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A fashion blog about weekend style

 

Filtering by Tag: Preppy

Endless Summer

Jessica Wagner

SWIM WEAR: PART TWO

Happy 3-day weekend! I can't believe August is over. We are lake-bound to soak up every last minute of the warm weather. There are plenty of sunny days ahead, which means ample opportunity to show off that end of summer glow.

As follow-up to this post on how to find that perfect suit, I’m going to say so long to summer by breaking down a few more beloved swim styles. (Be sure to check out Part One.) These suggestions will have you feeling covered and confident as ever when it comes time to strip down. 

COLORBLOCK

COLORBLOCK: Retro, sophisticated, mod.
This is a style-statement maker for sure. Anyone on the hunt for a fashion suit, this is the look for you. The colorblock combo, is a classic in a preppy nautical way. This particular suit is feminine, in the blush/navy merger and high halter neckline. While it does not offer much support up top, it does allow full tummy coverage. The high waist is retro, the neckline mod, and the cut-out strappy back keeps things contemporary. The mailott style is always a long, leggy thigh-slimmer. A sophisticated option for whenever and whatever - sailing, sunning or sipping mimosas, this suit is ready for just about every H2O activity.

GINGHAM

GINGHAM: Darling, dreamy, youthful. 
Gingham is literally the cutest summer trend (ever.) A nod to the 1960s bombshell, vintage inspired beachwear is for the timeless babe. This charming pink gingham two piece and low-rise bottoms are the ultimate for a girlie Bardot look. Flirty and summer-perfect, gingham print is fresher than ever. Equal parts cool and confident, sweet and retro. Accent this classic with girlie counterparts, like straw hats, bows and cat eye sunnies. Bikini bottoms with thick ruche side details allow beach booty coverage. Strut your stuff in this style, but be prepared for some major head turning (as I’m pretty sure this push-up style adds about 1 cup size.) 

SURF

SURF: Active, feminine, protective.
DUDE, the minute I entered this little boardwalk surf shop in Ocean City, I knew this rashie was meant to be mine. <3 I mean doesn’t this just scream ballerina/surf chic? Plus, a femme rash guard is way cuter than sunburn. These particular bottoms are excellent for surfing, and sit straight and low at the hips. Bonus: they are also a two-in-one, reverse stripe print (sadly, I do not have photos, I forgot to make the switch!) Not to mention, the dark floral print is as seductive as those black sand Hawaiian beaches. A long sleeve swim shirt lets you avoid sunburn and chafing while remaining highly fashionable while in extended exposure to the sun. Warm, comfortable and figure flattering, you really can’t lose with this UV protector. Surfs up babe, you’re ready to play all day underneath that hot summer sun. 

Swim Wear Details: 

Colorblock:
One Piece: Forever21 (similar one here and love this high neck scallop style here) Sunglasses: Style By Girl Cat Eye Wrap: H&M (similar here) Pretzel Float: C/O World of Wembley Bracelet: Arm Candy (follow their Facebook page here and insta account here) Nails: Francesca's Always a Bridesmaid Toes: China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy Lipstick: Stila Liquid Stay All day in Baci

Gingham:
Top: Aerie Emma Push-Up in Starlet Pink Bottom: Aerie Wide Band Bikini in Starlet Pink (also love this one, on sale now, and this one piece) Hat: Anthropologie Melodie Lilac Stripe Straw Sunhat Shirt: Springfield Shoes: Basket: Eliza Gran Sunglasses: Le Specs 'Flashy' 51mm in Cotton Candy Kerchief: Vintage Lipstick: Nars Schiap Nails: Francesca's Always a Bridesmaid Toes: China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy

Surf:
Rash Guard: Billabong Festival Floral Black Sands Bottoms: Billabong Festival Floral Hawaii Black Sands Reversible Bikini, also here and here  Sunglasses: Karen Walker Super Duper Strength Lips: Anthropologie Albeit in Rosewood Nails: Francesca's Always a Bridesmaid Toes: China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy

Miss Independence

Jessica Wagner

Nautical Prep
 

Happy Fourth of July weekend!

Summer is full of occasions that call for special dressing. From baby showers to BBQs, bring on the red, white, and blue and get ready to sail into high-summer season!

These classic colors translate nautical when styled in a clean-cut, polished fashion -- prep style at its core. This look calls for clean lines, high quality textiles, close fits and modest cuts. Add on few collegiate-style trademarks and you’re ready for the yacht club. 

Cultivating a seaside preppy look requires a few principal details. More than a pastel polo or boat shoes, you want to present an aura of a privileged lifestyle. Anyone can pull these pieces together (privileged-elite or not) and they serve well for occasion dressing.

A good place to start is with your basic solids colors: white, black, navy, beige, as well as lime-green, yellow, or pink. Steer clear of anything too flashy, complicated or revealing. Oxford shirts, ballet flats, cable knits and tea length skirts are all your friends.

Continue building from there. Classic prints in gingham, seersucker, or (my favorite) stripes all are distinct was to pepper an outfit with a dapper feel. Drape sweaters, show off monograms, and balance out the stuffy with pearls and big bows. Lastly, don’t slouch. Stand up straight and carry yourself with an air of confidence. Need some inspiration? Look no further than lady liberty.

Know the places to shop like J Crew, Ralph Lauren, Lilly Pulitzer, (which just oozes summer time in the Hamptons) Lands End, and your local high-end shopping boutiques. Mirror old-school style icons like Grace Kelly and Jackie Kennedy who made this style what it is today. Want a more modern take? Kate Middleton, Gwyneth Paltrow and Blair Waldrof (aka Queen B) are all perfect examples of how to wear this look, prim and proper.

Preppy outfits not only look adorable, but are also comfortable to wear. Acquaint yourself with the shift dress. Nothing screams nautical prep like a New England inspired navy and red trim dress. Girlie, preppy and sophisticated.

A shift dress will carry you through interviews, nice lunches and dinners, business casual functions, hot dates, and so much more. The key to keeping this piece from looking stale is to freshen it up with well-balanced accessories. I paired mine with dark tortoiseshell sunglasses and an oversize clutch. Red-orange heels add a touch of whimsy, and play off the gold red trim back zipper. Try pairing one with Mary Jane heels, a long necklace and an easy up-do for a date night look. Also, don’t be afraid of pattern! You can always tone it down with a blazer or cute cardigan. This style should hit right at or slightly above the knee. Shift dresses are ideal for formal occasions because they're thick and structured, creating a flattering silhouette. Conservative enough for proper functions, short enough for play!

I found mine at local shopping boutique, Ragazza. High-end specialty shops can offer a huge selection of clothing boasting this aesthetic. Clean stripes, bold hues, upscale fabrics and bright trims.  

Once you find your own swanky little number, hit the town happenings and parade your own shift dress looking flawless for every and any summer event.

Hope you and your family have the happiest of holidays!

Thoughts? Do you identify with this style? Do you own any of the items from this post? What else would you add? Sound off by leaving a comment below!

Outfit Details:
Dress: Ragazza Boutique  Shoes: Nine West (old, similar here) Bag: Kenneth Cole Reaction (old) Sweater: Madewell Earrings: Vintage Chanel Sunglasses: Vans Watch: Michael Kors Bow: Forever 21 Lips: Stila Beso Nails: NYC Red Velvet Rope 

A special thank you to Ragazza Boutique for sponsoring this post!