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Vacation Outfit Ideas (Part I)

What to Wear on Vacation; how to wear prints, stripes and bold colors; Olivia Palermo, spring/summer, street style,  floral print dress, striped shorts,red top, ballet flats, straw tote,   On Olivia Palermo: floral print dress, Mar Y Sol straw bag, Pretty Ballerinas printed mesh ballet flat;  On Olivia Palermo: TIBI Striped knitted-cotton shorts,  Mar Y Sol straw bag, Tibi Cami Silk Halter, Westward Leaning sunglasses, Pretty Ballerinas printed mesh ballet flat; Photos: Olivia Palermo; Courtesy of dailymail.co.ukmavrixphoto.com.

Whether long or short, various vacations still fill out our August calendar. This four-part series is dedicated to helping you stay chic on the way, all inspired by style savvy Olivia Palermo and her recent trip to Greece.

Straw tote is definitely a summer vacation essential. Its inherent casualness instantly makes any outfit beach ready. Stripes, bright colors and cheerful prints are also essential elements to lighten up a trip.

This season, instead of traditional nautical blue/white pieces, pack the trendy black/white version. They are equally chic, but more sleek and modern, along with a breezy sundress and ballet flat, resulting several effortlessly chic outfits that can take you from the boardwalk to the sidewalk.

In Chinese: 进入8月,仍有不少或长或短的出游计划。看看时尚偶像Olivia Palermo在她最近的希腊之旅中都穿了些什么,从中找些搭配灵感吧。

编织包是海边度假的必备单品,椰叶或稻草的自然气息能瞬间带来轻松愉悦的假日感觉。此外,经典的条纹舒适的吊带裙以及明快的色彩也是点亮旅途的不二选择。说到条纹,相比海边最常见的蓝白条纹,Oliva Palermo所选的黑白更出彩,呼应了本季的流行,搭配时可休闲亦可正式,可以轻松应对旅途中的各种场合。

What to Wear on Vacation; how to wear prints, stripes and bold colors; Olivia Palermo, spring/summer, street style,  floral print dress, striped shorts,red top, ballet flats, straw tote,   On Olivia Palermo: floral print dress, Mar Y Sol straw bag, Pretty Ballerinas printed mesh ballet flat;  Alternatives: JIL SANDER NAVY Sleeveless floral dress,  'Biancospino' Zebra Print Ballet Flat,  Tory Burch Chunky Straw Tote,  B-Low The Belt Angelina Belt,  Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer Sunglasses,

Dress: Jil Sander Navy (great style here & here)
Shoes: Sweet Ballerina
Bag: Tory Burch
Belt: B-Low (also love this one)
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

What to Wear on Vacation; how to wear prints, stripes and bold colors; Olivia Palermo, spring/summer, street style,  floral print dress, striped shorts,red top, ballet flats, straw tote,   On Olivia Palermo: TIBI Striped knitted-cotton shorts,  Mar Y Sol straw bag, Tibi Cami Silk Halter, Westward Leaning sunglasses, Pretty Ballerinas printed mesh ballet flat;   Alternatives:  tibi Solid Silk Halter,  Tibi Striped knitted-cotton shorts,  'Biancospino' Zebra Print Ballet Flat,  Tory Burch Chunky Straw Tote,  BCBGMAXAZRIA Multi-Chain Bohemian Necklace,  Westward LeaningChildren of California Acetate Square Sunglasses

Top: Tibi (on sale; also here)
Shorts: Tibi (great alternative here & here)
Shoes: Sweet Ballerina
Bag: Tory Burch
Necklace: BCBG Max Azria (similar here)
Sunglasses: Westward Leaning

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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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Helen’s Weekly Bargain Finds — 7/12/13

Bargain finds: featured statement necklace, printed jacket,ankle boots,striped shorts,strap sandal,clear bag, spike bangle,

Clockwise from top left:
Adia Kibur knot necklace
ASOS printed jacket (my favorite! adds instant polish to any outfit)
ASOS leather ankle boots (my trusty go-to boots)
Juicy Couture spike hinge bangle (designer version here)
Choies transparent box bag
Sam Edelman thong sandals
Gap shorts