Citrus & Sparkle

I know my last post was an ode to the season-less style of black and minimalist dressing. Well, there’s nothing more minimalist than a one-and-done dress. But this time of year, I often surprise myself by gravitating to colors that are bolder and brighter then what I’d typically wear. And no matter what color I’m building my look around, I’ll never say no to stepping out with a little sparkle.

Dainty eyelet details are one of my favorite signs of summer style. And this sweet midi dress with puff sleeves and flattering smocked waist takes shape in cool, crisp cotton. Love the pockets, too. Wearing it is like walking on sunshine.

And speaking of shine, a slew of high end designers included metallics in their Spring/Summer 2023 collections. Taylor Swift is lighting up arena after arena in her Eras Tour super shimmery costumes. And influencer after influencer is posting their obsession for reflection all over social media.

This woven gold mini shopper tote with shoulder straps was too fun, and, yes, too practical to resist. And these bejeweled gold slip-ons are stop-you-in-your-tracks stunning. With 7 layers of cloud-like comfort in every footbed they are going to stay busy in the days and nights ahead!

Whatever is fueling this trend towards sparkle, the number #1 rule to remember when wearing metallics is to embrace them as the ultimate neutral. And let your summer looks shine on!

Dress: (J. Crew, sold out in this citrus color but still available in this ready-for-anything red and bright white, also 44% off.) Also love this fresh and flirty bright green option and this warm siena option (on sale with code SHELL).

Bag: (Zara) This Bottega Veneta dupe is pretty amazing and about the 10% of its price tag. And this knotted drop tote is another steal.

Shoes: (Birdies, 6 other metallic and embellished options to choose from as well.)

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Photography by Kristin Moore-Gantz @artdirectthis. Street art by @jahru.

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