statement accessory: brooch

During the summer months, I find myself staying clear of statement necklaces and chunky bracelets - especially with my daytime looks. It's simply too hot for these large pieces to be up against my skin especially when the sun is scorching down. 
Instead I opt for statement earrings and clusters of brooches - my love for embellished details has been never-ending. :) 

When it came to accessorizing this nautical-inspired dress, I chose three brooches, mixing vintage with modern for a more contemporary feel. 
My biggest tip when styling brooches is never wear just one. Scatter a few across your dress, jacket or even the strap of a summer tank or camisole. 
Whether it's a fine vintage piece from grandma or a bold crystal pin like this one from Michael Kors, wear them like you've owned them forever. Think fashion forward, not stuffy. 

Whats your go-to jewelry this summer? 

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summer trench

A light coat or (in my case) a summer trench is a critical piece in the wardrobe this time of year. You'll be very grateful on those rainy spring days and/or cool summer nights, plus, it's the ultimate coverup to every outfit.
Throwing a summer trench over your dress or with a skirt is an easy way to get just the right amount of polish.  Remember, the right trench can be a compliment to the rest of our look, or it can be the centerpiece - it's up to you to decide. And, it doesn't have to be the perfect match to your bottoms, you should be able to wear it with denim, or even over a cocktail dress.

When choosing the perfect summer trench, pay attention to proportion and maintaining a feminine silhouette - your jacket should add shape, not conceal it. Choose something that comes in at the waist, belt it, or pick a cropped cut. The fuller your pant or skirt, the shorter or more fitted your trench should be. Something long and loose over wide trousers will just add pounds, and who wants that!?

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embellished details

I am currently addicted to and coveting everything with some embellished detail. This season we are seeing more glitter and glamor, adding a sense of spontaneity to what can sometimes be seen as a modest, simple style. For the highest impact, I suggest to use it sparingly and on unexpected pieces for the ultimate effortless look. 
The pieces I curated below all have the idea of balanced embellishment, they aren't over the top flashy yet are pivotal to adding a statement. 

In my opinion a statement clutch - like below - is a perfect accessory for the summer. Not only a great piece for evening, but beautiful with a pair of jeans and simple tee. 

I've been loving the embellished cuff bracelet for a few months now. In the winter months I was wearing them over my sweater but I'm looking forward to showing them off with my Spring/Summer pieces. 
Lastly, the brooch. I've never felt that this is an 'old lady' accessory, quite the contrary actually. It's all about how you style and piece it together. I like to cluster several brooches together on my denim jacket or the lapel of a summer blazer (more on that soon), clip them on a knotted scarf (not at the neck, lower on the chest) and wear them in my hair as a hair pin. 
These delicate embellished details will take your look from basic to striking! 

I hope you are having a wonderful week. 

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