classic summer style inspired by old hollywood

The other day, I was talking about why I couldn’t get into the book “Daisy Jones and The Six” even though I had heard so many good things about it from people whose opinions I respect and I absolutely adored the authors previous novel, “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo”.

I said something along the lines that (aside from Almost Famous and a little Bianca Jagger), my historical interests just don’t really have anything to do with 60s/70s rock stars, but rather Old Hollywood glamour. That certainly explains why I loved Evelyn Hugo and couldn’t get down with Daisy Jones.

No matter the time of year, I look to my icons - Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, and Jackie Kennedy - for style inspiration, but it’s especially true in the summer, when I pepper in some inspiration from French darlings like Jane Birkin, Romy Schneider and Brigitte Bardot.

With it being so damn hot in the South during summer, I’m often so tempted to just wear Nike running shorts everywhere but I like trying to, at the very least, incorporate one or two elements that make me feel a little Old Hollywood, even if it’s just a pair of oversized sunglasses.

Some pieces that jump to mind when I think of Old Hollywood summer style are white poplin bustier blouses paired with gingham cigarette pants or a pair of crisp sailor shorts with a simple mock neck tee and printed slingbacks.

A really easy choice is a collared wrap dress like this one from Gal Meets Glam that screams classic summer style or a chic little halter romper in all-white that would look just right on a yacht in the Mediterranean or the cover of a Slim Aarons photo book.

A classic look that’s easy to pull together, inspired by Jackie Kennedy is a silky black button-down blouse paired with a lightweight linen, button-front skirt and gorgeous leather sandals.

As for accessories, the sunglasses are the biggest thing but you can also try a straw boater, a statement headband to dress up a simple outfit, a vintage silk scarf to wear on your head or tied around the handle of your bag, and of course, a structured basket bag.

five outfits for summer activities

It may not be official for a few more days, but in my eyes, summer is here! I’m ready for all of the festivities from beach picnics and having popsicles in the afternoon to taking road trips and going to theme parks in Orlando for the day. Whatever is on your summer schedule, I know you’ll need outfits. As I do every season, I’ve put together an outfit idea for five different things you might be up to this summer.

swimming at the pool

Any pool look obviously starts out with a cute swimsuit. I’m loving this powder blue bikini from Solid & Striped paired with an oversized white button-down as a chic cover-up. Top it off with a navy ball cap and sunglasses to protect your face from then sun, then load up all of your books and things in a basket tote with a cute navy-and-white gingham detail like this one from Loeffler Randall.

spending the day at a theme park

Typically, when I think theme park, I do think fun pastels but I actually feel like a simple, neutral look is the best way to stand out in a good way. To keep cool, try a white racerback tank top paired with linen shorts. For a functional but cute shoe, I like the beige platforms from Converse. For accessories, add a pair of tortoiseshell glasses and a backpack to carry all of your things for the day.

backyard cookout

If you’re hosting or heading to a friend’s house for a fun barbecue, I love this Provence-inspired look which looks beautiful but is also very functional for a hot day outdoors. Pair a simple, printed maxi dress with your best pair of espadrilles. Carry your hostess gifts in a big wicker tote and pair it with some oversized, Hollywood sunglasses.

brunch by the beach

Try a nautical look for Sunday brunch by the sea with a light blue, square-neck top paired with white denim shorts. Dress it up with a cute straw hat and then pick neutral accessories like a navy black and chic leather sandals.

cocktail party on the patio

Instead of the typical cocktail dress, try a white jumpsuit for your summer parties. For a quintessentially summer look, pair it with rattan statement earrings, a pair of clear shoes, and a neutral gray bag.

pretty things no. 40

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Happy Saturday! We haven’t had a new edition of Pretty Things in awhile because of last month’s travel, but I’m happy to be back to sharing all the loveliest things I’m finding on the internet lately.

I’ve fallen deeply, deeply in love with the brand Amaio Swim and have found myself daydreaming about a number of their pieces, particularly the Jolie, off-the-shoulder top. Not only is it a gorgeous piece for the beach or pool, but you can also pair it with a high-waisted skirt for a brunch look.

These Sudini Rovigo slingbacks are such a classic piece with a little twist: a sweet bow on the back of the ankle. These would be great with a beautiful, summer dress or with white, rough hem jeans and a feminine blouse.

This chic basket bag is the perfect summer accessory staple to pair with everything from a sun dress to a black-on-black look for dinner. This bag is sun dried and made with a smoking technique, so it actually has a slightly smoky smell which I love.

This lightweight wrap dress is such a lovely option for summer occasions from weddings to Sunday brunch. Pair it with delicate strappy heels, a pair of cute sandals, or white sneakers for a sporty vibe.

I saw this photo of Jackie Kennedy recently, which inspired me to look up some sculptural, metal jewelry because she just looked so chic. I found this pair from Argentine designer Fernanda Sibilia, which I think would be great to pair with an otherwise netural, linen outfit.

One of my favorite things to do anytime of year, but especially in the summer, is put on a nice smelling face mask and relax for a mini spa day. One of my favorites that I return to time and time again is the Caudalie Instant Detox Mask. It’s great for cleansing pores and giving you that glowing, summer skin.

five outfit ideas for concerts this summer

Well, I was so excited because tonight, my friend and I were supposed to be going to see Ariana Grande in Orlando. BUT, the show got postponed (until November!!) at the very last minute. I was planning on sharing outfit ideas for concerts to align with this. Even though it’s kind of irrelevant to my night now, I know you all probably have concert plans this summer, so there’s no shame in sharing still.

I’ve also rounded up a couple of cute clear stadium bags. I’ve noticed these are hard to find. It seems like the cute ones are a million dollars and the decently priced ones are kind of ugly. Luckily, I actually found my go-to bag, a clear one with a red and green strap, at Walmart of all places.

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This is a great look for someone who may have a more classic style. Pair a neutral, lacy camisole with a matching long cardigan for a monochromatic look on top. For bottoms, try a pair of straight leg jeans and to make the look a bit more sporty (a concert is the perfect excuse), add a pair of Adidas pool slides.

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For certain shows, I like to pull references from edgy, rock’n’roll fashion with a little infusion of French girl style. Try a pair of chic, cut off black skinny jeans with a loose fitting black blouse, revealing a black lace bralette. Finish it off with a pair of edgy boots.

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If you want to try something a little different than standard concert fare, pair a white maxi dress with an oversized green army jacket. For a sporty vibe, add white Stan Smiths and finish it off with a pair of cool sunglasses if you’ll be outside.

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For a super easy and comfortable look that works for every type of concert imaginable, pair a loose little printed dress with white high-top Converse. Style with lots of gold rings and a pair of short hoop earrings.

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For an outdoor show, especially a festival, you might have a bohemian vibe in mind. Try a white boho blouse with classic denim cut offs. For a bit of country flair, try a pair of chic ankle cowboy boots and a colorful bandana in your hair, tied on the handle of your bag, or around your neck.

why you need a pair of adidas pool slides

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By the time we got from London to Amsterdam on this last trip, my feet were dead. Not to get TMI, but they were swollen and my pinky toe was in such bad shape, literally none of the shoes I packed allowed me to walk properly. I was literally limping through the airports 😅. Once we got to Amsterdam, we bought a cheap pair of sandals from H&M in my normal size but they were so tight, they barely stayed on when I walked!

Enter Adidas Adilette Aqua Slides, which were a godsend and are now one of my favorite pairs of shoes. After a no good second search of H&M, we went into Sneaker District because all I wanted were slides. I was magnetically drawn to a pair of size nine men’s pool slides (mind you, I’m a women’s 8, so these were like the equivalent of a women’s 10.5). They were so comfortable, I could finally walk normally and legitimately was able to enjoy the rest of our trip because of these shoes.

Now that I’m back home and my feet are back to normal, they are definitely a little roomy but I’m still able to wear them everywhere. They were a really good purchase, especially since I live somewhere where I go to the pool and beach year round. So, why am I telling you that you need these?

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I wholeheartedly believe that these are the best travel shoes. We all typically get sore feet when we travel, especially on trips with a lot of walking, and many people experience swollen feet on airplanes. So, these are ideal to have on hand for those situations. Buy them a size or so bigger than your normal size and these will be a lifesaver when your feet betray you.

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The other reason they’re so perfect for travel and everyday is their versatility. For being a pair of pool slides, they are rather chic and have this way of making any outfit look a little bit cooler. There are really endless ways to style these slides and you can make them work for any personal style. Yes, you can even pull them off with classic looks like a white button down and jeans or a little black dress. I genuinely believe you could take any casual Jackie Kennedy or Audrey Hepburn outfit, add these shoes and it would look really good.

I will say this: I wore these with a pair of black socks one day and I swear I felt like a teenaged French boy, but it was kind of fun, so whatever. I kept saying all I needed was a pair of weed socks and I’d officially be one. 😂