The sun is (finally) shining, temperatures are rising, and Memorial Day Weekend is in a few days!
In so many ways Memorial Day weekend represents the unofficial start to summer and that 'always on vacay' feeling. I don't know about you, but I'll be living in a Deb one-piece with my favorite denim cutoffs or my go-to Black Rachel Skirt pretty much until Labor Day.
Whether or not your MDW festivities are taking place poolside, at the beach, or in your very own backyard, starting this weekend you never know when the opportunity to take a dip will arise! There are endless outfits to be made with a Change of Scenery swimsuit. Get yourself summer ready with these CofS faves, and some of my other go-to pieces!
You need your summer pieces to work hard for you and earn that spot in your closet or weekend bag.
The Deb One Piece is amazing because it doubles as a bodysuit, and this print and color always brightens my day. I live in these AGOLDE high rise denim shorts in the summer. It's hard to find denim cutoffs with an inseam that's not too short, and not too long! Throw on some easy Le Spec sunnies and simple Chan Luu jewelry and you have an easy, casual look that can take you throughout your day!
Don't we all just want to wear clothing that speaks to us, something fun that stands out or represents our current mood and maybe even boosts it. If you usually go for the black suit, why not have a little change of scenery?
I loved this Modern Art print from the day I saw it. The Jessica Top fits and flatters in all the right places, and we are so often told (yay!) that our Classic High Waist bottom is the best fit she has ever tried. Just enough coverage to hide all the bits, but not too much. (and guess what - for all you New York girls, it's now available at the Jerrie Shop in Woodbury to try on!)
Simple and elegant gold hoops are a must-have to finish any poolside look. I've been reaching for these Shashi earrings from Shopbop because they're the perfect mid-size, and I love the flat modern profile. An oversize cateye sun is the perfect statement piece. And for the backyard, these Crate and Barrel acrylic wine glasses are an absolute must. Can't risk anyone breaking a glass and having little tiny or grown-up feet getting hurt, it's not worth it! (add on this Chalk marker so no guest forgets which glass is theirs!).
I been dreaming about all the cute looks I'm going to wear just walking around town, at lunch outside with girlfriends, or at backyward BBQ's this summer.
The key is easy and breezy. It gets H-O-T when you're outside for a long time in the summer. Our fresh white Kelly Dress is as effortless as it gets. Wear it on or off the shoulder for the perfect around-the-town look. I wear mine off one shoudler with our best-selling Black Niki One Piece. Pair the look with any of the amazing raffia totes from our fave Scarsdale, NY boutique IAMMORE Scarsdale -- particularly loving this open weave style from BTB Los Angeles. Some simple Alexa Leigh layered jewelry and always her bobble elastic hair tie, and the perfect brown flat sandals... and you're ready to hit the town!
Too few of us women and Moms take a second to breathe, much less pause in the moment and appreciate that damn! -- we got everyone else ready and out the door, and we managed to look good!
Summer is all about allowing yourself that Change of Scenery, but the key is to allow yourself the time to enjoy it, too -- in style of course! This cobalt blue color lights up the wearer, for any skin tone. I love it in the Cobalt Erika Top (great for boobs!) and the High Waist Bottom. This Communitie Brand Sinatra Hat was a superstar at our Palm Beach photoshoot, and (if you can get it) I am sure you will also wear it constantly! Krewe cateye sunnie (love the layered tort, it's such a cool effect). And last but most certainly not least - let's talk beauty + sun protection. All CofS swimsuits have inherent UPF 50 protection, which is super awesome! But you need to protect the parts of your bodied not covered by your swimsuit, and why not make it a little pick-me-up too. My go-to is Bobbi Brown SPF product like the Tinted Sheer Lip Balm and Primer Plus Sun Protection SPF 50.
Wishing everyone a fun, safe, and sun-filled Memorial Day Weekend! Don't forget to tag #mychangeofscenery, we want to know what you're up to (and that you're looking and feeling great while doing it!)
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JAMIE BANKS IS THE FOUNDER AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF CHANGE OF SCENERY.