Dressing for Summer

NEW SWIMWEAR SILHOUETTES TO TRY THIS SUMMER

The Steele Maiden: New Swimwear Silhouettes to Try this Summer

For years I stuck to the exact same swimmer silhouette (a triangle top and side tie bottoms) thinking that it was the only style that would be flattering. Which I realize now was, frankly, crazy. Last summer I tried a handful of new silhouettes and never looked back. Before we headed to the West Coast I picked up a few more new silhouettes for the summer (honestly, now is the time to buy swimsuits – there’s nothing worse than a picked over selection mid season) and couldn’t wait to share. I tend to gravitate towards slightly more conservative cuts – a cute one piece, a high waisted bottom, or this new surfsuit – but whatever your style I hope this inspires you to get out of your comfort zone and try on a new silhouette for this season. You never know.. it might just become your new favorite!

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Lands’ End Bikini & Surfsuit c/o | VS Pink One Piece & Bikini Top and Bottom c/o | Straw Panama Hat & Baseball Cap | Raen Sunglasses c/o | Round Sunglasses | Talbots Stripe Tunic & Gingham Slides c/o | Donald J Pliner Slides c/o

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FESTIVAL STYLE: ROMPER AND ROUND CROSSBODY BAG

The Steele Maiden: Festival Style in Anthropologie Striped Romper, Straw Hat and Round Crossbody Bag

If I was going to attend Coachella, this is what I’d wear. Instead though – we went to Palm Springs a week before the floral crown wearing crowds descended for the trendiest music festival of the year, because frankly all those crowds and all that fanfare freak me out. So this is about as festival style as it gets for me.

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BELL SLEEVE TOP AND DENIM MINISKIRT

The Steele Maiden: Bell Sleeve Top and Topshop Denim Zip front Miniskirt

I’m all for the fact that denim skirts have made a valiant return to fashion in the past couple of years. I admittedly already own 2 knee length button front versions, but when I saw this zip front miniskirt version I figured it was just different enough to justify the purchase. And since you can never go wrong with a ‘jeans and tee’ kind of look – I added this white t-shirt with bell sleeves. P.S. I’m calling it now.. dramatic sleeves are the new ‘off the shoulder’ for this Fall.

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YELLOW FLORAL DRESS AND DENIM JACKET

The Steele Maiden: Loft yellow floral dress and denim jacket

Monday in the rearview, a 3 day work-week (thanks to travel for my cousin’s wedding at the end of this week) and weather that is nothing short of blissful. AKA a list of things I’m focusing on instead of missing a blog post on Monday, stress due to only being at work for 3 days this week and the thought that summer is ending soon. It’s all about perspective right? For instance I thought this was the perfect summer dress (yellow, floral and happy).. but now I’m starting to see that with a few layers (how about a cropped jacket in denim, leather or suede.. or a chunky crewneck sweater) this could just be the perfect fall dress too. Glass decidedly half full.

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SUMMER STYLE WITH NYDJ: #FITTOBE CAREFREE

The Steele Maiden: Summer Style with NYDJ #fittobe denim

I know that around these parts I’ve started to mention Fall fashion.. but IRL (in real life) I’m savoring every last second of Summer. That includes after dinner trips to the neighborhood’s best ice cream shops, outdoor movies in the park, spontaneous day trips on the weekends and as many visits to the lake house as we can possibly squeeze in. With that in mind – I need clothing that is #FitToBe as carefree as I am at the end of the summer season. Enter NYDJ. I took a few of my favorite pieces from the brand along with me for a Friday evening in New York, Saturday picnic by the water and Sunday evening dock date (aka I ran them through the ringer) and here’s how it went…

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