The Styles You Need to Survive White Party Season

Memorial Day has (unofficially) started summer. So, let white party season begin. Don’t get caught off guard when your white party invitations start rolling. Stay ready by stocking one or two of the versatile pieces in the widget at the end of this post

I’m wearing a dress I purchases last year for an all-white beach fete. Its lightweight, breezy vibe made it perfect for the occasion. I was also drawn to the dress because its top offered a few options for styling. Want to see how I wore differently? See how here.

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 For similar styles, shop here and here.

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How to Master Your Creative Casual Style

This post is sponsored by Zappos.

My husband and I both run creative businesses that overlap in their reliance on writing and photography. So, we often work together. This time of year, when the weather is lovely, we like to venture out of our at-home offices to be inspired by the city. You know, kinda like a work date. You can sometimes find us at a neighborhood coffee shop or at one of our favorite co-working spaces.

Given the nature of work, we both rock a creative casual style. Today, I’m sharing 3 tips for mastering that look.

Creative Casual Style

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1. Choose button-down shirts that show your personality

My husband and I both love color and would opt to rock brights over neutrals any day. So, most of our button-downs are bright and cheerful.

2. Opt for casual slacks or jeans

No doubt, I love jeans! If  I have the option to wear a pair, I grab my favorite one and go. For work or on casual occasions that require a more polished look, my husband and I both opt for darker rinse jeans with a relaxed fit. Slacks are a great alternative to jeans as well.

3. Step out in sensible but chic shoes

Sensible shoes are a must for us. We spend a lot of time on our feet, bouncing from location to location for photoshoots, walking to lunch from our office, or picking up inventory to create content around. We’ve both been shopping for shoes at Zappos for years because we love the range of styles, fast (and FREE) shipping, the 365 day return policy, and the stellar customer service.

Since my last pair of Clarks instantly became my most comfortable shoes, I decided to get a second pair and have my hubby try a pair as well. Listen, we’re so glad we did!

Hubby chose the Clarks Atticus Lace in tan leather. These shoes have a classic profile and rubber outsole with an overall look that hits a sweet spot between casual and formal. He wears them with just about everything.

For me? I went with the Clarks Deloria Kay, a heeled sandal that gives your girl a little height. What I love about this shoe is that I never feel like I’m actually walking in heels because of the super comfortable footbed.

No surprise, I’m also a huge fan of the buckled strap closures. That detail adds so much pizazz to this sandal. By the way, I’m wearing the Clarks Deloria Kay in the color Mahogany Leather. It’s like a mauve-ish, blush color that serves as the perfect nude shoe for we brown gals.

Location: Spaces Central West End

Find your go-to Clarks shoes at Zappos to anchor your creative casual style.

See me style another pair of Clarks shoes from Zappos here.

Weekend Style in Super Chic Gingham

Thank you so much for all the love and support on my J.Crew Factory Influencer collaboration. I’m so moved by your belief and confidence in what I do here. Today, I’m taking one of my J.Crew Factory picks for a spin. When I previewed the new arrivals weeks ago, this top immediately stood out to me because of its striking, shoulder-baring silhouette. Its tie-neck detail is so sexy too. No doubt, I grabbed it in gingham (shop it on sale here), but it also comes in light blue (see it here). For reference, I’m wearing the tank in a size 4

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What I’m Wearing:

Top | Jeans (similar) | Sandals (option) | Mac “Rebel” lipstick | Ear climbers (option)

For a weekend casual look, I paired the tank with my go-to skinny jeans. I think this style would look fabulous with boyfriend jeans as well. I’m currently on the market for a new pair.

To add a little pizazz to the basic jeans-and-a-top look, I wore my gingham print heels. Gingham on gingham is always more fun, right? Want more gingham style inspiration? See here and here.

Location: St. Louis Public Library (Carpenter Branch)

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Economy of Style Featured by J.Crew Factory

Big news! I’m currently featured by one of my all-time favorite brands–J.Crew Factory. It’s even better than that. I have my own page on J.Crew Factory’s site. Yes, my own page! I’m sharing thoughts on style, top trends, and a curated collection of favorites. Definitely check out the page–Economy of Style + J.Crew Factory. Here’s a peek at what you’ll see.

J.Crew Factory + Economy of Style

J.Crew Factory Influencer

See how I’m wearing some of my favorite J.Crew Factory styles here and here.

3 Chic Ways to Wear Tropical Pants Right Now

My favorite tropical print right now is undoubtedly a palm print. I raved all about my new pair of palm print pants (see that post here). These pants have been anchoring many of my grab-and-go looks lately. I’ve been reaching for them so often because of the fabulous print and the comfortable, pull-on style of the pants. Need a reminder that print pants can be versatile? I got you. Here are 3 chic ways I’ve been wearing my tropical pants.

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1. Jazz ’em up with a statement top

Pants c/o | Top c/o | Sandals c/o | Lip: Mac “Ambrosial”

2. Go bold by combining with another print

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3. Opt for a classic look with a button-down shirt

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