As spring tries to make its way to us, and summer not too far behind, I can’t help but day dream about my warm weather wardrobe and the things that are inspiring me for the upcoming seasons. It seems to be manifesting into care-free looks that read as effortless and simple yet also pack a feminine and high-end punch. Here are the rules I’m living by when the warmer weather hits:
Keep it flowing. Call it the heat or the easy, breezy vibe of the season, I’m lusting over pieces with movement. Exaggerated silhouettes and ruffles (the adult kind) are so trendy right now — plus, dramatic pieces make dressing super simple.
Zara Accordion Pleat Skirt (see above) |VETTA Wrap Top | Aritzia Nanterre Pant | Storets Off the Shoulder Blouse
Minimalism over maximalism. Whether it’s spring, or any other season, I like being able to rely on delicate accessories that become like a second skin. Even more so now, I don’t want to think of statement jewelry when I’m running out to grab some rosé al fresco with friends or jumping in the lake on the weekends.
14k Gold Rings from Annika Bella (see above) |Yellow Gold 4mm Ball Earrings at Claire’s (see below) | Dogeared Small Huggies Hoop Earrings | PD PAOLA Ocean Gold Ring | Ventrone Chronicles Deux Bosco Choker
Denim on denim. Although denim initially seems too heavy for spring and summer, it’s all about switching to lightweight versions of their winter counter parts like skirts, vests and chambray cold shoulder tops.
Madewell Snap Jean Skirt | Abercrombie Denim Vest | Madewell Cold-Shoulder Top
B-A-N(-D)-A-N-A-S. Bandanas have been my go-to accessory for a while now, but luckily silk ones transfer perfectly from winter to spring. It feels European chic with an air of jetsetter on holiday.
Madewell Silk Bandana (see above)| Anthropologie Cowgirl Bandana | ASOS Paisley Print Bandana
Recently I’ve been super motivated to clean out the old, worn and unused items in my closet to make room (and money) for things that I actually love and wear. One part of my closet that’s taken a hit is the ‘comfy clothes’ pile: IE sweatshirts, sweatpants and t-shirts. I figured it’s worth the $$$ to invest in polished sweats that I can actually wear outside the confines of the apartment. Let’s be honest, there’s certainly no need to hold on to a high school t-shirt that’s riddled with shameful ice cream stains…
So, where’s the first place I thought to look? Madewell of course. It’s the perfect place for high quality basics with an All-American vibe that never go out of style. Let’s just hope my tendency to spill is gone for good, just like those stained clothes are.
Sweatshirt: Madewell | Denim Jacket: Levi’s | Hat: Madewell | Jeans: Urban Outfitters | Sneakers: Vans
For anyone that has been following my blog for a while, my love of Zara is probably very obvious. Although I’m beginning to transition out of the fast fashion phase and would rather save up to splurge on more high-end, quality pieces, there’s something that always pulls me back. You just can’t beat the quality to cost ratio that Zara can provide. I always can rely on the brand to have up to the minute items that will also last in my closet for seasons to come. That being said, you can bet I always have a list of items stacked in my cart just waiting to come home…
Shop some of the items on the top of my Zara wish list for Spring right now.
1. Braided Tote | 2. Distressed Slim Fit Boyfriend Jeans | 3. Leather Effect Jacket | 4. Off the Shoulder Dress | 5. Dress with Frilled Sleeves | 6. Sneakers | 7. Platform Wedges | 8. Cropped Jumpsuit | 9. Sweater with Balloon Sleeves
New York Fashion Week has come (and gone) for another season and brought with it new trends to lust over… as expected. It seems that every year the designers get more expansive in their range and as a result, there are trends at every end of the spectrum; from Western vibes at Calvin Klein to sleek cutouts and sheer layers at Proenza Schouler.
There was more velvet all over the runway, midi skirts at Carolina Herrera and J. Crew, 90’s-inspired wind suits at Public School, suiting at Zimmerman, fur bags at Kenzo and combat boots at Altuzarra — just to name some highlights.
Shop some NYFW inspired pieces below that I am currently coveting. Until next season!
Zara Velvet Dress | Alyx Zip Up Boots | LPA The Label Crepe Pant | Storets Ruffle Blouse | Topshop Oversized Borg Jacket | LOÉIL Bag | Topshop Patent Ank Boots | CO Ruffle-Trimmed Skirt
Let’s be honest: athleisure is not a new concept. It’s been at least a year since this trend took over the fashion world and here we still are… passing off sweats as fashion and calling it street style. Don’t get me wrong – I’m obsessed. It’s brilliant – genius even. Anything that makes my most comfortable clothes acceptable in the outdoor world is 100% Jessica Approved.
So, how do you style your athleisure gear to feel on-trend? Try throwing on fishnets under a pair of sweats or wear a matching sweatshirt and pant with some pointed-toe boots. If you style your casual pieces with something unexpected, you’re sure to look street style chic. (Cliché, yet appropriate!)
Shop some of my athleisure picks below:
Del Toro Sneaker | Prada Jacket | Adidas Sweatpants | Vans Leather Sneaker | Aritzia Pants | Adidas Sneaker | Vetements Backpack | Born X Raised T-Shirt at Bodega | Our Psychic Hearts Hoodie | Champion Beanie
My favorite winter clothing item has to be a black turtleneck. It’s the perfect layering piece and can be the foundation of almost any look… wear alone tucked into a classic pair of jeans and a dainty necklace for a classic vibe or under a leather tank for something more edgy. The best part is you can find this staple at all price points – from Uniqlo to Wolford and ALLSAINTS.
Turtleneck: Zara | Tank: Zara | Choker: Are You Am I | Jeans: J. Crew | Boots: Public Desire
As holiday season approaches, what better excuse to wear those special pieces that really make an impact. Although I’m not one for sparkles, a tulle one-sleeved top brings that special element to my look without too much glitz. It’s my type of understated. To top off my holiday look, especially with a dark color palette, it’s important to add something ‘statement’ just like these earrings and cuff from Sophie Hughes. (Thank you, Sophie!) Happy party-hopping!
Top: Zara | Jewelry: Sophie Hughes – Earrings and Cuff | Culottes: Zara | Tights: Forever 21 | Boots: Forever 21