Trouble packing – who doesn’t have it? I certainly do…I know I need to pack light but the fear of forgetting something tempts me every time I look at my suitcase. This post is your (and mine!) ultimate guide to pack summer essentials (and by that I mean the latest summer trends) and combine them. The main goal? Being able to close the suitcase without sitting on top of it. So grab a post-it and take as many notes as you need cause I’ve prepared a selection of very ‘instagramable’ pieces.
Bikini & Swimsuit
Two very easy things to pack that will allow you to create some very stylish outfits. The swimsuit can easily be transformed into a body that you can wear with shorts, jeans, flare pants or maxi skirts. Your creativity is your limit. I own several swimsuits (i´m guilty of finding them very flattering and elegant pieces, much more than bikinis) and frequently wear them out.
As for the bikinis, this season (just like last year) it´s difficult to understand the difference between some bikini tops and a crop top. Maybe it´s the universe telling you to wear your bikini top with high waist pants and spare a little extra room in your suitcase.
Just a quick question… How do you pack your hats?
I´m a big fan of anything crochet (except for ugly granny-style cloths) and lace so some of my favorite cover ups are beautiful see-through pieces that you´ll want to wear both on the beach and to go out on warm summer nights or even during daytime. It will all depend on how you style them. I usually go for jeans and denim shorts and add some cool wedges instead of flats.
Sets, Light Dresses & Jumpsuits
Matchy-matchy is a thing. And what better way to do it than wear a two-piece? If you feel like wearing it together, do it. If you don´t, congratulations! You just won two more different outfits 😉
A wise man once said “a jumpsuit a day makes you forget that you´re having a bad hair day”. Ok, it wasn´t a wise man. It was me. But it has been my motto when it comes to bad hair days. Just tie your hair in a cute up-do or a high pony-tail and the attentions will all go straight to the jumpsuit.
Light dresses, silk dresses, slip dresses, everything that you usually take to the beach with flip-flops but can also wear daily with gladiator sandals or at night with heels. Again, the power of good accessories will amaze you and help you transform your outfits throughout the day.
The biggest and most-seen-on-social-media trend (check this post for some cool ideas to wear off-shoulders) is also the most versatile. The trick, once again, it´s to master your accessory game. I´ve made a small chart to give you some ideas to improve any off-shoulders look and take it to another level (those levels being the beach, a casual night out, a daily outfit, or an occasion that requires shiny jewelry).
Flats and wedges. Pack them both. Why? See all the other trends above.
After a few seasons of Pinterest boards full of minimalistic designs and outfits, FW15 is finally here ready to give you everything you need to know how to create your very own personalized closet. Truth be told, there´s a wide range of options and different styles for every type of person (from punk and edgy with Saint Laurent and McQueen´s Victorian mood to Burberry Prorsum and Chloé´s folk). So, my first advice? Because clothes shouldn´t dictate your personality (and these FW15 pieces really do seem to have gained their own), just decide who you want to be. Follow your most fashionable instincts. Remember that patterned and colorful mini skirt you thought you could never mix with an equally beautiful patterned blouse and lots of accessories? You should definitely try it on. Pretend you´re 5 again and play that dress-up game you used to. My second advice? When in lack of inspiration, go spy on your muses – and I´m not only talking about that secret instagram crush we all have… Dig deeper and watch again those old movies that used to inspire you, that book character you always felt connected with, that tv show where you first had your heart broken by a bag (or an handsome male/female intriguing and mysterious character).
In the end, you must feel audacious, leave the rules behind you and say: “Welcome back, Maximalism. I´m ready to give you a tight hug”.
Colors: Venetian Red; Berry; Oranges; Greens; Purple; Metallics
Patterns: Snake; Stripes; Plaids; Polka Dots; Floral
Fabrics: Tweed; Leather; Velvet
Key Pieces: Capes and Ponchos; Leather and tweed Skirts; Wide-leg pants; retro patterned coat (or a trench); small cross body bags (Chloé; Furla; Lanvin); modernist pumps
Accessories: berets (something i´ve been patiently waiting to wear again) and beanies (and with lots of embroidery); hats; scarves (every type of them); headbands ( another one i´ve been dying to wear..)
Jewels: Go big or go home – oversized earrings and necklaces. Every piece on your jewelry box must make a statement.
Designers: Miu Miu; Gucci (well done, Alessandro Michele); Charlotte Olympia; Bottega Veneta; Marc Jacobs; Lanvin; Balmain (for bold metallics); Burberry; Dolce & Gabbana
Spy on their style: Poppy Delevigne; Iris Apfel; Leandra Medine (from Man Repeller); Mira Duma
Icons: Françoise Hardy; Loulou de La Falaise; Marion Cotillard
Source: Vogue.com and Style.com
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When it comes to accessories you must have noticed that I have a passion for watches – you can see one of my favorites on my Instagram. Not only I own a small collection of watches but I also like to keep an eye on new ones to see if I discover my next passion. It is a very personal accessory (I must confess, I use it more as a fashion and sentimental piece rather than timekeeping). So recently I found Invaluable, a live auction marketplace, full of designer watches – you can go from Cartier to Rolex and you won´t get bored. I immediately got inspired to create a few outfits using some of those watches because though I love a good small woman watch I´ve always preferred a more masculine piece to contrast with my outfits and stand out (you can´t deny a good man´s watch looks perfect with fine woman jewelery and elegant clothes!).
For the first one I wanted to go simple but classy. I decided to incorporate a few trends (3 of my favorites from Winter, to be honest): the large sweater used with over the knee boots and a contrasting hat. It´s that simple outfit you can always wear when in doubt. For this outfit the perfect watch was this lovely Cartier. The colors, the details and the retro look mixed with small woman bracelets give the perfect touch to the outfit.
A day at the office
When it comes to working clothes – besides of my obvious tendency to black and white outfits, you´ll have to excuse me! – I chose an even bigger watch. It gives the shining touch, the fierce of the outfit. And, once again, it contrasts perfectly with the feminine lines and padrons. This one is a Rolex (one of my dreams, actually).
Why neglect a good watch when going out? There´s no way the outfit could be complete! This time the only jewels are the earrings and the Rolex – you don´t want too much on the same outfit. From all the watches I´ve seen this is definitely my favorite – the simplicity, the color, the size, all perfect.
First Picture – Casual Outfit
- Rings – Mango.com
- Bracelets – Henri Bendel Miss Bendel Rivet Bangle Bracelet (Henribendel.com) // Cartier Bracelet (truefacet.com)
- Sweater – Amazon.com
- Hat – Rive Island
- Boots – Imixcity Womans Over Knee Faux Suede (on Amazon.com)
- Watch – invaluable.com
Second Picture – A Day At the Office
- Earrings – Dior (therealreal.com)
- Top – Vero Moda (at Veromoda.com)
- Trousers – Nordstrom.com
- Shoes – Zappos.com
- Watch – invaluable.com
Third Picture – Night Out
- Earrings – Marc By Marc Jacobs (at harveynichols.com)
- Dress – Goodnight Macaroon (goodnightmacaroon.com)
- Bag – Zara.com
- Shoes – Zara.com
- Watch – invaluable.com
All the items can be found at Polyvore.com.