St. Louis Styles Black and White

Black and white is a huge trend this summer.  And, summer styles somehow seem much more chic in black and white.  The combination is just so sophisticated and timeless.

It is such a pleasure, then, to link up with a few of my fellow St. Louis bloggers to share how we are sporting black and white this summer.  Joining me today are Rachael of Style Every Day, Julia of Oh, Julia Ann, and Lorena of Garnets & Sapphires.  I invite you to swing by their blogs for details on their fabulous looks.

Left to right:  Rachael, me, Julia, and Lorena

You’ve seen me wear black and white in a couple recent posts—a maxi dress for maximum summer style and summer work style in graphic black and white.  For today’s look, I opted for black and white solids, pairing a black peplum top with white bermuda shorts.  Espadrille wedges and a stripe bag add finishing touches.

Top—W118 by Walter Baker via TJ Maxx | similarsimilar
Shorts—c/o Articles of Society (sold at Nordstrom)
Shoes—Kate Spade (on sale)
Bag—Kate Spade | option, option
Earrings—Kendra Scott
Watch—Michael Kors | similar
Bracelets—Vince Camuto, Stella & Dot
Sunglasses—Cole Haan | similar

The Long and Short of It: Articles of Society Knee Shorts

It’s official, y’all.  Shorts season is here.  Not a fan of short shorts?  No worries.  This year, knee-length shorts are hugely popular.  Bermuda shorts provide a perfect balance between conservative (covering up more than short shorts) and super sexy (showing just a flash of the knee).

I’m wearing a classic pair of denim, knee shorts by Articles of Society, which uses the same high-quality fabrics, fit standards, and craftsmanship of high-end denim makers.  My denim knee shorts are quite luxe-looking.  The shorts came cuffed, but I rolled them down for a city chic look today.

Articles of Society, based in downtown Los Angeles, is a denim company that launched in 2012.  The company is committed to providing superior jeans at an affordable price.

These jeans fit amazingly well.  My waist is a 28 and the size 28 fits perfectly even though
I’m bottom-heavy and usually size up in pants.  The premium denim by AOS handles curves well.
The price point on Articles of Society jeans is quite reasonable, averaging about $55/pair.

Shirt—Old Navy | similar


Jean Shorts—c/o Articles of Society (sold at Nordstrom)
Shoes—Kanna via Marshalls | similar

Bag—Kate Spade
Earrings—Kendra Scott

Watch—Michael Kors via TJ Maxx | similar

Bracelets—Pura Vida

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Print Shorts on Repeat

I think I need to revisit the Loft sale to get another pair of printed shorts.  They’re eye-catching, cool, and comfortable.  Have you shopped the serious sale on shorts there?

Last weekend, for the second weekend in a row, I reached for my Loft resort border print shorts to run errands. This time around, I paired the shorts with a purple button-down blouse and leather thong sandals.  I started my day with the shirt tucked in (as shown), but eventually untucked it to be even more comfortable.

Shoes—Michael Kors | similar
Bag—Michael Kors
Earrings—Kendra Scott
Watch—Michael Kors | similar

Sale Shopping for Summer Shorts at Loft

Loft stores have an amazing sale on sale right now.  All marked-down items are an extra 60% off.  That’s the perfect type of sale for stocking up on summer essentials, right?

I purchased today’s look—the blouse and shorts—during the sale.  The geometric embroidered blouse and the resort border print shorts were $18 each (originally $54.50 each). Score!  If you’re in St. Louis, by the way, the Loft in Mid Rivers Mall has the largest sale section I’ve ever seen.

Here’s how I wore my two discounted finds on Saturday afternoon.

Closer look at the print and beadwork on the shorts.  

Camisole—Old Navy
Bag—Linea Pelle | option, option
Shoes—Tory Burch via Nordstrom Rack
Hat—H&M | option
Watch—Michael Kors via Nordstrom Rack
Necklace—Vince Camuto via TJ Maxx | similarsimilar

Casual Style

Happy Monday!  It may be Monday, but today’s post features an outfit I wore to do some weekend shopping.  I cuffed my straight leg jeans and paired it with a lightweight, sheer, button-front shirt.  Yellow ballet flats and a straw fedora add fresh finishing touches.

This look also features my Gap mini duffel bag.  I used to love the Gap’s leather bags back in the day.  They were always buttery soft and luxe looking.  I got this one in the summer of 2003.  It had originally retailed for about $78 and I purchased it when the price dropped to $20.  Or was it $10?  Whatever the case, the bag remains an amazing find.

Have you tried Old Navy’s ballet flats?
They are simply chic, low-priced ($19.94), and quite comfortable.

Shirt—TheLimited printed roll-sleeve shirt
Jeans—Nine West via Marshalls (similar Nine West jeans)
Bag—Gap circa 2003
Shoes—Old Navy bow-tie ballet flats
Earrings—Kendra Scott Elle
Sunglasses—DVF via Marshalls