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Little Blue Dress

A Proper Summer Dress Accessorized with Fringe, Scallops & Jewels
July 11, 2016

Blue and white floral dress with navy overcoat, Waiting on Martha Navy overcoat with fringe details and jeweled pockets from Hampden Clothing, @waitingonmartha 

 

Blue and white floral dress, Waiting on Martha

Ben-Amun gold spike earrings, @waitingonmarthaBlue and white floral dress with navy overcoat, @waitingonmarthaNavy coat with fringe details, @waitingonmartha Blue and white floral dress with white fringe bag, Waiting on Martha

I’ve talked often about the LBD—little black dress—but today I’m talking about my other beloved LBD.  The little BLUE dress.  And today’s LBD is a true summer staple with its bright floral pattern and trim, flattering fit and a go-to for summer weddings and events.

You know when you’ve found “your color” and you simply gravitate to it in every occasion? Blue is that for me.  I always like to mix and match shades of the color, from navy to pastels and buttery blues to those rich-like-the-ocean shade of azure.  So whenever I do go all-in for a monochromatic blue look, I bring in textures and fine details to keep it fun and interesting. 

And by textures and fine details, I mean lots of fringe (because, duh), scalloped edges and embellished pockets.  Loeffler Randall does a killer scallop with their heels (exhibit A seen above and in other colors right here), and you already know about my strong love affair with this white fringe handbag (on MAJOR sale!!!) by Proenza Schouler.  So you can only imagine the second I saw this navy coat with its fringe edges and utterly fabulous bejeweled pockets, I did a few twirls in it and swore it had to be mine right then and there.  While this jacket will look amazing with some jeans and a white tee I love pairing a piece like this over a more prim-and-proper piece like this blue and white floral dress because it gives the look a little edge and flair.  And every outfit needs a little flair, don’t you agree?  Truly, MKR

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Photography, Haley Sheffield for Waiting on Martha

AS PICTURED: DRESS (on SALE) (similar here, here, here and here) | COAT | HEELS | SUNGLASSES | BAG (on MAJOR SALE and pre-owned version here) | LIP COLOR

Stripes & Shorts

An Easy Uniform with My Favorite Classics
July 5, 2016

Summer stripes, Waiting on Martha outfit ideas

Jcrewb blue stripe shirt with Rayban aviator sunglassesWhite fringe Proenza Schouler bag with Birkenstocks and jean shortsBlue summer stripes with jean shorts and arm stack

JCrew blue stripe top with white fringe bag and hat

Blue stripe top with aviator sunglasses and white fringe bag, Waiting on Martha outfit ideas

Summer stripes, Waiting on Martha

Summer stripes with Masters hat and aviatorsMasters hat and summer uniform, Waiting on Martha

This shirt (because #bluesandstripesforever), my favorite pair of denim cutoffs, my Birks, a pair of aviators and my summer bag…is truly my everyday summer uniform.  And they call it a uniform for good reason because I literally live in variations of this outfit (outside business hours of course). 

First things first: I’m honestly always in the market for a blue (or any color) stripe shirt since I know I’ll wear them nonstop.  I was quick to snatch up this one by Saint James, my color is sold out, but this variation is so good too. If you’re not familiar with Saint James, they’re a French company that is king of classic stripes, and oh do they know how to make a great stripe shirt (exhibit A found above and exhibit B found here).  I easily own over a dozen Saint James shirts because they are such high quality; ones that will truly transcend seasons and never go out of style (p.s. they run pretty true to size, I’m wearing a medium). 

My summer style also means I don’t want to think much about the rest of the outfit.  So usually I throw on my favorite pair of denim cutoffs.  I’ve had my denim cutoffs since last year (the team has stumbled upon a similar cheaper option and Kat just bought a made-to-order vintage Levi’s pair which she’s excited about). This probably goes without saying, but these shorts are my go-to when I can’t stand having lots of fabric on my legs in this Georgia summer heat.  And because they are on the shorter side I always order them a size larger, wear appropriate under garments for those “just in case” moments, and almost always balance them out with a looser shirt.

Lastly, I really can’t tell you enough how much I live in my Birkenstock sandals.  They’re my flashback-from-high-school shoes (especially in the natural suede), but I couldn’t be happier about it since they are literally the most comfortable shoes around (get the soft footbed).  Find the rest of the outfit details below to get the look, and tell me friends, what’s your everyday summer outfit?  Truly, MKR

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Photography, Haley Sheffield for Waiting on Martha 

AS PICTURED: BLUE STRIPE SHIRT (SIMILAR HERE AND HERE) | JEAN SHORTS (SIMILAR HERE AND HERE) | WHITE FRINGE BAG (PRE-OWNED HERE AND SIMILAR HERE AND HERE) | AVIATOR SUNGLASSES | STRAW HAT (SIMILAR HERE AND HERE) | NAIL COLOR | BIRKENSTOCK SANDALS | HERMES CUFF BRACELET (SIMILAR HERE AND HERE) | THIN BANGLES HERE, HERE AND HERE

Little Black Everyday Dress

An Easy Shirt Dress, Played Up with Fringe & Platforms
June 27, 2016

Black pleated dress, Waiting on MarthaBlack dress with pleats and white fringe bagBlack and gold baublesWhite fringe bag with black dress, Waiting on MarthaBlack everyday dress from Hampden Clothing, Waiting on MarthaBlack pleated dress and white crossbody bag, Waiting on MarthaBlack everyday dress with pleats and white fringe bagBlack dress and white crossbody bag, Waiting on Martha

I always feel good in black.  It’s just one of those colors that I know I can wear and feel 100% in.  And while I’ve always known the importance of an LBD, the truth of the matter is that a lot of LBDs can’t be considered everyday staples (wah wah).  

But alas, enter this easy little black everyday dress I just scored from Hampden Clothing‘s pop-up shop here in the A last week. The second I saw the classic shirt-dress with its crisp pleats, I knew it had to be mine.  It’s just SO me.  I’m a firm believer that when you find something that fits your forever style, it’s worth the investment.  It’s those pieces that you’ll end up wearing a countless different ways over years to come.  I already know I’ll be dressing this look up with heels, and down with my favorite the-leather-is-like-butter flats). 

I would file today’s look as my everyday black dress with a little flare. For a statement and some stark contrast, I paired the dress with my white fringe Proenza Schouler bag (which is 25% off right now!) and my funky-fun stripe platform sandals (also on CRAZY sale right now). Truly, MKR

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Photography, Haley Sheffield for Waiting on Martha

AS PICTURED: DRESS (SIMILAR HERE AND HERE) | BAG (25% off (!!!) but Pre-owned HERE and SIMILAR HERE and HERE) | PLATFORM SANDALS (marked WAY down) | LIP COLOR | SUNGLASSES (36% off!)

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