Chic Summer Neutrals

Trying to survive the heat this summer has really helped to entrench an existing fashion trend of incorporating more neutrals into your closet.  Finding chic summer neutrals can be a difficult task, but this season it really isn’t impossible to find great summer neutral options that are distinctive while also being chic and stylish.  We should also warn you, that white is a huge fashion trend this summer so today in honor of summer neutrals, we are focusing on great white pieces that will be must haves for warm summer weather.

First, the ultimate feminine short sleeve top, the Adore top by designer Velvet by Graham and Spencer is a top from Velvet’s baby jersey collection features a feminine cap sleeve with a slight pouf to it and a gathered collar in contrasting cotton fabric providing that added element of detail or fringe. This top is basic enough to wear with jeans and dressy enough to wear out at night.  Naturally, this top is available in White, a great neutral color.

Next up, the Buffy Drape Cardigan by designer Velvet by Graham and Spencer, features a cotton voile drape cardigan with cotton around the neckline, shoulders and sleeves.  The contrasting fabrics really give it that added gauzy look which makes it the perfect beach vacation throw or cardigan. Part of Velvet’s Cotton Voile Collection.  The sleeves are 3/4 length and jersey cotton.  The cardigan drapes in front with longer length in front than in back.  This top is a great versatile neutral cardigan option that really can last into seasons with cool temperatures.  Available in White and Rust, a coral color, the white is the best option for a neutral color this season.

Finally, consider the stylish Pintuck Empire top by Zooey by Alice Heller. This bohemian style vintage empire waist top is truly adorable and also very comfortable. We love the contrasting cotton voile fabric on the sleeves and body with a gauzy shirting fabric at the bottom of the sleeve, the collar and the center of the bodice. You’ll love the feel of the 100% supima cotton combined with the cotton shirting fabric it feels truly comfortable as it fits loose adding to its vintage style.  It also helps to give this top a breathable fabric which makes it conducive to summer weather and of course it also works well for fall weather too. This top is also available in white our favorite neutral color this season.

As you can see, there are a number of great alternatives and options in white and of course there are other neutral colors out there for another post including taupe, beiges, ivory or cream colors just to name a few.   Neutrals have had a recent resurgence, largely, I believe because of the goal of searching for pieces with added versatility beyond just one season due to the prevalent budget cuts that plague the current shopping market.   Each of these options are also extremely wearable, comfortable and still manage to remain stylish despite the basic white fabric choice.

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Short Sleeve Sweater

During colder weather we often find ourselves feeling a lot like Goldilocks as you want something warm, but at the same time you don’t want something too warm so that you have to wear layers of clothing in case you end up too hot and need to start shedding some of those layers.  The short sleeve sweater is the perfect solution to this problem and is a great way to incorporate lots of alternative options for warmer weather.  To give you an idea of some great ways to incorporate short sleeve sweaters into your wardrobe, here are a few examples of great short sleeve sweaters that will help add that versatility into your cold weather wardrobe and frankly many can even work in warmer weather too.

Cardigans and wraps are ever popular this season and for good reason.  They are great layering pieces and have really become main stream as a basic long sleeve top.  Many modern cardigans feature long sleeves and now range from heavy sweaters to light weight knits.  Consider the Rumba Puff Sleeve Cardigan / Wrap from Laurie B.  The Rumba short sleeve sweater is a great example of a short sleeve sweater that we wear year round.  It works great over long sleeve tops in the winter and over tanks and short sleeve tops in the spring and summer months.  We love the shorter length in the back and the longer flared front.  Of course another great touch is the puff sleeves that give this sweater a unique feminine look.

Another great short sleeve cardigan is the Cotton Bamboo Cardigan by Splendid.  This cardigan is long and features a more classic, traditional cardigan look.  The distinction for this short sleeve sweater is the great navy blue color and the contrasting white stitching design that complements the front and a pattern in the back.  This cardigan features front pockets and slightly gathered sleeves for added detail.  A great versatile piece again this cardigan can be worn over long sleeves in the winter and over short sleeves in the summer.

We love the distinctive elements on the Cotton Bamboo Cardigan and another example of a short sleeve sweater with similar attention to details and a third distinctive short sleeve sweater style is the Venice Keyhole Back Sweater by Laurie B.  Featuring lots of details including the layered keyhole back, the flared short sleeve, and the fitted waist in back giving it an added twist this top looks fairly standard from the front, but as you can see the back is loaded with detail.  The fabric is a cashmere blend and also feels very soft.  Of course our favorite piece of this sweater is the surprise details in back that really do make this sweater a perfect statement piece and certainly something you won’t find every day.

As you can see from these great examples of unique styles for short sleeve sweaters that you really can find a lot of stylish, versatile options for short sleeve sweaters that can work in your wardrobe practically all year round.

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Sequin Tops

If you’ve opened any fashion magazine this year you can’t miss noticing one of this seasons latest fashion trends – sequins.  Sequins are the big accent to lots of tops, dresses, handbags, shoes, skirts and even pants.   It used to be that sequins were only reserved for really special occasions or evening dresses, but not anymore.  Sequins are popping up literally everywhere in fashion these days and I must admit, we are actually big fans of sequins too.  You’ll see sequins all over dresses on the red carpet and award shows and while there is such a thing as too much sequins by and large most fashionable pieces use sequins to add the perfect amount of sparkle to casual tops and dresses.

Consider the Erin Sequin Long Sleeve Wrap Top by Velvet by Graham and Spencer.  This is a gorgeous top with a sophisticated and elegant sequin pattern on your classic black deep v neck top.  The sequins are all over so this top is probably a little too dressy to wear to the office or out running errands, but looks awesome if you are trying to attract a little attention on a night out on the town or at a holiday party.  The fit is comfortable and this top in classic black looks hot with boots and even dare we say jeans.  This is a great example of the top that has the ability to be dressed up or down and this top is certainly at the high end in terms of use of sequins.

Alternatively the Scoop Neck Sequin Top by Collective Concepts also uses contrasting colors of sequins to adorn this Olive Green scoop neck top. Here the design is limited to the shoulders and a beautiful classy pattern that gives this basic top an added flair.  The shoulder detail is just enough to give turn this top into a great statement piece for your closet. Certainly this sequin top can be worn casually with just about anything, but yet the use of sequins really does help to dress up this top and give it a bit of extra attention and sparkle.

Sequin tops may not be the top you want to wear every single day, but they are great ways to insert a little variety and feminine touch to your wardrobe.  You’ll find a variety of large sequins or smaller sequins and sequins in a variety of colors.  Of course this year metallic colors are very popular too. You may even find little touches like sequin belts or earrings that can spice up your wardrobe too.  No matter how you decide to insert a little sparkle into your wardrobe rest assured in knowing that this isn’t a flash trend that will be gone tomorrow and that classic sequins will certainly be a stylish way to add more feminine touches to your wardrobe.  If nothing else a little bit of sequins can help turn a basic top into a statement piece for your closet for years to come.

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