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Madewell Summer Picks

I love Madewell, mainly because not only do they carry their own brand, but others as well. Their clothing and accessories are casual or edgy, depending on how you style the look. They have a vast offering of merchandise, the quality is great, and the price points vary. It’s a great place to find anything you’re looking for and you know you’ll walk away with pieces that will last you many trend-filled seasons. I’ve put together my picks for this summer. Hope you like them!

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DRESSES
A must have for summer, but I think I’ve selected a range that can go through all seasons with the right accent pieces.

TOP:
Holepunch Tee Dress $99.99
Tickertape Stripe Shift $89.99

MIDDLE:
Stitchwork Silk Dress $159.99

BOTTOM:
Attic and Barn Kami Dress $235
Attic and Barn Kaoma Dress $255

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TEXTILE ELIZABETH AND JAMES
One of the brands designed by this year’s CFDA winners, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen (and one of my favorites). This collection offers fabulous denim pieces and quirky dresses. I love that they chose to do the jacket in a bright pink, the jeans offer that 70’s vibe I dig, and the shirtdress is right on trend for this season.

Sid Denim Jacket $365
Morrison Jeans $245
Alex Shirtdress $245

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SUMMER MUST-HAVES
Everyone needs a fantastic bikini, a great hat and sunnies, and some tops for summer. These are my favorites warm-weather pieces.

TOP:
Pen and Ink String Bikini $46 for top, $44 for bottom
Sunny Day Tortoise Sunglasses $49.50
Sheercheck Smocktop $69.50

BOTTOM:
Mara Hoffman Cocoon Tunic $213
Biltmore Straw Fedora $58
Stoneskipper Sweatshirt Tee $49.99

All items available at Madewell

Summer essentials, for me, are pieces you can wear year after year. Bikinis, sunglasses, denim, tees, a great dress-these all are essentials. Add some trendier items and you have the perfect outfits for the season.

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Romp(er) Into Summer

When I was a little girl, growing up in the seventies, rompers were a really big deal. Adults and children (of the female persuasion) could be seen enjoying summer in these super adorable one-piece items. Part short, part top, the only downside to the romper was dealing with the whole bathroom situation (you pretty much get naked every time you need to use the ladies). The romper can take you from day to night and all you have to do is change your shoes. I was so excited when they came back in style a couple of years ago, and am super happy that they are still in fashion. Here’s a look at some of my favorites on the market now.

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Asos Bloomer Playsuit in “Spot Print” $73 available at Asos
I really love this one because it is so reminiscent of the ones I wore as a girl.

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Dolan hoodie romper $97 available at Shop Bop
Perfect for a day at the beach! I like that it has a hood because it can get windy on the water.

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Dallin Chase Felix romper $62 available at Shop Bop
Orange really is THE color for summer and this is scrumptous!

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Stripe terry cloth romper $29.50 available at Delia’s
The pattern, the terry cloth, the romper-hello 70’s!

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Indah halter romper $95 available at Planet Blue
I love the print and color. It’s so soft and feminine.

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Sea Bud romper $49.50 available at Roxy
So simple and sweet.

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Pucker up romper $44.50 available at Roxy
I would wear this running errands and having lunch with the girls.

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Splendid signature terry romper $89 available at Shop Bop
This one has my favorite fabric for a romper-terry cloth!

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Triblend jersey romper $29.99 available at C&C California
Super casual and fun!

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Sparkle and Fade fringe romper $39.99 available at Urban Outfitters
Fabulous for a night on the town. Add a heel and your ready to “wow” everyone.

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Material Girl romper (sleeveless with lace cutouts) $29.99 available at Macy’s
Another perfect romper for a dressy night out. This one is more fitted and has nice detailing.

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Printed romper $49.50 available at Victoria’s Secret
Meow! This is super sexy and fabulous. You will definitely turn heads in this number.

Rompers are so playful and youthful. I totally dig them and will be rockin’ them all summer long.

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Swinging in my romper, circa early 1970’s

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Marvelous Maxis

Today is the first day of May (Happy May Day) and that means summer is almost here. Temperatures are getting higher, the sun is shining brighter, and the stores are full of amazing warm weather fashions. Once again, the Maxi is ruling the dress selections. Sexy, free-flowing, comfortable, and multi-functional, these dresses are the perfect staple for summer fun. The Maxi will take you to the beach, dinner, and everything in between. Here are some wonderful options in various price ranges. I know there’s one for you!

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Mossimo maxi dress with bra-top $34.99

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Mossimo Hi-Lo halter maxi dress $27.99
both available at Target
I love both of these dresses. They are the perfect beach cover-up or for running errands.

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Floral maxi $39.50 available at Delia’s
A lovely print at an affordable price. What’s not to love?

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Sparkle and Fade pleated empire maxi $49.99 available at Urban Outfitters
A very sexy option for a night out. I love the pleated skirt and empire top.

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Tiered-ruffle satin maxi $25

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Smocked-chiffon tiered maxi $39.94

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Smocked-gauze Mexicali maxi $24.94
all available at Old Navy
These are three of my favorites, especially the orange one. This is what I think a maxi should be-great colors, flowing bodies, and super summery.

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The Sexy maxi $88

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Ruffled maxi $69.50
both available at Victoria’s Secret
What I love about the two of these is the bohemian feel they have. They appeal to the hippy in me.

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Lattice back printed maxi $88 available at Express
This is more dressy and would be stunning at a summer wedding.

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One World sleeveless printed maxi $78 available at Macy’s
This one is so adorable and peasanty. I love the print!!

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Felicity and CoCo chevron print jersey maxi $78 available at Nordstrom
I can picture this on a boardwalk with a straw hat. I love summer….

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Medallion print maxi $69

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Stripe button front maxi $89
both available at Arden B.
Both of these could be worn to work.

I always thought I was too short to wear a maxi, but there’s nothing a good tailor can’t do. A little hemming and I have a fabulous go-to dress for everything summer throws at me.

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Swim Into Summer At J. Crew

J. Crew has always been one my go-to shops for swimwear. For decades, they have offered versatile pieces in fabulous colors, prints, and fabrics. They may be on the more expensive side, but for someone who spends a lot of time in bikinis, I’ve learned you get what you pay for. They last for years, don’t stretch out, and the colors don’t fade. This season seems to be one of their best. I really love all the retro suits, but am not sure I can take the plunge. I’ve always been more of a string bikini kind of gal. Here’s just a sampling of what they are offering this season.

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Deck-stripe underwire top $58 and bikini bottom $46

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Deck-stripe board short $68
While the bikini bottom is a little high for me, I love the top and the board short. Perfect for those days spent kayaking.

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Polka-dot underwire top $54 and retro brief $50
Here’s an example of their retro collection. I think it’s super cool looking, but I’m not brave enough to rock it.

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Oxford-stripe string top $46 and string hipster $48
Ah, the good old string. I really love the colors of this suit.

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Ruched femme tank $82
I haven’t worn a one-piece since high school, but I do like this one. The ruche helps hide the problematic tummy area.

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Anchors Aweigh skirted tank $125
Another one of the retro pieces. It would be so cute on the right person and in the right situation.

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Ruched halter top $44 (not sure about the bottoms)
J. Crew has a fabulous solids mix and match collection. That way you can get the right top and bottom for your body.

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Glamour-girl bikini $42
This bottom has just the right amount of ruche to hide some of that extra hip I have.

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Low rider bottom $40
For days on my deck, lower is better (honestly these are still too high).

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Jersey Lomellina halter top $58 and side swept ruffled hipster $58
Just a little bit of ruffle makes this bikini a real standout.

And let’s not forget cover-ups. J. Crew has many cool options that make you a standout coming and going from the beach.

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Whisper gauze baja tunic $59.59
I would wear this anywhere!

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Whisper gauze beachcomber tunic $59.50 and faded indigo denim shorts $79.50
This is the type of outfit I live in all summer long!

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Knit tunic dress $69.50
Super easy to throw on and can take you right to a meal at the marina.

All pieces available at J. Crew

Just remember when trying on suits that you will get frustrated and you do have to try on many different styles, but I guarantee there is a perfect one for you. The stylists at J. Crew are more than happy to help you find the perfect match for your body. Good luck!

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