If you know me well enough by now, you know I like the darker looks. I’m not much of a girly girl, so you can assume I usually dismiss the lace, frills, and absolutely anything pink—black makes everything better! I know that my tastes aren’t totally unique in that sense though, as black is always a go-to for a sultry night out. We all know about the classic LBD. However, that basic little black dress can only go so far, as much as it is a closet staple, right? Add in some mesh, and even some frills or lace at times (ok, sometimes they aren’t so bad), and you’ve got yourself a hot little number. Revolve has you covered in that department, with their new Party Girl edit, featuring mesh!
I know, I was just as surprised as you are, I guess. Usually Fall is the time for earthy, neutral colors such as browns, burgundies, and olive greens…but I’ve seen more than one retailer pushing the latter as a new Spring color. I’m fine with it, as I’m not much of a bright pastelley color person at all, and olive happens to be one of my favorite colors. It’s nice to find more toned down alternatives! Most people probably associate olive green as a military shade, and military pieces are indeed included in these new Spring marketing campaigns. They are also usually more lightweight which offers more breezy options for the warmer weather!
Striped Essentials by Bailey 44
I am not a pattern girl, per se…I love big, bold colorblocking, or just basic colors. I like a lot of contrast, rather than a jumble of colors and designs mixed together. Any kind of print I wear usually fits this preference, and stripes is one of the very few patterns I really can stand. Of course, still, the blockier and bigger the better, but I think it’s the perpetual shape of stripes that seems to make it okay in my book. I purchased a black and white 3/4 sleeve black and white striped dress from French Connection on sample sale site Rule La La not long ago, and I adore it…it’s simple enough that I can dress it down or up. Soon after I caved in to purchasing one from Express, but in an olive green and black color combination. I love this look so much! I recently got an email from one of my favorite brands, Bailey 44, highlighting some new striped dresses, sweaters and tops, and I am having a hard time picking favorites! Bailey 44 was founded in 2006, in Los Angeles, and excels at women’s contemporary styles. The brand states, “Our clothing is made for the woman who is agelessly sexy, effortlessly cool, and who works at balancing an active, busy life.” While I don’t yet own anything from them, I admire their designs and have a constant eye on them for a future addition to my wardrobe. These tops and dresses have a rayon/spandex blend, so I bet they are perfectly form fitting and soft. Maybe I’ll have to finally grab my first piece from Bailey 44! Check them out for yourself.
One very cool thing to note is that Bailey 44 recently earned accolades with their addition to the Made in the USA Hall of Fame this year! The Made in the USA Hall of Fame site states, “The Made in the USA Foundation’s Hall of Fame celebrates business’s who exhibit excellence in USA manufacturing practices and standards. Those nominated will be evaluated on their contribution to job creation in the USA, accurate labeling, promotion of USA made products, and labor and environmental standards.” I definitely feel it’s important to note those who keep business between our borders through these hard times.
Here are some other fun striped styles from other brands that I would totally wear…