Ways to Wear it Now & Later

It’s not too early to start shopping for fall – the Nordstrom Anniversary sale is on after all. But since there are certainly still steamy days ahead, look for pieces that you can wear during the dog days and into next season. I’ve been scouring the world wide web and styled my favorite picks for the hot summer and brisk fall. It’s borderline agonizing to wait to wear your awesome new clothes so have fun integrating them into your wardrobe now.

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Fun & Fancy Feet

There’s no reason fun patterns must be reserved for dresses and tops. Brave dressers now venture to wear bold printed pants, but on a t-shirt and jeans kind of day let loud shoes make a statement. Ballet flats, sneakers, wedges, and boots got a makeover this season with graphic florals, stripes, and animal prints. Give your look a leg up and slip into a pair of eye-popping printed shoes.

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Dr. Martens Beckett Floral Canvas 8-Eye Boot, $140
Vans X Liberty of London Authentic Paisley Medallion Sneaker, $60
Moveover Pointy Toe Flat, $50
Matiko Angelica Flatform Sandal, $194

Easy, Breezy Tropical Prints

Recent sweltering, sunny days at the beach with my gal pals has me seeing palm trees. I’m not hallucinating – there are no palm trees in Chicago – but this season’s striking tropical prints are on my mind. They’re bright, summery, and pack quite a punch. Sun, sand and surf are a cheap flight away, but I’d rather spend my money on these gems.

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Printed Trousers, $60 ZARA | Tropics Snapback Hat, $29 American Needle

Underwire Bikini Top & High-Waisted Bikini Bottom, $42 per piece Urban Outfitters

Palm Print Top, $15 H&M | Smocked Dress, $54 Kimchi Blue

Christian Dior Fall 2013 Couture

Raf Simons delivered again for Christian Dior yesterday in Paris. The Fall 2013 couture line he sent down the runway was dynamic and honored the tradition of couture: the client. Simons did away with the overtly dramatic looks we often see in haute couture collections and instead put forth a stunning modern wardrobe designed with the customer in mind. That’s not to say the collection lacked drama – international influences were everywhere: bold tribal colors, spacey Japanese fabrics, Masai-like neck pieces, and nods to American sportswear. Always the rebel, Raf Simons produced a remarkably normal couture collection that dazzled with sexy cuts, sheers panels, and eye-catching colors.

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We Want Marant

H&M designer collaborations always have low-budget style fiends in fits when the collections are inevitably out of stock in mere minutes; we saw it with Lanvin in 2010 and again with Versace in 2011. The pieces are highly covetable and marvelously on trend. It only makes sense then that the designer whose influence permeates High Street fashion – hello! she invented the sneaker-wedge – teams up with the fast-fashion megastore next. I’m talking Isabel Marant, French designer extraordinaire. Celebrities and off-duty models love her urban-bohemian style that’s laden with embellishment and fit to flatter. It’s not even really summer yet, but I’m already raring for November when the collection will hit H&M. In the meantime one can only speculate what Marant might have in store. Assuming she delivers in her typical French-cool manner, I’ll be first in line.

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