Candace Kristin's July Style Blog

Hello all! Finally the days are getting longer and the nights are getting warmer. It is officially summer and this stylist is getting SUPER excited for vacation, are you? Are you exhilarated to pull out your suitcase and stuff it as much as the zipper can handle without breaking? Shopping endlessly for the perfect getaway outfit? Whether you are jetting off to a tropical destination or a city excursion or down to the shore, scroll to see my must have suitcase selections to help you craft the perfect wardrobe. I have once again walked the corridors of Westfield Garden State Plaza to cultivate my summer must have for you!

THE SUMMER TOTE

Time to pull out the carry-all tote, spacious for lugging around the sunscreen, sunglasses, water bottle and your beach read, from Tory Burch

MUST HAVE WHITE SNEAKER

Keep your feet looking fresh with white sneakers from Louis Vuitton. Perfect for a pair of denim shorts, causal dress and of course workout wear. Bonus, able to comfortably walk miles if you are on a site seeing excursion.

THE MAXI DRESS

When the temperature is hot and sticky, the last thing you want to wear is something tight and restrictive. It’s no wonder that the maxi dress is a summer favorite each and every year. This maxi from Free People is perfect for beating the summer heat in style. Dress this frock up or down with a change of accessories, handbag and shoes.

THE STRAW HAT

A straw hat is a stylish way to product your face from the harsh sun rays. Perfect on your beach chair, picnic or casual stroll. You can’t go wrong with any shape from fedora to over-sized rim bucket. To get the most out of your purchase, find one that is packable for ease of traveling like this one from Banana Republic.

WHITE LEG WHITE PANTS

This season wide leg pants are featured everywhere. They’re perfect for elongating your legs all while keeping you stylish and chic. There is something so refreshing wearing summer white or cream. Opt for these from Weekend Max Mara in a summer linen or cotton twill to keep you cool while the heat is elevated.

THE BRENTON STRIPE

The Brenton Stripe has long been a summertime staple. With this seasons summer trend, a nod to the “prepster” you will see this lovely blue and white strip all over. Grab a lightweight sweater or T-shirt, like this one from Kate Space, and pair with denim shorts or white jeans. Or feeling fully nautical, grab the print in a dress. Perfect pairing for a boat excursion or island trip.

THE SLIDES

While we wear flip-flops all summer long as it’s a necessity, slides make a much more sophisticated choice. These from Sam Edelman is easy to get on and off and comfortable to be able to walk for miles. The slides elevate your dress or twill shorts find ones with a platform and in leather or thick canvas. Leave the rubber slides for the pool or beach.

TRENDING SUMMER COLOR: PASTEL

The retail floors are swimming in a sea of sorbet shades from lilac, light blue, mint green and blush. These lady-like hues from Neiman Marcus mix well with each other as well as neutrals and are perfect for all skin tones. The colors are perfect extra hot days while keeping us subtle and fresh this summer. Not into wearing pastel head to toe, start minimally with a pair of wedges or a great handbag.

THE CUTOUT DRESS

The “it” dress of the season is one that shows a bit of skin with a cut out, be a keyhole in the back, asymmetrical midriff slash or a cut along the collar bone. These minimal yet revealing details are both stylishly unexpected and dare I say very wearable. Try out this one from Nordstrom.

HIGH WAISTED BIKINI

Last year it was the one piece, this year’s it’s the high waisted bottom bikini set. This combo still provides ample coverage as well as giving a nod to the 50’s era. Complete by adding a one shoulder bikini top to be the trendiest at the pool. Try the ‘Marion’ from Everything But Water.

SUNGLASS TREND: RECTANGLE

The rectangle shape has taken over this year as declared by the Instagram starlets. Elevate the look with selecting a pair with bright colored frames, like these from Gucci. Feeling nervous about dipping your toe into the rectangle waters, find a pair with metal silver or gold frames. The shape is great for most face frames as it not to oversized and overpowering.

As always, I hope I have inspired you. Looking for help in finding the perfect summertime wardrobe or outfits for vacation please don’t hesitate to contact me.

-CK