STYLE GURU STYLE: Black, White and Wicker

When I think of summertime fashion, vibrant colors in shades of orange, pink or turquoise come to mind.  I think of cotton sundresses, denim jackets and beaded sandals that I could walk for miles on the beach in.  However, Kate Spade in her spring 2016 ready-to-wear fashion show had a different kind of vision for warm weather fashion.  She chose to mix contemporary clothing silhouettes with favorite summertime accessories to gi ve the normally more relaxed styles a bit of structure.

Echoing Kate Spade’s sentiment, I chose to beat the heat in a classic black and white ensemble, while pairing the look with a wicker bag and heels to take my otherwise simple outfit to the next level.  Wicker bags have made a huge comeback this season, appearing in collections from Kate Spade, Patricia Nash and other popular retailers worldwide like H&M.  Straw purses can help tone down an outfit, keeping it looking effortless and not overdone.  Like in Kate Spade’s show, wicker purses have the power to transform contemporary work-acceptable ensembles into fun, flirty outfits for daily wear.

While I kept my accessories at a minimum to keep the relaxed look of my outfit, I did choose to add more polish with my makeup.  Black and white ensembles give you the perfect opportunity to rock one of my favorite accessories: a bold lip.  Do not shy from adding pops of color to your outfit with your makeup.  If you love wearing bright pinks and blues in the summertime like I do, a vibrant lipstick like Bite Amuse Bouche lipstick in “Kimchi” can definitely make a statement.

Warm weather fashion does not mean that bright colors have to be the center piece of your looks.  Try wearing contemporary colors like black and white a la Kate Spade and then adding in some summertime accessories like sunglasses or a straw hat to give an interesting spin on an otherwise regular look.  If you still love incorporating vibrant shades into your outfits, give a bold lip a try.  You will not regret it – I promise!

Get My Look: 1. A contemporary knit tee. 2. A white lace skirt. 3. A straw bag.