One of the hottest trends is the shorts game this season is the high-waist paper bag waistband. What the heck do I mean by "paper bag"? Someone decided that these waistbands, which feature a scrunchy or ruffled elastic waist, resemble that of a plastic bag. Name aside, I never really enjoyed wearing shorts until I tried out this style of shorts, namely the Martha Short, by Cut From The Same Cloth. I kid you not, these are literally the best pair of shorts I have ever owned! They're made with quality fabric, they accentuates the smallest part of the waist offering a flattering silhouette, and most importantly, they are hella comfortable! I've actually worn this exact outfit twice already in the past two weeks. I know I know.. the "Lizzie Maguire, you are an outfit repeater!" scene popped into my brain too. I just cannot get enough of these shorts (and this top, clearly since I keep wearing them together). To add some texture to the ensemble, I've paired the shorts with the Crinkle Satin Top, from Peridot Boutique, which is another piece I've been crushing on. Although I've been wearing them a lot with this top a lot, these shorts are so versatile they could go with just about any top as long as it can be tucked in. So moral of the story is.. if you're like old-me and are generally not a "shorts-person" I suggest you try out this trend because it just might change your mind!
It's no secret that one-piece swimsuits are taking sales away from bikinis. But it's with good reason! I've thrown a little list together explaining why you might just want to consider putting your bikini's away for the season and investing in some quality one-piece suits
1. Leotard or Swimwear?: That's right! You can pass off these swimsuits as leotards. I think this is especially convenient for vacation - when you're adventuring around, say a coastal town, you want to be ready for a swim at any moment! Just pair them with some high waisted shorts like the Martha Short, by Cut From The Same Cloth, and you're good to go! (These shorts are my favorite shorts of the seasons by the way -- stay tuned for Monday's post where I'll be featuring them again!)
2. Deep V Style: This neckline style has been very popular in tops and leotards, and now it's made it's way to one-piece swimwear! The deep-v design is particularly flattering and I think it's what makes these one-piece swimsuits even sexier than some bikinis out there.
3. Never gets separated from it's other half: We all misplace things at times right? And what's worse than misplacing or losing the other half to a bikini that has a very particular pattern. You don't have to worry about that with the one-piece because it's all connected!
My go-to bathing suits this season have been the Salma Suit and the Liberty Suit, by Wet Swimwear. Their collection of swimwear is exquisite, with some of the most unique designs you'll see. For sizing, I definitely suggest sizing up and giving some extra leeway with measuring your torso length. I went with a size medium in both suits because my torso length is long!
I find myself wanting to wear these Extra Large Hoop Earrings, by Cosbella, anytime I go out! These bad boys are light-weight, affordable, and super on-trend! What I realized is that there's a distinct look that I love pairing the earrings with, 1) off-the-shoulder tops, and 2) straight hair worn down. I just recently realized how incredible off-the-shoulder tops look with large hoop earrings! That's why I've paired these hoops with this gorgeous Striped Off The Should Shirt, by Vintage Summer Fashion. (By the way, this top is one of the most comfortable pieces I own, which is probably due to the fact that every item is custom handmade by Vintage Summer Fashion!) Second, while you're first instinct might be to put up your hair when wearing statement earrings, I actually find that wearing my hear down looks best with large hoops. The hair backdrop contrasts with the earrings, which are so large anyway that you'll still be able to see them through the hair!
I also want to let you guys know about a sale going on at Zaful, the Fancy Summer Looks Special! If you use code ZFEN you'll get an extra 10% off select summer items. I've ordered from Zaful before and have loved the stuff I got. I've been wearing these trendy jeans (which are just one of many bell bottom jeans that Zaful has to offer) at least once a week since getting them! For more on this shop, including sizing and shipping info, visit my Zaful Review blog post!
Okay so clearly the tropical palm leaf is a really popular print -- it's everywhere, from home decor, to footwear, to clothing! You may have seen my Instagram post where I proclaimed my love for The Palm Leaf Pillow Cover, by A Piece of Bella, and for the palm print trend in general. Just recently, I've added this Palm Perfection Romper, from The Mint Julep Boutique, to my wardrobe and now am even more in love with the trend. So I started wondering, what makes this tropical pattern so special? Here's what I came up with..
1. It's a reminder of tropical getaways: Wouldn't you rather be by the beach on a beautiful island instead of at home or at work? I know I would! And what reminds you more of a tropical island than palm trees and palm leaves?!
2. It looks fresh: Literally, the print is riddled with representations of fresh-cut plant leaves.
3. The color scheme is striking: You generally find the green/blue leaf pattern against a bright white background creating a beautiful, color contrast.
4. It has a calming affect: The print is nature-related and we all know that mother nature has that calming affect!
5. It gives off a sophisticated but relaxed aura: Much like the tropical islands we all love to visit, this design is classy but also laid back, which is the best of both worlds in my opinion!
As you can image, I'll be bringing this Palm Perfection Romper (which is super comfortable) with me on my trip to Lisbon/Rome/Amalfi Coast. This will be my first time visiting Portugal and Italy so I'm beyond excited. I'm jetting off tomorrow night and would love for you follow along on my journey as I document it on Instagram! To anyone else vacationing soon, I wish you safe travels!
It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of off-the-shoulder tops. But I've recently been dabbling in the cold-shoulder trend as well. Cold shoulder, a design that leaves skin showing between strap and sleeve, has been popular since 2016, but continues to become increasingly popular. Because these styles are so similar and yet so different, I thought I'd do a little pros/cons comparison to see which design comes out the winner. To demonstrate, I'll be using two pieces -- the gorgeous Hadley Off The Shoulder Top and the Marley Cold Shoulder Dress -- from the lovely Chicory Lane Boutique, a new trendy shop that has a large variety of both off-the-shoulder and cold-shoulder designs.
Off The Shoulder Pros
1. Shows off the shoulders: This style is very flattering because it shows off just the right amount of skin, which is part of what makes these tops so striking.
2. Keep cool in the summer: These tops leave both your shoulders and neckline uncovered which is popular in regards to both summer fashion and summer weather trends. As you can imagine, the less material weighing you down, the cooler you'll feel in the summer heat!
3. Look amazing with chokers: Because there's no fabric anywhere near the neck, chokers look amazing with these tops. Although I'm not wearing one with the Hadley Off The Shoulder Top, I know that a thin black choker would have made the top's black trim and tassels pop!
Off The Shoulder Cons
1. Strapless bras needed: because these tops have no straps, you need a strapless bra to match and we all now that strapless bra's are not the most comfortable or supportive. However, with this Hadley Off The Shoulder Top, I find that I can get away with wearing no bra -- the ruffle layer makes going bra-less more discrete.
2. Restricted arm movement: While wearing these tops, it's not easy to lift your arms. Whether you're grabbing something from the top shelf or trying to put up your hair, the elastic band gets pushed upwards and needs to be pulled back down when you're done.
Cold Shoulder Pros
1. Shows off the shoulders: These designs also show off some skin, although less so than off-the-shoulder tops. And some people may find this less-revealing nature to be an added bonus.
2. Keep cool in the summer: Similar to off-the-shoulder tops, these pieces feature minimal fabric around the shoulders and neckline which is great for the summer heat!
3. No arm restrictions: Because these tops are basically tank tops with loose decorative fabric hanging off the sides, they don't lift up when you raise your arms like the horizontal elastic bands on off-the-shoulder tops might.
4. V-neck cut: Unlike, off-the-shoulder blouses, cold-shoulders can feature v-shaped necklines, like we see on this Marley Cold Shoulder Dress, which is very flattering!
Cold Shoulder Cons
1. Strapless bra needed: This really only applies to cold-shoulder tops that have thin straps. But if it features a ruffle layer, like this Marley Cold Shoulder Dress does, you can get away with going bra-less!
2. Don't look as good with chokers: I have to be honest, I don't think cold-shoulder tops pair with chokers we well as off-the-should tops do. But because the design is already so striking, I don't think a necklace is even necessary!
Off The Shoulder: Pros | Cons = 3 | 2
Cold Shoulder: Pros | Cons = 4 | 2
While both styles have the same number of cons, it looks like cold-shoulder wins with one extra pro! Looks like I'll be adding more cold-shoulder designs to my wardrobe. But don't be mistaken, my love for off-the-shoulder tops isn't going anywhere! Share you thoughts on which design you prefer by commenting on one of my Instagram photos. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts! And remember to check out the variety of quality pieces that Chicory Lane Boutique has to offer! If you're curious about sizing, my suggestion is to go with whatever size you usually are -- I went with smalls (my usual size) for both the blouse and the dress and it worked out perfectly. Lastly, regarding quality, both pieces are made with soft fabric with durable stitching, so they'll be around for the long haul!
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