how to wear: 15 items, 20+ summer looks – part 1
Back by popular demand! For the next few weeks I’ll be featuring 15 items that create a multitude of summer outfits – for both work and play. As in the past, the 15 items don’t include shoes because that is a whole ‘nother wardrobe! So here is some inspiration to help you think about what 15 items you have (or need) to create a multitude of outfits from. For the next few days I’ll share my picks and then show the various looks thereafter. Here’s the first four items:
1. A neutral colored cowl neck tee: Flattering for all body types, get a neutral sleeveless cowl in ivory or white (shown, $54) or gray (not shown, $55). Three Dots also has a plus-size line called Red Dot which also makes the same cowl neck tee in larger sizes.
2. A draped jacket: This nude washed-silk jacket by Kain ($198) is perfect for the warm summer months since it can be worn open or closed with a belt. The other cool thing is that it can work with casual items such as khakis or jeans, to more dressier items such as a summer wedding outfit, which you’ll see in upcoming posts.
3. A neutral colored cropped cotton pant: Yup, cropped khakis. Never out of style, khakis are a perfect neutral to have in your spring/summer wardrobe since they can go with about everything. This cropped version comes in sizes 00-20, and goes for $49.50. And just a note about length: if it looks like you’re wearing high-watered pants, hem them! Ready-to-wear is never really ready-to-wear and at this price, you can either roll them up to hit at the right place (that is the trend right now) on you can hem them. For cropped pants, if you don’t have long legs, I recommend to always add some height with your shoe to balance your proportions.
4. A colorful wrap belt: This skinny red wrap tassel belt ($121) works perfectly over the cowl top, paired with pants or even over the jacket. If you want a simple red skinny belt ($32.50), you’ll want to go up a size to layer effectively as they’re typically sized to be at the waist.
For shoes, natural espadrille wedges make your wardrobe current. The ones shown come in sizes 5.5 – 11 and are by Steve Madden, $79.50. They come in in khaki (shown), black, and white.
Total Looks = 4: 1+3+4; 1+3; 1+2+3+4; 1 + 2 (open) +3
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