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I usually pack up all of my denim and pants at the beginning of the season once the temps stay in the 80s, but to be able to do that, I try to find cute, versatile dresses that will help me stay stylish but cool through the Summer. No matter where I have to go, I can always just throw on a fun dress and simple accessories to look polished and put together, and it just makes life (and getting dressed) so much easier. Wearing dresses in the Summer helps to tremendously cut down on how long it takes me to get ready and out the door, so when I find styles that I love, I live in them, and will even get them in multiple colors if available.

If you’re on the hunt for some new pieces to wear while it’s still blazing hot outside, here’s a little roundup of dresses (and a few handbags) that’ll help get you through the rest of the Summer.

Anthropologie Adrian Sheer Tunic Dress

Anthropologie Adrian Sheer Tunic Dress, $89.95

Free People Date Night Beaded Clutch

Free People Date Night Beaded Clutch, $68

J.Jill Linen Short Sleeve A-Line Dress

J.Jill Linen Short Sleeve A-Line Dress, $79.95

J. Crew Woven Market Tote

J. Crew Woven Market Tote, $79.50

Banana Republic Fishtail Midi Sheath Dress

Banana Republic Fishtail Midi Sheath Dress, $35.99

Banana Republic Leather Saddle Bag

Banana Republic Leather Saddle Bag, $57.99

Free People Once Upon A Sea Midi Dress

Free People Once Upon A Sea Midi Dress, $60

Madewell Anchal Organic Cotton Large Patchwork Pouch

Madewell Anchal Organic Cotton Large Patchwork Pouch, $48

Madewell Denim Pleat-Waist Midi Dress

Madewell Denim Pleat-Waist Midi Dress, $79.99

J. Crew Tiered Maxi Dress

J. Crew Tiered Maxi Dress, $68

Many of the retailers in Saddle Creek have gotten the green light to open back up, so call/check ahead to find out their hours and safety precautions before you visit, OR, continue to shop from the comfort of your couch.

Click here for Saddle Creek’s Covid-19 updates and stay safe out there.

We have a long way to go before we move past Covid-19, but many of us are (luckily) in a place where life is at least semi-normal again. Many of us are starting to go back to work and venturing out beyond getting our essentials (safely, of course), and with temps starting to warm up, switching over your wardrobe for Spring/Summer in the next few weeks is inevitable. If you live in Memphis, you know that you can wear those cute lounge wear sets that everyone is pushing only for so long before the humidity and heat do you in. There’s no need to go out and get a whole new wardrobe, however, I don’t see anything wrong with wanting to get a few new pieces that will allow you to look and feel cute. Even if you’re just going out on a coffee run, you can still get dressed. There are little things that we can do daily to maintain a sense of normalcy, and putting on clothes that we love is one of them.

If you’re in a place where you can update your wardrobe and itching to do a little retail therapy, I’ve rounded up a few warm weather pieces that will be essential this season.

Sandrah Tunic Dress AnthropologieSandrah Tunic Dress, Anthropologie, $88

In A Mood Snakeskin Sneaker American ThreadsIn A Mood Snakeskin Sneaker, American Threads, $39

Jungle Ruffle Pocket Dress LoftJungle Ruffle Pocket Dress, Loft, $64.88

Vintage cotton V-neck T-shirt J. CrewVintage cotton V-neck T-shirt, J. Crew, $29.50

Far Out Round Sunglasses Free PeopleFar Out Round Sunglasses, Free People, $20

Bidelia Midi Dress Altar'd StateBidelia Midi Dress, Altar’d State, $39.19

Large Straw Tote Bag Banana RepublicLarge Straw Tote Bag, Banana Republic, $68

daydreamer david bowie teeIndigoDaydreamer David Bowie Tee, Indigo, $66.50

Avenue Midi Skirt Alter'd StateAvenue Midi Skirt, Altar’d State, $24.49

Beach by Matisse Woven Slide Sandals AnthropologieBeach by Matisse Woven Slide Sandals, Anthropologie, $45

 

Many of the retailers in Saddle Creek have gotten the green light to open back up, so call/check ahead to find out their hours and safety precautions before you visit, OR, continue to shop from the comfort of your couch.

All items listed are from retailers located in The Shops of Saddle Cree. Click here for Saddle Creek’s Covid-19 updates and stay safe out there.

Spring is finally on the horizon, and warmer weather means it is time to switch up your wardrobe and start incorporating brighter colors, softer, lighter fabrics, and statement making pieces. Fresh and flirty is the name of the game for Spring; on days when you don’t want to think too much about what to wear when getting dressed, you want to have pieces in your wardrobe that are versatile yet still effortless so that you always look put together no matter what you decide to wear. We still have a few more weeks before the season officially changes, but now’s the perfect time to get your Spring wardrobe together.

If you’re ready to get your closet in order (and indulge in a little retail therapy), here’s a round up of fresh + flirty styles for Spring.

LOFT Buttercup Puff Sleeve Flounce DressButtercup Puff Sleeve Flounce Dress, LOFT, $90

J Jill Pink Sunset Double-Drop Necklace

Pink Sunset Double-Drop Necklace, J. Jill, $49

J.Crew Crocheted Lace Ruffle Top

Crocheted Lace Ruffle Top, J. Crew, $98

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Floral Soft Satin Midi Dress, Banana Republic, $159

Michael Kors Keke Suede Pump Keke Suede Pump, Michael Kors, $130

Anthropologie Tandy Ruffled Top

Tandy Ruffled Top, Anthropologie, $78

J Crew Short-Sleeve Tie-neck Dress

Short-Sleeve Tie-neck Dress, J. Crew, $138

Banana Republic Bare High-Heel Sandal

Bare High-Heel Sandal, Banana Republic, $128

J Crew Easy tie-Waist Dress2

Easy Tie-Waist Dress, J. Crew, $98

Francescas Jaycee Mini Satchel

Jaycee Mini Satchel, Francesca’s, $38

Banana Republic Ruffle-Wrap Dress

Ruffle-Wrap Dress, Banana Republic, $83

 

To shop these styles, be sure to visit all of these retailers locally in The Shops of Saddle Creek!

Thanksgiving is a few days away, and I don’t know about you guys but I’m still trying to figure out what to wear. Cuteness is a must, but you also want to be comfy so that you can actually enjoy your meal(s) without fear that you’ll look a mess in those annual recap photos. I know that a lot of people treat the holiday super casual now, but I still like to look a little polished, even if I’m just wearing my denim, or a simple sweater dress.

I’ve rounded up a few Thanksgiving outfit ideas in case you’re still trying to figure out what to wear.

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Cords in a fun color with your favorite sweater are a classic choice.

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Flowy maxi dresses will always be my (personal) favorite choice for Thanksgiving dinner.

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A dressier (but still comfy) option is a pleated skirt and cute heels.

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When all else fails, try a sweater dress, thigh high boots and your fave hat.

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A simple outfit with statement making boots will keep the fam’s focus on your style and off your love life.

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It doesn’t get any easier than a loose sweater, jeans and comfy ankle booties.

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Add a little sparkle to your denim based look to keep the outfit from being boring.

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IMO, faux leather leggings and a loose top is a dressier version of pajamas.

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What’s your Thanksgiving style?

 

It seems just yesterday we were counting down for Summer break, and now we’re officially in the first weeks of Fall. When the leaves start to change and a crispness comes in the air, I get excited. I flourish in all of the layers we can wear (and I’m all about building a better wardrobe), so it’s time to determine the look(s) I want to have, including the colors, fabrics and silhouettes that I think work well together this season.

How To Prep Your Wardrobe For Fall

First things first, though: before we add in anything new to our closet, we have to edit our closet, and I’m going to share a few tips that will help you prep your wardrobe for Fall. Once you have an idea of the look that you want during Fall ( I like to use Pinterest to create my own inspirational moodboards for this step), the really hard part begins: editing out your closet. Even if you don’t dislike everything in your wardrobe, this is the easiest way to help you seamlessly rework your looks.

How To Prep Your Wardrobe For Fall

Completely clear out your closet.
Take everything out. Doing this will allow you to truly see the space that you’re working with and reorganize things the way that you want.

Try everything on, editing by category.
Editing by category allows your try-on session to flow smoothly and quickly. Try on an item and ask yourself “would I buy this today?” If yes, keep it. If no, toss it. It doesn’t matter if it fits well or you found it on a great deal, if you couldn’t imagine yourself purchasing it now, let it go.

Compile your piles.
Once you’ve tried on everything, you should have 4 piles: what to keep, what to donate, what to toss, and what to sell. The keep pile is everything that’s going back into your closet. If you have anything that needs to be repaired or dry cleaned, pack it up now so that you can send it all off at the same time. The donate pile are items that are still in good condition, but you wouldn’t be able to sell. Take these to Goodwill or Salvation Army, or consider donating it to your local Dress for Success. The toss pile should be anything that is torn, has stains, or is seriously out of style, and your sell pile should be designer or higher-end mass retailer items (Anthropologie, Topshop, Banana Republic, Zara, etc.) and vintage pieces that are in great condition or only a few seasons old that you can take to a consignment shop or sell yourself online.

How To Prep Your Wardrobe For Fall

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Once you’ve edited down what you already own (and you have a clearer idea of what items you will need this season), the fun part – shopping! – can begin. You’ve figured out your style, made room in your closet, and you can now shop with a lot more purpose!

You can have a closet full of clothes, but that doesn’t mean you won’t ever say to yourself “I have nothing to wear!”. Shopping your closet and remixing your favorite pieces can be fun, but sometimes you really do need to add in a few new pieces to wake up your wardrobe.

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When this feeling hits, instead of going out and buying any and everything, take a moment to take stock of what you have, what you need, and what you should try differently so that you don’t get bored. If you still find yourself at a standstill while standing in your favorite store, remember these 3 tips:

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Bet on denim
Denim is always a good choice. A medium rinse straight leg skinny is safe bet, but flares have made a resurgence this season so don’t be so quick to skip over it. Denim, sweater, handbag: Indigo.

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Choose rompers for “One and Done” looks
Rompers (or jumpsuits-which ever one you want to call it) are so easy to wear this season. They are a great alternative to dresses, can be dressed up or down based on how you accessorize them, and can take you to so many different settings in a day. Wear alone or top with your favorite cardigan or jacket once temps start to cool. Romper + necklace: Threads Memphis.

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When all else fails, wear a dress
Sometimes, a girl just needs a cute dress. This season, try the slightly babydoll dress trend; it’s a looser fit than your normal shift dress, but it’s still just as versatile. Wear with sneakers when running errands and then switch to mules or heels and a cute cardie for dinner. Dress + cardigan: Threads Memphis, Bracelets: Kendra Scott.

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Don’t forget the cool accessories!

To shop these trends, be sure to visit these local retailers in The Shops of Saddle Creek! 

The first day of Fall was September 23rd, and even though it’s still a little warm, that doesn’t mean we aren’t itching to break out some cozy knits and grab a Pumpkin Spice Latte #sobasic. If you live in the South, it won’t completely cool down til at least October, but you can still break out some of your favorite Fall fits to get you in the mood.

Fall Trends To Try Now

You might have to think “cooler” thoughts during the day so that you don’t overheat, but we all own a few pieces that we can wear now into early Fall.

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Gauzy Knits
Is anything better than a gauzy, lightweight sweater? Pair your favorite shorts with a cozy knit in a dreamy, autumnal hue for a look that’s perfect for brunchin’ with friends. Shorts, Sweater, Earrings: American Threads.

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Snakeskin Prints
Snakeskin prints are h-o-t for Fall, and you can make the fun trend more accessible(but still edgy) by rocking it in a mini skirt style with your favorite elevated tee and denim jacket. Jacket, Tee, Skirt, Jewelry: Indigo

Fall Trends To Try Now

Fall Trends To Try Now

Lightweight Trousers
Swap out your skinny denim for lightweight trousers that can easily take you from workwear to weekend warrior. A crotchet sweater works for casual Fridays, but pair with Chucks and a henley tee for an off-duty look. Sweater, Trousers: American Threads. Earrings, Bracelet: Kendra Scott

To shop these styles, be sure to visit these local retailers in The Shops of Saddle Creek!

 

What are your must-have Fall pieces?

 

School is back in session, and while there will be days where sweats and a top-knot will be the go-to uniform for class, some days you’ll have the time to get uber cute and step up your style. There are so many trends that you can try for Fall, but there are a few essential pieces that all college girls should have in their wardrobe to help make getting dressed so much easier.

Must-Have Fall Pieces College Wardrobe

Here’s a quick breakdown of the 4 pieces every college girl will need for Fall.

Must-Have Fall Pieces College Wardrobe

Lace Kimono
Cardigans are cool, but lace kimonos are so much more stylish. They literally go with everything (over dresses, shorts and band tees, your favorite denim and a ribbed tank), so stock up on them in fun colors when you can. Kimono, Dress: American Threads.

Must-Have Fall Pieces College Wardrobe

Pleated Skirt
Whether you go for a midi length or rock a mini length like Karen, pleated skirts are such a fun alternative to your standard pencil skirt. Pair with a gauzy knit sweater and booties for a cali cool look, or wear with your favorite graphic tee and sneakers so that you can get to class in a flash (but still be cute!). Sweater, Skirt: American Threads. Bracelet, Earrings: Kendra Scott.

Must-Have Fall Pieces College Wardrobe

Flare Denim
70s vibes will always be a good look for Fall, so stock up on your favorite wash in a flare style. Wear them with chunky knits, bodysuits, and band tees for a modern boho vibe. Denim, Sweater: Indigo.

Must-Have Fall Pieces College Wardrobe

Beaded Headband
Who knew that headbands would make such a comeback this year! Instead of piling your hair into a pony with a scrunchie, take 5 more minutes to blow it out and wear with a beaded headband. A neutral color goes with everything, but make your look even more fashion forward by picking one with pearl accents. Headband, Earrings: Indigo.

Must-Have Fall Pieces College Wardrobe

 

To shop these trends, be sure to visit these local retailers in The Shops of Saddle Creek!

What are your must-have pieces for Fall?

Summer has begun to wind down, and with school starting within a few weeks, “what to wear?” will be at the forefront of everyone’s minds again. With retailers beginning to shift their styles in preparation for Fall, even if you don’t have to actually go back to school, you’ll notice all of the new clothes in stores and may want to test out some of the new style trends and update your wardrobe as well.

The best thing about shopping for “back-to-school” styles as an adult? You don’t have to go into trend overload when you shop; instead, search for upgraded, more elevated versions of your favorite wardrobe staples that will easily take your style to the head of the class.

Lace-Trim Pullover Chicos

Detailed Button Down
A crisp white shirt is always needed when you wear a school uniform, but a chicer, more sophisticated option for adults is a lace trimmed blouse with a more feminine fit. Lace-Trim Pullover, Chico”s.

Mother Denim Hustler Ankle Fray Indigo

Must-have Denim
New jeans are always number one on the shopping list, but instead of sticking with your tried and true skinny fit, vintage inspired denim with a kick flare is such a fun trend right now that will transition beautifully into Fall. Mother Denim Hustler Ankle Fray, Indigo

Vegan Suede Bomber Jacket Banana Republic

Too Cool for School Bomber
Varsity Jackets are one of those classic back-to-school “trends” for guys that will never go out of style, but once you get past a certain age they can look a little juvenile. A great alternative that gives you a similar silhouette with much more style is a bomber jacket. Keep it elevated by getting it in a vegan suede material. Vegan Suede Bomber Jacket, Banana Republic

Madewell The Medium Transport Tote

The Carry-All Tote
Kids have backpacks + messenger bags, moms and career women have carry-all totes. Whether you’re carrying around your work files and ipad or need a cute bag to store all of your junk for errands, now’s the perfect time to upgrade to a quality made tote that you can use every day. The Medium Transport Tote, Madewell

J. Crew Saturday Sneakers with Leopard Calf Hair Detail

Cool Kicks
New shoes are a given on your kid’s back-to-school list, so why not snag a stylish pair of sneakers for yourself as well? Doing the whole dad shoe trend can be a bit much, but you can easily rock a sleeker pair with your favorite skinnies or a pleated skirt and a fresh button down on the weekends. Saturday Sneakers with Leopard Calf Hair Detail, J. Crew

Sally Embroidered Blazer Anthropologie

Embroidered Blazer
Most uniforms include a classic blazer, but to keep your look much more fashion forward, try a fun embroidered style with your favorite trousers instead. Sally Embroidered Blazer, Anthropologie

 

To shop these trends, be sure to visit these local retailers in The Shops of Saddle Creek!

 

Memorial Day Weekend unofficially kicked off Summer, which means it’s time to refresh your wardrobe for the warmer months ahead. This season is filled with BBQs, pool parties and patio linkups, so you want to be extra cute no matter where you go. New trends come around each season, and thankfully, some of the biggest ones for Summer are super easy to wear no matter your age or personal style.

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Before you head out to shop for a new wardrobe, here’s a peek at 6 accessory and style trends that you’ll see everywhere all Summer.

Tie Dye
The tie dye trend instantly brings to mind a Cali cool girl vibe. You can go totally psychedelic with it ala the bright, punchy hues from the 70s Dead Head days, but an easier (and more polished) way to rock it is in slightly subdued tones, and more watercolor-esque hues. Try it in a kimono with your favorite denim or cutoff shorts or a comfy, casual tank.

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Spellbound Tie Dye Kimono, Free People

ADY WALLET MELBOURNE

Ady Wallet Melbourne, Brahmin

Animal Print
In our book, animal print is a neutral that can be worn whenever, wherever, but it’s still considered a trend because it’s so popular. The trick is to find it in fun, versatile pieces like a leopard print skirt that can be worn casually with graphic tees + flat sandals or an allover printed dress with your favorite wedges.

Jessica Simpson Twist Front Leopard Print Maternity DressJessica Simpson Twist Front Leopard Print Maternity Dress, A Pea in the Pod

LOFT PLUS LEOPARD PRINT SMOCKED PULL ON MAXI SKIRTLeopard Print Smocked Pull On Maxi Skirt, LOFT

Wicker Bags
A straw bag is synonymous with Summer, but no longer do you have to get a huge tote better meant for the beach in order to try out the trend. Bags are a LOT sleeker (and chicer) when you pick one in a circular style or a bamboo wood finish.

Penelope Basket ClutchPenelope Basket Clutch, Free People

Aguna Round Rattan Crossbody in WhiteAguna Round Rattan Crossbody in White, Francesca’s 

Patchwork Prints
Mixing prints is nothing new, but the new patchwork mixed print trend has been gaining momentum. A more “creative” trend if you will, this is one that you want to let shine on its own. Pair with simple accessories and tops/bottoms so that you don’t look like you got into a fight with your grandma’s crafting drawer (and it won).

Melody Patchwork DressMelody Patchwork Dress, Anthropologie

Sonatina Midi SkirtSonatina Midi Skirt, Anthropologie

Neon
Expect to see electric hues ev-er-y-where this Summer. Our favorite way to incorporate this trendy style into our wardrobe is with accessories, especially via sunglasses, bags and earrings, but you can also make more of a statement in a flirty maxi dress or skirt.

Pleated Maxi DressPleated Maxi Dress, Banana Republic

SUPER by RetroSuperFuture® Drew sunglassesSUPER by RetroSuperFuture® Drew Sunglasses, J.Crew

Kacey Perforated Clutch

Kacey Perforated Clutch, Freschanca’s

WOVEN CRISS CROSS SLIDE SANDALSWoven Criss Cross Slide Sandals, LOFT

Tiny Purses
I know, I know, you’re wondering what you would even put into a tiny purse but that’s not the point-this is about FASHION, people, so test this uber cute trend out on a day when all you really need to leave the house with is your cellphone, credit card + maybe a lipstick.

Piece By Piece CrossbodyPiece By Piece Crossbody, Free People

 

To shop these trends, be sure to visit these local retailers in The Shops of Saddle Creek!

What trends will you be trying this Summer?