Summertime style in the Southwest can be a bit of a dilemma due to the extreme weather variations—hot desert days and cool desert nights. However, this Fashionista did not seem to be conflicted by the heat and instead donned what she called a “lightweight” denim jacket that is signature to her daily look. The appeal of this Fashionista’s appearance is the simplistic femininity that largely represents what the sweet freedom of summer vacation should feel like—easy and fun.
Name: Katie Neely
CF: What are you wearing today?
KN: I am wearing a dress I bought at a local thrift store for super cheap, a denim jacket from Old Navy and Arturo Chiang loafers.
CF: Where are some of your favorite places to shop?
KN: I like to shop when I go out of town. Even though I love Las Cruces, it doesn’t have a wide variety of stores to shop at. If you get something on a trip, you are almost guaranteed to have something unique.
CF Do you have a style muse or inspiration?
KN: I really like the way Jenny Lewis, the musician, dresses. She always looks super classy and comfortable.
CF: Do you have any stylish tricks for staying cool in the summer?
KN: Be mindful of your fabrics, and just wear what you like.
How to: Re-create this outfit by shopping first for a denim jacket that is both versatile and comfortable. A truly great denim jacket can be paired with casual pieces or with dressier ones and still look natural. This Fashionista’s particular denim was purchased from Old Navy, but you can find great ones at a lot of different locations. As for the printed dress, an affordable place to purchase one like this is Forever 21, which is always stocked with cute frocks. To make your outfit pop, add zest with a colorful shoe. You can choose a loafer as pictured, or opt for a sandal for something more breathable.