Summer is right around the corner and it is finally that perfect time of year for spontaneous getaways! Whether you’re heading into wine country with the girls or venturing to the beach for a romantic weekend, there are a few staple styles you should definitely be taking with you on your travels! Below are six, must-pack items that are right on trend for summer and that will help make outfit-planning a total breeze!
The Perfect Summer Hat
Day to Night Dress
When you’re traveling, one of the best things to throw on in the a.m. is a look that can take you from day to night in a flash! Opt for a lightweight midi or maxi dress to do the trick! Wear it with wedge sandals for a more elevated vibe and you’ll be ready for any activity!
The number one rule to keep in mind when packing shoes for your getaway is to make sure they are comfortable! A strappy pair of sandals like these will be great for wearing with just about any look when you’re traveling!
Don’t Forget your Swimsuit
Easy & Breezy Button-Down
A lightweight white button down in a cotton or linen makes for one incredibly versatile getaway essential! Cuff the sleeves and wear it over a swimsuit to the beach or try it tied up with a flirty floral midi skirt!
The debate over comfort and style have recently come to a head. The two do not have to be mutually exclusive. Is it perhaps that our definition of style and the traditional aesthetic are gradually changing over time? Fashion used to be used as a way to speak to one’s social and economic status, and in some ways it still is. Not everyone can afford designer clothing and accessories and all it takes is a simple Google search to confirm the price of something, therein by being able to pigeonhole one in a category.
Maybe as time has passed and humanity has evolved, we no longer feel the need to separate ourselves by social and economic classes, thereby making us feel more comfortable with being, well (physically) more comfortable. Whatever the reason is that comfort is seeming prevailing over (traditional) style aesthetic, check out 5 trends that are more comfortable than classically stylish.
From trainers to “mandals”, or man sandals, the “Dad” shoe trend has been steadily gaining traction since the popularity of the chunky trainer last year. This season, the trend continues with the dad sandal, or “mandal”. While some brands are producing these sandals with more feminine touches and prints, the basic man sandal is trending on style bloggers, fashion influencers, and the runway. The rise of dad shoes, as with flat shoes in general, prove that comfort is trending over style in footwear.
Fanny packs, or belt bags as the modern updated style has been coined, have seeming begun replacing larger bulky bags, designer bags, and trend-ridden bags. The smaller, more compact style of a belt bag is more comfortable to wear, convenient on the go, and forces us to de-clutter our lives. And let’s face it, when our purse is clean and organized, our life begins to feel more clean and organized.
The Demise of Skinny Jeans
We will always love our skinny jeans; there is no question about that. But we have seen a rise in a more relaxed fitting denim and pant style, in general, the last few fashion seasons. I, for one, am all for this trend, of course, still loving my skinnies and wearing them with pride, but as a mom of a busy toddler, I must say that I am enjoying bottoms with a bit more room to breathe lately.
Bike & Bermuda Shorts
While neither are my cup of style tea, I appreciate the sentiment of longer, more comfortable shorts, whether it is because they are spandex or a looser fitting knee length short, over a more traditional style of denim shorts that are cut too short and will inevitably ride up.
Athleisure has long been the uniform of many stay-at-home moms, the quick option when needing to run all the errands on a weekend, and the look of the gym rat. But athleisure has since expanded its repertoire to anyone who needs just a bit more comfort in their life.
One of my favorite ways to gain outfit inspiration is through Instagram! Whether I am watching my favorite blogger’s latest shopping haul, scrolling through the feeds of my favorite retail stores or exploring a trend through a hashtag, I am always bound to find fresh outfit ideas that make me want to try something new with my style! With style inspiration in abundance and constantly at our fingertips (thank you social media), I went ahead pulled together some of my favorite spring-ready outfits, styled by some totally chic fashionistas, featuring their #CrossroadsFinds! These stylish women have found some trendy spring/summer-ready pieces at their local Crossroads and have totally inspired me to keep an eye out for similar styles the next time I do some shopping!
Crossroads Find: White framed Sunnies
Crossroads Find: White Booties
White footwear is hotter than ever this season and I love how how Kayla paired these chic and versatile booties with cut-off denim and a bodysuit. Also, these gorgeous booties are by Joie-such a style steal!
Crossroads Find: Bold T-Shirt
Crossroads Find: Neutrals
No matter the season, you can always trust the neutrals in your wardrobe! Aisha scored this figure-flattering, beige colored top from Crossroads and I love how she played with proportions by pairing it with a wide leg trouser and heeled sandals!
Crossroads Find: Fringe
Gone are the days when women had two swimsuit options for the beach: a bikini that left you feeling too exposed or a standard one-piece swimsuit that felt too covered up. Let’s be real – we’re all glad that one-piece swimsuits have stepped up their game over the past few years and have come out with such fun details and styles. Now, you can feel and look your best in a suit without feeling like you’re baring it all. Still not convinced that one-piece styles can’t be fashion forward? Scroll on for some swimsuit inspiration!
Here are 6 one-piece swimsuits that we can’t take our eyes off of:
Dual Pattern Swimsuit
Wear Solid Colors
Gone are the days when corsets held a bad reputation in the fashion world. In 2018, and you can find corset pieces in a multitude of styles from t-shirts, lace-up dresses and belts. We have to admit, there’s something about corset pieces that have us feeling instantly more stylish when we wear them. Trust us, you’ll want to update your closet with a few corset pieces this season!
Keep scrolling to see which corsets made our roundup:
A Pair and a Spare makes styling a corset belt look like a piece of cake! Fashion tip: wear a corset belt over a loose shirt to accentuate your waistline.
Aimee Song, of Song of Style, hits the fashion jackpot with this white corset dress. The lace-up details in the front gives it an extra bit of flair.