There's something about this time of year. Yes, it's September, yes, it's almost fall, but summer just refuses to release us from its grasp. And it becomes so oppressive, so intense, that we can't help but feel its presence all the time. Everyone is chomping at the bit to get out their new moto jackets and chunky knit sweaters for fall, but the simmering heat waves and 97% humidity are refusing to let us. To that we say...if you can't beat 'em, join 'em! Let's celebrate these dog days. It seems we spend the other three seasons waiting for summer; let's throw it a killer going away party. Get out that dress you never wore. Find the brightest, most obnoxious shade of lipstick you own. Squeeze into those white jeans one last time, because girl, you know you look amazing. You can wait another couple of weeks for fall lattes and knee socks. This is Indian Summer.
Tips & Tricks
The color palettes in both of these dresses are pretty intense (C's more so than J's, but J's got a mean streak of neon going on). Neutral accessories are an option, but you can also go just as bold as your dress in selecting jewelry, shoes, and bags. C stays within the same color family of pink and orange to play up the blue hues in the dress. J goes glam with a metallic clutch and huge statement earrings. Pop the lipstick like C or go dark as an homage to fall, like J. With makeup, just make sure that you balance a statement look with neutrals everywhere else on the face. For example, don't wear a drastic smoky eye with crazy lipstick.
Finding the Right Cut:
When wearing a bodycon dress, it's important to be con-scious (see what we did there) of the cut if you're a grown ass woman. You must strike a balance between sexy and mysterious, between classic and original. Since J is small chested, this razor sharp, low cut neckline looks incredible on her and emphasizes her assets. The tailored look and length of the rest of the dress balance out this plunging choice. C's got a racer back, athletic look going on, which makes for an edgy statement when paired with the super girly and busy print of this dress. The short length is flirty, as is the material, neoprene. Since bodycon is already a sexy look, be wary of too many other alterations: cutouts, backless, super deep Vs, panels, and short hems can be alluring and chic, but only if understated and balanced.
Shoes to be Happy:
Get out your party shoes. If accessorizing with a bright or neon color, it is best if the shoe is a solid color and not patterned. Accessorizing with pastels or muted colors, if you can pull it off, might present the opportunity for pattern. With close-toed heels, we always recommend a pointy toe rather than round for a sophisticated look. A strappy or caged sandal or a wedge would also look awesome with a bold, bright look such as these.
What We Wore:
Clutch: Street Level: also from Street Level / also awesome graphic clutch / Splurge metallic clutch
Necklace: LUCA Jewelry
Keep it Classy,
J & C