SUMMER. The best two syllable word on all of our minds right now. In the teasing wake of this month’s weather, all I can do is sit at my desk and daydream of sunnies, tanks, neons, espadrilles…and a darn good tan to go along with it all! And as I begin to drift far away from my responsibilities, picturing myself on some sandy beach, my mailman blesses me with J.Crew’s May Style Guide, and I am able to picture that sandy beach just a little clearer.
Aside from the May Style Guide’s ability to solidify my thoughts that I am more than ready for summer… I now feel as though I have no clothes, and must own everything on every page.
What we’re coveting for this season…
1. Anything “Punk Floral.” This print (donned on the cover of this month’s catalogue) was archived from an old botanical book, dug up by one of the Women’s designers. Citron and pink flowers, accented in black, are scattered across a field of emerald green, giving the pattern a sophisticated Pop Art feel.
Style Tip: Don’t be afraid to mix polka dots or stripes with bolder prints. After all, floral is summer’s neutral!
2. Anything flowy and free. From beachy tunics to maxi dresses to the new Silk Flutter top, summer is the time for breezy pieces in beautiful colors. The best part about these pieces is their ability to take you from picnic to party with only few minor adjustments. (Colorful jewels, anyone?)
Style Tip: Add a baseball cap or boyfriend jeans for a sporty turn on flirty attire.
3. Anything Neon. Nothing compliments a summer’s tan more than hues that are just short of radioactive. Whether it’s Shocking Pink, Neon Violet, Citrus Lime, or prints that include all of the above, J.Crew girls welcome these colors in anything from 3” Chinos to Vintage Cotton V-Necks.
Style Tip: Celebrate summer by creating a look in head-to-toe neon. The safest way to do this is staying monochromatic, while adding accents in a similar color family.
Although these looks are our favorite, there are some other aspects of the Style Guide that deserve Honorable Mention. Mostly, the beach-ready attire that have me begging for a vacation sooner rather than later:
And this little girl, because, I mean, she could not be any cuter:
And, lastly, you’re welcome.
What was your favorite part of this month’s Style Guide? Any pieces you have to have? Could do without? Comment below, or tweet the @JCrewReview with hashtag #StyleGuideScan and let us know!