You all just put together the ultimate Summer ensemble. Allow me to make a contribution via this Banana Republic Goa Saddle Bag ($60, originally $150). Not only is the price so right for real leather, but it's also major pint-sized adorableness. The woven detail and indigo hue set it apart from all the other competition. I can so see it fitting into an outdoor Summer concert environment with a flirty floral maxi and a denim vest.
Cardigans are always on my brain, but when Summer rolls around, I gravitate toward ones that are less chunky, more lightweight. These Pins & Needles Open Cardigans ($15, originally $32) are perfect, not only in price, but also in style. The stripes make them incredibly chic, while the lack of buttons creates a laid-back vibe. Throw one on over a bikini, a tank, or a printed sundress for the ultimate mixmaster outfit.
A denim shirt should be at the top of your Spring shopping list. It makes a great throw-on piece for when you need a cover-up but not a jacket. Kate Bosworth recently rocked a dark denim version, while Haylie Duff tried a lighter style. I picked up this PacSun Boyfriend Medium Denim Shirt ($15, originally $40), which also comes in a light wash. The price is right and the cut is cool. Throw one on over any dress, pair it with khakis, leggings, or a bikini, tie it, button it, leave it open . . . the possibilities are endless.
I'm all for statement dresses, like the ones in Herve Leger's Fall '10 collection, but some occasions call for delicacy. Bridal showers, intimate lunches, and daytime weddings come to mind. If you have one of those events coming up, consider this Ella Moss Camilla Dress ($103, originally $207). Not only is the price right, so is the rich hue, and the sweet silhouette. Once your party is done, throw it over a tee or turtleneck and ballet flats for a casual twist.
You know I died over Proenza Schouler's Spring '10. Consequently, anything that even remotely reminds me of it is fair game. This Free People Poison Ivy Tunic Dress ($48, originally $68) is an example of a frock that could totally pass for Proenza if you look at it quickly. It has a psychedelic, swirly, beach-inspired print, and a totally sexy cut. If you seek a little surf in your life, this is your girl. Right now, I would wear it exactly like the model — black opaque tights and black booties give it a harsh kick in the butt. Then in Summer, sans tights with strappy sandals. I'm off to buy, you coming?