Cut It Out: The Coolest 2020 Swim Trend

One-piece swimsuits have come to prove that they can be just as sexy and more interesting that bikinis this year. Enter, the cut-out swimsuit! Since it’s never too early to get ready for swim season, I’m checking in with several affordable options in the coolest swim trend of 2020. Psst…my suit is from Target. I kid you not.

cut out swim trend

What I’m wearing:

Cut-out swimsuit | Kate Design cover-up | Dale Kelley hat | Sunglasses

Earrings | Anklet | Lip: Mac “Ruby Woo”

It’s totally still winter in St. Louis, but I’m working with the St. Louis Boat & Sportshow this weekend. I had a ton of fun of exploring the largest yacht at the convention. Of course, I had to style the moment.

Dale Kelley Hat

My black one-piece is $39.99 at Target. For size reference, I’m wearing a small. I was immediately drawn to this beauty because of its striking silhouette with front and back cutouts. It also offers a great deal of coverage for a swimsuit with so many openings. The bottom is high-waisted, and the leg cut can be adjusted to your personal taste.

cut out swim trend

My cover-up is actually a robe by Kate Design St. Kitts. I’ve always found it too adorable to just wear at home. And, my magnificent hat (did you peep the details on the top?) is by Dale Kelley of Dale Original Art & Style in St. Kitts.

cut out swim trend

Et voila! I had the perfect yacht day style.

Going on vacay? Check out some fly vacation style options here.

Location: St. Louis Boat & Sportshow

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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.

backless styles

What I’m wearing:

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

 Gucci belt | Mules (similar, similar, similar)

backless styles

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?

backless styles

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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Great Lengths: How To Wear Maxi Styles

Maxi dresses and skirts have become style staples in every season. That should comes as no surprise because they can take your style to great lengths. While longer styles run the risk of approaching dowdy, ankle-length skirts and dresses are everything but dowdy when styled fabulously. So, I’m sharing my go-to styling technique in today’s post.

Maxi Skirt

What I’m Wearing:

Print skirt | Top | Shoes | Sunglasses

Maxi Skirt

This Billabong skirt caught my attention because of the standout print. It has striking layers of vibrant parallelograms all over. Its additional details bring cool styling opportunities too. The button-up front, for example? You can use them to create a super sexy slit or just a subtle slit in the front. I’m totally here for the high slit.

Sizing on this skirt? I purchased a medium (a size up for me) at the recommendation of the brand’s size guide. But, since this skirt has an elasticized waist (it stretches in the back), I could’ve worn a small. So, I recommend getting your usual size in a skirt.

My approach to styling maxi lengths is to strive for balance. Since my skirt is loose and flowy, I opted for a fitted, cropped tank. This skirt wold also look amazing with a halter top, a tube top, or a fitted tee. If the skirt was fitted, however, I would choose an oversized top. But of course, all rules can be broken.

Maxi Skirt

Want more inspiration for styling ankle-length styles, see here and here.

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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.

tropical vacation styles

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 Gibson X Hi SugarPlum Collection Is Affordable And Colorful

Anyone counting down to a spring getaway or just a spring weather break? I know I am. Well, today’s post will make sure we’re ready for spring no matter when it comes for you. My homegirl, Cassie of Hi SugarPlum, just launched her Gibson x Hi SugarPlum Resort Collection, and it’s a must-shop for spring.

The collection is filled with colorful pieces that scream warm-weather-getaway. And, get this. The line is affordable (nothing over $80) and size-inclusive (petites to plus). I’m so proud of Cassie and what she has achieved with this collection. Now, check out my favorite items.

Chambray stripe co-ords

Gibson x Hi Sugarplum Scottsdale Oversize Button Down Tunic

What I’m wearing:

Gibson x Hi SugarPlum Scottsdale oversize button down tunic and Sedona wide leg ankle pants (c/0)

Sandals (option) | Milly Astor bag (in other colors here) | Lipstick: Mac “Ambrosial”

Gibson x Hi Sugarplum Sedona Wide Leg Ankle Pants

Twin sets or co-ords have been all the rage in fashion for a minute. No surprise, right? They’re so easy to wear. And, with the right set, like this one, you also have separates that you can mix and match.

I was instantly drawn to this oversize button down tunic and wide leg ankle pants because of the chambray stripe print. I just knew these pieces could hold down my spring style. After all, stripes go with everything, especially chambray stripes. Once I received the set, though, I was blown away by the gauzy material. It feels so soft and luxurious. It also makes the pieces flow effortlessly.

For size reference, I’m wearing the shirt and pants in size small. By the way, if you’re used to sizing up in pants, you probably won’t need to do that in this pair. The wide-leg silhouette so easily accommodates hips. The pull-on style, paperbag waist makes it super easy to fit as well.

I plan to have so much fun styling these items together and separately.

Fern print maxi dress

What I’m wearing:

Gibson x Hi SugarPlum Palm Spring Festival Maxi Dress c/o

Sandals (this color sold out) | Lip: Mac “Ambrosial”

A maxi dress is a must for spring. And, this one, which comes in 2 prints and also black, is the perfect throw-on-and-go essential for the warm weather season. It has a flowing silhouette, a racerback cut, and pockets. Win-win-win!

I’m wearing the maxi dress in the Pink/Green Fern option. I’m also wearing it in my usual size small, which fits perfectly.

I’ll definitely be packing this dress on my next trip home to St. Kitts. It’s the kind of dress that can take you from a day at the beach to dinner overlooking the ocean.

Location: Linnean House, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis

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