Dressing for Summer

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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STRIPED KNIT DRESS AND BOATER HAT

Nautical Style: Talbots striped knit dress and straw boater hat

I’ve talked about it before but one of my major goals over these past few years has been to focus more on quality, classic wardrobe items that really stay true to my personal aesthetic. A slightly nautical style is one I always gravitate towards, especially in summer (but give me an oversized fisherman sweater and dark denim come fall and I’ll be quite content). This striped knit dress and saddle bag are both examples of pieces that I know I’ll have for seasons to come.

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SUMMER TO FALL: ANTHROPOLOGIE FLORAL OFF THE SHOULDER TOP

The Steele Maiden: Summer to Fall Transitional Pieces with Anthropologie floral off the shoulder top

If you were in New York City this weekend, then I think you understand that ‘hot’ would be an understated way to describe it. With ‘feels like’ temperatures teetering around 110 degrees its hard to believe that Fall will ever come. As someone who loves Summer I’m certainly not rushing it.. but like it or not, it will get cooler. And when that happens, I’m prepping my wardrobe now with a few key transitional pieces (like this floral off the shoulder top) that work for scorching days now and crisp nights later.

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