Friday, May 8, 2009

Summer Style at Urban Outfitters

I feel like Urban Outfitters moves in cycles. Sometimes it's great, and sometimes you walk in the store and walk out two minutes later. Right now is definitely a highpoint, especially if you're in the mood for some cute, warm weather dresses!

Lux Little Brother Blazer, $68 at, Silence & Noise Fleece Motorcycle Jacket, $68 at, Tikirani Floral Flounce Ruffle Dress, $88 at Cropped boyfriend blazers never go out of style. I like this one because it's the right mix of feminine, fitted, and slightly masculine with the assymetrical hemline (it's shorter in the back and longer in the front), and has a bit of an '80s vibe. I have a motorcycle jacket just like this blue one! The cobalt blue works almost like a neutral, but is much more cheerful than the typical navy blue, and I love the long, lean silhouette and wide collar. Very easy-going but chic at the same time. This dress, by Tikirani, is part of something Urban Outfitter's is doing where they pair up with independent designers who design an exclusive piece just for Urban. I've never heard of Tikirani, but I like the hippie-chic vibe of this dress. The spaghetti straps and oversized ruffle keep it modern, and the floral print has a cute, '70s feel. I'd recommend this if you have a smaller chest, because the ruffles on the bodice would add the illusion of a curvier torso.

Camilla & Marc Savannah Dress, $98 at, Camilla & Marc Amalie Dress, $128 at, Kimchi Blue Silk Applique Dress, $68 at Camilla & Marc were another team of designers that Urban Outfitters worked with. I love their regular stuff, but it's usually hundreds of dollars on Net-A-Porter, so it's nice to see some more affordable options from them. That yellow dress just screams summer to me, with the vibrant yellow and contrasting white hem. It's very flirty, and has a slightly deep back with laced-up ties (it's hard to explain, but there are more pics on Urban site). For a more year-round option, I like this black mini dress. It has cute, floral-esque detailing on the bodice, and a keyhole closure on the back. The pleated chiffon of that skirt would move so well, and the ruffle at the waist keeps the babydoll silhouette from being overwhelming. This last dress, by Kimchi and Blue, is an easy way to incorporate the Spring/Fall asmmetrical trend into your wardrope. The detail on the bodice almost looks like silk leaves--very cute in person--and the metallic belt/trim is a nice touch.

Kimchi Blue Dobby Babydoll Dress, $58 at, Sam Edelman Galinda Sandal, $120 at, Ecote Pyramid Gladiator Sandal, $48 at I actually tried on that first dress in the store today, and I swear, it's much, much cuter in person. It's got a bit of a vintage, French, nautical vibe, it's very flattering, and even Maud liked it. And we don't agree on most things fashion. :) I'm always looking for cute, flat sandals. Flats have a much lower probability of me falling over and breaking things and they're comfy, and sandals are a great summer staple. Gladiators are fine, but I'm kind of in gladiator overload right now, and these two sandals are a cute alternative. I love the bling of the Sam Edelman pair, and the jewels work really nicely with the earthy, brown leather. The Ecote pair is on the edgier side, but seriously, that's a lot of sandal for under $50. They're interesting, they're complicated, there are studs AND braids. I'm kind of drooling right now.

Image Sources: BDG Blazer:, Silence & Noise Jacket:, Tikirani Dress:, Camilla & Marc Yellow Dress:, Camilla & Marc Black Dress:, Kimchi Blue Asymmetrical Dress:, Kimchi Blue White Trim Dress:, Sam Edelman Sandals:, Ecote Sandals:

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