Monthly Archives: April 2017

Gap’s Big Sale Perfect for Your Fourth of July Barbecue

Looking for the perfect Fourth of July ensemble? Head to Gap—the heritage brand’s summer collection is full of pieces in Americana-inspired prints and festive colors that are suitable for the holiday, but also slide seamlessly into your regular summer rotation. And what’s more? Everything is on sale! Use code HAPPY for an extra 40 percent off your purchase from now until 11:59 EST on June 17, 2017. Shop some of our favorite picks from the sale here:

1. One-Shoulder Tie Top

Summer 2017 is all about showing off the shoulders—and this cotton one-shoulder tank is a perfect way to get in on the trend. Wear it untucked with jeans for a billowy, casual vibe, or tucked in with shorts and a belt for a more structured look. Also available in navy and white.

2. Flutter Tier Midi Dress

Want to try a midi prairie dress without looking too Laura Ingalls Wilder? Try this ultra-flattering kerchief-inspired number. Its paisley print, flutter sleeves, and subtle ruffles add the perfect amount of Western-influence without being overwhelming. Also available in red.

3. Stripe Linen Drapey Shorts

Maybe your summer be-all and end-all is a sturdy (but fluid) pair of shorts. Add to your collection with a pair of these linen, railroad-striped beauties. Their shape combines the best of the always-flattering skater-skirt silhouette, with all the flexibility that comes with wearing shorts. Also comes in neutral and black stripe.

4. Midi Wrap Dress

This flowy, geometric-print wrap dress is the perfect example of a desk-to-play workhorse. Its geometric print is classic, yet versatile enough to pair it with heels for a day at the office or white sneaks for your Independence Day barbecue.

5. Tencel Wide-Leg Utility Crop Trousers

Trying to beat the heat? Grab yourself a pair of these comfortable chambray culottes—summer’s most comfortable pant. Made from lightweight Tencel material, these are super soft and breathable, making them an all-around perfect pant for a humid summer day.

6. Web Handle Straw Tote

Though we think any straw tote is a summer essential, we think this one’s 70s-inspired woven handles and colorful, fancy fringe take it to the next level. Plus, it’s roomy enough to lug your essentials to work or your pile of must-reads to the beach.

7. Maternity Stripe Tie-Front Linen Shirt

The classic stripes and tie-front detailing on this collared tank evoke days of candy stores, drive-ins, and waiting for the ice cream man—all the best parts of retro summer fun. The best part? It’s 100 percent linen, so you’ll keep breezy while waiting for baby

Tips To Pull Off an Off the Shoulder Top

A guide to wearing summer’s trickiest trend.

1. Find the Right Underpinnings.

A strapless bra is a no-brainer—and if you’re on the bustier side, it’s also a necessity—but if you can, opt for reusable cover-ups instead. That way you won’t have to worry about constantly readjusting both your strapless bra and your strapless neckline. (We love that Bristols Six makes them in two different sizes and a range of skin tones).

2. Try Cut-Outs Instead.

Not sure if going completely cold-shouldered is for you? Test the waters with a top that has cut-outs rather than an entirely off-the-shoulder neckline. It’s an option that is equally as on-point, will allow you to wear your favorite bra, and will stay easily in place—no tugging involved. That’s a win-win-win.

3.Dare to Bare.

If you’re a sartorial risk-taker, try a twist on the trend that combines convenience and style: Pick a bra with pretty, embellished straps in a color that contrasts or complements your top, and let them act as an accessory to your ensemble.

Some Pieces for Summer Travel

Gear up for your warm-weather getaways with these essentials that will keep you looking perfectly polished—no matter where you roam.

1. Calpack Astyll 22 Inch Rolling Spinner Carry-On

Perfectly sized for overhead compartments—but with a surprisingly spacious interior—this lightweight case is also easy to spot on the bag carousel should you decide to check instead. Also available in midnight.

 

2. Soludos Knotted Platform Smoking Slippers

These beach-ready espadrilles are also TSA-friendly—they slip on and off in a snap so you can breeze through airport security.

3. J. Crew Perfect Shirt In Piece-Dyed Irish Linen

Lightweight and breathable linen dresses easily up (tucked into a midi skirt) and down (with jeans or over a swimsuit), making it a versatile piece to pack. Also available in black.

4. Banana Republic Floral Tiered Flounced Maxi Dress

Toss this breezy frock on to go seamlessly from the pool to your dinner reservation (it even has removable straps so you can convert it to a slightly fancier strapless style). Also available in pink.

5. Cara New York Bandana Trim Hat

No summer ensemble is complete without an outfit-making hat (and we love that it adds another layer of sun protection, too). Wear it en route so it won’t get squished in your bag.

6. Kenneth Jay Lane Gold-Plated Cord Earrings

Bright baubles are the perfect complement to this summer’s cut-out shoulder tops.

7. Jet&Bo 100% Cashmere Travel Set

A little luxury on the go, this set includes a blanket, eye mask, socks, and cashmere carrying case (use it as a pillowcase for airline pillows), so you’ll arrive looking and feeling refreshed