Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Summer Essentials ft. The Chic Machine

4 Summer Pieces to Spice Up Your Wardrobe

Sometimes I forget that I am about to be a junior in college which means I’m expected to make adult decisions and do adult things… and every now and then act like an adult and wear a put together outfit. Most of the time, what I’m wearing falls between just-rolled-out-of-bed, classic, college grunge or completely (but unashamedly) overdressed. Nonetheless, there are still a few pieces I always have in rotation that my wardrobe couldn’t exist without. But instead of just throwing together a Buzzfeed-esque article with random Pinterest pictures and obvious choices (everyone in college wears athletic shorts, we know *rolls eyes*) I’ve collaborated with Dymond from The Chic Machine to create a lookbook with every “must-have” piece. I can’t remember how I happened upon Dymond’s blog over a year ago, but ever since then she’s embodied #BlackGirlMagic so much that I’m a little jealous I wasn’t as cool as she is when I was a senior in high school. You can check out her blog for all the looks that go with my picks below here.
1. A Striped T-Shirt
I hate using the term “must have” because I really don’t think there’s anything that every girl or woman must own. But in college, a black and white striped t-shirt is the sartorial equivalent of killing two birds with one stone because it’s casual enough to be a cool jeans and a t-shirt look for summer, a la Kendall Jenner. But it’s also nice enough that you can wear it under a blazer and look completely professional.
2. A Nice Sweatshirt
I know this may seem ridiculous at first. However, while in college you’re probably going to get a lot of free university t-shirts and hoodies with your school’s mascot on it, and sometimes that’s just not the look you’re going for. Having a cute sweatshirt (think Glossier not Gucci) automatically transforms your study outfit into effortlessly chic athleisure.
3. Denim Shorts You Love
Unless you’re going to school in an area that doesn’t get hotter than 65 degrees throughout the entire year, finding a pair of shorts you love should be on your summer to do list. With the amount of walking you’ll be doing on campus in the August and September heat (on the first day of fall last year it was in the mid-80’s in Nashville) you’re going to want to your favorite summer shorts for your mid-afternoon classes so do yourself a favor and find a pair of go-to denim shorts.
4. A Cute Hat
I’m a little biased because I love wearing hats, but bad hair days do happen. So does waking up 5 minutes before you have to get to class. And “I’m just not feeling it” days where you couldn’t be bothered to plug in a flat iron or pick up a brush. Of course baseball caps (or dad hats, if you’re into trendy rebranding…) are the typically hats of choice, but feel free to pick the style that suites you best. I’m particularly partial to beanies, even during the summer.