Summer 2014 Fashion Inspiration ft. Warby Parker

It’s officially summer!!! Boy, it’s HOT!  (〃>_<;〃)

I actually haven’t done a fashion related post since we first launched HereForThePretty back in 2011! Wow. It’s been a while! So, I’m going to share with you today, my fashion inspired looks for the Summer season. When, I was a kid, I would always follow the trends, I was very much a follower and the late-bloomer! I would always wear what my friends would wear. I didn’t mind it, we all have our awkward phases! 🙂 Eventually, I started developing my own sense of being. I no longer followed the trends and I didn’t even really start my own. I just wore what I wanted, be whoever I wanted to be that day. Just like make-up, fashion is a catalyst to the freedom of expressing yourself. It’s your own unique stamp, embossed into the whorls of the world. Even, by wearing the same shirt as another girl or whoever, it will look different on you than it does on her/whoever. That’s what is so great fashion and make-up! To make it your own, by creating something unique, that is yours alone. You know what they say! No, two snowflakes look alike! So embrace it, rock it out and be you! So, what do I look forward to in the summer? The colors! Bright, bold and lively colors!

One of the favorite accessories for the summer is sunglasses! I love wearing shades not only for protection, but it always gives you a cool as a cucumber look. It can really bring an outfit together! Or give a different feel to an outfit all together! Since I do live in SoCal, protecting your eyes from the strong rays of the sun, is very important. Skin cancer around the eyes is very common nowadays! Also, sunglasses protect ours eyes from UV rays and Blue-light. UV rays can lead to cataracts. Blue-light, after long exposure can lead to macular degeneration–it can result in severe vision loss! Especially when driving, you have to protect your eyes from the glare and being potentially blinded! Both practical and fashionable!

After looking at the Warby Parker Spectrum Sun Collection, I have to say, I fell in love with the Hall in Cherry Blossom. Such a beautiful shade! Its frame, the epitome of cherry blossom pink is sublimely paired with a dusty purple lens. It bears the classic Wayfarer Style, which I believe, matches well with many different types of face shapes and probably one of my most favorite styles to wear. Another pair that caught my eye, was the Minnie in Eucalyptus. These round sunglasses have that retro 80s vibe. But, the eucalyptus green gives a fresh and modern feel. The next pair I gravitated to, was the Piper in Revolver Black. Even the name screams empowerment! This subtle cat-eye style adds a bit of sultriness, yet the monotone black lens, gives a bit of mystery. Likewise, all the trendsetting styles seen here, can also be found and purchased on the Warby Parker website, www.warbyparker.com. Not only will find various fashion forward sunglasses. They also have a varied selection of glasses, for both men and women! So, which pair of sunglasses piqued your fancy? We would love to hear your feedback, in the comments below!

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My favorites: Hall in Cherry Blossom, Minnie in Eucalyptus and Piper in Revolver Black 

Onward to the outfits–and the brief descriptions! I’ve also provided additional information about all the fashion items you’ll see here! ^. ~

When I first put this look together, I realized it was very patriotic. I really didn’t mean for that to happen. But, then I realized wouldn’t this make a very cute outfit for 4th of July! So, instead of completely scratching it and starting over, I kind of just went with it! Here in SoCal, the weather is as just as it’s rumored, it’s sunny almost all the time and it can get really hot. Especially now that Summer season is officially upon us. A light blouse, skirt and some open toed platform sandals are perfect for this blazing heat! I’ve paired those with a simple silver bow necklace and bucket bag with red lining to compliment the bright red skater skirt. I paired this outfit with Jeffery Campbells. I really love Jeffery Campbells because even though they tend to be quite high-heeled, they are quite comfortable, especially because these are platforms–better arch support! Strappy shoes and the summer season, go hand in hand, probably because they look chic and keep your feet nice and cool! The Piper in Revolver Black would pair great with this outfit! It doesn’t clash with the bold colors from the teal blouse, red skirt and matches seamlessly with the bucket bag. Lastly, the sultry cat-eye style, gives the whole look a dramatic feel! Cool and sophisticated, rock on fashionista!

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I don’t typically gravitate towards pink clothing, but I like this flowery pale pink crop top because it’s not too loud and has a nice draping to it. What’s odd is, I do have an affinity with pink accessories, weird how that works out for me. I paired the crop top with these white peplum pants, to give it a more fluttery effect. The strappy brown heels add to the flowiness factor, with ribbons of frill tied at the back of the heels. The pink statement necklace gives a bit of glamour and the simple gold bracelet watch, ties together the rest of the accessories. Since the whole outfit is very soft, a bright pink tote bag gives the whole look a bit of pop of color and boldness, without clashing with the lush earthy undertones. I think this outfit would be great for a date with your S/O or even going to class, though the heels may be too much for class! The shades of pink, pair well with the rich browns and the gold accents. When I put together outfits, I typically figure out what colors are harmonious together before going into other details. It’s no wonder why the Hall in Cherry Blossom would compliment this ensemble! The angular shape of theses sunglasses, gives this soft, flirty outfit, the edge it needs. Classic meets chic!

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This is probably my most favorite outfit of the three. Lace is such a great accent, it gives little delicate touch depending on the pattern of the lace. Sometimes, lace comes off as old-fashioned or overly sexy! I feel that this flower-like pattern is right in the middle, not too old-fashioned but not too sexy either. It’s great because you dress up or down accordingly to the accessories you pair it with. I’ve been a huge fan of statement necklaces lately (as you can see with the last look!), I especially love this mint one, it’s soft and girly. The tan leather backbag is simple yet playful. It’s also great for weekend trips or just spending the day out with friends. Furthermore, it leaves your hands free for exploring, say on a hike or even shopping sessions with your gal pals. Platforms are great for any season, but l love these white platform heels, with an ankle strap. The ankle strap adds a dainty doll feel and its white color makes it easy to pair with a lot of your (summer) outfits. It also gives you a little height without being too high and platforms as I said before, are much more comfortable because there is more arch support. Lastly, denim shorts are a much needed basic staple to have during the Summer season. Definitely, guaranteed to keep you cool from the sweltering heat! Don’t forget that sunscreen! These shorts because they are a dark forest green (it’s pretty neutral) can be easily matched with array of different tops, such as crop tops (as pictured), blouses, t-shirts and everything else your heart desires. Very versatile! To top off this look, I chose the Minnie in Eucalyptus! It’s oversized, rounded, green frames–makes this outfit, scream, retro 80s with a modern glam! Vintage, with contemporary twist!

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Those were my fashion must-haves for this Summer season! I hope this post sparked inspiration for your summer outfits. Let me know below, what fashion items you are loving this summer!

Until next time,

Mar