Every season there is a mountain of trends to keep track of. Even while brainstorming this post I had to dig through more than I could probably recall from memory. Everything from yellow to graphic prints and off the shoulder to stripes will occupying our favorite stores for the next few months. So with that in mind, I’ve chosen four of those trends I can really get behind for summer.
Not into these? I’m also partial to white dresses, white sneakers, and, of course, stripes.
Ring bags are kinda one of those things that just appear once and then take off like wildfire. The rings first began appearing on the incredibly popular Chloe Faye bags and all over their runway shows. Ever since other brands and designers have taken notice and the bag is here to stay…for now anyway.
A few months back my favorite ballet flats were ruined by a random rainstorm. Okay maybe it wasn’t actually random, but more like me ignoring the chance of rain and wearing them anyway. In my defense, saying it’s going to rain here is just playing a game of Press Your Luck. 75% of the time it NEVER happens or is a drizzle.
Regardless, my classic black ballet flats exist no more. I haven’t really had to replace them because I have trusty loafers and its been strictly boots (or sandal) weather; no in-between. Ballet flats are true classics especially black ones. I love pulling an Audrey Hepburn with my black flats and black crop trousers. It’s one of my favorite go-to looks on a lazy day. But there are so many other styles to consider.
Animal prints and backless loafers are incredibly trendy right now making them perfect choices. Pink (please stop calling things millennial pink) ballet flats are almost iconic looking. I’m slightly impartial to the more edgy looking ones. The studded ones or the pearl embellished d’Orsay ones are edgy but chic enough to fit just about any outfit.
Shop this Post: ASOS Embellished Flats, Who What Wear Strap Sandals, Zara Beaded d’Orsay Flats, Madewell d’Orsay flats, ASOS flat mules, J. Crew ballet flats, ASOS leopard flats, H&M backless loafers
There are three factors that contribute to me wanting to go shopping. Either I haven’t bought clothes in a while (“a while” being relative), Zara is having a sale, or I have just cleaned out my closet of clothes I no longer wear. Fortunately for me, all three of these things are currently true so I’ve created a bit of a shopping list. This shopping list is a combination of spring trends and just a few other things I wish my closet currently had.
I bet you can gather which are the trends (this monochrome girl isn’t jumping at the bit to rock some yellow now is she?) and what are pieces I have my eye on. Huge spring trends include yellow, banker stripes, flat mules, and tulle. Every girl needs a good pair of mirrored sunnies and I’ll buy nearly anything with stripes (hi, blog name). I don’t necessarily need a new bralette, but Madewell has a lingerie collection I am absolutely obsessed with.
Shop this post: Yellow Button Top, Banker Stripe Top, Simple Stripe Sweater, Floral Dress, Satin Baseball Cap, Flat Mules, Distress Denim, Mirrored Sunglasses, Faux Fur Slides, Pink Camisole, Bralette, Bermuda Shorts, Tulle T-shirt
Political statement tees were all over the runway during fashion month. Considering this current political climate it’s not hard to understand why. The slogan tee trend isn’t exactly new. As someone growing up in the 90s and early 2000s, slogan tees where everywhere. I was sent to the office and my mother had to leave work to bring me a new shirt because the middle school deemed my “boyz r toyz” Pinocchio tee against school rules. Now I’ll admit as a 13-year-old that shirt doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but everyone wore them. I happily joined in.
The reason we remember these shirts many years later (not because my mom still brings it up as some kind of parenting annoyance) is because we begin to associate people with the messages they are sending. Whether you know the person or not what they choose to display on their shirt makes you create a label of that person. I don’t believe any girl my age is truly “50% angel, 50% devil” and I definitely don’t think “boyz r toyz.” I don’t even know what that means nor how to make a boy a toy. These shirts have a history rooted in the 60s and 70s when expressing your personality was beginning to be accepted by society. There were social causes, catch phrases, and segments of society that subscribe to their own norms.
What originally began as anti-war protest (I love my John Lennon anti-war shirt still) statements has now transitioned into more feminist leaning options. Speaking your stance has become a norm again today though the use of social media and the ways it filters into our pop culture lexicon. The trend walks a fine line because it’s obviously being capitalized on by the fashion industry. They will be seen everywhere especially in fast fashion stores, but there are plenty of shirts out there (some here) that donate their proceeds to charities and organizations that support and further women’s rights. No matter where you get them the idea is the same. You’re speaking your mind, taking a stance, and it’s a message you’ll be proud to share for years to come.
I say that because we have far more photographic evidence than we did in the early 2000s. The messages we send stay around longer than the amount of time I ever wore that dumb Pinocchio shirt. I’m sure you can still get a “boyz r toyz” slogan tee if that’s your thing, but maybe try one of these better, political options instead.
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Activewear and athleisure wear have become wardrobe mainstays for better or worse (I’ve written about it once before here). Since it’s now something that can be worn nearly anywhere outside the gym, it’s taken on a life of its own. There’s even trends now and special collections created by fitness experts and celebrities. There is a greater appeal to wearing something stylish to the gym rather than an old t-shirt and ratty old sweatpants. Plus, taking the time to get healthy and fit leads to greater confidence. It goes full circle.
A few of the trends this year are oversized sweatshirts, sport bralettes, and leggings with prints. Of course these trends aren’t for everyone. I for one don’t love printed leggings. I feel like they accentuate everything I dislike about my legs, but that’s a personal preference.
- Oversized Sweatshirts – long, baggy, comfortable, and cover everything. Those days where bloating occurs or it feels like that legging fabric is a little too thin, an oversized sweatshirt saves the day.
- Open-back tank top – Hours spent cultivating the perfect shoulders and back can be showcased through intricately designed tank tops.
- Bralettes – Bralettes have been a trend for years but now they are being designed for active purposes. Of course, those activities are best left to low impact areas like yoga or the blessed members of the small-chested set.
- Printed leggings – Printed leggings, especially tropical print, will be huge in the coming months. They break up the mundane solid colors and bring a spark of originality to the gym.
- Gym bag – Just buy a gym bag already
- Sport Jacket – Often made with fabrics that breathe and resist sweat, sport jackets are a chic way of covering up while running errands or leaving the gym.
- Leggings (for the print resistant): Adidas, Alo Yoga, Topshop
- Tank tops: Nike, Beyond Yoga, J. Crew
- Bralette: Olympia Activewear, The Upside, C9 Champion
- Sweatshirt: Sweaty Betty, Koral Activewear, Ivy Park
- Jackets: Zara, J. Crew x New Balance, A.P.C x Outdoor Voices
I don’t consider myself a gym rat by any means. I go (nearly) every day, do my cardio, and peace out. I don’t explore, and I’ve never even used the locker room. Which is exactly how all of the storage compartments in my car have become holders for all my gym needs. Everything from spare headphones to antibacterial hand spray fill the random areas I can find so I have them when I need them.
Obviously this is terribly inefficient and messy. It’s time to get my sh*t together in 2017 so enter the real solution: a gym bag. A bag where I can keep all of my odds and ends, a change of clothes, or anything else I might need all in once place. It will free up my car storage for real things like candy (this is ill-advised). Surely I have a spare tote bag or old weekender I can use, but that takes away the fun of shopping for a stylish new gym bag, doesn’t it?
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