ALL IN THE DETAILS: Neutrals and Bold Jewelry

May 23rd, 2016 at 2:00am

With summer approaching, it often feels like you have to make a tradeoff between being stylish and staying cool, especially in New Orleans where the heat and humidity attack you as soon as you open the door. One trick for navigating this problem is to avoid dark colors that trap heat, and instead opt for lighter colors, like white and neutral tones, that will keep you cool and chic.

This Fashionista rocks a simple, cream dress with a modern twist. The lace-up front style has been a major trend in recent seasons. This contemporary dress incorporates the trendy lace-up style, however is unique because the laces go up the sides of the dress rather than the front. The high hem makes the dress less appropriate for formal events, but is perfect for a night out, especially when paired with wedges the way this Fashionista styled her outfit.

My favorite part of this Fashionista’s look is her jewelry. She mixes some trendy jewelry with elegant, everyday pieces. The cream color of the dress is perfect for both spring and summer and can be paired with statement jewelry to spice up neutral colors. The leopard print cutout necklace stands out against the cream color and is the perfect length to contrast the high neckline of the dress. Necklaces and bracelets like these are an ideal way to spice up a simple outfit. Opting for a more dramatic necklace is essential in making this look pop, rather than relying on the dress alone. In addition, you can personalize your jewelry the way this Fashionista does by wearing her class ring.

 How To: The key to recreating this kind of look is sticking to neutrals and adding your own special flair with jewelry. You don’t have to own a large collection of statement jewelry, just one or two pieces that you can rely on to enhance your outfit. A few of my favorite stores for this kind of jewelry are J.Crew and Madewell.