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Chambray Shirt: Refined Girly or Tomboy Chic

How to wear a chambray/denim shirt; How to wear pleated skirt; summer outfit idea 2013, street style, Olivia Palermo, Alessandra Ambrosio, white skirt, dior blue bag, leopard flats, striped shorts, strappy sandal, mulberry alexa,  On Olivia Palermo: 7 For All Mankind Slim Western Denim   Shirt, white pleated skirt, white leather belt, French   Sole leoaprd ballet flats, Christian Dior crossbody bag, 	  Celine aviator sunglasses;   On Alessandra Ambrosio: Bella Dahl Split Back chambray shirt, Isabel Marant Elia braided leather belt, Isabel Marant striped Shorts, Mulberry MINI ALEXA bag, DV by Dolce Vita strap sandal, Ray-Ban Clubmaster Sunglasses.Photos: Olivia Palermo & Alessandra Ambrosio; Courtesy of instyle.com, justjared.com.

Like a crisp white button down, chambray shirt is definitely a wardrobe essential that is timeless, ageless and seasonless. Today, I picked two summer looks incorporated this iconic piece, hope they can give you more ideas to style yours.

Refined glamour with a touch of urban chic is Olivia Palermo’s signature. Here, she offsets a girly flirty white pleated skirt with a light washed chambray. Leopard print flats add details and fun to the look while maintaining the laid-back chic vibe.

Alessandra Ambrosio is known for her classic American casual off-duty looks with an urban bohemian touch. Here, a loose fitted shirt, shorts and strappy sandal combo might be too tomboyish, but she balanced out with details: colored striped hot shorts show off her sexy legs, stacked arm candy and flowy hair add girly elements.

Which is your favorite: Olivia Palermo’s refined girly look or Alessandra Ambrosio’s laid back casual look?

How to wear a chambray/denim shirt; How to wear pleated skirt; summer outfit idea 2013, street style, Olivia Palermo, Alessandra Ambrosio, white skirt, dior blue bag, leopard flats, striped shorts, strappy sandal, mulberry alexa,  On Olivia Palermo: 7 For All Mankind Slim Western Denim   Shirt, white pleated skirt, white leather belt, French   Sole leoaprd ballet flats, Christian Dior crossbody bag, 	  Celine aviator sunglasses;  Alternatives: 1. Current/Elliott The Perfect Shirt,  2. Chanel NAIL COLOUR 'Dragon',  3. GUESS by Marciano Elin Kling for GUESS white pleated skirt,  4. BCBG Whip-Stitch Waist Belt,  5. Gucci Oversized Aviator Sunglasses,  6. Sam Edelman leopard ballet flat,  7. Rebecca Minkoff 'Affair - Mini' Convertible Crossbody Bag

1. Current/Elliott The Perfect shirt (on Olivia Palermo on sale here)
2. Chanel nail color ‘Dragon’
3. Elin Kling for Guess by Marciano skirt
4. BCBG waist belt (on sale; similar here)
5. Gucci aviator sunglasses
6. Sam Edelman flat (on Olivia Palermo here)
7. Rebecca Minkoff ‘Affair – Mini’ (or the iconic M.A.C)

How to wear a chambray/denim shirt; How to wear pleated skirt; summer outfit idea 2013, street style, Olivia Palermo, Alessandra Ambrosio, white skirt, dior blue bag, leopard flats, striped shorts, strappy sandal, mulberry alexa,  On Alessandra Ambrosio: Bella Dahl Split Back chambray shirt, Isabel Marant Elia braided leather belt, Isabel Marant striped Shorts, Mulberry MINI ALEXA bag, DV by Dolce Vita strap sandal, Ray-Ban Clubmaster Sunglasses.     Also featured:  Madewell perfect leather belt,  Michael Kors watch,  Golden Lane Small Duo Satchel

1. Bella Dahl shirt (great style here & here)
2. Ray-Ban clubmaster sunglasses
3. Isabel Marant Aztec shorts (great alternative here & here)
4. Madewell perfect leather belt (on Alessandra here)
5. Michael Kors watch
6. DV by Dolce Vita sandal
7. Golden Lane satchel (on sale! last seen here)

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Summer Shorts: Classic Denim & Splash of Color (Part I)

how to wear denim shorts; summer outfit ideas shorts;    On Cameron Diaz:Reed Krakoff yellow bag, Stella McCartney sunglasses, Tabitha Simmons striped Espadrille Sneaker, high waisted denim shorts, white tank, beige blazer,   On Alessandra Ambrosio: Topshop Knitted Fluro Weave Jumper, Big Star 1974 Denim Remy Star Short, Mulberry bag,Ombre Coral and Rutilated Quartz Necklace, ballet flats; Photos: Cameron Diaz & Alessandra Ambrosio; Courtesy of zimbio.com.

Welcome to a new series that dedicates to an essential piece–“Summer Shorts”! From denim blue to crisp white and neon brights, from tough leather to delicate lace and dynamic stripes, this series will feature them all! Hope these hand-picked looks can inspire you to style yours and style chic during the dog days!

To start, I want to talk about the pervasive denim cutoffs. Like with any other wardrobe essentials, I look for details when hunting for my perfect pair. The leg elongating high-waisted version on Cameron Diaz and star print one on Alessandra Ambrosio are great examples: they are as versatile as basic ones but have more character.

You can simply style them with T-shirts: graphic, striped or plain white ones. But I like how today’s featured ladies did: liven up their outfits with bright colors. Blue goes well with many brights: yellow, orange, pink, red or green. You can go bold and pair your denim shorts with a bright neon Tee/jumper or learn from Cameron Diaz, add colors through accessories: a bright tote,  sneaker or colored sunglasses.

Alessandra Ambrosio’s colorful, bohemian-inspired look may be for bold players. As for Cameron Diaz’s outfit, I can see women of any age rock it stylishly.

how to wear denim shorts; summer outfit ideas shorts;    On Cameron Diaz:Reed Krakoff yellow bag, Stella McCartney sunglasses, Tabitha Simmons striped Espadrille Sneaker, high waisted denim shorts, white tank, beige blazer,   Alternatives: Miu Miu STRUCTURED LEATHER TOTE,  Joe's Jeans Easy Cutoff denim Shorts,  Gap Womens New Support Cami,  Acne LINEN BLAZER,  Stella McCartney CAT-EYE STYLE SUNGLASSES,  stella & dotDemi Layering Necklace - Gold,

Blazer: Acne (also here; similar here)
Top: Gap (more colors here!)
Shorts: Joe’s Jeans
Shoes: Tabitha Simmons (also seen on Miranda Kerr here)
Bag: Miu Miu (similar here & here)
Sunglasses: Stella McCartney (also here)
Necklace: Stella & Dot (wear it long or doubled) 

how to wear denim shorts; summer outfit ideas shorts;    On Alessandra Ambrosio: Topshop Knitted Fluro Weave Jumper, Big Star 1974 Denim Remy Star Short, Mulberry bag,Ombre Coral and Rutilated Quartz Necklace, ballet flats;  Alternatives:   Sam Edelman 'Felicia' ballet Flat,  Golden Lane Small Duo Satchel,   Dolce & Gabbana Iconic Logo Sunglasses,

Top: Topshop
Shorts: Big Star (also here)
Shoes: Sam Edelman
Bag: Golden Lane (or this one!)
Sunglasses: Dolce & Gabbana
Necklace: Frasier Sterling (similar here)

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White Blazer: Dress Up or Down

how to wear a white blazer; street style; how to wear maxi dress or skirt;  On Olivia Palermo: Christian Louboutin strappy sandals, Rebecca Minkoff becky white blazer Jacket, Chloé ‘Alice’ two tone purple and black bag, yellow silk cami, printed sheer maxi skirt, gold bracelet, gold watch, metallic belt;  On Olivia Palermo: Mulberry tweed chain bag, rebecca Minkoff becky white blazer Jacket,Paige LYDIA distressed denim JEANS,Tibi silk cami, Andrea Carrano nude ballet flats, Westward Leaning black cat eye sunglasses.

Photos: Olivia Palermo; Courtesy of startraksphoto.comzimbio.com.

White blazer is truly a wardrobe essential that we can pull out and restyle every spring/summer. This particular style by Rebecca Minkoff has been so popular. Besides the impeccable cut, structured silhouette, silk material and variety of color options (also here here), what attracted me the most are the unique shawl lapels, pointed hemline and high-low length. No wonder it has been loved by celebrities, trendsetters and fashion bloggers.

Today’s featured looks from Olivia Palermo showed us how versatile it is: It can polish up a laid back, distressed-jeans-with-ballet-flat combo or tone down bold colorful silk-cami-and-sheer-maxi-skirt look. For casual basic look like above right, one or two eye-catching accessories can instantly elevate it, be it a statement bag, an opulent necklace or a pair of trendy sunglasses; For a busy bold look like above left, it’s better to keep all the pieces in a similar color family: the yellow cami, brown printed maxi skirt, strappy sandals and metallic belt are all warm, rich color tones, thus they blend harmoniously without overwhelming.

how to wear a white blazer; street style; how to wear maxi dress or skirt;  On Olivia Palermo: Christian Louboutin strappy sandals, Rebecca Minkoff becky white blazer Jacket, Chloé ‘Alice’ two tone purple and black bag, yellow silk cami, printed sheer maxi skirt, gold bracelet, gold watch, metallic belt;  Alternatives:  J.Crew Carrie cami,  Chico Pleated Animal Maxi Skirt ,  'Cole Haan Marine Air' Sandal,   Mango Hook mesh belt,

Jacket: Rebecca Minkoff (great alternative herehere & here)
Top: J.Crew (extra 30% off with code SUMMERTIME)
Skirt: Chico’s (great buy here here)
Shoes: Cole Haan (similar here)
Bag: Chloé (on sale here & here! similar here)
Belt: Mango

how to wear a white blazer; street style; how to wear maxi dress or skirt;  On Olivia Palermo: Mulberry tweed chain bag, rebecca Minkoff becky white blazer Jacket,Paige LYDIA distressed denim JEANS,Tibi silk cami, Andrea Carrano nude ballet flats, Westward Leaning black cat eye sunglasses. Alternatives:  Tibi Classic Racer Back Camisole,   Sam Edelman 'Felicia' Flat,  Stuart Weitzman leopard chain crossbody bag,  Deborah Lippmann ‘Supermodel’ polish,

Jacket: Rebecca Minkoff (great alternative herehere & here)
Top: Tibi (also here; great alternative here)
Jeans: Paige Denim (love this leg slimming color!)
Shoes: Sam Edelman
Bag: Stuart Weitzman (lusting over this one!)
Sunglasses: Westward Leaning (similar here)
Polish: Deborah Lippmann ‘Supermodel’