style x simple summer stripes

Summer in New York City is all about finding the best air-conditioned spaces to while away a hot and sticky afternoon.  Iced coffees sweating in your hand the norm. With that in mind, a simple dress and flat sandals are the easiest outfit alternative. Bonus points if your dress has pockets. I'm constantly carrying around my phone, beverage, wallet and what not that extra pockets always come in handy. Easy breezy summer styles in classic stripes and denim always deliver. 

Forever 21 dress, H&M jacket, H&M sandals, H&M hat, Coach bag, Ray Bans sunglasses

style x that maxi skirt

There's always that one maxi skirt you gravitate towards in your closet. It's comfortable, makes you look put together, and is a quick cover for when you forget to shave your legs. Mine happens to be an off-white skirt with a side slit and pockets. First of all, I cannot wear white without staining and/or possibly ruining it (see white shorts in previous style post). Second, POCKETS. Not like they fit much, but just the idea of having a pocket is a relief to someone like me who is constantly carrying her phone, latte, wallet, and book in her hands. The side slit is just a way of taking advantage of a cool breeze in the midsts of NYC's humid summers. This skirt was a score from last year at Zara and just like the previous summer, remains a staple in my wardrobe. All hail the maxi skirt, and yes I am an avid fan of the midi skirt that seems to be all the rage this year.

H&M top, Zara skirt, Zara bag, H&M sandals

style x stripes & button downs

Once again, I'm drawing inspiration from the boys. I freely admit to borrowing all of my boyfriend's button downs and I wear them just as frequently as my own. Even though I love men's clothes, I don't find my style particularly masculine. Borrowing from the boys makes my outfits more feminine, since I love pairing the oversized pieces with more girly counterparts. I love the juxtaposition of something boyish and something girly, as seen in this outfit. Pairing my boyfriend's chambray shirt with a flirty striped skirt makes the look more interesting than if I had paired it with a fitted shirt. The same goes for accessories, since my safari watch seems to only look interesting when paired with something sparkly. H&M chambray shirt, Forever 21 skirt, J.Crew bag & watch, Forever 21 bracelet, Ray Ban sunglasses