8 Ways To Style Your Top And Pant Set This Summer And Fall

As summer comes to a close, everyone seems to be flocking to malls and hitting up Amazon’s Prime Day in order to get in on the last of the summer trends. One trend exploding both in stores and on social media is the matching set. Printed tops and shorts can be spotted everywhere from music festivals to summer weddings. We’ll always look back on head-to-toe prints as part of the Summer 2018 look.

Here are 8 ways to maximize this trend for late summer and bring this bold look into early fall:

Stick with the set.

It’s important to not overpower the full set with busy accessories, so for this silky printed long-sleeve/pant combination, I’ve paired a white clog – my favorite shoe right now. These heels pick up the bright white in the floral print to enhance the set, while still playing a supporting role through their simplicity.

Bailey keeps it simple and wears the top and pants together with a white clog to finish the look. 

Switch up the top

Add your personality to the look by unbuttoning the set top and adding a graphic tee or plain top underneath. By unbuttoning the top, you’ve now converted it to a light-weight summer jacket. Tie up the tee and add a structured bag to complete the look.

To add personality, unbutton the top and add a fun tee underneath.

Add a neutral top

Ditch the band tee and add a neutral top for a sleek, downtown look. I picked a form-fitting tank top to coordinate with the color palette of the set and balance the billowy nature of the pant. If you’re an hourglass or pear shape, try a summer set with high-waisted pants like these to highlight your shape and curves.

Put a neutral top underneath to make the look nighttime worthy.

Set them apart

While there are several ways to style the set as a whole, there are many outfits you can create using just one piece of the set. With the right finishing details, like these nude open-toe heels and white power blazer, the pants alone can take you from the office to an after-work networking event.

Add a white power blazer for a fresh look at the office.

Make it daytime

A floral printed pant is perfect for a day of shopping with friends or attending a birthday brunch, because the pattern plays into the lighthearted and fun filled events. Pair your pant and tee with a nude flat to add a comfortable and practical touch.

Ditch the jacket for the perfect weekend look.

Ditch the pants

Styling the shirt in different ways can shift the overall vibe of the look and give the outfit a more put-together feel. Tie up the shirt up with a high-waisted skirt or pant to add a feminine and flirty touch. Tuck in half of the shirt to add the trendiest tuck of the season.

Rock the blouse with a neutral bottom like this white denim skirt or ripped boyfriend jeans. I finished the look with a small hip belt to make the outfit classic and polished.

Do a half-tuck for an on-trend look.
Tie up the top for a fun and flirty touch. 

Bring in the essential

No outfit roundup is complete without a good pair of jeans. I paired the top of the set with bootcut, cropped jeans I found at a thrift shop. The button-down is perfect to throw on over an outfit for a night at a rooftop bar. A pair of playful sunglasses are an easy way to complete the look.

Pair your jeans to make the look classic and clean. 

Now we want to know...
What is your favorite trend this summer?  Leave us a comment below to share the piece(s) you've loved to wear this season. 

About Bailey Bosworth

A California native, Bailey uprooted her life in Los Angeles and moved to Austin last fall, site unseen. She immediately fell in love with her new city and the quirky different styles found in the Live Music Capital of the World. Prior to moving to Austin, she interned at both Trunk Club and The Zoe Report where she learned the in's and out's of the fashion scene. With her newfound residence in Texas, she continues to evolve her style and pursue her passion for the fashion industry. 

The Trendiest Bag of Summer 2018 Is The Straw Bag

If you’re anything like me, you’re watching Season 2 of the summer’s hottest Netflix show, "Queer Eye." Each episode is dedicated to making over one person’s life and look — grooming, cooking, home design, culture and fashion included. Tan France, the show’s fashion guru, always finds ways to refine the person’s clothing choices while staying true to the individual’s personality. The relationship between style and identity that Queer Eye points out inspired me to revisit my closet last weekend and analyze which pieces make me feel most like myself.

After a brief but thorough assessment of my closet, I recognized that handbags are an essential aspect to any look I’m creating.

The perfect bag has the ability to really pull an outfit together, but this season’s hottest trend bag, the straw bag, does so like none other. Seen on celebrities and social media influencers alike, the wicker/woven/rafia bag trend can be found at local shops and department stores alike and screams “summer."

This piece is not just for the beach. It’s much more versatile than that and can easily be incorporated into your everyday look.

THE OCCASION: Casual Saturday

Whether your Saturday consists of running errands or meeting friends for lunch, a straw bag is the perfect complement for your look.

A close up shot of the bag that fits perfectly with so many looks this summer, the straw bag

To highlight the bag, I paired a simple white tee with gingham shorts. I tied the tee up for a fun and flirty touch. The details on the structured shorts gave the look a romantic flair as well, without overwhelming the texture of the bag. To finish the look, I added a pair of ankle-strap kitten heels.

Bailey Bosworth is wearing her favorite summer outfit including gingham shorts and a straw bag for day occasions during the hot weather. 

The result was a perfectly balanced Saturday ensemble to leave me feeling trés chic all day long.

bags to shop

folk fortune bali rattan bag from Madewell.com

folk fortune bali rattan bag from Madewell.com

cylinder woven crossbody bag from Nordstrom.com

cylinder woven crossbody bag from Nordstrom.com

THE OCCASION: HAPPY HOUR

Pop your clutch off an outfit that will make the transition from the office to girls’ night out seamlessly: a jumpsuit. The vertical stripes in this Forever 21 jumpsuit create an elongated silhouette, while also playing into the pattern of the woven bag. For a softer look, you can also pop your straw clutch off a muted jumpsuit in trend colors like lavender or blush. Both the striped and solid options work well to balance the lightness of the straw bag.

The stripes in the jumpsuit enhance the striped in the bag. 

Pro tip:

To enhance your look, always add accessories that fit with the rest of the outfit. For this jumpsuit, I added simple, silver hoop earrings and reworked the purse by turning it into a clutch for the night. These two elements are clean, fresh and perfect for a night out.

Bailey Bosworth wears a jumpsuit to elongate her silhouette. She finished the look with hoops and the perfect straw bag. 

bags to shop

urban renewal remade small straw handbag from UrbanOutfitters.com

urban renewal remade small straw handbag from UrbanOutfitters.com

fernanda woven basket bag from Anthropologie.com

fernanda woven basket bag from Anthropologie.com

DATE NIGHT

This summer outfit is easy as pie to pull together. All you need is a printed dress! Any floral dress will work. This particular dress is a wrap. Wrap dresses work for every body type, and for my shape, it’s able to emphasize the curve of my waist.

Like the striped jumpsuit, the bold pattern balances the architecture and simplicity of the neutral bag.

Throw on a pair of heels and you’re ready for the evening!

Bailey adds a wrap dress and heels to complete her date night summer look. 

Now we want to know! Leave us a comment below and share your favorite way to rock your summer woven bag. 

About Bailey Bosworth

A California native, Bailey uprooted her life in Los Angeles and moved to Austin last fall, site unseen. She immediately fell in love with her new city and the quirky different styles found in the Live Music Capital of the World. Prior to moving to Austin, she interned at both Trunk Club and The Zoe Report where she learned the in's and out's of the fashion scene. With her newfound residence in Texas, she continues to evolve her style and pursue her passion for the fashion industry. 

3 Easy Outfits For The Office This Summer

Keeping cool in your summer workwear often means working with fewer articles of clothing in your outfit.

You might need to ditch your jacket or cardigan, which means your office look can suffer, becoming boring or stale. 

But fear not! Playing with color, style, and bold details can save your personal style this summer and allow you to create eye-catching looks you'll love for the office.

Here are three ways to make your office outfit pop during the heat ahead:

Pop one color off another. 

To do this, look at the characteristics of one color and match it to a similar type of color. For example, this coral red is bright and clear, so I paired it with bright and clear turquoise accents. They both balance and enhance each other.  

Photography by Natalie Beurskens

Go bold with shoes!

Don't be afraid to invest in a colorful and eccentric pair of shoes this summer. Approach them the same way you would jewelry, and partner the bold color to your clothing.

Express yourself!

Don't be afraid to pronounce your personality in your workwear. It's an easy way for people at the office to get to know more about your unique and outgoing self. As long as you're within the dress code, you can run with the color and style of your look. 

Play with pattern!

It's a common misconception that two patterns are always too much in an outfit. In actuality, two patterns can enhance each other and your outfit. To make sure you're mixing properly, stick to circular patterns or straight lines in both patterns. Below you can see the arrows in my belt pop the arrows in my dress making the look more put together and polished. 

Celebrate your curves. 

Your body is beautiful, so don't be afraid to show it off. Highlight your waist with a neutral or statement belt. This touch won't add a lot of weight to your summer look, but it will add lots of personal style.  

Have fun with your neutrals.

Neutrals often get a bad rap for being boring, but on the contrary, they can be tons of fun any time of year! The key to making them as bold as colors is how you pair them. Try an unexpected combination like black and brown or navy and black. The combination will make your look more exciting and unexpected. 

*Note: If your office is traditional business casual, add a blazer to cover your arms and complete the look. 

Play with subtle and strong details.

Most of your office outfits should balance power and approachability. To do this, pop a light piece off your neutral darks. The light (blush in my case) will give any look a friendly touch, while the dark supports your serious business side. 

Never leave the house without them. 

Accessories, of course! These bad boys will show off the fact that you're detail-oriented, so never forget them. Link your jewelry to any part of your outfit by matching its color to the clothing item. For example, my blush duster is light and soft, so I chose a light and soft heather grey tassel to play into the color. 

Go DIY with your look!

I'm going to let you in on a little secret...this duster actually started it's life as a dress! And you can do the exact same thing! Get creative not only by how you pair, but how you re-purpose items in your closet. Open up a button-down dress and make it into a light-weight jacket to finish a simple summer look. 

Enjoyed this article? Leave a comment below and tell us how you love to mix up your outfit for summer. 

 

The Trendiest Color Of Summer 2018 Is Mustard Yellow

Mustard, not just a very delicious condiment (if I do say so myself), is a color that’s taking this summer by storm. This sunshine-infused trend is lining the walls of retail establishments and infiltrating our Instagram news feeds. In short, it’s everywhere.

While this bold hue can feel daunting to take on, fear not. It’s oh-so possible, and not only that, it’s simple. Here are a few ways to incorporate mustard yellow into your hot weather wardrobe.

SHOES

A girl can never have too many, right?

I take pride in my shoe collection - the sneakerhead in me will always find an excuse to add new tennis shoes to my closet, but heels are my weakness. When I found these yellow gems, I just had to get them -- they are extremely versatile and add a pop of fun to all the outfits I pair with them. Add cropped, high-waisted jeans and a white blouse for the perfect look for a summer day in Austin or a sheath dress and blazer for a classic office look.

Here’s a few options to satisfy your yellow shoe needs:

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PUMPS

COURTESY OF ZARA

Greer Image Consulting - Blog - The Trendiest Color Of Summer 2018 Is Mustard Yellow

MULES

COURTESY OF DSW

Greer Image Consulting - Blog - The Trendiest Color Of Summer 2018 Is Mustard Yellow

BLOCK HEELS

COURTESY OF ALDO

JACKETS

Let’s dive a little deeper into the trend with my current outerwear obsession: summer-weight jackets. This cropped, peplum jacket is one of my favorite pieces in my closet. It’s fitted, yet comfortable, which allows me to run around the city looking polished. I’ve paired it with a floral romper, that has hints of yellow in the print which tie into the jacket and pull the look together. Pieces like this are full of character and can make even your simplest outfits stand out. Throw it on over a monochromatic look for brunch on South Congress or a show at the Paramount. 

 A few options for your closet:

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POWER BLAZER

COURTESY OF ZARA

Greer Image Consulting - Blog - The Trendiest Color Of Summer 2018 Is Mustard Yellow

JEAN JACKET

COURTESY OF JOE'S JEANS

Greer Image Consulting - Blog - The Trendiest Color Of Summer 2018 Is Mustard Yellow

PEPLUM JACKET

COURTESY OF ZARA

BAGS

Adding a pop of yellow to any outfit doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Even something as small as a mini bag can add a bold statement to your look. I decided to don an all-white look and added a bright yellow purse with silver hardware for a touch of energy and fun.

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STUDDED BAG

COURTESY OF ZARA

Greer Image Consulting - Blog - The Trendiest Color Of Summer 2018 Is Mustard Yellow

CAMERA BAG

COURTESY OF MARC JACOBS

Greer Image Consulting - Blog - The Trendiest Color Of Summer 2018 Is Mustard Yellow

WALLET BAG

COURTESY OF ANTHROPOLOGIE

Greer Image Consulting - Blog - The Trendiest Color Of Summer 2018 Is Mustard Yellow

CIRCLE TASSEL BAG

COURTESY OF NORDSTROM

Now we want to hear from you! Leave us a comment below and tell us your favorite yellow piece from your current closet. 

Happy summer — be sure to shine!

About Bailey Bosworth

A California native, Bailey uprooted her life in Los Angeles and moved to Austin last fall, site unseen. She immediately fell in love with her new city and the quirky different styles found in the Live Music Capital of the World. Prior to moving to Austin, she interned at both Trunk Club and The Zoe Report where she learned the in's and out's of the fashion scene. With her newfound residence in Texas, she continues to evolve her style and pursue her passion for the fashion industry. 

How To Wear A Blazer During The Hottest Months Of 2018

The Texas summer is almost here, which means it's time to think about exactly how you're going to dress for days and days of 100 degree heat. 

One issue many of us professional women face is balancing how to dress for the sizzling sun and the icebox of an office. Moving from one severe environment to the next makes it hard to craft an outfit that's successful in both places.

But there is one piece that will always save the day: the blazer. It's just as easy to throw on-and-off as a simple cardigan, and yet, this jacket does so much more than a cardigan ever could. 

It gives you power, structure and presence. It makes you meeting-ready and brings a pop of personality to your work wear. The blazer is the finishing touch any boss lady needs in her wardrobe. 

Which is why this week, I'm giving you 12 tips on how to add your blazer to outfits you'll love to wear all summer long.

12. Don't be afraid to stand out with a statement blazer. 

Blazers are powerful. Balancing that power with approachability is an easy way to craft a multifaceted personality at work. To do this, try incorporating a bright, light blazer like this coral one I'm wearing. 

In addition to building your image, the color will play into the fun of summer. 

11. Mix serious with silly by popping your light, bright blazer off of black separates. Add other touches of light, bright accessories/prints to play into the color of the blazer. 

10. Match your jewelry to the colors you're wearing. Choose rose gold for pink and red, silver for blue and purple or gold for yellow and orange. 

9. Use the pattern of your blazer to pop this year's trend color: white.

8. Pair the blazer with a sleeveless, sheath dress. When you take off the blazer outside, you'll be at the your coolest. When you head inside and throw it on, you'll be your most professional self for any important task or meeting. 

7. Mix texture. This will make your outfit more interesting, and it will make you look more interesting. 

6. Pair a longer blazer with a shorter dress (not too short though). A just-above-the-knee dress and a hip-length blazer will create ideal proportion making your look appear more stylish and put-together.

5. Don't put away your booties! Pop your booties off your shift dress and blazer combo to put these shoes to good use all summer long. 

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4. Your go-to blazer is probably a tame color, which means it's the perfect pairing with your most eclectic jewelry. Together, this elements will create a balanced and expressive look. 

3. Just like the booties, don't be afraid to bring out your fall blazer during the summer season. Dark colors are authoritative, so blazers in evergreen, burgundy and plum will still hold up at the office during the summer and give your look power.

2. Pair your blazer with a jumpsuit! Jumpsuits are one of my favorite pieces for any office, because they are easy to style, and they are creative and professional. You also have a lot of freedom with the type of blazer you put with them. Add a cropped, long or boyfriend blazer for a look that's on point for summer. 

1. Remember, your style is as unique and powerful as you are, so always stay true to it and tell us about it!

Leave a comment below to share with us your favorite way to rock a blazer during the summer. We would love to hear from you!

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