Three Style Staples for Summer

There’s denim skirts, denim shorts, floral tops, and tank tops. You know, the usual summer fashion fare that are so popular simply because they are so quick and easy and convenient to slip when heading out into the sweltering heat. But this year, maybe we should switch it up a bit and break away from that safe and simple approach that’s been keeping our summertime looks humdrum and, dare I say, quite boring. It’s nice to show skin and bask in the sun. But it’s even nicer to look good when you’re doing it. This time around, instead of picking things that will only keep you cool in the upcoming 80+ degree weather, why not pick something that will make you look cool, too? So toss those grungy flip flops and ratty layerered racerback tanks, these three style staples for summer will ensure that everyone knows that you are just as stylish as you are smart about the weather.
A Ruffled Camisole: Toss those tanks when the alternative staple is something so much prettier. A ruffled camisole is comfortable, beautiful, and oh-so romantic. Mimi Chica’s Ruffled Camisole comes ina variety of colors and prints. There’s sure to be a ruffled number to match your every mood.

An Amazing Romper: Picking a romper in a simple solid color and silhouette, like BCBGeneration’s Black Romper, allows for numerous mix and matching. Ensuring that the romper will look like a new fit every time.

Cuff Shorts: A classier switch from the good ol’ denim pair, a pair of khaki or cream colored cuff shorts is the perfect staple piece to effortlessly pair all of your favorite tops. Splendid’s Cuff Shorts have an added luxury of an elastic waistband, a faux fly with simple buttons, and all in a super soft linen blend material.

– Mira Torres

Sensational Lightweight Layering for the Summer Months

During the summer months, when the cozy summer breeze sets in, sometimes a lady needs a little lightweight layering. But don’t just settle for the nearest zip-up hoodie, towel, or scarf. Ready to add a bit more sophistication to your outfit, these jersey, crochet, and cashmere pieces will have you putting the rest of you cover-ups to the back of your closet. They’re soft, see-through, and absolutely amazing. Add an elegant twist to your look with these beauties below:

SPLENDID’s Draped slub-jersey vest is cut from the softest slub-jersey one could find. A draped almond will you’re your look the much needed twist from casual to chic on and off-duty.

RICK OWENS LILIES’ Draped jersey sweater is a gorgeous dark-dust jersey sweater with a modern spin. Asymmetric draping and extra-long sleeves will add that oh-so current look of bohemian-grunge.

THEORY’s beautiful Tarana crocheted sweater in black is especially fun for the office. Perfect for layering of maxi dresses and little black dresses. It’s ability to almost absolutely versatile with any outfit will ensure that this cover-up will be a prized one for city-ready style.

THE ROW’s Chilvers cashmere and mohair-blend sweater is made of a butter-soft cashmere and mohair-blend. Mary-Kate and Ashley’s luxurious A-list style is at the ready with this extremely cool and casual find.

– Mira Torres

A Sweat-proof Summer in Black

For those of us neutral wardrobe addicted ladies, you know you hear it every time you wear black on a smoldering, sweaty summer day. “You’re crazy to be wearing black today!” But, we like black. It’s a great color. Black is slimming, sophisticated, fool-proof. Which is why I am a firm nonbeliever of the “don’t wear black during summer” rule and these adorable finds that I’ve got my hands on will definitely make any no-black summer advocate to quickly change their mind.

Carefree elegance: Missoni Carolina Crepe and Crochet Knit Gown
Created with a unique zigzag crochet-knit detail Missoni’s black crepe is sure to dazzle the onlookers. The adjustable scarf gives the fun option to drape around the shoulder or into a halterneck for a more casual spin. Plus, a sexy slit ensure you’re ready to go from day to night with a pair of heels or wedges.

Romantic Beauty: Alice By Temperly Embroidered Chiffon Blouse
ALICE by Temperley has created this beautiful black chiffon blouse perfext for a rebellious twist on your style. Give your look an added edge with its mischievous revision with nautical needlework and stencil trims.

Art-deco inspiration: Paloma Barcelo Doris Twill and Leather Sandals
Add a little simplistic chic style to your look with Paloma Barceló’s black twill and gold leather sandals. Perfect for vacation and the office, you can wear this versatile pair with almost everything in your summer fashion list.

– Mira Torres