Summer is almost over and with three short weeks until classes are back in session, it is time to do some back-to-school shopping! Perhaps it is your first day of high school or you are rushing for a sorority in college. Blush Ivey has put together a few outfit ideas that will help you dress to impress this coming school year.
If you don’t want to be flashy, but also want to make a statement, just wear your favorite pair of denim, a basic t-shirt, sandals or sneakers, and a denim jacket/cardigan. This look is easy and actually quite versatile. All of these items should already be in your closet, but if they aren’t, they make great staple pieces to mix and match with other outfits.
Comfort is key when dressing for school. Students sit in uncomfortable desks all day, and college students have to learn the hard lesson of walking far distances to each class. Wake up, freshen your make-up, throw your hair up in colorful Teleties, and slip into your favorite yoga pants and an oversized t-shirt. You will look casual and comfy, but also stylish and put-together.
Dressed Up Looks
High school senior girls often wear black dresses on the first day of school to signify their upperclassmen status. Follow the trend by wearing a comfortable maxi dress or a classy A-line dress with espadrille wedges or block heels. From a college perspective, rushing for a sorority requires several special outfits, including a white dress. White is a hard color for some women to pull off, but with the right shape and style, you can look elegant and poised for rush. Check out our last blog to see which dress type suits your body the best!
Attending college is a huge step for so many people, and you may want to acknowledge how proud you are of your new school. Wear a simple t-shirt with the school logo or get a custom monogrammed or embroidered shirt from Blush Ivey! If you want to be less subtle with your appreciation, wear an outfit with your school colors.
No matter what outfit you choose to wear, remember to be true to yourself. The first day of any new school will be a challenge, but if you go in with a positive attitude and an open mind, it won’t matter what you are wearing. Good luck to all the new students going into the new school year and come by Blush Ivey for some back-to-school essentials.
Here at Blush Ivey, we like to embrace every shape. Dresses often make us feel uncomfortable or unconfident about our bodies. We tend to pick at things we don’t like, without questioning what we do like about ourselves. There is a style of dress for every body type, whether you are tall or petite, heavy chested or heavy-hipped, or slim or curvy. Continue reading to find out which dress suits you and your shape the best.
The wrap dress or even the faux wrap dress has become increasingly popular over the past couple of years. If you have more of a pear shape or apple shape, these dresses really define the waist, bringing more attention to the slimmest part of your body. Wrap dresses are everywhere and come in so many colors and patterns. They make a wonderful party dress and the perfect work dress at the same time. Just dress it up with heels and a statement necklace or dress it down with flats and a denim jacket.
As mentioned before, defining the waist is the number one way to look and feel slimmer. For women with a more straight figure, the A-Line cinches in the middle and flares out the bottom, giving you a proportional look. Curvy women may also benefit from the shape due it its ability to hide the midsection. Find a spaghetti strap dress with a square neckline for a picnic in the park, or find a floral print dress with a v-neck for a day at the lake.
A classic midi dress hemline hits the middle of the calf. Typically, someone with a more hourglass figure looks best in a midi but depending on the style, it can be quite versatile. For a form-fitted look, accentuate your curves with a bodycon midi dress, or to beat the summer weather, consider a flowier fitted, breathable midi dress. Petite women may have trouble finding a midi dress that actually hits them at the calf, and the length lends itself better to taller women. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t find a flattering midi dress in petite sizes!
Maxi dresses are a go-to summer wardrobe staple. They are lightweight, comfortable, and perfect for vacation. It is also one of the only dresses that look good on everyone! For petite women it makes them appear longer, for curvy women it hides areas of uncertainty, and for tall women, it helps achieve a modest length. Just add a pair of your favorite sandals or espadrilles and a floppy straw hat for a complete look.
No matter what dress you wear, remember that nothing is more beautiful or flattering than a woman with confidence and character. Be true to yourself and to your personal style, and choose a dress based on what makes you feel the best.
Every closet needs those timeless pieces to help dress up and dress down any outfit. While everyone’s fashion taste is a little different, wardrobe essentials can go with any style, from boho looks, to romantic looks, and even grunge looks. Here are some of our top closet essentials and how to style them.
White or Black Basic Tee
Floral patterns, geometric patterns, and animal prints are very on-trend right now, but you will want something solid or neutral to pair with all of these options. Purchasing a good quality white or black basic tee can make any skirt, pant, or romper stand out.
Do you have a dress or outfit you love, but feel as though it is too dressy for work or a simple outing? Use a denim jacket to make it more casual. Dark denim looks great over bright colors and light denim pairs with white or neutral colors. Purchase one with a little distressing to really showcase that worn-out look.
A minimalist wardrobe only contains a few pieces of clothing and accessories that you can mix and match regularly. Having a pendant necklace will add both a touch of color to a plain colored blouse or dress, as well as break up busy or loud patterns. We recommend having a gold necklace for warmer tones and a silver necklace for colder tones.
Often times we have a wedding, funeral, office party, or function to attend, but nothing to wear to said event. Keeping a little black dress in your fashion arsenal will make dressing for those occasions much easier. If you are going to a wedding, wear the dress with a pair of pumps for an elegant look. If you are going to a friend’s party, wear the dress with a moto jacket for a sleek look. Your options are truly endless with a little black dress.
Neutral Pumps or Wedges
No closet is complete without a brown, black, or white pair of pumps or wedges. Do you have a job interview? Throw on a pointed toe black pump to go with your tailored suit. Bought a new dress or jumpsuit for church service? Add a two-inch wedge for a bit of height. Instead of letting shoes be the last thing you think about, let it be the first.
There are several other basic essentials your closet needs, but if you start with these five things, you can build around them. Blush Ivey is fully stocked with denim, tees, shoes, and accessories help guide your style journey. Visit the store today and start shopping!
Wedding season is in full swing, and one of the most popular months to tie the knot is June. Summer weddings can be hard to dress for, considering the heat, location and time of day. You don’t want to dress too informal, but you also don’t want to sweat through your clothes. Here are a few outfit ideas for different types of Summer weddings.
If the wedding is being held indoors, you will be shielded from the heat, allowing you more clothing options. Churches and chapels are more traditional settings, therefore you will want to dress more classic and timeless. Stick with simple a-line short dress or one-note fit and flare. Dress it up with a statement necklace or a pair of colorful pumps for a pop of color.
Rustic Outdoor Wedding
Barn or farm weddings are quite popular in the South, but can be difficult to dress for. People often think that because it is outdoor, they can wear more casual clothing. However, if the outdoor wedding is in the evening, you will still want to look elegant despite the weather. Choose a dress or jumpsuit with romantic floral or aztec pattern. Keep the material light and go with a cotton or linen blend to help with the heat. Also, make sure to pair your outfit with wedges or block heels, so you don’t sink into the terrain when walking around.
Brides love the idea of getting married on the beach with the natural setting of the water behind them. Sometimes those natural elements can be a bit of a hassle to dress for though. Sand and wind are bound to cause trouble. Consider wearing a maxi dress to prevent flashing the audience, and choose flat shoes to walk on the beach. Fun and colorful geometric or floral patterns will contrast nicely with the setting as well. Just make sure you don’t wear white!
Evening cocktail weddings require the most sophisticated look. You definitely don’t want to be under-dressed at these kinds of functions. Women should wear solid colors, like navy or black with neutral high pumps. Sleek suits and elegant body-con dresses are great if the wedding is in an urban setting. Dress up any outfit with simple silver or gold jewelry to complete the look.
Summer can be difficult to dress for in general, but with these tips, you will look stylish and feel comfortable for any wedding. If you have several weddings to attend this summer, come to Blush Ivey, and we will help you pick out the perfect outfit.