Outfit Ideas for Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day is right around the corner, which means the official start of summer is here!!  I do not think I could be more excited to be diving into my favorite season of the year. Bring on the beach days, backyard barbecues and after work happy hours! Whether you have your Memorial Day Weekend plans set in stone or are still trying to figure out how you will be spending the long weekend, one thing is certain: You will want to have your first official outfit of the summer season nailed down. No matter where you find yourself celebrating, these styling suggestions will have you looking perfectly polished for any long weekend occasion.

Backyard BBQ ~

Chances are good that you will be attending a barbecue of some kind during the upcoming holiday weekend. Luckily, dressing for such an event is easy as pie… Grab your favorite sundress, flowy shorts, or silky pants and add a hat and sandals. You will want to be wearing fabric that is comfortable and casual, as a BBQ does not require playing dress up.

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Afternoon Garden Party ~ 

This holiday weekend is the perfect time of year to spend time outdoors enjoying the last of our beautiful spring blooms. So if you have a special outdoor event on your calendar (like a bridal shower or baby shower), you have every excuse to get a little dressed up for the occasion.

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Inspirations from Pinterest.

Stop Raining on our Parade!

Bad weather can be depressing! However, you can still look stylish on a rainy day. From what type of material you can wear to how to stay dry without sacrificing style, dressing well when it is rainy out just requires a little planning in advance. Here are some of my rainy days tips.

1. Add a pop of color. Do not be scared to wear something fun and bright on a rainy day. Nothing brightens my mood more than a bold colored outfit.

2. Invest in a class trench coat. Trench coats can be inexpensive and super cute. They are such a classic and essential piece to have in your wardrobe. They are perfect for all occasions and especially rainy days.

3. Be careful of the materials you wear. Obviously suede is not a good choice. I would avoid leather shoes that have not been treated as well. You do not want to ruin your shoes.

4. Go crazy with the rain boots. There are so many cute rain boots out there today to fit everyone’s sense of style. Like scarves, they literally come in every color. Have fun and find a pair you love!

5. A sassy umbrella can be an awesome accessory. There are so many choices, so you do not have to stick to boring black.

A rainy day could dampen your inner fashionista, but do not let it. You can avoid becoming a rainy day disaster by planning ahead.

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Rain Boots

Inspiration from Pinterest.

 

Styling a Shirtdress

A shirtdress can seem plain and shapeless on the hanger, but in reality it is a chic and versatile piecde to have in your wardrobe.  Here are some tips for styling a shirtdress.

~ A well-fitting shirtdress means no pulling across the chest or buttons that pop.

~ Many shirtdresses are on the short side, which is why they look good with flats.

~ Changing the belt that often comes with a shirtdress can make it more interesting and figure flattering. Try a leather, chain or rope belt to add some style.

~ Choose a shirtdress with a slightly A-line or flared bottom if you are pear shaped.

~ If a shirtdress is too short to wear as a dress, add a pair of leggings.

~ Collarless shirtdresses have a softer and more feminine take on the look.

~ Balance out the masculine vibe of a shirtdress with jewelry, or play it up feminine accessories.

~ Use your shirtdress as a layering piece, wearing it partly open to reveal a camisole underneath, or all the way open like a long jacket.

~ If your shirtdress has sleeves, roll them up for a sportier vibe.

~ Try wearing a jacket or long boyfriend sweater over a shirtdress. Add some classy jewelry and fabulous shoes for a casual work look.

~ If you have a defined waist, choose a shirtdress with a slight taper at the waist, or you can look boxy. A drawstring waistline will give you some shape too.

~ Cotton shirtdresses offer a sporty / casual look, while shirtdresses made from silky, flowing fabrics give a more elegant or artsy look.

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Inspiraton from Pinterest.

 

What Gretchen Wore

Vacations are THE BEST.  I just returned from a five day cruise to the Bahamas.  We did not take a lot of pictures, as we wanted to unplug and enjoy the moment.  However, I did take one picture before dinner on day three.  This maxi dress was purchased at TJ Maxx for $25.20170331_185957