Style Inspo

Summer Style Inspiration

I’ll be straight up honest; getting dressed when it’s 110+ degrees outside is an absolute chore. We’ve had a heat advisory for about a week now, and despite living here my entire life I’m not used to it. There’s no way anyone can get used to walking outside and practically not be able to breathe. Enough about the weather, right? It’s summer and it’s gonna be hot in the Northern Hemisphere.

When you don’t feel like putting a ton of effort into getting dressed you come to appreciate stylish pictures on the internet. There’s just a lot of browsing Tumblr in my lazy Target shorts. (#honesty) There are only so many fabric options, colors, and ways to work with what you’ve got when you have three incredibly long months ahead. These are some of my favorite style inspo images I’ve compiled on the style tag of my Tumblr (Found here).  They are definitely giving me the summer vibes I need to get my sh*t together and get dressed.

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Style Crush: Olivia Culpo

Olivia Culpo is a woman of many hats. She’s an actress, cellist, and former beauty queen, but most of all she has terrific style. This makes her eligible to be a source of style inspiration (and subject of Style Crush). I didn’t know much about her other than seeing her on random social media posts during events where style is heavily prevalent.

Olivia was named Miss USA in 2012 and Miss Universe the same year. I’m not entirely sure how Miss Universe works because the entire universe (aliens) aren’t invited to compete? Regardless, from what I’ve learned Olivia’s style combines classic staples with current trends in a fun, flirty way. Some of her staples include bodysuits and high waisted jeans, and she even praises looking to places like Zara and Topshop for trendy pieces that can be worn year after year (#same).

What I really like about her style is she boldly takes on trends like the completely sheer top and keeps them looking classy (when it very easily can go south….fast). Another thing I like is her ability to rock an entire outfit of white pieces. Sure, solid black is a classic but changing it up to white is incredibly polished and chic. One thing I learned during this process is she believes in getting dressed in the moment. She doesn’t plan her outfits ahead of time but rather uses her mood to dictate what she wears to portray how she feels. That’s definitely something worth trying.

As always below are some looks worth trying out but with a few minor changes here and there.

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What to Wear: Spring Style Inspo

I’ve been trying to change up my style for spring. Stepping outside my comfort zone of jeans and a simple tee has been hard. I wore dresses twice now and even shorts (yes, outside my apartment!). But I still feel like I’m lacking in the style department.

Rather than just wearing everything in the spring J. Crew catalog, I found about a weeks worth of spring style inspiration worth copying.

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Styled: Kylie Jenner Graphic Tee

Okay the title of this blog might be a little off-putting, but hear me out. I truly don’t know why Kylie Jenner has an online shop filled with clothing (most of which is sold out) and cosmetics, but she does. Get those dollars, Girl. I am not a Kardashian-Jenner fan and, in fact, the only episodes I have seen of that show were courtesy of my best friend, Rachael. She knows if she turns on anything I can make commentary on purely out of confusion I can be entertained and distracted for hours. That said I’m not entirely pop culture blind & I know their effect on the planet (good or bad).

I’ve been known to look at Kendall for fashion inspo, and while I can’t quite figure out Kylie, Kendall I can get behind. Enter this tee. My best friend (personal assistant and stylist) insisted I consider adding this t-shirt to my large graphic tee collection. So I decided to play around & Style it just in case it ends up in my closet through some wine induced late night shopping. 

I’m the Kendall, You’re the Kylie Graphic Tee

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The Arizona Girl Wardrobe

Okay so maybe I can’t speak for all Arizona girls since we each have individual styles, but have seen plenty of capsule wardrobe blog posts so I’m throwing my figurative hat into the ring. Living in a place where it’s sunny and warm 8 months of the year has its perks. All of these pieces can be worn pretty much all year-long. These are the pieces that make up just the base of my wardrobe. There are plenty of trendy pieces and seasonal items that make their way in and out throughout the year. So I’ve gathered as many of my real life closet staples as I could for this post.

The goal of the Arizona wardrobe is simple: avoid the heat. Looking like a bright red tomato is the opposite of fashionable. I try to dress simply and wear a lot of black and white. Black can be tricky when it comes to the summer months, but not impossible. That’s where camisoles, tank tops, and baggy tees come in. When building a wardrobe I try to border comfort and relaxation without approaching lazy. I prefer things I can just toss on in a hurry and dress up when needed.

These are the kinds of things I wear most frequently and are staples in my closet. They mix and match easily so even when I have nothing to wear I still have plenty to wear.  There is one major necessity when it comes to dressing like a true Arizona girl: the Arizona State branded clothes. If you go to ASU and you don’t wear ASU branded clothes, did you really ever go there at all? I only wear the PINK college collection because if I’m gonna do it, I’m gonna do it well my friends.

Shop This Post: Zara jeansCurrent/Elliott boyfriend shortsSam Edelman sandalsAdidas sneakersMadewell teeH&M dressUrban Outfitters tote bagZara camisoleMadewell jacketTopshop graphic teeZara pulloverIllesteva sunglassesVictoria’s Secret ASU sweater

Seven Day Style: Dakota Johnson

While looking for some new style inspiration, I stumbled upon someone who already dresses pretty similar to myself: Dakota Johnson. I was overjoyed to see a whole new slew of looks I could create with pieces I already owned or could buy and get plenty of use out of. Then I shortly realized what could have been a really great style crush post would be far too long because I was obsessed with so many of her looks. Enter the seven day style idea. Seven Day Style is the expanded version of style crush mixed with a weekly style inspo post I used to do on my old blog.

In case you don’t know, Dakota Johnson is an actress who has starred in 21 Jump Street, Ben and Kate, How to Be Single, 50 Shades of Grey among others. She is daughter to Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith. Her style is incredibly relaxed and cool. She makes looking cool seem effortless (which makes me incredibly jealous). Many of her looks are laid back, basic, and easy to copy. Many of her best looks feature wardrobe essentials (like the basic white tee and sneakers), and they make dressing down still fashionable. There’s no need to be wearing high heels to take your dog on a walk or anything. Dakota’s looks fit any occasion and give off a “trying but not trying too hard” vibe unlike many of the other style inspirations I’ve covered previously. Her style is incredibly attainable and more fitting with the ways of regular human life. Especially because most of the items can easily be mixed and matched to create different looks.

Below I’ve chosen seven looks or a week’s worth of her style to be inspiration for the week ahead.

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Topshop denim jacketH&M skinny jeansZara bootsZara x Rolling Stones teeExpress satchelClassic Specs sunglasses

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H&M sweaterTopshop mom jeansASOS mule loafersForever 21 bag

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H&M blouseMango blazerRag & Bone jeansRebecca Minkoff bagOliver Peoples glassesMadewell flats

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J. Crew sweaterASOS coatConverse sneakersZara jeansVictoria Beckham sunglassesWho What Wear clutchForever 21 rings

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J. Crew button downTopshop mom jeansVero Moda leather jacketRay-Ban sunglassesAdidas sneakers

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ASOS sweatshirtTarget leggingsNike sneakersTopshop teeLe Specs sunglasses

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Topshop dressRebecca Minkoff bagUrban Outfitters sunglassesJ. Crew earringsASOS loafers