sweating through any of my nice clothes in the sticky East Coast humidity? I may obsess about my clothes on most occasions, but you’ll never hear me say “beauty is pain.” One thing I fully support, however, is being effortlessly chic. You may have heard this term from various fashion gurus such as Rachel Zoe or Nina Garcia, adding to the fancy factor. But don’t be intimidated, all it means is looking like you woke up like this. It’s okay if you didn’t–it was just one of those days for me yesterday, but when you’re in Paris you kinda have to try. Follow my cheat sheet to go from plain to posh:

1 Leather Sandal: Ditch your rubber flip-flops for a simple leather sandal. If you’re feeling lazy like me, get a pair that slips right on, like these ones at J Crew:

Photo Courtesy of J Crew
Photo Courtesy of J Crew

Cotton Dress: A loose-fitting dress will not only flatter your figure, it will also be as cozy as your pajamas. Don’t get anything too nice that you’ll worry about ruining, but do try something with a print. This Joie dress is both comfy and chic. A go-to dress like this is priceless on those steamy summer days.

Photo Courtesy of Joie
Photo Courtesy of Joie

3 Oversized Sunglasses: To add instant glam, throw on some big sunglasses. If you’re not a huge fan of wearing jewelry like me, oversized sunnies are a great substitute accessory on lazy days. For a designer pair, Tom Ford has the most classic oversized options, but you can always find a glamorous pair at H&M for much less.

Photo Courtesy of Tom Ford
Photo Courtesy of Tom Ford

Just grab your cross-body and you’re good to go! Holding a purse or fumbling to have it stay on your shoulder is so overrated on a hot summer day.

If you would never buy these items at full price (I know I wouldn’t), make sure to stay tuned for next week’s article on how to shop for the best deals.

-Anaïs

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Seasons Change, But Your Wardrobe Doesn’t Have To

What do you wear when you’re vacationing in the French Alps in the Spring and you’re surrounded by fields of flowers but the mountains are still covered in snow? This may not be your everyday scenario, but it brings to light an important topic: the goal of your closet should be versatility. Because this topic is so fundamental and multidimensional, we will continue to explore its many facets in the future; this week will focus on seasonal versatility. As I welcomed my white short shorts last week I challenged myself to make more use of my winter wardrobe this summer. Now that doesn’t mean that I’ll be wearing wool to the beach, but rolling up your dark winter jeans is completely innocuous and totally stylish with a light blouse and sandals. Here are a few things to keep in mind when buying any piece of clothing for all seasons:

1. When investing in Jeans (a whole other topic that we’ll cover down the road), pay attention to length. I personally prefer to invest in different shades and colors of Jeans rather than different lengths. Rolling up your Jeans in June is much more feasible (and stylish) than wearing long thick socks with Capris at Christmas.

2. Your Winter wardrobe can last you all year if you choose the quality wisely. Although it’s hard not to slink into that one chunky wool sweater that keeps you warm all Winter, try looking for fabric compositions that will work in Fall and Spring as well. My personal favorites for sweaters are lightweight Merino Wool or blends with a small percentage of Wool.

3. Scarves are the ultimate swiss army knives of Style. Not only can they be worn infinite ways (another blog topic for another day!) but they can also be worn throughout all seasons. My scarf du jour (pictured above) is a black Cashmere-Silk blend from J. Crew. Cashmere is another great investment for your year-long wardrobe, a soft silk blend like mine will caress you all the way through Summer.

-Anaïs

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Photo: Author in the French Alps, Courtesy of Leila Violette @leilaviolette