Summer Evenings Elevated

by wendy

As you probably can see by now, I adore ruffles (as seen here in a choker ruffle blouse, here in a ruffle leather skirt, here with sheer panels and boots, and here in a cut-out ruffle shirt).  Not the super girly types, but the ones that have an edge to them.  It’s really the mix of soft meets tough that I’m drawn most to.  And again today, a double ruffle look.  An off-the-shoulder ruffle top with a tiered ruffle mini skirt.  The sweet sculptural folds of the shoulder neckline mixed with the sporty vibes of the striped waistband gives this overall look a dose of romance and a dash of drama.

The coin necklaces trend going strong this summer!  Full trends report and story on this jewelry trend here – 10 Summer Fashion Trends & Essentials.

I’m a huge fan of buying pre-loved items.  One, you can save a lot of money.  And two, it tests your patience so you learn to develop a stronger sense of personal style.  Buying pre-loved items mean combing through past season’s styles and being very selective on the items that you really really want.  Case in point, this Alexander McQueen skirt.  The volume, the tiered ruffles, the contrast edging… it’s beyond gorgeous!   It was $1895 (seen here) and went on sale for $750 (seen here).  I kept on tracking it and found it for $95 pre-loved (seen here).  Buying pre-loved clothes and accessories can be quite scary (I go for sites and places that have return policies), but once you’re comfortable, it’s a great place to save and collect true gems.  Just in case you’re interested, I did a full blog post talking about navigating the pre-loved world here.

Happy Monday everyone and hope you had a great weekend!  Thank you so much for reading!

:: Outfit ::

T O P ::  Marques’ Almeida off-the-shoulder top
B O T T O M ::  Alexander McQueen tiered skirt (under $100!)
B A G ::  Mark Cross Grace bag
S H O E S ::  Stuart Weitzman sandals
A C C E S S O R I E S ::  Quay sunglasses | Stila ‘Fiery’ lip color | Parpala coin choker