Top 15 Statement Pieces | Summer 2018 Edition

Boy, do I love Summer weather and Summer fashion?

My closet caters to Summer way more than it caters to the Winter, so the majority consists of great Summerwear that I attempt to recycle, or just cycle, into my outfits. Staying on trend is also a major factor of my massive closet, that contains 96% summerwear and only 4% winterwear. Just because I may be trying to stay on-trend does not mean that I have to constantly buy a new Summer wardrobe annually, instead I am able to reuse and recycle pieces that I may have gotten from previous seasons and integrate them into an on-trend outfit.

High-waisted shorts, sun dresses, hats, crop tops, bodysuits, slip dresses, sandals, sneakers, and skirts are some of top fifteen statement pieces for the Summer.

1. High-Waisted Shorts

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*No matter what style or color wash, a few pair of high-waisted shorts are necessary and essential for me to get through an entire Summer season*
*Season-and-season again they prove to be the most consistent and the most reliable form of attire that I own*

2. Tie-Dye Swimsuit/Bodysuit | Pac Sun

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3. Basic Crop Tops | Urban Outfitters & American Apparel

*Crop tops serve just as consistent and reliable throughout my wardrobe and closet, as high-waisted shorts do*

4. Denim Skirt | H&M

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5. Reflective Mirrored Sunglasses

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6. Adidas Floral Embroidered Slip Dress | Urban Outfitters

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7. Flat Black Hat

8. Hi-Top Black & White Lace-Up Sneakers | H&M

9. White Boho Sheer Cover-Up

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10. White Crochet Turtleneck Swimsuit/Bodysuit | Pac Sun

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11. White Platform Sandals | Steve Madden

12. White Circle Skirt Dress | American Apparel

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13. Navy Bow-Tie Top | Elison Rd

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14. Floral Maxi Dress

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15. Black Strappy Heeled Sandals With Silver Embellishment | Steve Madden

My wardrobe is filled with great pieces that are just waiting to be warn once again, after a season of being completely unused.

While trends are always changing and developing, it does not mean that you have to completely forget or get rid of pieces that you may have purchased during a previous season.

I do my best to maintain a minimalistic vibe, especially when it comes to a color scheme, but I also do my best to channel a grungy and bohemian with a minimalistic vibe.

Not every piece on my “top fifteen” list is what everyone would consider a “statement piece,” but not every piece has to be your trendiest purchase. These are just some of my own personal favorite pieces from my wardrobe that help me feel as though I can make a statement with my fashion.

I would love to see and to hear what other people’s top Summer statement pieces are. What is currently making statements in your closet and what are your favorite pieces from the Summer?

Below features what I packed for my most recent vacation to Wisconsin, and one will hopefully notice that many of my summer statement pieces were packed up into my suitcase. There are a few things that are not featured on my statement pieces, however, you will be able to grasp a general understanding of what my wardrobe features and what trends and color schemes I enjoy to play with.

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~ Summer daze 5ever ~

Stay cool&Dress Cool.

xo,

Aichan Tewahade

Gingham, Stripes, & Checkers, Oh My!

Gingham, stripes and checkered patterned attire is the definition of “oh my,” as it has taken over the fashion industry; perhaps, making them some of the most prominent patterns to be expressing this season.

Anywhere and everywhere I go, I see gingham, stripes, and checkered attire, and I cannot seem to escape them! When these patterned trends first began flooding the fashion industry, I found myself back in my middle school, scene girl, alternative music listening self, when I first became low-key infatuated with checkers, stripes, and gingham attire. This attire was found and purchased exclusively at retailers such as Hot Topic, where I also found my first studded belt.

The checkered trend immediately catered to my grungier side, as I was the most eager to purchase everything with checkered patterns on it. Checkered patterns have made an incredible comeback, as checkers were found in numerous runway shows and are being sported by street walkers and fashion icons alike. This geometrical pattern is incredibly visually stimulating and allows you to get in touch with that grungey, punk girl that has always been hiding inside of you. The trend is very versatile, as individuals of all ages can experiment with this trend. The fashion industry has managed to turn this otherwise teen trend into a trend that even our grandparents can be found sporting, as designers have managed to manipulate the trend into more fashion-forward, ageless, and mature pieces that do not discriminate. While the trend can still be seen as “punk,” or very Hot Topic, young adults are all over this trend to an extreme that is almost suffocating. Yes, I am a contributor to the suffocation, as I purchased a pair of low-top lace up checkered Vans sneakers, as an homage to the trend. The trend can be associated with skaters, punk, etc., however, a fly, subtle pair of checkered sneakers never hurt anybody. Kourtney Kardashian could not even keep away from the trend, as she even owns a pair of checkered low-top lace-up Vans sneakers. The trend is not just limited to Vans sneakers, as you can find this print on just about anything you can think of. This trend can be overwhelming, or even seem a little ridiculous, however, do not doubt checker print until you have given it a chance. For this pattern, stick to one piece of checkered attire, in order to keep the outfit fresh, fashion-forward, and not overwhelming. This trend can go from dope to a hot mess very quickly, if not paired with caution. Do not worry, you do not need to bust into Hot Topic to find checkered print attire now!jklkjljkljhjkkjkjkjkkkkjjjjjjjj

Gingham is a much more girlier print that is taking over the market. Gingham can be seen as a girlier manipulated version of the plaid and the checker print. Gingham print originated in women’s fashion centuries ago and has tirelessly made its’ way into our hearts all the way in 2018. Gingham is another pattern that caters to an ageless audience, whether it be for teenagers or adults. The pattern can be manipulated to come off very mature for those looking for a more mature look and can be extremely playful for those looking for very playful and youthful gingham pieces. Feeling like replacing your plaid attire with something more fashion-forward and a little more feminine? Try gingham. Gingham two-piece sets are a very playful way to sport the trend, and I am even a fan of gingham print pants for those just looking to sport the trend more subtly. Gingham is great to experiment with, especially during the summer, when we are feeling flirty, fun and feminine. Just because the print is associated with a feminine sense of style, do not run away from the pattern all together. Adding your own personal touches to this girlier trend can always assist in making the gingham print work for your style.

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Stripes can be seen as a print associated with a preppy style, however, the industry has managed to manipulate the stripe print into different forms, colors, and styles that caters to a wide variety of individual’s styles. Striped pattern attire can be much less playful and much more subtle than gingham print and checkered print clothing. If you are looking to play around with prints, but you are not willing to take the plunge, take a dip in the striped pool. Stripes are extremely timeless and will never go out of style, as it is a very classic print that has served individuals since the beginning of time. Stripes, similar to checkers, are a much more masculine print than gingham print attire, checkered print more so than stripes. Menswear and menswear inspired attire is currently in style in women’s fashion, and stripes can most commonly be found in menswear more often than women’s fashion. Pants, tops, dresses, sweaters, you name it – you can throw stripes on it! It is truly just as simple as that. Stripes are no longer just preppy; they are popular. Get with it! Out of all the upcoming trends, stripes are the most conservative and safe print to play with. It also is a much easier print to work with and incorporate into your wardrobe, all while catering to your personal style. Stripes may be the most conventional print, but do not underestimate the playfulness of the pattern.

Patterns are a great way to give your outfit a personality and now is the time to take advantage of the surge of these patterns, as we may not see them for another decade. This season there seems to be patterns in style that cater to a wide variety of styles that truly allow us to broaden and develop our sense of style. No matter how intimidating the print, keep a patterned piece of each of these trends in your wardrobe. Do not be afraid to be playful for this summer! Try something new!pfjdkddkdkdjkjklekjkkkd

Are you intimidated by these prints? What are some of your favorite prints for this upcoming season? Let me know.

Always remember – If you like it, wear it! Gingham, stripes, and checkers are much less intimidating than lions, tigers, and bears, so do not be so quick to move on from this trend.

xo,

Aichan Tewahade

OOTD – Scarf Off, You Trench (Coat)

My outfit of the day today embodied the theme of staying warm, all while wearing something somewhat functional for a hike up to the Flatiron mountains. The weather was brisk to say the least, but the sunset was spectacular.

As trench coats have become my favorite style of jacket recently, and this taupe one particularly has become a staple, it was great at keeping me warm and fashion-forward.

My red, paisley neck scarf was something I had acquired ages ago, it has become not only a staple accessory of my closet, but serves as a constant reminder of how gorgeous the scarf it is itself. The neck scarf was the pop of color that I dedicated myself to, as I kept the rest of my outfit consistent to neutral colors. While I have always been a fan of neck scarves and support this trend, I never could find the right moment to utilize the neck scarf trend, as I thought I looked strange. After my first experience, I must say that I enjoyed the experience and will be experimenting with my neck scarf in many more outfits to come. The red, paisley neck scarf truly helped bring that extra spice and color that the outfit needed, otherwise, the outfit would have been a little too bland and a little too winter-y for my taste. The striking color of the neck scarf is eye-catching and is a great color for the Spring season.

I layered my taupe, or nude, vintage trench coat over a black oversized men’s sweater. Though my trench coat and my sweater are both oversized, I made sure to make sure that I was not drowning in my clothes. Baggy fits are great, but are also something that you need to watch out for, as you may not realize how much certain articles of clothing, especially together, may appear quite unflattering on you.

My pants followed my strictly all-black dress code that I usually follow. Naturally, I quickly slipped on my black distressed jeans, which also prevented the look from appearing to bland, old, boring, basic, and outdated.

My black combat boots also followed the all-black dress code that I usually follow. were utilized on this day out, as they helped keep the look more grungy, which more carefully matches my style. Not to mention, these combat boots were not a bad idea for a hike, as snow was still lingering on the trails.

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The solution was simple for me, in order to keep my hair away from my face and out of my neck scarf, I braided two french braids into my hair.
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While the day was beautiful, as pictured, the weather was much colder than it seemed. It was a good thing that I had decided to layer up.


Shop My Look

  1. ASOS Crepe Duster Trench ($72.00)
  2. Paisley Silky Mini Square Scarf ($14.00)
  3. Distressed French Terry Sweater ($35.00)
  4. Free People Ripped Skinny Jeans ($38.99)
  5. Forever 21 Faux Leather Combat Boots ($26.99)


My outfit is not quite as breathtaking as my backdrop, which are the Flatirons, located about 1.4 miles away from me. This winter, spring, summer and fall all have so many fun, experimental, out-of-the-ordinary trends that I am very excited to begin incorporating into my outfits.

As you begin transitioning back into the warmer weather, what are some of your favorite trends that you have been rocking recently?

xo,

Aichan Tewahade