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Summer Staples

All set for summer?! It's officially here and that means humid days, sticky metro rides and appreciating your AC when you arrive home from work. For fashion, it means time to think lightweight and light colored clothing so I've picked out a few must-have classic looks for your summer wardrobe.

I would like to offer what IMO is the first must-have piece to any woman's summer wardrobe: a fabulous hat! Hats are great accessories and IMO aren't worn enough. I always turn to designer NY-based Eugenia Kim when I'm shopping for a hat and the "Craig 3" fedora above combines a classic fedora with the color of the season, tangerine.

On to clothing...I love a flowy blouse for summer and this peasant blouse from JCrew has summer bbqs, 4th of July, and boating on the Potomac written all over it! It's lightweight and sheer, so it's perfect for the humid days ahead of us, plus for any new moms out there like myself dealing with a post-baby bod, this shirt is GREAT because it's so roomy...aka it's forgiving. :o)


JCrew 'Whisper Gauze Peasant Blouse' $69.50

Pair the JCrew blouse above or pretty much ANY top with a pair of white skinny jeans and you're set for the summer. I love my JBrand skinny jeans - they're stretchy and fit like a glove and I wear them pretty much all summer long, so it's worth scooping up two pairs!


JBrand "910 Skinny Jeans" available at ShopBop

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Since the top is so busy, it's best to keep your shoe simple. The Tory Burch sandal below is perfect because it compliments the red without being too overpowering. You could also do a shoe in nude, tan, white or gold. It's a classic sandal that promises plenty of use - you'd look chic but not too dressy if you slipped them on in place of your heels leaving the office headed to HH or wear them poolside!


Tory Burch 'Emmy Sandal' on SALE for $147 (reg $250)

Top off this look or any summer look with a colorful handbag! The JCrew tote below is on trend with the season's boxy tote trend and you can wear this bag year-round to add that POC (pop of color) to your look. It's also great for running around in the city since you can wear it cross-body in addition to on your shoulder.


JCrew 'Edie Purse' $238

Straw totes are timeless and a sure sign of summer. They'll go with all of your summer looks whether you're dressed up or down.


JCrew 'Brompton Straw Hobo' $228

It also comes in a clutch version - love!


JCrew 'Brompton Straw Clutch' $128

A lightweight blazer is a must have for summer and I love the Bop Basics blazer below. The bold blue color will add that POC to any neutral look and whether you wear it with jeans or a dress it works for so many different environments. In the office you could wear it over a sheath dress, out of the office you could wear it just the same or with a pair of jeans or shorts.


Bop Basics Draped Jacket $248 available at ShopBop

I scooped up the striped JCrew dress below and it goes perfectly paired with the Bop Basics blue blazer. It's a great look for the office or an evening out in the city and looks fabulous whether I pair it with a pair of heels or flats. It's another classic piece that you'll get tons of use out of this summer because you can wear it alone, belted, with a cardigan or a blazer and it's on trend with the nautical look!


JCrew 'Dree Dress' in deck stripe $148

Accessorize this look by pulling it together with a bright pink skinny belt for a bold look and you'll be set! I would do nude heels with this look - but you could always do a flat or wedge :o)


JCrew Snakeskin belt $45