Jump on the off the shoulder trend for summer


We have some exciting news to share! Today, we’re launching our guest blogger program and we’re kicking it off with Las Vegas fashion blogger, Lindsey Simon. Her blog, The Nomis Niche, showcases her personal style and features helpful tips on how to make the most out of your wardrobe.

Lindsey specializes in mixing high and low fashion by incorporating investment pieces with budget-friendly finds. Italist is where Lindsey looks for those must-have designer pieces because of their large variety of options and their great prices. Now onto her contribution about her favorite summer style: the off the shoulder trend…

While I love going out with my husband, it’s also important to get some good quality time in with my lady friends too. In fact, studies have shown that friends are actually good for your health! They offer support, increase your life span, boost your immune system… and just make you a generally happier person.

And if I’m being honest, I think I put in more effort into my outfits when going out with my girls compared to date night with my husband! They just really pay attention to details, making it a great time to try out some new trends. So today I want to share with you some of my favorite “trendier” pieces compared to items I think are worth the splurge.

Of course, like most fashion bloggers, I’m obsessing over the off the shoulder trend. I love this off the shoulder chambray dress from Express because it’s so comfortable and easy to dress up or down. Also, I love pairing off the shoulder pieces with a neck scarf too. It’s a great alternative to a necklace and just adds a little something extra. I just love, love, love anything off the shoulder!

Off the shoulder, lindsey simon, summer fashion, denim dress, fashion blogger, italist blogger

Another trend I love is the chunky heeled sandal. They’re seriously EVERYWHERE! I’ve been wearing these chunky sandals from Topshop a lot lately. They look great with summer dresses, cropped denim, flared jeans, and of course, you guessed it, anything off the shoulder. An added bonus? They’re super comfortable too!

But as always , when it comes to trends I have to think which ones are worth splurging on. I’m a big proponent of “high-low” dressing, which is mixing high end pieces with more affordable ones. Not all trends are worth the splurge. However, I DO believe that it’s completely acceptable to spend money on bags, accessories and jewelry. They always fit and can last a very long time. Here are some of my favorites I have my eye on right now from Italist that I think would pair nicely with anything off the shoulder:

Italist Pieces Worth the Splurge:

Stella McCartney Botanical Clutch: Every girl needs a great statement clutch. This one is unique, yet versatile – which translates to… you’ll be using it for a long time to come and you’ll get a lot of compliments.

off the shoulder, stella mccartney, clutch

Quattrocento ‘Cuanta Pasion’ Sunglasses: I like this sunglass brand in particular because they’re 100% handcrafted in Italy. Their name refers to the 15th century Italian renaissance when the artisan groups were celebrities and painters were straight up celebs. They value a well-made piece and it shows.

Hogan over-the-shoulder or cross body bag: I have a less expensive version of this bag in black that I wear just about every day so I know if I spent the cash on a designer version it would definitely be worth it. I have my eye on the white leather version for spring/summer.

off the shoulder, hogan, shoulder bag, leather purse

Alexander McQueen Spider Bracelet: Now, before you think I’ve gone all “witchy” on you – you should know I love jewelry with either sentiment or symbolism, and the spider is incredibly symbolic. The eight-legged eight-eyed insect is actually an ancient symbol of power, mystery and growth. The spider weaves its web similar to how we weave our own lives. Think about it – a spider’s web serves as a home, a place to store food, an incubator for eggs, and many other functions. So, when that web gets knocked down, the spider’s entire livelihood goes with it. So, what does it do? It builds another. It builds its life back up, just as we may need to do from time to time when the world knocks us down. So yeah – I’m kinda diggin’ spider jewelry.

off the shoulder, lindsey simon, italist blogger, spring summer 2016

If you’re a fashion blogger who loves Italist like Lindsey and also want to guest contribute to the Italist magazine, we’d love to hear from you. Please email customercare@italist.com or leave us a comment on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

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