Two-Piece Looks to Tackle the Summer In
A beautiful suit is something that should be easily reachable from any woman’s wardrobe, even in the summer months. Sometimes a cocktail dress isn’t quite the right thing, nor is a super casual ensemble. When you’re asked to one of these outings, there’s a certain kind of energy that is brought into the room only by a well-tailored suit. We know that the cooler weather often summons you into the boardroom in one of these babies, but we’re not talking about a conservative wool number. For the summer, step into the vivacity that the brightest time of year calls for. It’s all about color, prints and playing with fabrics. This is an exploratory season, after all, and even if you’ve got to dress up (without slipping into an actual dress), you can let your personality shine out.
For a suit that serves for a perfect brunch costume change, look no further than LC Lauren Conrad’s Notch Long Blazer and shorts. An airy and easy option for dressing a step up from jeans without having to go the slacks route, this is just right for a sunny Sunday midday with friends. The cabana stripe provides a subtle hint of a pattern without stepping fully into the realm of bold patterns.
Let the company you keep know you mean business with J. Crew’s Jane of All Trades Tee. Cut from midnight blue cotton, this collaboration with Prinkshop features classic white lettering, with boldness working in contrast to the suit’s subdued hues. Accessorize this look with the heartwarming sentimentality of Simply Eartha’s “My Flaws Make Me Who I Am” Bangle Bracelet. This 18k gold statement piece is one of a series of baubles that also feature the phrases “Don’t Panic” and “This Is Your Life Take It In.” Collect them all and stack them up on your wrist so that you remember these wonderfully wise philosophies.
High-waisted bottoms have flown back into style in a big way with pop goddesses like Taylor Swift and Florence Welch strutting in them on stages across the world. This homage to the frivolity of the 80’s is in full bloom with Zara High Waisted Shorts and Double Breasted Blazer in Pink combination. An angular silhouette in blushing rose, you’ll be on-trend in a big way while keeping cool.
Pair these with SEE Eyewear’s 4839 Sun Shades, which are an extraordinarily versatile set of specs that will give some earthy style to this crisp combination. You’ll get a lot of use out of them, even if you choose to wear them with jeans and a tee. Since we’re going for an eighties salute here, how about a stark white bag? Aldo’s Romeu is a deliciously scintillating tote for all of your necessaries. It’s a little bit of the office and a little bit of a day-about-town, with sturdy white leather, stitched to absolute perfection. The stud detailing along the sides give a touch of edge to what is dreamy and soft.
Sometimes it can be fun to pair separates, letting the contrast of two bold solids do the talking for you. J. Crew has exactly the right set of these with their structured French Girl Blazer in 365 Crepe and their Wide Leg Crop Pant in 365 Crepe. While the fabrics are the same, the creamy neutral jacket allows the bright and billowy Fresh Cerise pants take center stage.
The sultry elegance of Banana Republic’s Heritage Textured Silk Cowl- Neck Camisole Tunic in black will give your torso a hint of flirty fun while letting your skin breathe. Lastly, go sock-free as you step into a pair of Calvin Klein’s Elin Loafers. These stunners provide a structured, pointy and shiny distinction for the lowest part of you.
Denim is an often ignored material for what makes for a stunning suit. Get your funk on with Pull & Bear Two Piece Mom Jean in Stripe. A vertical red and white striped suit that is all about throwing down and having a blast. It’s easy to care for and fabulously chic without having you too buttoned-up.
Wear this to a lunch with a pair of MIX NO. 6’s Camian Sandals in matte black. Embracing the stripes in the suit, the heel gives you an additional boost of height and gets you regal and tall. The detailing clasp on the ankle strap is a sultry contrast to the splendorous joie de vivre of this look. Moon Bear Jewels’ Funk Cut Rectangular Earrings are a gorgeously eye- catching final touch to this look. These rectangular 10k gold-lined dangle beauties are the pride and joy of the brand’s creator, Christopher Beaver, whose new line is done in collaboration with Colorado-based artisans, including singer/songwriter Jewel.