Wearing Black & White Stripes

Black and white stripes never seem to go out of style because designers are continually reinventing them.  There seem to be endless ways that simple straight lines can be combined to create new and exciting designs. However, they can be tricky to pull off without looking like Beetlejuice or as if you just escaped from jail.  Here are some of my favorite examples:

Inspiration from Pinterest.

Statement Sleeves

When it comes to summer fun, the month of July takes the cake here in South Carolina with the Fourth of July followed by our local Water Festival. If I had it my way, my free time would be spent in the river with a cocktail in my hand. So, when I cannot be seen relaxing and soaking up the glorious sunshine, I want my wardrobe to reflect the best that the season has to offer. Summer has already proven to be ultra-chic and the trends just keep getting hotter. From the coveted off the shoulder tops and dresses (see my July 20th blog) to the best summer sunglasses to enhance your accessory game, there is not much by way of fashion that I am not already obsessed with.  So in today’s blog, I am going to highlight another summer trend……the statement sleeve.  From ruffles to bell sleeves and delicate lace, sleeves are having a major moment right now. Details have never been more important, whether they are subtle or make a bold pop, you cannot go wrong with a sleeve that does all the talking.

Inspiration from Pinterest.

Summer Trend ~ Off The Shoulder

If I had to pick the hottest fashion trend for summer 2017,  it would be off the shoulder tops and dresses.  Showing a little shoulder is huge this summer, whether it is with one sleeve or a cold shoulder.  However, the off the shoulder top trend is the biggest of them all!!  I have received a few questions from readers about what to wear with off the shoulder tops or even how to wear an off the shoulder top, which can be tricky.  Here are some of my top picks!!

Inspiration from Pinterest.

Wedges ~

Wedges are a very popular type of heels that women simply love….I know I do! They go very well with almost all types of dresses, pants, skirts, shorts and jeans. Wedges are trendy but something that I like more than style is comfort. We women generally endure pain to be fashionable. But with the summer here, I think it is definitely time for some stylish wedges that would not only make you fashionable but also be comfortable.

Here is a picture of the ones I have on today.

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Summer Work Looks

A handful of you have requested I blog about office attire / work wear looks for summer. So I took to Pinterest, and I have selected some work look ideas and outfits.  Hopefully these outfits provide you with inspiration as you shop your own closet or your favorite retailers.

Asos.com

The other day I ran into a friend that had a super cute dress on, so I had to ask her where she found it.  I am always looking for a new place to shop. She said she uses http://www.asos.com.  So I scoped it out, and I already love it.  They have petites, plus size, tall and maternity!!  Their clothing is very affordable.  Also the more you order, the more discounts you receive and / or free shipping.  The dress I ordered was only $32.  Here is a picture of the dress I ordered.  I will post a What Gretchen Wore when it arrives.  Happy Shopping!!!

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