Along with the World Cup craze that has been sweeping the nation, another infamous sporting event taking place is Wimbledon, the tennis championship held in London, England.  While soccer, or “football” fans are known for face painting, hair dying, flag wearing, and much else, Wimbledon has visitors that frequent the matches, such as the lovely ladies of the royal family, other fabulous athletes like David and Victoria Beckham, and even American celebs like Gerard Butler, and Bradley Cooper. Not trying to name drop or anything, but this crowd is infinitely different than those at the World Cup. This week, we’re checking out some of the impeccable style that we’ve seen in the stands, and some tennis inspired trends you can wear on the streets. You know, if you didn’t make it to Wimbledon this year…

 

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Image via www.socialitelife.com

Just Bradley and Gerard, being best buds.

Tennis - 2014 Wimbledon Championships - Day Ten - The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club

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Image via Modcloth

No surprise here, Kate Middleton looked pretty much flawless. Snag her style for (most likely) a fraction of the cost in this timeless dress from ModCloth. You’ll get an a-line cut which we know is flattering on all body types, in an off-white/cream color that matches Kate’s.

 

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Image via ShopBop

Tennis pro Andy Murray sure picks ‘em right! Longtime girlfriend Kim Sears showed up for support, and also to serve us our daily dish of fashion envy. Keep a conservative dress from appearing too stuffy by layering a denim jacket over top. The zipper and lack of metal buttons keep this pick, from Alice and Olivia, casual and sophisticated.

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Image via LondonNews24.com

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Image via Nordstroms

And finally, Leslie Mann keeps it preppy and chic with her top and tailored pants. This similar Peter Pan style collared shirt can be found at Nordstrom, and looks great untucked as it has a great flow to it, or tucked into something high waisted for a more tailored look.

 

It’s hard to believe we already well into the summer, so much so that the Fourth of July is right around the corner! Whether you’ll be picnicking in front of fireworks, attending a fun summer soiree, or hosting a neighborhood BBQ, this day is full of fun and flamboyant fashions. After all, when else can you get away with wearing an American Flag dress? Keep reading to see how Fourth of July fashions can work with anyone’s personal style.

Shorts by Banana Republic Red Shirt from Anthropologie

Maybe wearing a flag doesn’t sound like your cup of tea. You can still show your pride without feeling outside of your fashion comfort zone. For a more tailored look you can choose dress shorts and a blouse with the patriotic color scheme. These printed shorts from Banana Republic (59.50) and button-up blouse from Anthropologie (58.00) combine color and prints, but still work a classic and sophisticated vibe.

 

Shorts by True Religion

If simple, laid back, and comfortable are your favorite words, it’ll be easy for you to keep it all American at this year’s festivities. Choose some denim cut offs and a breezy tank top and you can relax the night away. All you need to finish it off is a cold beer and a hot dog! To avoid looking too basic, check out options with a little bit of flare. The subtle stars and stripes on these True Religion shorts (88.00) are perfect.

Seersucker Dress by Trashy Diva

Girly girls can bring back some good ‘ol American vintage charm in a retro inspired dress. And for a look that inspires nostalgic style, look no further than Trashy Diva dresses. This one in seer sucker (163.00) is perfect for a Fourth of July bash, but will also carry you throughout the whole summer. Finish off with a fabulous sun hat and you’ll be an all American beauty.

Shorts via Nordstroms

Shorts by Slimskii

And last, but not least, for those who love to make a statement. Whether you push the fashion boundaries every day or simply look forward to holidays for the excuse to do so, there is no such thing as too many stars and stripes. After all, mixing prints is trendy, right? You can’t go wrong with flag themed shorts (99.50) from Nordstrom. Pair it with a printed bandeau like this one from Slim Skii (19.95) underneath a sheer top and you’ll be the epitome of summer fun.

 

Summer is here and you know what that means, time for vacation! Whether it’s using up the rest of your vacation days, or trying to get everyone together for family vacations, there’s always the struggle of figuring out what, and how to pack for any upcoming trip. If you’re going on a long trip or a quick weekend getaway, today I’m sharing some great items to always have in your bag.

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Image via Grasshoppers.com

Image via Nordstroms

Image via Nordstroms

First, think about your shoes. These are usually the bulkiest items, but also the easiest to reuse from day to day. Depending on the agenda of your trip, it’s always good to have a pair of sandals that can double as dress shoes, and a comfortable walking shoe as well. The following two pairs are both lightweight so they won’t weigh you down–the sandals can easily be pulled off with either a more formal night outfit or a daytime look, while the sneakers are cute enough to wear into town, but also keep you comfortable for a more active day.

 The boat shoes come with a textured soul and added support, and can be found for around $40, and the strappy sandals can be found for around $50.

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Image via hm.com

Next are basic outfits that you can re-use just by changing the accessories. A basic dress is a must have, like this one from H&M. Throw it in your bag and pack a statement belt for one day, a cute cardigan for another, and an edgy vest for day three. And voila! with just three garments and one accessory, you have 3 different yet complete outfits. Even better, the dress is just $12.95!

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Image via www.freepeople.com

 We all probably know by know, that no matter how much you plan for it, you really cannot predict the weather. Play it safe and always travel with a lightweight cardigan. A favorite is this kimono style sweater from Free People which is comfortable enough to lounge in, but presentable enough to wear overtop a dress or with a skirt (maybe outfit #4 with the dress above?)

And to leave you with one last tip to pack like a pro, always pack lightest to heaviest. Shoes one the bottom, denim or knit in the middle, and delicates on top. And don’t forget to leave room for souvenirs!

You have to love all of the latest swimsuit trends, from cut outs, to crazy prints, to sleek and sophisticated, you fashion game and the beach or pool needs to be just as strong as it is on the street! Below are some coveted items for catching some rays, whatever your signature style may be.

Image via ASOS

Image via ASOS

Most Colorful

This suit from the ASOS website is $170 and is called the Seafolly Oasis; there’s no doubt that this colorful and vibrant print will get you noticed. The zipper in the front can be adjusted for your comfort whether you’re laying out and want a little more exposure, or playing around in the water and need a little more structure.

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Image via Nasty Gal

Best Cut Out

Maybe not the “best cut out” for tan lines, but this Sunstreak Swimsuit from Nasty Gal will definitely bring out your inner rebel. Though it may be black, it is anything but simple with seductively placed strings holding everything together. Certainly recommended for beach parties or pool-side soirees, not so recommended for water sports…

Image via Matches Fashion

Image via Matches Fashion

Craziest Print

Not all bathing suits are meant to turn you into eye candy, scare ‘em off with this slightly terrifying one piece. You can find it at Matches Fashion in the Amazon Panther print, or a variety of other jungle cats all staring you down. Take the “Dare to be Bold” statement to a new level in this suit.

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Image via Nordstorms

Most Flattering

It’s admittedly hard to find a bathing suit that’s flattering on all body types. However this one comes pretty close. The halter style gives ample support for larger chests, and ruching on the side will accentuate an hourglass figure.  This suit is from Melissa Odabash and can be found at retailers like Nordstrom.

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Image via Modcloth

Best Retro

I love retro style bathing suits almost as much as I love retro style lingerie. The idea of having a two piece set that isn’t super skimpy is an appealing and functional look– the high waisted bottoms are often paired with halter style tops making them ideal for laying out or an activity with a little more movement while remaining comfortable and covered. This set is from Mod Cloth.

Loved what you saw? Check back next week for some of the latest and greatest styles in swimwear accessories and cover-ups!

This week I’m sharing 3 great pieces you need for this summer. Not only are they great staples to get you through the summer, but they’re basics that you can dress up or down, so no matter what the event is you’ll be seen as a trendsetter.

Image via ASOS

Image via ASOS

First up is what’s being called the “Party Pant.” Not only do these sound like the most fun pants ever, but you can make them work for day-time or a night out on the town, even at work! They’re similar to the high-waisted, wide-leg suit pant, but when buying in different fabrics, lengths and colors you can really make them quite versatile. The pair below from Asos can be worn with a tucked in button up for a work-friendly vibe, or a playful crop top for a summer garden party.

Image via Forever 21

Image via Forever 21

Next is a maxi skirt, which is admittedly pretty similar to the above pants. There’s something glamorous about switching up from the shorter hemlines and rocking a floor-length skirt. If you get a pair in a basic color like black, navy, or maroon, you can pretty much create endless looks with different crop tops, blouses, or worn over top of a sexy bodysuit. And, it’s super easy to find budget-friendly options, like this Fold Over Slit Maxi from Forever 21 for just $14.

Image via Nasty Gal

Image via Nasty Gal

 

A lightweight kimono will quickly become your best friend for cooler summer nights, and hopefully can replace that old zip-up hoodie you always seem to reach for. Just like the maxi skirt you can get a kimono in a basic color like black or white, or choose one with a print that incorporates lots of colors so you can easily make it work with whatever you’re wearing. This fringed option from Nasty Gal works great with more casual outfits, but also gives you that trendy yet effortless look.

Image via Urban Outfitters

Image via Urban Outfitters

Or for a look that’s a little less bohemian, this cropped kimono from Free People features delicate lace and floral embroidery.

 

Whether you start wearing one of these items, or all three, you’ll quickly wonder how you ever survived without them! Does anyone have any summer staples that they love?