This inspiration board gives outfit ideas for those bicycling to their local beach, walking the streets of the concrete jungle, jet setting to a tropical island, or even just hanging out with friends in their hometown hotspot. From pretty, lace dresses to edgy maxi skirts paired with bandeaus, and cowboy boots to motorcycle boots, one will feel both chic and casual in these six outfit inspirations.
1. I’m obsessed with this white, lace dress. I love the bare shoulders and the fallen sleeves, and especially love the brown, messenger bag– it compliments the lace beautifully. Some options for a simple, white dress are the Dineta Dress from Shopbop (I absolutely love the detailing) and the Off The Shoulder Truth Dress from Free People. I also like the Sunkissed Dress from Lovers + Friends; it’s simple but still has pretty layers and a cutout in the back (I always love a dress with cutouts in the back). In terms of a handbag, try this classic leather Longchamp Sultan Crossbody Bag (of course I personally wouldn’t actually wear it as a cross body).
2. I love the idea of adding a bandeau to a maxi skirt, balancing both pieces out. Free People, Urban Outfitters, and American Apparel have great options for bralettes and bandeaus. I like the simplicity of the one pictured but I also like to throw on a bright, patterned one with a simple bottom.
3. A white dress, or really any dress, with cowboy boots is a look I can always appreciate. I always like a pair of Frye boots and Zadig & Voltaire has really unique, bold styles for boots, not to mention cool patterns.
4. I love this look– jean shorts and vintage brown belt with a simple top and crotched sweater. I usually either go to Ralph Lauren of Lucky Brand for belts and really anywhere for jean shorts, although I’m partial to Free People since they have such cool patterns and interesting versions of the classic jean short, like the Eyelet Pocket Cutoffs in Lowtide. I’m also almost always in high-wasted shorts over low-rise. I always buy my sweaters in the summer because usually at any store you walk into they have some crazy sale on sweaters. I refuse to pay full price for cashmere because you can usually always find a discount somewhere. I recently bought an oversized, brown cashmere sweater for 60% off and have worn it so much with jean shorts and my high-wasted, white lace shorts and a simple tank. Wildfox has really fun options for sweaters, both pullover and cardigan styles, and Bloomindale’s has a lot of variety. But I really love this Crocheted Cardigan from Ralph Lauren and would be perfect for cool summer nights. And you can always find simple tanks and tees at American Apparel, or even just buy a pack of white Hanes V-Necks at Target (I like the men’s better).
5. Funky & chunky gold jewelry: a great update to any outfit. You have the option of going cheap (jewelry gets lost so easily anyway) or going expensive (lasts forever). Either way, both gold and silver tones brighten up plane hues any day. I’m always a fan of anything Chan Luu but recently I’ve fallen in love with the Beaded Eye Bracelet. Nicole Richie’s line House of Harlow 1960 also has really fun, vintage-inspired jewelry. Barneys New York has unique pieces that’ll last forever, or save the cash and go for fun pieces from Urban Outfitters (I like the Arch Bracelet). Who can tell the difference anyway?. And definitely look around Giles & Brother, I love my Skinny Railroad Spike Cuff and you could get it engraved. I never spend a lot of money on rings since I rarely see them again after wearing them once, I usually purchase them from the little dishes full of rings on checkout counters in stores. I do love statement rings though but only when I happen to come across them in stores, I’m never on the hunt for a new ring. And did I mention how in love I am with the John Lenon inspired shades? Find similar ones at Urban Outfitters, like the Valley Dreams Round Sunglasses or try heart-shaped frames like the UO Heartbreaker Sunglasses.
6. I love, love, love motorcycle boots. Especially my black All Saints Damisi Boots (I’m not sure if they’re the ones pictured but they look very similar). The Damisi Boots are extremely versatile, you can wear them buckled up, unbuckled, folded down, or straight up. And mine have lasted years of wear and tear, not to mention they are extremely comfortable. A cheaper version would be the Steve Madden Troopa Boots which are very popular right now and also can be worn multiple ways. I purchased them in Brown Leather this past winter and wore them frequently with jeans and black leggings and I’ll definitely being wearing them a ton this summer. The great thing about these styles is that they can be worn in any climate or season (unless you’re trudging around in snow, better to leave that to L.L.Bean and Sorel).