The Staple Dress Every Girl Needs for Summer

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Dress | Heels | Clutch | Watch

It’s only May, and we have already been having some scorchers in Texas, y’all. Any other Southern girls out there feeling the pain? While I love warm weather style, sometimes certain outfits aren’t always great for beating the heat, but I believe I found the perfect staple dress for those hot summer days that every girl needs in her closet.

If I know I’m going to be outside for a summer get-together, I always take note of the color I’m wearing. Everyone sweats, it’s just a part of life, but being mindful of choosing colors that won’t show it (like my navy dress here) is really important. Also, prints can mask evidence of sweat, too (and spills, lol). White is one of my favorite colors for summer because it doesn’t show sweat much, either, and it’s just so cool and breezy. However, I know I’m a spiller, so if I’m going to be drinking wine or eating anything messy, I won’t pick a white outfit. Seems obvious enough, but going through exactly what your day is going to look like before picking your outfit will help you make better choices with your outfit.

Another reason I love this dress is that it has a great price point. At only $26, it’s perfect to have in your closet because it can be worn for so many different occasions. I am guilty of wanting to spend my cash on unique pieces instead of staples, it’s something I’ve always been bad about, but picking out a staple dress like this one (or simple jeans and casual tops like this outfit) is really the way to go. It’s the perfect “nothing to wear” dress because it’s flattering with its shift style, trendy with its cold shoulders, and the material can be dressed up or down. I added some heels and a clutch to show how it can be worn for the evening, but swapping out the heels for flat sandals and a clutch for a tote would make it perfect for brunch or a day event.

Do you have a favorite staple dress?

Photos by: Brandon Hill

White Off the Shoulder Lace Two-Piece Set

White off the shoulder lace two piece set with blush lace-heels | Austin Blog | Fashion Blogger | By, Hilary Rose

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Matching two-piece sets are a huge trend right now. They’re everywhere, seriously, but they’re not all created equal. They can be ill-fitting, cheap looking, or unflattering, and that ruins the cutest pattern or cut.

So, I am here to tell you about my new favorite lace two-piece set and why it’s so fab.

#1 The fit is perfect. Sometimes, two-piece sets will come together and you have to buy them as a set, but that’s no good in my opinion. I want to be able to choose the size of my bottom and top separately to be sure I find the right fit. That’s what’s great about this one.

#2 It’s Flattering. The skirt is nice and high-waisted, which of course is always flattering. Also, you know how some off the shoulder tops will dig into your arms? This one has a nice, thick elastic band that is super comfortable and not to mention more flattering. Also, the ruffles go outward, making your shoulder seem more slender. Midi skirts can also tend to cut your legs and make them look shorter, but this one has a sheer overlay that starts above the knees, so it lengthens your legs.

#3 It’s low maintenance. I am such a practical person when it comes to buying clothes. I want them to be comfortable, I want them to last forever, and I don’t want to worry about them being too much trouble to keep up. When I have clothes that are made of delicate fabrics it completely stresses me out!! Am I the only one? For instance, my mom gave me a gorgeous silk Burberry scarf for Christmas a few years and I snagged it after only having it a few weeks. I freaking snagged it!! I was so mad at myself. So, to relieve the stress of worrying about messing up my clothes, I like to pick good clothes made of low maintenance fabrics. Lace, my friends, is low maintenance. You never have to iron it, which is amazing, and if it gets a tiny rip or tear, it usually doesn’t show that easily.

The last thing I love about this set is that it reminds me of spring. I am so happy that the weather has been so warm and amazing here in Austin, it really makes me want to go and do various outdoor activities in outfits like this one 🙂

Photos by: Brandon Hill