LOFT

Festive Fourth Looks

Casual:

  • Loft Vintage Soft Off the Shoulder Tee
  • Limited Cotton Pencil Pants
  • Old Navy Sueded Skinny Belt
  • M. Gemi Medio Sandal
  • Tommy Hilfiger Stripe Basketweave Crossbody
  • Anthropologie Cumberland Cloche
  • Marc Jacobs Flower Pendant Necklace
  • Garnet Studs
 Image of Vintage Soft Off the Shoulder TeeCotton Pencil Pants
 
Tommy Hilfiger Stripe Basketweave CrossbodySueded Skinny Belt for WomenThe Medio - M.Gemi
MARC JACOBS Flower Pendant Necklace, 17" - Bloomingdale's_2
 
Dressy:
  • Bloomingdales Aqua Scalloped Mini Dress
  • Stuart Weitzman Nearly Nude Open Toe Mid Heel Sandal
  • Clare V Supreme Color-block Clutch
  • Kendra Scott Elle Earrings
Stuart Weitzman | Brown Nearlynude Open Toe Mid Heel Sandals | LystClare V Supreme color-block textured-leather clutch
Kendra Scott Elle Earring…

Get in the Swim!

Now that summer is underway it’s time to think about cute swimwear for trips to the pool and beach… 
 
I love all the newer high neck, halter top bikinis that are out right now!  This white one from Ralph Lauren is especially sweet for it’s scallop and eyelet detail.  The high neckline of the cover-up works with this suit and mirrors the sweet, girlie feel of the two-piece. (St. Tropez Eyelet Bikini & Hipster $73 each piece and Kate Spade Dress Swim Cover-up $120)
 

Polo Ralph Lauren St. Tropez Eyelet Bikini TopPolo Ralph Lauren St. Tropez Eyelet Hipster Bikini Bottom

If you are sporty like me and enjoy being in the water (snorkeling, paddle-boarding, kayaking, etc.) you’ll likely want a bit more coverage.  Just love this sporty yet feminine rash guard from Tommy Bahama in a fresh gingham print paired with solid ruched boy shorts from Athleta! (Gingham Rash Guard $94 and Scrunch Short $49)
 

Tommy Bahama Gingham Long Sleeve 1/2 Zip Rashguard Cover-Up
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For modest girls, this simple suit from Tory Burch is elegant and classic yet offers a peek of skin via the low-cut, strappy back.  Finished off with a print pareo, the look is resort-ready – all you need to do is order that Mai Tai.  (Logo Shoulder One Piece $225 and Echo Bloomies Digital Pix Skirt Cover-up $58)

Echo Bloomies Digital Pix Skirt Swim Cover Up - Bloomingdale's_2

Know Your Numbers!

Believe it or not, I don’t really enjoy shopping all that much.  Stores often feel crowded and doing a lot of trying on (especially without success) drains me.  One little tip that can make shopping in stores and online a little easier is to “know your numbers”!  Online, look in the product details for measurement information.  Admittedly some stores are better about providing this than others.  If the info isn’t there, a quick call to customer service can often solicit the details.  In stores, carry a small tape measure with you.  Testing the numbers on a piece before you try on greatly heightens the chances of success.

Key measurements that I like to keep stored on my phone include:

  • Rise.  Super important for jeans/trousers!  Find a pair that you love the fit of and measure both front and back rise.  The rise fit is probably the #1 indicator as to whether a new brand of jeans will be a hit or a miss in my closet.
  • Inseam.  As a fairly short girl, most things I buy will need to be hemmed but getting as close as possible to the correct fit often makes the job easier.  You may want to track several versions for this measurement: one for shorts, one for crop/ankle pants, one for jeans, one for work trousers or pants you wear with heels.
  • Skirt length.  Again, you may need a couple of these, one for your short skirt sweet spot and one for maxis.
  • Chest.  Important for tees and sweaters.  Again, measure the outside front/back of well-fitting tee or sweater right under the armhole seam and use this to gauge size on a new item when shopping.
  • Heel Height.  How many times have you bought a new pair of heels or boots, worn them a few times only to realize they were just out of your zone for comfortable walkability?  Over the years, I’ve finally learned that my max is 3-3.25″.  This translates to about 80 millimeters (the measurement most heel heights are given in) and I now know not to go over that height if I want to be happy with a new pair.

These are the areas that effect my fit and comfort most greatly. Yours may be different.  Often athletic girls have trouble with fit in the thighs whereas petites can have trouble with overall shirt length – maybe those are numbers you need to record.  In the end, I just hope that “knowing (and using) your numbers” will help you find a better fit more quickly as it has for me!

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