Summer Layering

In today’s video blog I am talking about summer layering. Layering is typically reserved for the fall and winter months, but with a few simple tricks you can work it into your wardrobe all year long. When it comes to layering, there are some fundamental guidelines to follow; regardless of the season, the following strategies will help you layer like a pro.

1. Start off with a neutral basic, whether it’s a tank top or dress this base piece of clothing will set the stage for the rest of your look.

2. I like to follow up with a light layer over the top; an airy blouse with or without sleeves is great for the summer months.

3. If you’re dressing for work or a cooler evening you can follow step two with a blazer or a light sweater.

4. Accessorize. I like to layer a light scarf tied loosely around my neck with lots of jewelry and over sized sunglasses.

Layering is an excellent and cost effective way to spruce up your closet.  We all go through periods where it feels like we have nothing to wear, which usually isn’t the case. Rather than buying a whole new outfit, try buying a new scarf or a new blouse that you can mix and match with items you already have laying around. It’s a good idea to invest in some basic wardrobe items that you can reinvent with layering and the addition of new accessories.

Do you layer year round? Share your comments below!

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Summer Wedding Attire

Summer is finally here and that means wedding season is upon us! In my latest video blog I discuss the do’s and don’ts of summer wedding attire. You want to make sure and avoid the traditional wedding faux pas. To start, you should never wear white to a wedding because you do not want to take any of the attention away from the bride. Also, traditionally you are not supposed to wear black because it is a sign of mourning. I would say that this is no longer true, especially if you are attending a night wedding in the city.

Next, there are a couple of common sense rules you should follow. You should make sure you wear something that you are comfortable in that is conducive to the wedding venue, and you should not wear something too revealing, tight or short. Finally, you should avoid wearing any form of denim. You should make sure that your attire mirrors the significance of the event you are attending!

Share your thoughts on wedding guest attire below!

Summer Short Guide

I am not a huge fan of shorts, but when you live in a city where the summer temps reach the hundreds, they become a necessity. Finding the right pair of shorts for your body has everything to do with length. I have created this guide as a reference point for finding the right pair for your frame.

Short Shorts

Summer Short Guide

Gap | 1969 Summer Cut-Offs | $49.95

Short shorts look best on shorter women because they elongate short legs. That’s not to say they can’t look good on other statures too, they are just the most flattering on petite women. When wearing short shorts it is important to make sure that they are not too short…When it comes to appropriateness there is a very fine line.

Pop of Color

Summer Short Guide

Gap | Sunkissed Shorts | $39.95

Colored shorts are a great way to liven up your summer wardrobe. This pair in particular is a good casual length and a great summer color. Pops of neon are very on trend and look great against a fresh summer tan.

Mid-Length Shorts

Summer Short Guide

Gap | Striped Boyfriend Roll-Up Shorts | $44.95

My favorite length shorts are mid-length. They flatter all body types and when styled appropriately can even be suitable for the office. I really love this pair from the Gap. The stripes are stylish and they provide coverage in all the right places.

Boyfriend Shorts

Summer Short Guide

J Brand | Nash Boyfriend Shorts | $188.00

I have a weakness for distressed denim. I am obsessed with this pair of shorts because they are a flattering length and feature a great amount of detail. Pull this pair on with a slub tee and some flip flops for an easy and stylish look.

Do you wear shorts in the summer? If so what is your go-to length? Share your thoughts below!

Summer Dress Guide

Summer weather is finally upon us here is the Great Basin and I couldn’t be happier. I love wearing dresses. I would wear one everyday if I could. There’s something about pulling a dress on that just makes me feel girly… Maybe its the nostalgia of playing dress up or maybe its just the fact that dresses are pretty, effortless and feminine–either way I’m a fan.

Beachwear

Summer Dress Guide

Eight Sixty | Rosarita Maxi Dress | $110.00

Who doesn’t like heading up to Tahoe for the day during the summer months? Its super easy to pull a maxi dress on over your bathing suit as a chic alternative to shorts and a tank. You’ll look especially trendy if you pair your dress with a fedora and over sized shades.

Office Appropriate

Summer Dress Guide

Pim + Larkin | Bright Tweed Shift | $54.99

If you work in an office setting its always nice to mix your day-to-day look up by throwing a dress on instead of a suit. A dress is easily office appropriate as long as it provides the right amount of coverage–first think chest then think length. It’s never okay to show too much skin in the office, this style in particular covers in all the right places.

Night Out

Summer Dress Guide

Skies Are Blue | Sunday Stroll Dress | $69.00

Wearing a dress for a night out on the town Is such an easy way to look chic and pulled together. This white dress is simple and classy but still fun. The bright white color is also very in right now–I’m seeing head-to-toe white looks popping up all over the place.

Summer Wedding

Summer Dress Guide

I. Madeline | Floral Mix Dress | $89.00

I am obsessed with this dress. The print is so fun and vibrant, making it perfect for a summer time wedding. It is the perfect cut for a wedding because it has enough coverage to remain modest, but it is still light and airy enough to keep you cool on a hot summer night.

What is your go-to summer dress? Share your thoughts below!

 

 

Consistent Inconsistency

Reno locals get to dress for all seasons, and if they’re knowledgeable about weather patterns (or the lack thereof) they know how to dress in all sorts of inclement conditions. However, I missed the memo… You know the one that gives people the inclination to check the forecast before walking out the door in the morning.

Today was one of those days. I knew better than to be deceived by the bitter cold waiting on the other side of my window, but the chirping birds and sunshine had me fooled. I ran out the door in ballet flats and a thin sweater. As I felt the cold wrap around me, I realized boots and a jacket would have served me better.

Being a born and raised Reno local, you’d think I’d be used to our wacky weather patterns, but you’d be wrong. Perhaps someone out there can learn from my mistakes. My first piece of advice would be to check the weather prior to getting dressed. Trust only the temperature—In this city both sunshine and storm clouds may be misleading.  Second, I suggest always having a sweater within arms reach. Third, layers never hurt…I always seem to forget that you can add or subtract these extra layers at your own leisure.

As far as layers are concerned, I always like to start with a light sweater and build from there. A trench coat is a suitable follow-up layer throughout most of the year—it’s a stylish alternative to other jackets and adds a sense of sophistication to all outfits. A thin scarf is also suitable through most of the year, and it can really help combat a chill. Finally, if boots won’t do, you can easily pair warm tights with flats or heels.

Please leave a comment below to let me know how you battle Reno’s inconsistent weather patterns.