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FALL MUST-HAVES: SHIRTS AND BLOUSES

The Steele Maiden: Fall Must-Haves Shirts and Blouses

After spending the past couple of months in lightweight dresses (my only defense against humid 90 degree days in the city), I’m admittedly kind of looking forward to throwing on a pair of jeans again. But mainly, because the fall blouses and shirts I’ve been seeing around lately can totally up your denim game. From slouchy lace-up stripes to feminine lace in the most striking shade of marigold – I can’t wait to get my hands on a few of the below:

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WHAT TO PACK: LABOR DAY WEEKEND GETAWAY

The Steele Maiden: What to Pack for a Labor Day Weekend

I know we’re still a week or so out, but I can’t help but already be mulling over what to pack for Labor Day weekend. As Summer’s official last hurrah I always use it as a chance to wear my season’s favorites (swimsuit, cutoffs and sandals I’m lookin’ at you) but also as a chance to work in a few early fall pieces – like a lightweight cargo jacket and lace-up sweater. Below, what will be in my own bag (this weekend as I head to the beach for my cousin’s wedding and next when we most likely head to the lake).

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SUMMER TO FALL STYLE

Wear Now Wear Later - transitional trends for Summer to Fall

 

The shift between season is sartorially-speaking always the trickiest to me. The weather has never caught up but you’re craving what’s new. But practically-speaking transitional pieces are some of the hardest working in your wardrobe because they span the seasons. Here – a few of my favorites that will be so good once fall comes, but are great now too. There’s a seventies meets victorian romantic meets mod prep thing happening in fashion (okay maybe not all at once..) and I’m really on board. An olive green satchel bag? Absolutely. An embroidered mini skirt? Sign me up. Fall fashion should feel FUN, so why not start that party a little early, right?

THE VICTORIAN BLOUSE

THE BOLD MINI SKIRT

THE BLOCK HEEL SLIDE

THE SUEDE SHIFT DRESS

THE PREP SCHOOL EXTRAS

 

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NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE: MUST HAVE NEUTRAL ACCESSORIES

I originally mentioned the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale during early access for card members (in this post), but now that it’s open to the public I wanted to revisit it – this time with a more focused plan of attack. Since I have a hard time still buying summer clothes when I know the season is halfway over (say it isn’t soooo), my current shopping strategy is to look for great neutrals that I can wear now – with cutoff jean shorts and cotton dresses – and later – with cozy sweaters and lots of layers. Above are my top 15 picks (all of which happen to be under $200 – and a majority are under $100) for the accessories that will take you straight through the next 4+ months. I just picked up this wide brim hat (no surprise there), have had this weekender bag for a couple of years now and love it’s size and textured weave, and am considering going back for these killer suede over the knee boots. What’s on your wishlist?

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SWIM COVER-UP FAVORITES

Swim Cover-ups: Loft Tunic and Brixton Hat

Weekends at the lake (or the beach.. or the park…) mean I’m in a swimsuit and some form of cover-up pretty much all day. I’ve been loving lightweight tunics lately that provide a bit of coverage late in the day, are easy to toss on and off, and look just as good with a few wrinkles here and there. Besides the tunic love – I’ve rounded up a bunch of options here included cute tank dresses, breezy drawstring pants and easy kaftans (plus a few add-on accessories!) sure to up your lake/beach/pool-side game this summer.

Look 1: Loft Tunic – now on sale! + Brixton Hat | Look 2: Hutch printed tunic – now on sale! + Sole Society Sunglasses

Swim Cover-Up: Hutch Tunic Swim Cover-ups: Loft Tunic and Brixton Hat

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SHOP PANTS

SHOP KAFTANS

SHOP DRESSES

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Swim Cover-ups: Loft Tunic and Brixton Hat Swim Cover-Up: Hutch Tunic Swim Cover-ups: Loft Tunic and Brixton Hat

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