In my (style) book, Summer style = bold colors and patterns, so what better way to inject a little “dopamine” style into your wardrobe than with J. Crew’s latest Summer drop. Neutrals are fun and closet staples, but Summertime style begs for bolder choices.

What To Wear | Bold Summer Style with J. Crew

Have an event-filled Summer? Check out these bold Summer styles from J. Crew and add them to your wardrobe!

What To Wear | Bold Summer Style with J. Crew

What To Wear | Bold Summer Style with J. Crew

Tiered Maxi Dress in Paint Block Print

This pretty maxi dress is full of special details, from the easy tiers to the keyhole neckline, all in a super-soft yet sleek fabric.

What To Wear | Bold Summer Style with J. Crew

What To Wear | Bold Summer Style with J. Crew

Harbour Side-Cutout Dress in Painted Block Print

Cool cutouts at the side, sweet ties at the shoulders and a midi length make this number perfect for all your Summer plans.

What To Wear | Bold Summer Style with J. Crew

What To Wear | Bold Summer Style with J. Crew

Squareneck Puff-Sleeve Top in Bouquet Block Print

A few reasons to love this easy pop-on blouse: the face-framing squareneck, the comfy smocking and the subtle puff sleeves.

Stretch Chino Short

Take all your vacation/spring/summer outfits to the next level with these shorts. Available in 3 different inseams!

What To Wear | Bold Summer Style with J. Crew

What To Wear | Bold Summer Style with J. Crew

V-Neck Gathered Linen Camisole + Stretch Chino Short

The ultimate pick for warm weather, pair this fun camisole with all of your high-waisted bottoms and shorts for an easy outfit.

What To Wear | Bold Summer Style with J. Crew

What To Wear | Bold Summer Style with J. Crew

Don’t forget to add statement making jewelry to the mix. While J.Crew is known for their classic pieces, they’ve added in some really fun statement earrings like the white cotton raffia-wrapped chain earrings that Yamile is wearing, and the pink rectangle cotton raffia-wrapped earrings that Laura is wearing. Both styles are so on trend right now, but you will be able to wear them for many Summer seasons to come!

The colorful, print filled collection is so fun and playful, which is always a sartorial treat when it comes to getting dressed!

Wardrobe + Accessories (minus shoes): J. Crew
Photography: Kim Thomas
Models: Laura + Yamile

To shop all of these looks, visit J.Crew in The Shops of Saddle Creek!

Looking for a laidback, more relaxed Summer style vibe that’s a step above your favorite tee and jeans? Try topping your next look with a Summer Blazer. Blazers are a wardrobe staple for most people, but for Summer, the must-have styles are slightly oversized and in a lightweight fabrications like cotton and linen. While they can most certainly be worn to work, this isn’t a stuffy, corporate style blazer.

Summer Blazers with Madewell

Madewell is known for its effortless aesthetic, so it only makes sense that they’d create a blazer that works perfectly for all of your Summer looks. Styled with cute shorts and a breezy tee or crop top, you can go girly with your look by finishing up your outfit with wedge sandals, or keep it minimalistic and casually cool with flat sandals and gold jewelry.

Summer Blazers with Madewell

Summer Blazers with Madewell

Summer Blazers with Madewell

No matter what your personal style may be, jumping on the blazer trend this season will help you to create some incredibly chic looks.

Wardrobe + Accessories (minus shoes): Madewell
Photography: Kim Thomas
Models: Laura + Yamile

To shop all of these looks, visit Madewell in The Shops of Saddle Creek!

While many people start to gravitate towards more colorful pieces for Spring, some still prefer to walk on the more neutral side. Neutral doesn’t have to equal boring, however, and right now Banana Republic has in some key pieces that can both refresh and elevate any wardrobe, regardless of personal style. The shade range is a little more tonal and fun (think safari chic), so they will pair well with the pieces that you already own.

Banana Republic Spring Picks

Ready to shop? Here are some of the must-have pieces from Banana Republic’s Spring collection.

Banana Republic Spring Picks

The Silk Maxi Slip Dress
Crafted from glossy silk charmeuse, this (washable) slip dress is luxury at its best as it is cut on the bias to give it stunning drape.

Banana Republic Spring Picks

Banana Republic Spring PicksMake it a monochromatic look with a cape style cardigan and snakeskin boots. Accessorize with gold jewelry and a cute top-handle satchel.

Banana Republic Spring Picks

The Safari Shirtdress
This utility-inspired classic is ideal for holidays far away (or just trips to brunch with your girls).

Banana Republic Spring Picks

Banana Republic Spring PicksKeep the look sleek with heels and aviators, but you can easily dress it down even more with a pair of converse and a baseball cap for a more model off duty look.

Banana Republic Spring Picks

The Tapered Cargo Pant
Utility with a twist, this luxe cargo pant is crafted for a more refined look and feel.

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A mock turtleneck in a contrasting color and a structured handbag with animal print detail and heels makes this a look perfect for work, but a denim button down and loafers can make them more casual.

Banana Republic Spring Picks

The Flounce-Hem Mini Dress
The A-line, swing fit cut gives this dress a flirty feel (especially when paired with heels, a trendy handbag and worn belted).

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You can make it more sweet with a denim jacket and Golden Goose kicks.

Banana Republic Spring Picks

The Cotton Cardigan
This classic shawl-collar cardigan sweater will pair well with just about everything in your wardrobe, but we especially love it with a matching tee and a pair of skinnies.

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This will be the cardigan that you pull out in place of a jacket all season long.

In addition to the standout pieces listed above, gold accessories and smart totes in buttery fabrics should be on your shopping list for Spring as well. While not every item can be worn everywhere, you’d be surprised what works well together when you take a little time out to mix and match the different styles your wardrobe.

Photography: Kim Thomas
Clothing + Jewelry: Banana Republic
Handbags + Sunglasses: Michael Kors + Brahmin
Models: Carmeon, Lauren, Cara and Yamile

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

Memphis is smack dead in the middle of Winter, but outside of a few days of snow and freezing cold here and there, our Winters don’t get too bad. Getting dressed can be a little difficult sometimes because you want to be cute, obviously, but you also don’t want to freeze to death or catch a cold.

We’re weeks away from when we can shed our heavy winter coats in favor of lighter layers and brighter looks, so it makes sense to add a few essential pieces that will still let you rock current trends but will also transition easily into Spring once it begins to get warm.

Just in case your wardrobe is in need of an update, here are a few winter styles that you need right now. And the best thing? They will help you easily take your wardrobe into Spring.

Saddle Creek Cozy Style Shoot

Knit Sweaters

Saddle Creek Cozy Style Shoot

Cozy knit sweaters are a must during the Winter season, so stocking up on a few colors within a specific color palette will help you keep your wardrobe chic and cohesive. Pair them with your favorite denim to keep them casual, or try with a pencil skirt and boots for a look that’s a little more fashion forward.

Saddle Creek Cozy Style Shoot

Maxi Dresses

Saddle Creek Cozy Style Shoot

Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean that you have to pack up all of your dresses. Find a few maxi style dresses that you can pair with your favorite booties and top with a jacket or a fun faux fur vest.

Saddle Creek Cozy Style Shoot

Patterned Kimonos

Saddle Creek Cozy Style Shoot

If you’re looking to break up the solids in your wardrobe, try adding in a few patterned kimonos as a 3rd piece. Wear them over a silky slip dress and thigh highs, or with a simple turtleneck and some leather leggings.

Add in some of your favorite cold weather accessories to complete your outfits and you’ll be good to go!


Want to recreate these looks? Stop by Soft Surroundings in Saddle Creek to get the looks that Andrea, Katherine and Taylor are wearing!

Bring on the New Year! Whether you will be (safely) hitting the town on New Year’s Eve or gathering with a small group of close friends and family at home, adding some sparkle to your outfit is always a good idea. Sequins and satin were literally made for New Year’s Eve, so I’ve gathered up a few holiday inspired pieces from some of our retailers to help inspire your outfit for the night.

champagne toast

If you’re still on the hunt for a New Year’s Eve outfit to wear, here are a few pretty, shiny, sparkly pieces to help you feel festive, even if you’ll only be eating pizza and toasting champagne from the comfort of your couch!

Anthropologie The Joni Sequined Flare Pants

Anthropologie The Joni Sequined Flare Pants, $120

Chicos Velvet Sequin Dress

Chicos Velvet Sequin Dress, $60

Altrd State Trance Dress

Altrd State Trance Dress, $72

Banana Republic Pleated Sequin Mini Dress

Banana Republic Pleated Sequin Mini Dress, $160

Soft Surroundings Ashton Blouse

Soft Surroundings Ashton Blouse, $85

Free People Scotch & Soda Sequin Embellished Pencil Skirt

Free People Scotch & Soda Sequin Embellished Pencil Skirt, $298


Talbots Maggie London Sequin Jumpsuit, $168

J Crew Collection open-back silk charmeuse dress

J Crew Collection Open-Back Silk Charmeuse Dress, $328

WHBM Crystal Party Bag

WHBM Crystal Party Bag, $60

Soft Surroundings Bretton Blouse

Soft Surroundings Bretton Blouse, $100

Free People Studio Sequin Beret

Free People Studio Sequin Beret, $30

Anthropologie Sequined Short Set

Anthropologie Sequined Short Set, $130


Talbots Maggie London Fit & Flare Midi Dress, $158

Arula Cassandra Dress

Arula Cassandra Dress, $27

Kendra Scott Jack Vintage Gold Small Statement Earrings

Kendra Scott Jack Vintage Gold Small Statement Earrings, $75


To purchase any of the clothing, jewelry or accessories shown, be sure to visit our retailers in The Shops of Saddle Creek!

The holiday season is officially upon us, but that doesn’t mean you have to rely on your LBD (little black dress) for all of your party needs. Yes, it will ALWAYS be in style, but the best part of party season is stepping outside of your style comfort zone and trying something new (and hopefully sparkly).

Saddle Creek Holiday Shoot

If you’re interested in adding a little more glitz to your nights out on the town with your friends this season, then you MUST invest in some fun party dresses. There are so many great dresses out there to choose from, so here are 3 tips to help you choose the perfect holiday dress when you want to add a little extra “sparkle” to your party outfits.

Saddle Creek Holiday Shoot

Saddle Creek Holiday Shoot

Color is your friend
Jewel tones and bright red are always great choices for holiday party dresses. They pop great against the skin, and you will automatically be in a festive mood as soon as you slip it on.

Saddle Creek Holiday Shoot

Saddle Creek Holiday Shoot

Try tonal chicness
Another great alternative to a LBD is to try a flirty little frock in a soft neutral like bronze. It will instantly make you look tan, AND it’s a dress that you’ll be able to pull out at other times of the year. Just try to stick to finishes like satin/silk to keep your look polished and dressed up.

Saddle Creek Holiday Shoot

Saddle Creek Holiday Shoot

Sparkle sparkle everywhere
When all else fails, go for a dress that’s embellished with sparkly sequins or rhinestones. The silhouette of the dress doesn’t matter (you should just feel bomb in it), and you can pair it with your favorite nude strappy heels (this makes legs look long and lean) or add a little southern flare with your favorite white booties.

Saddle Creek Holiday Shoot

Add some playful jewelry for a little extra dazzle and you’re good to go!


To purchase any of the clothing shown, visit Altar’d State + Arula in The Shops of Saddle Creek!

Easter is this upcoming weekend, and with the weather projected to be sunny and 73 in Memphis (aka PERFECT), an uber cute dress to wear to (safely) celebrate the holiday is a must. Our retailers are finally starting to receive new Spring merchandise, and it’s becoming safer to gather in small groups again, so whether you will be celebrating the holiday at home with family, or treating it as a day for a brunch outing with your friends, I’ve rounded up 10 frocks that would be perfect to wear Easter Sunday and into the Spring and Summer season as well.

Crepe Midi Dress Banana Republic

Crepe Midi Dress, Banana Republic $139

Floral Flounce Shirtdress LOFT

Floral Flounce Shirtdress, LOFT $89.50

Tiered Ruffle-Sleeve Cotton Poplin Dress J Crew

Tiered Ruffle-Sleeve Cotton Poplin Dress, J.Crew $128

Zoey Animal Print Mini Dress

Zoey Animal Print Mini Dress, Shelby Jewel $69

Cassis Printed Chiffon Dress Free People

Cassis Printed Chiffon Dress, Free People $168

Tish Maxi Dress A Beautiful Soul

Tish Maxi Dress, A’Beautiful Soul $89.95

Utility Midi Shirt Dress BHWM

Utility Midi Shirt Dress, White House | Black Market $160

Graceland Maxi Dress Altard State

Graceland Maxi Dress, Altar’d State $79.95

Mabel Mini Dress By Anthropologie

Mabel Mini Dress, Anthropologie $98

Geo Pocket Shirtdress LOFT

Geo Pocket Shirtdress, LOFT $98

Style Tip: keep your accessories simple. Yes, to being able to get dressed and go out, but you can leave the heels at home. Grab some neutral sandals, gold jewelry (I’m partial to hoops, bracelets, and layering necklaces) and your favorite bold lipstick to accentuate your look.

Be sure to make an appointment at Nail Bar & Co. for a mani/pedi because sandal season is officially here, and stop by Sephora to refresh your makeup bag with some new Spring lippies and blushes if it’s been a while since you added something new. Most stores will also be having some type of sale this week due to the holiday, so make it a point to pop in for something cute (without having to break the bank).


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

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.


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:


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.


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.


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.


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.

Fall Trends To Try Now Fall Trends To Try Now

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?