Suit Yourself

When your work is feeling stale during the summer months and you’d rather book a vacation than book a new client, the one thing you can switch up is your wardrobe!

Let's refresh, shall we?

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(Harpersbazaar.com)

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(Rosie Thomas of The Londoner)

A full suit may appear to be a funky outfit choice. But don't knock it till you try it. Summer suits are acutely effortless! Patterned suits in particular speak more to the summer season with their whimsical, playful style. There are so many ravishing designs from floral to geometric. I honestly love 'em simply because they're easy to wear. Just throw on a white t-shirt, and some pumps, and you’re set. If you are feeling bold and your workplace is pretty lax on the dress code, try a short suit; if you are feeling incredibly daring try out Rose Thomas’s, (from The Londoner blog), look: she pulls it off buttoned up and sans shirt.

When my eyes get crossed from paging through patterned suits, I relieve them of the deluge of ornamentation and pull up a pic of Blake Lively in her chili pepper red suit and breezy ponytail. If you fear a patterned suit is not in your future, fear not, there are plenty of stunning monochrome suits. Besides, with a solid suit, you can accentuate with a witty graphic tee or a delicately embroidered blouse.

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(Blake lively, stylebistro.com)

While some suits can be an expensive purchase, you’ll find yourself coming back eager to wear them again and again. Suits have the convenience and ease of a casual romper: they are statement pieces and they speak for themselves, accessories are usually optional with this outfit, and they are great for formal occasions and informal events (ditch the jacket and sling it over your shoulder!).

Power of the Parasol

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(Lady Gaga, Flynet)

Catherine, Britain's Duchess of Cambridge, visits the Kranji Commonwealth War Cemetery in Singapore

KATE MIDDLETON

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(Leslie Kirchoff for Vogue)

After a friend attended a New Orleans wedding, she raved not about the crazy heat or the fun music, the Mardi Gras parades or the delectable food, but rather the umbrella that the bride had held at the wedding. In New Orleans, newlyweds use an umbrella to lead their guests from the ceremony to the reception, the bride carries the custom-made sunshade, while the guests follow waving crisp white handkerchiefs.

In China, umbrellas act as protection and shield from harm, in one Chinese myth, a loving wife fashions a parasol to keep her husband’s food from getting wet as he walks.

 

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(MaluMalu Swartjes, TheStylishConfessions)

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(STEPHANIE WILLIAMS, GREENWEDDINGSHOES.COM)

It is a shame that parasols are rarely used in the U.S. When we see someone pop open an umbrella, we become worried that a sudden downpour will materialize. However, especially in the summer, a cute parasol could be used to complete an outfit as well as keep you cool.

The unlikely accessory is extremely practical and could also provide a whole new avenue for fashion. Designers could whip up stunning conversation pieces that would have similar effects as the revered fascinators in England, or hats at the Kentucky Derby. Having said that, not everyone might desire a cumbersome and over-the-top parasol like Lady Gaga’s, so a simple polka dot or classy stripe would suffice. Instead of the generic clear bubble shaped umbrellas, people could use them to pick up an accent color in their outfit or to display a funky pattern that may be too tricky to be pulled off in dress or skirt form. So instead of saving parasols for a rainy day, why not pull them out while the sun is still out?

Check out these other stars and their exquisite accessories!

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(Duchess of Cornwall, getty images)

 annehathway-parasol(Anne Hathaway, J. Garcia/Startraksphoto.com)

Sources:

http://www.neworleanscvb.com/weddingsite/new-orleans-wedding-umbrellaandhankerchief.html

http://kaleidoscope.cultural-china.com/en/137Kaleidoscope56.html