What to Wear: Labor Day Cookout

There’s a serious heat wave that’s hit the East Coast over the past few days. If you plan to stop by a couple cookouts to celebrate the Labor Day holiday, staying cool is a must. If you need some outfit inspiration — that’ll help you keep it cute without burning up today — we’ve got you covered.

Shop your closet to recreate this budget-friendly look — $100.81 from head-to-toe — that’s perfect for cookout-hopping (click on images for product details):

 Keep it stylish,

Andrea, S&P Founder and Editor

The Look for Less: Olivia Palermo

Photo: InStyle.com

Photo: InStyle.com

I often find myself scouring the Internet or old magazines for fashion inspiration that helps me with everything from crafting blog posts to updating my wardrobe as the seasons change to even decorating my new home. One person who always shows up in my stack of magazine clippings or who’s pics get bookmarked in my browser is reality TV personality-turned-fashion maven Olivia Palermo.

She always seems to get it right. From playing with proportions to mixing prints to layering textures, Palermo takes fashion risks without it looking too gimmicky or trendy.

During one of my regular fashion-spiration binges online, I came across the pic to the right of her on InStyle.com. She showed up to Valentino’s show during Paris Couture Fashion Week wearing a crisp, white button down blouse and a black and orange color-blocked skirt by Valentino, which she paired with some black-and-white printed ankle-strap  sandals and fringed clutch in a gorgeous Kelly green hue.

Check out this budget-friendly redux of Olivia’s high fashion look:

The Look for Less: Olivia Palermo

TOTAL OUTFIT PRICE = $172.63

Where to shop: 1. Factory Stretch Classic Button-Down Shirt, $24.50, jcrewfactory.com| 2. River Island Cream Screw Bezel Watch, $30.49, asos.com| 3. Roll Along Sea Green Clutch, $29, lulus.com| 4. ASOS Stripe A-Line Skirt in Scuba, $41.92, asos.com| 5Chinese Laundry LA Paz Sandals, $46.72, amazon.com

Keep it stylish,

Andrea, S&P Founder and Editor

 

Steals & Deals: Clothings Sales and Shopping Bargains

Going shopping this weekend? Before you pound the pavement, check out our round-up of the 10 best shopping deals.

Anthropologie: Take 20% Off Sale Items With BUZZ20 Promo Code

BCBGeneration: Online Sale Starting at $5.40

Franka Bootie, $69.99 (marked down from $139), vincecamuto.com

Franka Bootie, $69.99 (marked down from $139), vincecamuto.com

Calvin Klein: Up to 75% Off on Semi-Annual Sale

Kate Spade Saturday: Up to 50% Off on Final Sale Items

LOFT: FLASH SALE — Get 50% Off Full-Price Items With FLASH Promo Code — ENDS AT 10 A.M. ET

Nine West: Up to 60% Off on Summer Sale

Nordstrom: Swimsuit Separates for Under $30

Old Navy: Summer Clearance Sale

Shopbop: New Markdowns Starting at $8.40

Vince Camuto: Up to 60% Off on Clothing, Shoes, Jewelry, and Handbags

Keep it stylish,

Andrea, S&P Founder and Editor

9 Pairs of Tailored Shorts You’ll Love

A cute pair of tailored shorts — and we’re not talking denim — pull double duty. Not only do they help you beat the heat, but they also kick up the style factor on your summer looks. Try a pair in a trendy print (think: stripes or ikat) or with sophisticated details (think: leather trim or belted).

Another plus? You can easily dress them up or down. By swapping your flat sandals for a heeled pair, your look can go from dressy casual to date night in a matter of minutes.

Check out our top tailored short picks for under $60:

9 Pairs of Tailored Shorts You'll Love

Where to shop: 1. ASOS High-Waisted Shorts in Bold Stripe, $50.91, asos.com | 2. Thompson Shorts, $49.50, madewell.com | 3. Factory Oxford Chino Shorts, $21, jcrew.com   | 4. ASOS Belted Shorts With Turn Up, $37.33, asos.com  | 5. ASTR High-Waisted Print Shorts, $52, nordstrom.com | 6. T by Alexander Wang Tailored Shorts: $58.50, saksfifthavenue.com | 7. Ikat Shorts, $78, anthropologie.com | 8. Black Longline Shorts, $64, topshop.com | 9Faux Leather Trimmed Shorts, $15.80, forever21.com

Keep it stylish,

Andrea, S&P Founder and Editor

Fashion Forward: News & Advice

Stay up on the latest fashion trends, style tips and industry news:

12 Jumpsuits That Are Perfect for Work or Play (Refinery29.com)

Is Street Style Having a Reality Check? (HarpersBazaar.com)

How to Pack the Perfect Clutch Bag (Better.tv)

The 40 Best Shoes From Resort Shows (NYMag.com)

10 Streetwear Brands Making the Best Fashion Logo Parodies (PaperMag.com)

What to Wear for Girls’ Night Out (WhoWhatWear.com)

What to Wear… Summer Wedding

When getting dressed for a wedding — especially in the summertime — remember that you have sooooo many more options than a basic LBD or some other dark colored dress. From bold brights to pretty pastels to chic neutrals, think outside the box when putting your look together. As long as you’re not wearing all-white (off-white in moderation is OK — think: color-blocking) or the colors of the wedding party, just about anything goes.

Here’s an uber-feminine look that’s front row-worthy at some summertime nuptials that’s sure to score you best dressed wedding guest honors:

What to Wear to a Wedding

Where to Shop: 1. Maximum Opacity Dress, $84.99, modcloth.com | 2. Le Club Metallic Clutch, $49.99, ninewest.com | 3. Hive & Honey Two-Tone Hexagon Cuff Bracelet, $28, piperlime.com | 4. Chunky Link Earring, $11.88, asos.com | 5Sam Edelman ‘Allie’ Sandal, $87.07, nordstrom.com

Keep it stylish,

Andrea, S&P Founder and Editor

Fashion Forward: News & Advice

Stay up on the latest fashion trends, style tips and industry news:

QUIZ: What’s Your Fashion Style? (RealSimple.com)

10 Best Shopping Sites for Finding Exactly What You Want (LuckyMag.com)

How to Wear a Floral Print Blazer (WhoWhatWear.com)

8 Ways to Wear the Minimal Look (Elle.com)

5 Days, 5 Looks, 1 Girl (Vogue.com)

Sneak Peek: Peter Som + Anthropologie’s ‘Made for Kind’ Collection (SheFinds.com)