Make Your Exits Fabulous In These Backless Styles

Tis the season to show a little skin. Mix things up by showing some unexpected skin–your fabulous back–in the backless styles featured in today’s post. These styles make your exits as fabulous as your entrances.

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What I’m wearing:

Dress from Kindred (see cool alternatives in widget at end of post)

 Gucci belt | Mules (similar, similar, similar)

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My dress is an affordable find from Kinded, a local collective boutique in St. Louis. I loved the print at first sight, but it was the backless feature that piqued my interest. Don’t you just love styles that are subtly sexy too?

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This lightweight number is a perfect option for a beach vacation. It can double as a dress and a swimsuit cover. To make it city-ready, though, I cinched the waist with my Gucci belt. I’ve been so blown away by how versatile this belt has been. See for yourself here, here, here, and here.

By the way, did you shop the Zara summer sale? I’ve received a few questions about these mules on Instagram. I bought them (see a few pairs left here) during that Zara sale. If you’re shopping for something similar, check out this pair, which has the same color and an equally fun, low heel.

Location: AO&Co, St. Louis

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Like Mother, Like Daughter: Tropical Vacation Styles

She’s back! You all really enjoy style posts with my mom. And, we love creating them. So, on my recent trip home to St. Kitts, we got together and as always, a little style magic ensued. In today’s post, we’re styling Lilly Pulitzer’s Blue Haven Little Flamenco print in our personal favorite selections. The print holds down the best tropical vacation styles. Be sure to browse the widget at the end of this post to see the many styles available in the print.

Lilly Pulitzer tropical vacation styles

What we’re wearing:

Mom: Lilly Pulitzer Taryn Maxi c/o | Prada sunglasses | Sandals (similar) | Kendra Scott earrings

Me: Lilly Pulitzer 5″ Buttercup Stretch Short c/o | V-neck tee (similar) | Fendi sunglasses | Sandals (similar, similar)

tropical vacation styles

My mom and I are fond of similar silhouettes. So, I wasn’t surprised when she chose the Taryn Maxi dress. It has a flattering fit-and-flare silhouette with a deep v-neckline. It’s a comfy knit dress made super elegant by its banded neckline and waist. For reference, she is wearing the dress in a size 8.

tropical vacation styles

This print really pops, so you can keep accessories minimal. My mom wore turquoise Kendra Scott drop earrings to complement the pink, blue and white in the print. She’s also wearing flat white sandals.

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For me? I went with scalloped shorts. This particular pair of shorts is a Lilly classic (available in a few other prints). I’m wearing a size 4, and they fit perfectly because of the stretch poplin fabric. They’re a must-have for me because they’re such an essential for vacay style. They can be dressed up with a shirt/blouse, worn casually with a tee, and even be worn as a swimsuit cover-up.

tropical vacation styles

I’m wearing a my shorts with another season must-have–platform sandals. My exact pair is sold out, but this other style is quite popular.

What’s your favorite style in this print? Browse all of them in the widget at the end of this post. See more looks in the Like Mother, Like Daughter series.

Location: Port Zante, St. Kitts

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The Eyelet Dresses That Are Perfect For Your Summer Fetes

Yesterday, I attended Carambola White Sands in St. Kitts. It’s a huge white party on the beach. Attendees go all out for the fete. It’s usually sizzling hot in St. Kitts at this time of year, so when I thought about choosing an outfit, I knew I wanted something regal but breezy. And, the lacy details of an eyelet dress meet both requirements. I knew I found THE ONE when I first saw today’s featured dress–the Lilly Pulitzer Melody Maxi Dress.

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What I’m wearing:

Lilly Pulitzer Melody Maxi Dress c/o | Sunglasses (similar)| Sandals | Lip

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I love the feminine silhouette and the striking tiered skirt on this dress. It moves beautifully, and in turn, makes your every move look graceful.

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The strappy dress has see-through lace at the waist, which adds a subtly sexy touch to the maxi dress.

Of course, there’s nothing more lovely than an all-over eyelet dress. This one has lightweight fabric that kept me cool throughout the party.

Need something similar? I highly recommend this number. By the way, this dress fits true to size. I’m wearing a size 4.

Be sure to check out all the eyelet dresses at the end of this post. There’s surely an option for your next summer fete in there.

Location: Park Hyatt, St. Kitts

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3 Easy Ways To Wear A Slip Dress

This post is sponsored by Kindred, a collective boutique in West County Center.

My favorite collective boutique in St. Louis got a wardrobe staple I’ve been wanting for a while–the slip dress! Slip dresses have been having an extended moment. No surprise, though. They go with everything and bring some serious style versatility to your closet. So, when I saw this modern red style in Kindred, I had to have it. Today, I’m sharing 3 easy ways I’ve been wearing my dress.

How to wear a slip dress

What I’m wearing:

Slip Dress via Kindred | White t-shirt | Denim jacket (similar, similar)

Superga jute sneakers c/o | Straw hat

How to wear a slip dress

1. Pile on the layers

Layering with a slip dress is a perfect way to make it ready for all kinds of weather situations. I’m wearing a short-sleeve white tee under my dress. When it’s colder, I could easily wear a long-sleeve tee instead.

How to wear a slip dress

2. Tie your jacket around your waist

Tis the season to let the shoulders out. But, you might regret that when you step inside a freezing, air-conditioned space. Tying a jacket around the waist is both stylish and functional because you’d have a layer to toss on when cold.

How to wear a slip dress

3. Drape your jacket

The drape needs no further explanation. Draping a jacket makes every outfit infinitely cooler.

To add more summer flavor to the slip dress, I’ve been wearing my straw fedora and jute sneakers.

If you’re shopping for your perfect slip dress, swing by the Kindred store in West County Center. I was thrilled to find this bright number for only $38 there. See more of my favorite Kindred finds here.

Have an amazing and stylish weekend!

How To Get Glam On A Dime This Summer

On my recent tour of West County Center (read about that here), I stopped by the flagship H&M store. I was blown away by the quality and overall look of the H&M Conscious Collection. It’s the brand’s sustainable fashion line, which uses recycled materials. Affordable style never looked so good! Items from the line, like today’s featured dress, will make getting glam on a dime so easy this summer.

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What I’m wearing:

Dress (under $35) | Sandals | Alucik earrings c/o | Lip: Pat McGrath

affordable style

I was immediately drawn to this rust/striped dress because of the color. How rich is this hue? Be sure to check out the widget at the end of this post for more styles in this striking color.

When I tried the dress on, its sophisticated silhouette stood out. It has a v-cut opening at the front and at the back. And, that high slit? So sexy. It also has a decorative tie at the front. I prefer to knot it at the back though.

By the way, the dress runs large. I’m wearing a size 2, and I’m usually a 4 or 6 in H&M pieces.

H&M pieces can sometimes look and feel cheap. The Conscious Collection though? The items look much more expensive than they are. Believe it or not, my dress is only $34.99.

If this collection continues to deliver luxe styles like this one, getting glam on a dime will be a breeze this summer. Right?

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Location: Tree House Restaurant, South Grand Boulevard, St. Louis

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