Summer Style Guide 2018

Welcome to the A Daydream Love “Summer Style Guide for 2018”! I’ve been really eager to get this post up to help inspire your purchases and what to wear this summer season! There are a lot of fun trends that I’m excited to talk about. Below you will find top summer trends and shoppable links to get your summer wardrobe ready!

Summer Style Guide

Hair Accessories: Two trends that are coming back in style this summer season are scrunchies and head wraps/headbands. They are a stylish way to keep the hair out of your way while enjoying the warmer weather. They are also a better alternative and safer on the hair than the smaller ponytail holders. I recommend getting some playful prints and colors to amp up your look for summer-don’t be afraid to have fun and play with them!

 

 

Easy Breezy Dresses: In the summer we often try to get away with wearing as little layering as possible. I always find that an easy breezy summer dress is a great way to stay cool in the warmer months. I love dresses that range from maxi, midi, and mini in a variety of prints. A dress can offer versatility and effortless style-pair them with heels or sandals to match any occasion.

 

 

Smock Tops: Currently trending for the summer are smock tops. They make a statement, and have a feminine vibe. I find them to be very playful and can pair perfectly with denim, shorts, and skirts! What’s not to love about an elastic detail?

 

 

Mini Skirts: Mini skirts are obviously not a new trend, but this summer we are recycling some fun favorites like denim mini’s. I also love to have a good white mini in my summer wardrobe as well. Shorter hemlines are what I reach for in the midst of the summer heat. Bearing a little leg is quite the change from those winter months of wearing jeans and sweatpants, so don’t be afraid to step into them gradually. To convince you, I have found them to be versatile and a closet staple for the warmer months. Opt for a denim mini for more styling options, or go for a playful print and make a statement.

 

 

Shorts: While it’s always great to have denim shorts in a variety of styles and colors for the summer, the trend to try this 2018 season is paper bag shorts. The bagginess of the style make them both comfortable and flattering. When it comes to styling, it’s really not that hard. Crop tops work perfectly with the high waisted style, simple tees and tanks work well tucked in showing off that cinched in waistline that the shorts give.

 

 

Bags: A couple of bags I’m excited to try this summer are transparent bags, and net bags. Straw bags aren’t backing down, so if you aren’t ready to jump into the net and transparent bag trend, I would start with a fun straw bag. All of these bag styles offer versatility, which is what I like when it comes to a bag, plus there are a lot of affordable options!

 

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The Truth About Rompers

Outfit Details: Stylestalker romper from Create The Edit c/o, Steve Madden shoes

I wish I could say that rompers and jumpsuits were completely practical, but let’s be honest, the bathroom situation can be a bit unpleasant. Typically, we end up completely bare in the stall,or we opt to not even go to the bathroom because of the hassle of getting it off. It’s ok to talk about because I know most of us have all been there.

However, they are perfect for creating an all-in-one outfit without any thought involved. Plus, they can be really comfortable! If you aren’t a complete dress lover, a romper is a great alternative. They can be playful, and most importantly, affordable! They work well in the summer months as a beach/pool coverup, brunch outfit, or even a summer wedding! I can typically weigh out my options in favor of a romper or jumpsuit for these reasons alone. So, yes, end up a little uncomfortable in the bathroom stall, but at least we look cute otherwise right?

I got my adorable romper from Create The Edit, a service that offers you the chance to rent clothing items and then return it! They make it really simple to rent and return. No hassle involved. You can return the item in a bag and shipping label that’s provided to you. Find out how it all works here, and the romper that I’m wearing is here.

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How To Style Crop Tops Without Showing Too Much Skin

Outfit Details: Forever 21 top, Similar skirt, Baublebar earrings c/o

I think most of use would say that we have a love/hate relationship with crop tops-I know I do. I love crop tops because they often appear to be flattering, especially on the model wearing it. It gives off that slight edge, and flirty appearance. Crop tops can also be versatile-pair them with skirts, pants and shorts for any season! However, the hate part of the relationship comes from the fact that I just don’t like to show of my stomach much. So, I have a personal styling tip for those who like crop tops, but also don’t like to show too much skin. Pair your crop top with high-waisted bottoms-pants, skirts, and shorts that come up to the belly button. The top will come just short of the top of the bottoms. It will often show the tiniest bit of skin, without it being overly revealing. I would also recommend throwing on a blazer, jacket, or cardigan for additional coverage!

Wearing a crop top can be daunting, but there are ways to wear them and still feel confident! In today’s post you’ll find inspiration on how to wear a crop top without showing off too much skin! I found my inspiration on Pinterest. You can find my personal styling of crop tops mixed in as well!

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Why Gingham Is A Closet Staple

Outfit Details: Chicwish dress c/o, Doen bag

You know it’s spring/summer when you start seeing gingham print. Gingham is not a new trend, in fact I’ve worn gingham pieces from past seasons, and you probably wouldn’t even notice because gingham doesn’t go out of style, it’s a closet staple. Just like a striped top it’s a total must have and pairs with anything and everything, gingham is in that same boat! Gingham is a flattering print to wear, and pairs well with other prints like florals!

Today, I’m wearing the cutest gingham dress that I know I’ll have a part of my wardrobe for future spring and summer seasons. It’s fun to pop some color into a dress like this, so the next way I style this will probably be with yellow accessories! I also loved it wear with neutral like I did with today’s look! As you can tell, gingham is very versatile, and a great print to keep in your closet for seasons to come!

48 Hours In Charleston

Where we stayed:

We found a home on Airbnb in Mixson, if you are a fan of the show Southern Charm, you may recognize the area we stayed in from the show! They shot a couple scenes around that area and in the Mixson Market where Jacob and I went for breakfast and coffee each morning.

Where to eat that we loved:

Leon’s Oyster Shop: We had the best food here. We shared the Oyster Casino and the Fried Chicken. AMAZING.

Jeni’s Ice Cream: Such a fun stop for ice cream. We went really late at night, and it wasn’t too crowded!

Mixson Market: Since we stayed in Mixson, we often had our coffee and breakfast at their market. It’s a quaint place, and quiet. They offer options from bagels, salads, and sandwiches!

The Macintosh: This was a spur of the moment stop for us. We typically research where to have our meals, but we were so hungry and the menu looked good so we stopped in. It’s farm to table which we love, but they do have a very specific and refined menu. We shared “The Mac” CAB burger and a vegetable plate. Their menu does change often , they said

Leon’s Oyster Shop
Jeni’s Ice Cream

Places to visit:

Rainbow Row: OBVIOUSLY, this is a must see. I heard they may have changed the colors of some of the homes as well. It’s on Bay Street, and a really nice walk down to the river.

King Street: This is BIG place for shopping, it can get kind of crowded, but it’s fun. You’ll find stores you recognize (like H&M), smaller boutiques, and even designer stores.

City Market: In historic downtown near King Street you will find City Market which is long strip where locals sell their arts, crafts, and one of kinds. This is a great place to get souvenirs.

Pineapple Fountain: This is located in Waterfront Park. It a beautiful area to take a moment to rest and enjoy your surroundings!

Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge: So the bridge is the focal point, but you’ll want to visit the Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park and Pier which showcases the bridge. This is a beautiful place to go to at sunset!

Historic Plantations: We visited several plantations while in Charleston. You can view more details about the Boone Hall Plantation and Magnolia Planation on my travel tab! Highly recommend a visit to Boone Hall if you choose to do only one!

The Angel Oak: This is a quick visit, but it’s a very unique experience. It’s a 400-500 year old Angel Oak, and it’s just really beautiful to walk through and around the branches!

For more pics on visiting historic downtown Charleston, check out this blog post.

A quick video on our trip to Charleston can be found here:

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