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Warmer temps are here, which means it’s time to get your Summer wardrobe together! How do we do this? By investing in a handful of foundational pieces that you can mix and match together with other pieces that you already own in your closet.

Summer Capsule Wardrobe with J. Jill

Building a capsule wardrobe (vs. just buying a ton of new clothes) will allow you to have pieces that you can throw on at any time throughout the season, so you will always feel chic and put together. J. Jill is known for their versatile pieces, so if you’re ready to make a Summer Capsule Wardrobe, here are a few pieces that I’d recommend.

Summer Capsule Wardrobe with J. Jill

Summer Capsule Wardrobe with J. Jill

Gauzy Button-Up Tunic
One can never have too many button-ups, and the textured gauzy feel of this button up makes it perfect for Summer. Wear with your favorite denim (a white cropped white pair is a must!), or make it do double-duty as a cover-up for the beach.

Summer Capsule Wardrobe with J. Jill

Summer Capsule Wardrobe with J. Jill

Cropped Denim
Jeans have always been a Summer staple, and it’s something that won’t ever change! You can wear them almost everywhere, so it’s best to find a pair that’s comfy but still flattering, that works with both heels and flats, and are a medium wash. Pair with cute blouses, or a linen dolman tee and patterned kimono for a look that can take you from brunch to a night out with friends.

Summer Capsule Wardrobe with J. Jill

A-Line Shirt Dress
Having a go-to dress that you can easily dress up or down is a must-have for Summer, and this super soft shirt dress is perfect for that. The collar gives it structure, and the button-hem detail makes it different from the rest. Bonus? It has pockets!

Summer Capsule Wardrobe with J. Jill

Summer Capsule Wardrobe with J. Jill

Maxi Skirt
Not really into jeans or shorts? Try a maxi skirt instead. They will still offer a lot of versatility in styling, but will also keep things comfy as well. Our favorite way to style is with a matching blouse (if available); just add a cool belt to help break things up!

Summer Capsule Wardrobe with J. Jill

When building your capsule wardrobe, think about the color palette that you want to work with so that you can invest in pieces that work really well together. It will make getting dressed so much easier!

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

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

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!

Credits:
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.

Credits:
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!

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.

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.

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?

 

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?