Making a Summer Statement (Without Florals)

Although summer and florals go hand in hand, there’s plenty of other ways to express your summer style this season. Bold colors and statement pieces can be just as playful and feminine as a “basic” floral print. This beautiful emerald shade with silver detailing is eye catching enough to make a statement. I also love the simple silhouette. It makes the waist appear tiny while remaining forgiving around the hips. It’s so flattering for women of nearly every age and size. Another trend that has been all over the runway of major designers from Dior to Tom Ford is the plunging neckline. It looks elusively elegant in evening wear but can be easily translated into casual daytime style. This ribbed cotton bodysuit can be paired with distressed denim, tailored shorts, or a slim A-Line skirt like mine to make this trend your own.
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Skirt: Zara/ Bodysuit: Zara/ Shoes: DSW

Summer’s Must Have Style

When palazzo pants first made their comeback a year or so ago, I wasn’t quite sure if they’d stick around. Here we are nearly two years later, and it’s safe to say they’ve become a summer staple. They may seem intimidating at first; but with the right styling, they’re the perfect summer pant. The best part about palazzos is their comfort and versatility. They can be dressed up for a day at the office or paired with trendy pieces for a music festival. This look is something I’ve worn for a more casual day out in the city. I incorporated the shade of red-orange that has been popping up everywhere this season with southwestern inspired print on the palazzos. For a day at the office, I’ve styled these pants with a simple white blouse and gold jewelry.
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Pants: H&M/ Top: Zara/ Choker: Akira

Complementary Styling

Sometimes, it’s all in the details. What I love most about this look is each piece perfectly complements the next. Akira recently launched a new line featuring beautifully minimalist clothing with unconventional silhouettes. This top stays on trend with the deep V neckline and intricate pattern. The see through material allows for the perfect opportunity to showcase a bralette. I love that the bralette has silver metallic detailing. I chose to use that black and silver palette throughout the rest of the outfit in my sunglasses, belt and shoes. To complete the look, I styled it with laid back, distressed denim to bring some lightness for summer.
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Top: Akira/ Bralette: Forever 21/ Jeans: rue21/ Belt: vintage/ Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters

Nothing like Summertime Chi

Summer has officially started, which means I’m back in the best city: Chicago. As much as I love Kent State, the atmosphere doesn’t quite compare to the ambiance of a big city. Lucky for me, my internship and free time adventures are allowing me to take full advantage. This outfit combines a few of my favorite elements: black, leather, and, of course, repping CHI. Graphics have been sweeping the fashion scene lately. The right graphic really allows for playful styling and personalized expression. I complemented the urban theme of my tank with edgy leather shorts, a black layering piece, and spiked statement necklace. This look is a great mix to the cliche florals of summer. Chicago may be the Second City but it’ll always be first in my heart.

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Tank: Akira/Shorts: H&M/ Vest: Coldwater Creek/Shoes: DSW

A Fresh Take on Fringe

Resonating from the 1970’s, fringe has literally taken over the fashion world. Clearly, my style is far from boho:but, I found a way to adapt the fringe craze to fit it into my personal style. Black, white, and gold is one of my personal staples. I used this chic color palette and spiced it up by adding eye catching texture. The fringe from the skirt, shearling in the vest, and leather booties come together to make the perfect aesthetic.

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Booties: $250 miista/Stockings:$4 Forever 21/ Skirt: $14 Hollister/Buffalo Exchange/Top: $20 Forever 21/Vest: $16 Crossroads Trading Co/ Necklace: $12 Akira

Rocksbox Jewelry

When it comes to fashion, every detail counts. Each small element of an outfit make the overall appearance. That’s exactly why accessories are such a crucial addition to every wardrobe. We all have our usual go-to pieces, but Rocksbox is here to help you spice them up. By adding personal preferences, a stylist curates a set of jewelry picked just for you. It gives customers a chance to try out fabulous designer pieces with the option to buy or send them back when you’re done! Lucky for you, if you use the kendallbeckerxoxo, you’ll receive your first month free.

To me, jewelry is all about making a statement. I love pieces that are bold and really add to an outfit. “Arm candy” is one of my favorite jewelry trends. You can easily mix higher end pieces with everyday jewelry to create the perfect look. I styled my beautiful House of Harlow cuff with simple bracelets from Forever 21 and statement watch from Charming Charlie’s. I kept the chunky, gold theme consistent throughout by adding an bib necklace from Akira.

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Fall Statements

Making a statement is what fashion is all about. With colder weather coming, it’s time to bundle up which can mean hiding some of our favorite pieces under layer upon layer. On the other hand, this also allows the opportunity to make a statement in more creative ways. Finding the perfect jacket, scarf, or pair of boots can completely transform a drab outfit. It’s probably obvious I’m almost obsessed with boots. Finding unique pairs and complementing them with jackets is a great way to make your fall look stand out. Jackets are actually my favorite item to thrift, because there’s so many unique cuts and colors that you don’t always see in the department stores. Don’t be afraid to try something new and make a statement this fall.

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Trench: $80 Uniqlo/Sweater: $25 Akira/ Pants: $45 Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th/Boots: $45 Lulu’s