one shirt, three ways

Truth: I have been trying to avoid buying clothes with prints, but failing. The reality is that my closet is chock full of color and prints (more so than neutrals) because they are just more exciting to buy, but as I’ve gotten older, again and again I pull out the same black dress. I’m not sure if it’s my age in life (to go Freud on you, I think I still associate prints, especially bright florals, with my embarrassingly awkward Lilly-filled tween days) or my impatience to wear new things and not repeat the same thing twice—and prints are easily identifiable. However, this silk Heidi Merrick cropped top has made me consider breaking my rule. The combination of the simple colors (black and white make it basically a neutral right?) makes it go with a lot—so follow along as I convince myself to wear it on a bunch of different occasions (from most dressy to least).

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#1 the spring fete– take it to the next level of dressy with a taffeta skirt and stilettos

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1. Heidi Merrick silk top

2. dance the night away (without your stomach hanging out) in a high-waisted skirt like this tibi

3. killer fringe clutch (i mean, a girl can dream right?)

4. equally amazeballs SW heels (see Jamie Chung slay in them here and you’ll inevitably find them in your shopping cart)

5. simple pearl studs in case the whole thing needs classing up a bit

#2 drinks with friends–because nothing pairs better with pinot than a crop top

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2. boxy raffia clutch to add another playful print

3. chunky neutral sandals to balance out the black

4. swap out the overplayed white jeans for a cream pair of Etro chinos–still equally comfortable, but fresh

#3 back yard bbq— silk + cutoffs? wear if you dare

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2. mix materials by pairing with black denim cutoffs (also obsessed with a silky pair from Old Navy, surprise surprise!)

3. simple Frye leather sandals keep it casual

4. my favorite red polish in the summer, Lollipop by Essie

5. im sure you’re sick of my obsession with tassels, but can’t stop won’t stop—this one by holst + lee is too good not to share (currently 20% off with code spring!)

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