I tend to avoid trends. As I have gotten older, I find my inspiration in honing my individual style. Verse blinding following what fills the racks of stores. But sometimes a look sparks your interest, and you all know, I am a sucker for anything denim. The denim trend for summer '18? Bermuda shorts. I like mine hitting right above the knee, loose in the legs, and tight at the waist. This style harps back to the early 90's- think Calvin Klein ads and Cindy Crawford. The length of this cut could be considered modest, but with a pair of heels, I find this look very sexy. 
I love these shorts as an alternative to beachy Levi's cut-offs. They are more practical for city life, but still keep you cool in those summer temps. These shorts work not only for LA girls, but my NYC babes as well (who deal with subways, cat calls, and miles of walking). I typically don't take style notes from the Kardashians, but they were some of the first sporting this look. I love how these shorts hug my curves, and highly my feminine silhouette. I paired it with a skin-tight tank, vintage clip on earrings and simple slides. The versatility of these shorts too give them my stamp of approval. Add a chic stiletto and a silk camisole and this outfit is perfect for an evening out. 
My shorts are from Topshop, but you could definitely cut a vintage pair of Levi's into this style. I have a white jeans from the Rose Bowl Flea Market that I am tempted to chop. I think with any trends, if they inspire you- try them out. Don't invest into the real deal, unless you know you will wear it over and over again. Personal style has room for experimentation (just look at some of my past blog posts). Have fun with it, and it will help you hone in on what clothing makes you feel like YOU. I did not expect to love these shorts so much, but sometimes the trendy can fit in in your wardrobe. 
Topshop Denim Bermuda Shorts, Topshop White Tank, Huma Blanco Slides, Vintage Gucci Backpack, Vintage Clip on Earrings from Hip , Vintage belt. 
Photos by Stefanie Marie

I think we all have a piece of clothing that brings us closer to ourselves. It just feels right. You always grab for it. No over-thinking, or searching the closet. Mine forever and always will be my basic white tee. I don't think I will ever quit them. There's an attitude that comes from wearing this classic. Without any frills, I feel cool + confident. Maybe it also stems from my love of denim, but nothing feels more like me than this combination. 
Maybe it's from old movies of my childhood (You know one of them is Grease, guys), or from the pages of glossy magazines (still dream of the Guess ads of the early 90's.) but the white tee will always be my uniform. Currently, I love stacking vintage necklaces on top, with vintage denim shorts. I love this Anine Bing denim skirt for the scorching hot days that have been hitting LA. I also love how this top will always lean into masculine style, even paired with a pair of heels or cat eye sunglasses. This is a piece I grab for every morning, and steal from my boyfriend's closet, and never will forget to pack in my suitcase. 
Anine Bing Denim Skirt (Sold out but similar to here), Urban Outfitters White Tee, Vintage Necklaces (Loving the brand Missoma for new pieces like this one.), Raen Cat Eye Sunglasses, IMAGO Crossbody bag.

As the first week of summer ends, I find myself gravitating to the same look in my closet. My uniform to combat the heat? The cotton white dress. Every year, I find myself adding more white dresses to my wardrobe. A white dress is romantic, and breezy. It feels polished, yet undone (which I think is the inspiration behind most LA style). I adore this maxi dress from Velvet Heart. The button give it a feel vintage feel, and the loose fit makes it comfortable for the stickiest days. 
The white dress makes styling so simple for summer. Throw on a pair of sneakers for errands, or dress it up with a chic pair of wedges. I have been loving scarves to pull my hair back verse an elastic. It's much more gentle on my hair, and lets pieces naturally fall out over time. 
If you're feeling stuck on summer wardrobe start with the white cotton dress. The different silhouettes  and cuts will rev start your imagination. I think this dress is an essential for vacation packing as well. A cotton dress is versatile and takes up no room in your suitcase. (Just make sure to have an iron at your end location).  
Velvet Heart White Dress, Kesli Daggar Platform Sandals, Donni Scarf, & Other Stories Purse, Ray Ban Sunglasses. 

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