Jackets & Blazers with Summer Outfits

My perfect summer would last all year, with temperatures of 25-30C, refreshing light breezes, and sunshine all the time. Unfortunately, this is not usually what summer is like (in NB anyway). There can be rain, cold spells and stretches of cloudy muggy days. Don’t let that put a damper on your new awesome summer outfits though! Even if it’s a bit chilly or rainy outside, you can still rock your shorts and tee/tank by pairing it up with a light jacket or blazer.

(via 9to5 Chic)

(via 9to5 Chic)

(via Kryzuy.com)

(via Kryzuy.com)

Keep the jacket or blazer fitted, as over-sized ones can become cumbersome or make you sweat faster than you’d like. Cute shorts or skinny jeans and a tank  are nicely complemented by a simple black blazer. Adding a few gold or silver accessories really ties the look together and makes it a bit classier, more appropriate for coffee or dinner.

(via Toyko Fashion)

(via Toyko Fashion)

That leopard dress is adorable and looks great with the trench-coat! A trench-coat just feels right on a rainy day, but looks great in any kind of weather. If you’re nervous about wearing patterns like this, a plain jacket would help tone it down a bit. I can picture wearing this outfit to see a local band at my favorite pub. Those comfy booties reinforce that look and look great for dancing/walking long distances.

(via COTTDS)

(via COTTDS)

Sneakers wtih shorts are super popular this summer and may be more practical if you do a lot of walking. I love sandals and showing off nicely painted toes, but while walking to work in the rain the other day, one of the heels on my prized gladiators came apart, leaving me limping the rest of the way. (Also my umbrella got bird poop on it and then promptly broke, leaving me soaked as well, but that’s beyond the point.) Sneakers may have been a better plan for me. You can still give your look a chic edge via the blazer and jewelry. A sparkly blazer is a really fun way to jazz things up and goes well with most jewlery as long as you don’t overdo it; the jacket already provides a lot of bling.

THE COLORS OF LOVE BY NICOLE L. HILL

THE COLORS OF LOVE BY NICOLE L. HILL

Neons are still in and blazers are available in almost all the colors you could want. If you want to keep things informal or casual, choose your favorite bright color and have fun! Colored blazers go well with shorts, skirts or even skinny jeans. Bright colors look great against most neutrals. Jackets and blazers also help to cover up against the sun, if you’re going to be in it for long periods of time. Don’t forget the sun-screen!

Have a great and sun-filled weekend, everyone! And, for us Canadians, Happy Canada Day!

P.S. And for me happy birthday (tomorrow). 😀

Flowing Summer Prints

The trend of bright colors continues, from neon in the spring to bold colors and patterns in the summer. What better way to show them off than in the bright sunshine?

Retroactive – Ranya Mordanova (via Fashion Gone Rogue)

Retroactive – Ranya Mordanova (via Fashion Gone Rogue)

Retroactive – Ranya Mordanova (via Fashion Gone Rogue)

Retroactive – Ranya Mordanova (via Fashion Gone Rogue)

Prints have really made a come-back. The dress on the top is gorgeous, modest yet chic for summer. The pattern looks like it’s been taken from a kaleidoscope and is easily accessorized with anything black. I really like the super-high-waisted skirt in the bottom image, with a simple top (though not one that cuts down quite that far). I’ve been seeing a lot of dresses and skirts paired with leggings, making this look great for spring and fall as well. Accessorizing with prints is easy; stick to colors found in the prints and you’re good to go! It’s really cute how she’s used bracelets over-top of her heels, whether they’re part of the shoes or not.

 

The Fashion Aquarium – Marte Mei van Haaster (via Fashion Gone Rogue)

The Fashion Aquarium – Marte Mei van Haaster (via Fashion Gone Rogue)

The Fashion Aquarium – Marte Mei van Haaster (via Fashion Gone Rogue)

The Fashion Aquarium – Marte Mei van Haaster (via Fashion Gone Rogue)

The Fashion Aquarium – Marte Mei van Haaster (via Fashion Gone Rogue)

The Fashion Aquarium – Marte Mei van Haaster (via Fashion Gone Rogue)

The photos above caught my attention because of the model; she looks like she’s sweating from heat. Displaying summer clothes on someone that’s sweating (or made to look like she was) makes sense! We should embrace the weather instead of trying to hide from it. The peplum top is very cute and is hopefully made of a thin shear fabric, otherwise, and the shiny silver may generate more heat. The second outfit is really cool; I love the mix of the netting against the overalls, though normally overalls don’t do it for me (perhaps the bottom half is a skirt?). The mix of textures continues in the third image, swirly cotton against smooth silk. Her fire-red shoes really pop against the cool colors of the rest of the outfit.

 

Florence Welch, July 2012 issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK magazine (via Print and Pattern)

Florence Welch, July 2012 issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK magazine (via Print and Pattern)

Florence Welch, July 2012 issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK magazine (via Print and Pattern)

Florence Welch, July 2012 issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK magazine (via Print and Pattern)

I really love the color palette in the shoot above, so warm and dreamy! The whole care-free-flower-child look is really cool, even if I wouldn’t wear it myself. Long flowing fabric is in this summer (think maxi skirts/dresses) and can be worn tons of different ways. The dress above is a little shear in my opinion, but with another layer or two it’d be very wearable. I would like to see different skirt-length options for dresses this summer, though. I’ve seen lots of skirts I’d love to try but they end up dragging behind me and I can’t help but cringe thinking how dirty they’d get.

 

Photography of Joanna Kustra for Factice Mag (via 79 ideas)

Photography of Joanna Kustra for Factice Mag (via 79 ideas)

Photography of Joanna Kustra for Factice Mag (via 79 ideas)

Photography of Joanna Kustra for Factice Mag (via 79 ideas)

The subject matter above is very interesting; a black wedding gown instead of white, flowers hair pieces, the block of black against the top model’s forehead and the orange eye makeup framed with the very popular beachy-waves hairstyle. These portraits draw your attention more to the model and her expression, rather than the fashion, and I like that. The second photo is a bit more traditional but still beautiful, especially her hair.

Looking at what ties all these images together, I think it’s safe to say we should keep the makeup and accessories simple this summer; let the prints and fabrics speak instead!

Flowers, Sneakers and Candy

Over the past few weeks I’ve seen a lot of really nice, soft colors in fashion that are very attractive without being flat and boring.

Annabella Barber by Jaclyn Adams for Plaza Kvinna (via Haute Design)

Annabella Barber by Jaclyn Adams for Plaza Kvinna (via Haute Design)

Annabella Barber by Jaclyn Adams for Plaza Kvinna (via Haute Design)

Annabella Barber by Jaclyn Adams for Plaza Kvinna (via Haute Design)

The colors in this photo-shoot are very soft and warm, like a summer morning. The deep rich colors of the plants and tree trunks in the background keep the bright floral colors of these outfits grounded. I really like the subject matter here, especially the pink blossoms. The models seem to give off a natural sort of beauty, with minimal makeup and subtle accessories. This trend is something I’ve been trying to incorporate in my own makeup routine by leaving out the eyeliner and taking it easy on the bold looks. I feel much better in the warm weather with less makeup on, and besides, I’d rather be outside in the sun than inside, slaving over eyeliner that will likely smear off in the heat.

"schlachthofbronx" (via Print & Pattern)

“schlachthofbronx” (via Print & Pattern)

"schlachthofbronx" (via Print & Pattern)

“schlachthofbronx” (via Print & Pattern)

Here we have a cotton candy-colored palette accented with bold hair styles and sullen models. I’m not sure if I dig that contrast or not, to be honest. It lessens the carefree nature of the look, which otherwise, I like. The platform sneakers are very appreciated, since I can use all the extra height I can find (5″1), and heels aren’t always the most comfortable alternative. The leather jacket with the frilly dress is a really fun mix of edgy and cute. The cut of the dress in the second image is very flattering as well, following the peplum trend of this season. I’m not sure if the puffy shoulders and gold sneakers really go together, but I could totally see myself wearing them separately.

Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2012 campaign (via Elle Decoration)

Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2012 campaign (via Elle Decoration)

I’m loving these candy bubblegum colors! They really show that colors found on younger clothes can work in more mature, sexy outfits. I may be drawn to these colors since they go nicely on a variety of skin-tones, even someone with really fair skin (which is my situation). Looking more closely at the white floral fabric on the dresses in the second half of the image above, I could swear it was almost the exact same fabric from another shoot in Tokyo which I covered in an earlier post. Looks like this may be a trend!

It seems that pattern has a huge role to play in keeping soft colors interesting. I would gravitate towards something with an intricate pattern on it (embroidery, layering, etc), even if it’s in a softer pale color, instead of a bold colored plain article of clothing. Softer colors also have the benefit of working together much more easily than brighter, bolder colors, so choosing outfits can happen more quickly and effortlessly.