Sometimes I like breaking the rules. Not often, but sometimes. Like that time in school when boys were DEFINITELY NOT ALLOWED in our high school dorms, yet we snuck one in anyway? Or the time I decided climb the balcony wall IN OUR CHURCH as a shortcut to the bell choir? Then got caught mid-way up the wall? YA - some rules shouldn’t be broken, friends. But rules that I have enjoyed breaking over the years? Fashion norms.
Growing up, there were always style rules that were very important to follow. Tights are worn in winter, always. Heels are worn to work, always. Wear a bright pop of color to bring some character to an outfit. WELL GUESS WHAT, FRIENDS? I’m not into those kind of rules. I don’t always want to wear something bright. And these feet were not made for living in heels.
So what do I end up doing? Fighting back. Midi-skirts that were typically reserved for only the highest of heels are worn with sneakers. A loose tank top that looks like it’s supposed to be worn only to yoga? I’ll dress it up. Following the rules doesn’t bode well with me and my mission to make my closet as versatile as possible.
I decided to break a few rules with these two looks. First look is this blue Banana Republic dress that should probably be worn with heels and a clutch. But I decided I wanted to have a bit more fun with it and dress it down for a daytime friend date.
This dress is THE most beautiful blue color and while I’ll admit I was hesitant about the snakeskin print at first, it’s actually the prettiest subtle print. I paired it with my James Hock sandals (that I’ve been wearing non-stop), my new Cuyana mini-saddle bag, and a suede choker from this amazing company called Headbands of Hope. For each piece purchased, they give back to cancer charities and hospitals.
I wore the necklace again (styled a little differently) with this adorable oversized tank from Banana Republic. I’ve been into the looser tops lately so I have a chance to show off a bit of my Anine Bing bra (sorry to slut it up guys, but this bra is TOO DARN CUTE not to show.)
I finished off my look with my Just Female shorts that I picked up at Lynn Louisa - the lace detailing makes these perfect for dressing up while staying cool. Topped off with a pretty pink tank, it’s a fun brunch/date night/heck, going to the grocery store look. ;)
Even though I’ve been wearing Banana Republic for years, I’m always excited to see their new pieces. While their style stays consistent (classic, timeless pieces), they mix it up enough to keep my hooked. I was thrilled to see all the new bohemian pieces in their latest collection. Shop my favorite boho Banana Republic finds below and let me know which look you like best above!
Outfit 1: Banana Republic dress c/o, James Hock sandals, Cuyana saddle bag, Urban Outfitters belt, Headbands of Hope necklace c/o, Estee Lauder Genuine Glow Lip Creme, Derek Lam sunnies via Ditto (get a free month with code: ITSJULIEN)
Outfit 2: Banana Republic linen tank c/o, Just Female shorts via Lynn Louisa, Anine Bing bra, Headbands of Hope necklace, Cuyana saddle bag, LIPP lipstick in "CAUSE", Urban Outfitters sunnies, Schutz sandals (sold out)
Thanks so much to Banana Republic for sending me a few of their summer pieces! All opinions expressed are my own.