8 Pieces for Your Perfect Summer Wardrobe

Lately I’ve been listening to one of my favorite podcast The Simple Sophisticate nonstop and recently she’s brought out an archived episode, dedicated to curating the perfect wardrobe (dressing like a Parisian). I decided with Summer on the horizon why not give you all my take on the 8 pieces you need in your Summer Wardrobe to create a number of looks for any occasion in the warmer weathered days!  If you’re interested in cultivating the perfect Summer Wardrobe then keep reading and be sure to tell me what pieces you agree with and what you think I might be missing!

 

The White T Shirt

You might look at this first piece and think perfect, I can run to my closet Forever 21 and snag one of these for $5 but that’s not what I’m talking about. Always remember quality over quantity.  You may not want to go out and spend $25 on a plain white t shirt but this is a piece that you’re going to wear much more than you think you will and with wash after wash you don’t want a piece that will wear and you’ll end up having to buy time over time.  Take a moment and do research, creating a wardrobe of quality pieces is truly an investment, so invest in a great quality white T Shirt.

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Photo; Brooklyn Blonde – Helena Glazer

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Cropped Denim

The perfectly tailored denim jean is a piece that will be great in your wardrobe and not just for Summer! This is a piece that you can wear on any occasion and any time of day.  dressed up with a heel or dressed down with a sneaker or sandal, a non-distressed nice fitted denim jean is a must for every wardrobe.

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Photo; Something Navy – Arielle Charnas

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A Maxi Dress

The Maxi dress is the perfect Summer wardrobe staple. There’s going to be days where you truly just don’t want to feel bothered putting together a look and the maxi dress is for those days.  Pair your maxi with a statement earring and a sandal and you’re on your way!  Light and airy, this wardrobe piece is one that will get wear again and again but definitely a piece you don’t have to play it safe with so don’t get a black or white maxi, have some fun and be bold with color and print.

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Photo; Emma Hill

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Camisoles

I personally am a fan of the shoulder which automatically makes me a fan of the shoulder bearing top! Perfect for Summer, the camisole can be paired with jeans, shorts and skirts, day or night! The right camisole (with just a hint of lace) can make even the most casual jeans just a bit more sexy for your day to day life.

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Photo; Fashion Jackson

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A Pleated Midi Skirt

I’ve found that I wear a pleated midi skirt in every season but especially in Summer. With all the solid colors and the prints you can now find this is another Summer wardrobe staple that can be worn in almost any way.  Paired with that white t shirt and sneakers or a camisole and a low heel, the pleated midi skirt a most certainly a wardrobe staple!

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Photo; Carrie Bradshaw Lied – Kathleen Barnes

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White Button Down

Okay Ladies, I’m not referring to the stiff white button down you’re wearing to work under your blazer. For Summer, I would suggest a white button down to wear with shorts during the day or even at night to dinner.  In my closet you’ll find 2 a linen white button down (perfect for those super-hot Summer days) and a silk button down – the perfect light button down for those evenings where you want something just a tad bit heavier that still sits on the skin nicely.

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Photo; Song of Style- Aimee Song

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A Sandal

During the Summer season when I’m not at work I’m almost always in a flat sandal (I prefer a brown leather). Sam Edelman is my favorite designer for this because not only are the sandals extremely comfortable but they’re cute too.  I find that I pair my brown sandals with EVERY outfit and they would be perfect with that cropped denim and white t shirt or the pleated midi and camisole.

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Photo; KatTanita

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The Sneakers

There’s no denying there’s something cool about sneakers and something even cooler about the girl who not only pairs them with her Summer dress but pulls it off! Of course sneakers are a basic wardrobe piece that add comfortability and coolness to every look. I’d go with the simple sneaker, keep it casual and don’t get too fancy!

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Photo ; Kerrently  – Courtney Kerr

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What pieces are you dying to have in your wardrobe?

XOXO

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Cultivating the Perfect Capsule Wardrobe

I’d like to think we’ve recently began entering the time of simplistic and minimalistic living.  Whether that’s in our home décor, our food selection, our way of living or our wardrobe. Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about building a capsule wardrobe.  A collection of pieces that are so versatile, they can be taken from day to night and even from Summer to Fall.  I’ve spoken time and time again about having pieces in your wardrobe that are basic necessities.  Pieces that are simple and easily create a look!

 

If you don’t know too much about a Capsule Wardrobe the basis is this; a collection of essential items of clothing that will always remain in style.  Pieces that can be paired together seasonally and situationally to create timeless looks.  Essentially shopping for style not necessarily trends and creating a wardrobe from those pieces.  These are pieces you want to make sure are quality – perhaps instead of buying the basic white t-shirt from Forever 21, purchase it from Zara. If you’re interested in what pieces I think are needed to cultivate a simple and versatile capsule wardrobe then keep reading because I’m breaking down my 25 pieces needed to create the perfect (and perhaps somewhat Parisian) capsule wardrobe.  

THE PERFECT CROPPED JEAN

THE WHITE T SHIRT

THE WHITE BLOUSE

THE BLACK BLOUSE

THE CREAM SWEATER

THE BLACK SWEATER

THE NUDE CARDIGAN

A DENIM JACKET

THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS

A BLACK LEATHER JACKET

A BLACK A-LINE SKIRT

THE BLACK BLAZER

BLACK PUMPS

NUDE PUMPS

BLACK BALLET FLATS

BLACK TOTE BAG

BLACK MINIATURE CROSSBODY

WHITE SNEAKERS

A TRENCH COAT ( I WOULD SUGGEST A NUETRAL COLOR)

WHITE BUTTON DOWN

THE CAMISOLE (AGAIN IN AN ARRAY OF NUETRAL COLORS)

BLACK TROUSERS

BLACK PENCIL SKIRT

LEOPARD LOAFERS

 

I hope this was helpful for those of you looking to cultivate your perfect capsule wardrobe and remember ladies; when shopping for the basics for your wardrobe remember that a “basic” is something you can wear over and over again, something that is easily paired with items you already own, and is a staple in fashion (and your wardrobe) not a trend!

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5 Pieces in Your Wardrobe That Can Transition from Summer to Fall

With August halfway over and September on the horizon I thought why not put together a list of some of my Fall Must haves that depending on where you live, you can still rock during the end of Summer! Having lived in New York for the first 12 years of my life I have a very real concept of what Fall is however having lived in Orlando for the last 14 years I unfortunately am slightly let down every year during the turn of seasons! I’d love for nothing more than to be wearing boots and thick socks, giant sweaters and pea coats and although I get to maybe 1 week of the year it’s just not enough for me!

Anywho let’s get into what pieces I think are not only perfect for the last few weeks of Summer but also perfect for Fall!

Starting with these Steve Madden Swagger Boot

I love a slouchy boot because it’s more casual and works for Summer, I also feel the same about suede. A material that can be worn any time of year and work I think the Brown color makes this really work for Fall and let’s keep it real a boot is so Fall!

The Kate Spade Thompson Street Embellished Sam

This is a bag that I wasn’t sure I liked at first however the more I look at it the more I Fall absolutely in love with it! And how perfect for the transition of Summer to Fall! The color is light enough to pass as a Summer season Satchel but the gem stones have enough of a Merlot color to be the perfect everyday bag for Fall! And all that detail for just $398 is such a great deal don’t you think?!

The Sam Edelman Roya Studded Bootie

The bootie is a closet piece that is always in style! Whether it’s July and your bootie is being worn with denim cut offs or it’s October and your rocking your booties with skinny jeans and an oversized sweater, a funky pair of booties (with a fun studded pattern) is totally a must!

The Long Sleeve Mini Dress

Much like this Finley Dress in Rose Garden I think the long sleeve mini dress is such a season transitional piece! Whether you’re wearing it at night with heels in the Summer or during the day with a leather moto jacket and booties in the Fall, this style of dress is one that is easily accessible and easily styled!

The Sam Edelman Felicia Ballet Flat

We’re all aware that ballet flats have been around since the beginning of time but in my mind Olivia Palermo definitely made ballet flats a thing during her stint on MTV’s The City! The ballet flat is something that will always be perfect because with such an array of colors you can mix and match for each season! From Bubblegum Pink and Mint Green to Burgundy and Burnt Orange, I’d make sure to have a colored ballet flat for every season

The Moto Jacket

Depending on which coast you live on a Moto jacket is a year long necessity, now here in Orlando I’m not wearing a Moto jacket at 3 in the afternoon on an August day. Maybe in San Diego that’s a realistic thought however at 11pm on a night out it’s definitely being thrown over my shoulders! I know the Moto jacket like this Vegan Suede Moto from Banana Republic is an absolute must for Fall so run and get one I promise you won’t regret it!

Now there’s truly tons of pieces you need in your Summer to Fall wardrobe but I’m going to end it with this last piece!

The Coach Parker Bag!

Not only is this bag transitional from Summer to Fall but it’s also the perfect Day to Night bag! This bag comes in an array of colors however I’m beyond obsessed with the black leather and vintage gold chain piece! This bag says to me I’m a powerful woman who’s going to meet the girls downtown after work! That might be a stretch but it is a perfect Summer to Fall piece at a great price point!

What pieces are you needing in your Summer to Fall wardrobe?