Instagram Favorites: An Ode to Summer

In honor of the last week of August, we’re paying tribute to summer by taking a look back at some of our favorite Instagram moments. From casual summer styles to must-have accessories for a weekend retreat, we can’t get enough of the lightweight fabrics and bold accessories that come with vacation season.

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On Instagram? Join us at @TopShelfClothes as we make a stylish transition into fall. 

Trend Report: Top-Rated Sunscreens

SPF number is just one thing to consider when finding the perfect sunscreen. Why? Because texture, scent, and sensitivity to skin can be the determining factors of whether or not you actually wear it. After all, no one wants to feel oily all day long. To help you out, we’re sharing 5 top-rated sunscreens to try.

Best Sunscreen for Face | La-Roche Posay Anthelios Tinted Mineral Sunscreen, Kiehl's Sunscreen, Coppertone Sensitive Skin Sunscreen, bareMinerals sunscreen, Shiseido Ultimate Protection Sunscreen

  1. La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Tinted Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid: This sunscreen can double as a foundation with its tinted mineral formula that is designed to even out minor imperfections. We especially love the super-thin fluid and barely-there feel of this lotion.
  2. Kiehl’s Since 1851 Activated Sun Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 50 for Face & Body: If you’re skin is feeling extra dry, we recommend giving Kiehls a go. This lightweight lotion leaves skin smooth and dewy, plus it’s packed with antioxidants for additional anti-aging benefits.
  3. Coppertone Faces Sensitive Skin Sunscreen Lotion: Not looking to drop a ton of money on sunscreen? This drugstore pick will do the trick. Coppertone’s formula is perfect for those with sensitive skin, as it is both fragrance and oil free. At about $8, you can’t go wrong.
  4. bareMinerals SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen: The active ingredients in mineral powder won’t break down as quickly as liquid formulas do in the heat. So, if you’re constantly on the go or are looking for a reliable sunscreen for your next vacation, this bareMinerals pick will hold up in your purse, glove compartment, or beach bag.
  5. Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream + Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ For Face: As for the ULTIMATE sun protection, we recommend Shiseido. This heavy-duty cream is versatile enough to hold up in water and under makeup, plus, it offers a fast absorbing, non-sticky texture.

Summer-to-Fall Fashion: Dresses for Every Price Range

While we’d love to pretend that summer is here to stay, fall weather (and fashion) is right around the corner. Rather than prepping for autumn with heavy knits and pants, we’re embracing summer fashion for as long as possible with dresses that can be worn for a range of seasons. Shop summer-to-fall dresses for every price range. 

Summer to Fall Dresses Under $100

Fall Dresses | Felicity & Coco dress, Ark & Co white embroidered dress, Feel the Piece V Neck Maxi Dress

  1. Felicity & Coco Seamed Pencil Dress: This little black dress is great for any season with its classic fit and knee-length silhouette. Wear it with strappy sandals or pointed toe pumps.
  2. Feel The Piece V Neck Maxi Dress: This summery vneck can easily be taken to fall. Team it with a black leather jacket and a matching clutch for an edgy night out.
  3. Ark & Co. Embroidered Eyelet DressThis dress evokes femininity with its slim waist and embroidered hem. Keep it summer casual in your favorite flat sandals or pair it with tan ankle booties for the cooler weather.

Summer to Fall Dresses $100-$250

Fall Dresses | T by Tashi Sheath Dress, Splendid Maxi Dress, Addison Fit and Flare Dress

  1. T by Tadashi Seamed Sheath Dress: Looking for a bright color to wear year-round? Then this is the blue for you. Team it with anything from nude heels to a printed pump for instant wow-factor.
  2. Splendid Stretch Jersey Maxi Dress: This soft gray maxi is perfect for those days when you’re looking for extra comfort. Take this dress to the beach with flip-flops and a tote or wear it this fall with a denim jacket and flats.
  3. ADDISON Dara Fit and Flare Zipper Detail Dress: An optical mesh pattern lends a cool, graphic touch to this mini dress. Take yours for a cool night out with a fitted jacket and pumps. 

Summer to Fall Dresses $250+

Fall Dresses | Diane von Furstenberg Printed Wrap Dress, Needle and Thread Silk Dress, Madison Marcus Embroidered Dress

  1. Diane von Furstenberg Prita Printed Silk Crepe de Chine Dress: A lightweight wrap dress is not only flattering on just about anyone, but it is also perfect for any season. Wear yours now with heeled sandals and a tan tote or take it to fall with a lightweight jacket and pumps.
  2. Madison Marcus Embroidered Silk Dress: This flirty silhouette can be taken from season to season with proper layering. Pair it with sky-high sandals and a printed clutch or transition to fall with a cream jacket and pumps.
  3. Needle & Thread Lace Stitch Embellished Georgette Shift Dress: The ¾ sleeve cut of this shift dress makes it suitable for a range of seasons and occasions. Team yours with metallic pumps and a solid clutch.

Global Street Style: New York, Barcelona, and Paris

Fashion may vary from city to city, but one thing always stands true: summer street style is playful, creative, and an excellent source of outfit inspiration regardless of where you live. Today we are looking at street fashion from around the world. From the sidewalks of our very own NYC to the streets of Barcelona, these ladies are sporting everything from classic white tees to printed jumpsuits for their street chic looks.

Summer Street Style: NYC Casual

New York Street Style | Barcelona Street Style | Paris Street Style

New York Street Style

New York Street Style | Paris Street Style | Barcelona Street Style

New York Street Style

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Humid temps in NYC haven’t stopped streetwalkers from bringing their A-game. Their go-to outfits? The always chic white tops. Miranda Kerr masters New York street style in a tucked in v-neck tee, skinnies, and booties. Elle’s editor, Danielle, sports a peplum-like blouse and cropped skinny jeans for her flirty look. Both ladies keep it casual with understated handbags and oversized shades.

Shop the Looks: Adia Kibur Link Chain Necklace; Nina Ricci Marche Medium Leather Tote; Splendid Vintage Whisper Tank; Kate Spade New York Laguna Court Penelope Satchel; Current Elliot Stiletto Jeans; Joie Corielle BlouseCarrano Flat Sandal

Summer Street Style: Boho in Barcelona

New York Street Style | Paris Street Style | Barcelona Street Style

Barcelona Street Style

New York Street Style | Paris Street Style | Barcelona Street Style

Barcelona Street Style

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Ladies in Spain are taking bohemian-inspired looks to the city with a range of warm colors and prints. From an entirely patterned jumpsuit to a striped bag and cool head wrap, both looks combine laidback, breezy fabrics with eye-catching details.

Shop the Looks: Yumi Kim Jumpsuit; Karen Walker Sunglasses; TKEES Senny Slip-OnNamrata Joshipura Leaf Turban Headband; Melissa Jason Wu Harmonic Flip Flops; BP. Babydoll High/Low Tank

Summer Street Style: Paris Haute Couture

New York Street Style | Paris Street Style | Barcelona Street Style

Paris Street Style

New York Street Style | Paris Street Style | Barcelona Street Style

Paris Street Style

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The French definitely dressed to impress for Haute Couture week.  These ladies used high waistlines to create two completely different, yet equally bold looks. On the left, shimmering fabrics combine with a white skirt for a chic, minimalist look. The right utilizes two prints in matching colors to create a standout look that demands attention. Both look require minimal jewelry, allowing the fabric details to shine.

Shop Similar Looks: Burberry London Pencil Skirt; Tibi Cropped TopKate Spade New York Amara Sunglasses; MSGM Printed Bag; Alice + Olivia Metallic Heels; Saloni Printed Wide Trousers; Diane Von Furstenberg Printed Sleeveless Top 

5 Wear-Anywhere Stylish Watches for Summer

While we love our glam accessories any time of the year, sometimes it’s nice to have backup options for beach trips, BBQs, and other outdoor excursions. Today we’re setting our top-notch watches aside and sharing equally chic (and water resistant) wrist candy that you can wear all summer long.

5 Stylish Watches to Wear Anywhere:

Stylish Watches | Kate Spade Watches; RumbaTime Watches; Sara Designs Watches; Michael Kors Bradshaw Watch;  Marc Jacobs Silicone Watch

  1. Kate Spade New York Skyline Bracelet Watch: Kate Spade takes “sporty chic” to a new level with this colorful watch. The contrasting blue and gold details will add a playful feel to any casual outfit.
  2. RumbaTime Gramercy Watch: With its delicate braid-like wristband and an adjustable toggle, this little watch is the perfect beach accessory. Dress it up with your favorite gold jewelry or keep it simple with an earthy-tone swimsuit.
  3. Michael Kors Sport Watch: Gold-tone chronograph lends a luxe elegance to this water resistant Michael Kors watch. 
  4. Sara Designs Bright Woven Magenetic Watch: Leather and fluorescent bands combine with gold-tone chains for an accessory that practically screams summer. Mix and match your favorite bracelets for standout arm candy.
  5. Marc by Marc Jacobs Henry Skeleton Silicone Watch: This bright Marc Jacobs watch is water resistant up to 50 meters and will add some spunk to your casual attire.


How to Shop for the Man in Your Life

Whether you’re in a new relationship or have been dating for years, one this is always true: even during the honeymoon phase, shopping for your man can be hard! Shirt styles are endless, watches are hit or miss, and finding the right fit for jeans is nearly impossible. However, there are several categories that are sure-fire hits. From everyone’s favorite Ray-Ban sunglasses to versatile swim trunks, we’re sharing our go-to gift picks.

Shop for the Man in Your Life: Swim Trunks

Swimsuits are fairly simple in style, so you won’t have to worry about buying the wrong fit. Pick a color and length you know he’ll like and you’re good to go.

Mens Summer Fashion | Volcom Swimsuit; J.Crew swimsuit; Onia swimsuit

  1. Volcom Static Chino Shorts: These shorts feature water-resistant fabric and four-way stretch technology that will allow your man to transition from the park to the pool with ease (and style).
  2. J.Crew 9” Board Short in Oxford Cloth: J.Crew has transformed their swimsuits, making them even better than before. This classic style features moisture-wicking, quick-drying fabric to ensure all-day comfort.
  3. Onia Solid Calder Trunks: A mid-length version of the Onia swimwear staple. These trunks offer a comfortable fit with a preppy style that will match just about anything.

Shop for the Man in Your Life: Shoes

While shoes may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of gifts, lightweight summer styles are actually very easy to pick out. Try a casual boat shoe or flexible sneaker that will work with any foot size, wide or narrow.

Mens Summer Fashion | Sperry Boat Shoe; J.Crew Flip Flops; TOMS Sneakers

  1. Sperry Top-Sider Authentic Original Boat Shoe: Soft, red leather offers an unexpected neutral that your man will love. They’ll go with anything from board shorts to slacks.
  2. J.Crew Island Slipper PT203 Flip-Flops in Suede: When in doubt, flip-flops are always great for summer. This J.Crew pair was made by hand and combines lush suede with a thick rubber sole. Stylish and practical!
  3. TOMS Paseos Chambray Sneaker: TOMS transforms the chambray trend into their classic sneaker style. The lightweight, flexible fit is perfect for summer.
Shop for the Man in Your Life: Sunglasses
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Shopping for a pair of shades can be a piece of cake if you follow a general “sunglasses for your face shape” guide. If you’re still unsure, opt for a universally flattering fit like our Ray-Ban sunglasses pick below.

Mens Summer Fashion | Ray-Ban Sunglasses; Persol Sunglasses; Givenchy Sunglasses

  1. Ray-Ban Classic Clubmaster 51mm Sunglasses: Ray-Ban sunglasses are a classic hit and this style will flatter just about any face shape. We love the metal rims for a modern update. 
  2. Persol Square Sunglasses: Polished metal arrows give this celeb favorite a distinctive style.
  3. Givenchy Aviator 60mm Sunglasses: An edgy metallic inset offers a fresh take on these vintage-inspired aviators.

 

Fashion Blogger Style: Summer Beauty Trends

From flowing fabrics to tousled locks, casual flats to bright lips, this week’s best-dressed bloggers are putting unique spins on summer fashion. See how the ladies of Gal Meets Glam, Lovely Pepa, and Sincerely Jules utilize on-point beauty trends to complete their summer ensembles.

Fashion Blogger Style: Lovely Pepa

TopShelf Clothes | Fashion Blogger Style | Lovely Pepa

Alexandra Pereria goes casual chic in a geometric print top. She pairs a bold pullover with understated shorts, a brown shoulder bag, and gold accessories. Alexandra completes her effortless summer outfit with understated makeup and on-trend tangerine nails. We love how the orange nails complement the warm pink and gold colors that pop throughout her look.

Fashion Blogger Style: Gal Meets Glam

Fashion Blogger Style | Gal Meets Glam | Joie Jacket

Julia Engle masters feminine chic summer style by mixing textures and patterns (shop the look). Julia pairs an eye-catching Joie short suit with an eyelet top for an unexpected punch of flare. The stylish blogger completes her look with bright eye makeup, soft hair, and coral lip gloss. The best part? Julia complements her warm summer makeup with equally warm coral flats. Flirty femme from head to toe!

Fashion Blogger Style: Sincerely Jules

Fashion blogger style | Sincerely Jules | Madewell Panama Hat

Few women do boho chic better than blogger, Julie Sarinana. Julie keeps it beach-casual in simple black shorts, a denim button down, and flat sandals. She adds an unexpected touch of sophistication with her black Céline bag and contrasting fedora. How does she master summer beauty? By flaunting her perfectly tousled beach waves and tanned skin.

Trend Report: Summer Beauty Guide

Summer is about lighter layers, bronzed skin, and a whole new beauty color palette. As you take advantage of the latest trends, remember that your outfit can either complement or detract from your styled hair, nails, and makeup. Follow our summer beauty guide below so that no lip goes unnoticed this summer. Hint: it’s all in the contrast!

Summer Beauty Guide: Nude Nails with a Navy Backdrop

“A navy skirt, matching cami and gold heels make a chic, summer look perfect for a dinner date or formal event. Pretty nude polish compliments this monochromatic look perfectly” – Bryn

Summer Beauty Guide | Vernis Nail Lacquer by Dior

Shop The Look: Vernis Nail Lacquer by Dior, Navy Lace Skirt by Champagne & Strawberry, Navy Swingy Cami by Eight Sixty, Gold Stecy Shoe by Steve Madden, Gold Taner Bar Mini Studs by Gorjana, and Gold Precision Ring by Kelly Wearstler.

Summer Beauty Guide: Standout Summer Lips

“An orange lip color is striking, fun and festive especially when paired with a charming white dress. Complement the peachy orange and stash all your essentials with this on-trend clutch by Samudra Feather.” – Mae

Summer Beauty Guide | YVES SAINT LAURENT ROUGE VOLUPTÉ

Shop The Look: Rouge Volupte by Yves Saint Laurent, Shadia Dress by Elizabeth and James, Ardella Low Heel Sandals by Sam Edelman, Feather & Sea Pouch by Samudra, and Astor Buckle Bangle by Michael Kors

Flats for the Office

Flats to work? It IS possible. With similar color schemes in mind, TopShelf stylists Mae and Bryn share their picks for comfortable, stylish workwear. See how delicate pastels, floral patterns, and sophisticated flats combine to create fashion-forward office attire.

Summer Work Outfits: Metallic Touch

TopShelf Clothes | Summer Work Outfits

“When paired with a fun summer pencil skirt flats can create a put together look that is office appropriate. Accentuate this charming floral print skirt with these metallic ballet flats.” – Mae

Shop the Look: Stateside Royal Supima Crew Tee; Club Monaco Aubrey Skirt; Kate Spade New York Small Square Stud Earrings; Anniel Pointed Ballerina Flats; Rebecca Minkoff Amorous Satchel; Gorjana Desti Cuff Bracelet

Summer Work Outfits: Florals & Pleats

TopShelf Clothes | Summer Work Outfits

“Pair a classic silk blouse with a white pleated skirt for a chic work outfit that is perfect for summer. These floral flats by Jeffrey Campbell add a finishing, feminine touch.” – Bryn

Shop the Look: Equipment Signature Blouse; JOA Pleated Skirt; Marc by Marc Jacobs Snake Bangle Bracelet; Jeffrey Campbell In Love Floral d’Orsay Flats; Rebecca Minkoff Medium MAB Tote; Marc by Marc Jacobs Watch Bandz Bracelet

Summer Flats for Every Style

While we in the TopShelf office love a great pair of heels, we have to admit; they’re not always practical. Luckily there are plenty of stylish flats to make up for it. Are you a hipster, trendster, or perfectly preppy? Find the perfect pair of flats for your style.

Stylish Flats for the Hipster

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  1. HalogenKayla d’Orsay Flats: Striped flats will add instant excitement to any outfit. Highlight these shoes by teaming them with classic skinnies and a solid blouse.
  2. Dolce Vita Voltera Oxford: At 60% off, these Dolce Vita oxfords are a steal. Keep it cool with boyfriend jeans and summer knits.
  3. Hinge Leggett Oxford: Delicate perforations revamp this menswear-inspired shoe. Create a cool contrast by teaming yours with a bouncy skirt.

Stylish Flats for the Trendster:

TopShelf Clothes | Stylish Flats

  1. MadewellTangier Flats: Curved cutouts and tonal embroidery give understated style to these d’Orsay flats. Wear them with anything from laid-back denim to colorful shorts.
  2. Jeffery Campbell In Love Floral d’Orsay Flats: Florals are in, so why not make them part of your everyday wardrobe? Make these shoes pop against white pants.
  3. Marc by Marc Jacobs Friends of Mine Shorty Loafers: Add a playful touch to your daily style with these Marc Jacobs flats. Team them with straight leg jeans and a blazer.

Stylish Flats for the Preppy Lady:

TopShelf Clothes | Stylish Flats

  1. Sophia WebsterLoca Patent Leather Skimmer: Elegant patent flats get a playful update with this mix of mint and green leather. Make them pop against fitted trousers and a solid shirt.
  2. MICHAEL Michael Kors Dixie Ballet Flat: A classic ballet flat in versatile khaki will match just about anything. Take them to work with knee length skirt or keep it casual with your favorite pair of denim.
  3. J.Crew Cleo Woven Leather Loafers: Woven details put a feminine spin on this smoking slipper. Team them with boyfriend jeans and a blazer.