My last Hello Summer installment, featuring YouTube sensation Katy Bellotte, focuses on summer neutrals - think subtle nudes, light creams, and bright whites. Neutrals are the foundation of any wardrobe and now that Memorial Day has rolled around, you'll be seeing more and more of it. Although black is great, this is white's time to shine. Once again, Katy and I styled our colorless looks very differently yet equally summery and stylish. Don't be afraid to stray from black and dive into a sea of white!
For this look I had fun playing with proportions, mixing textures, and combining cream, white, and nude all in one outfit.
These Steve Madden nude sandals are probably my most-worn pair of summer shoes. I just love how they go with absolutely everything. From May to September, nude footwear is definitely hotter than black!
I decorated my wrists with silver, gold, and cream to show that mixing metals (and neutrals such as cream and white) is not only perfectly acceptable, but also original and stylish.
Chokers are having a major moment on the fashion stage, and like any style enthusiast I decided to jump on the choker bandwagon. But since I'm not too fond of the 90s black stretchy choker fad, I've participated in this trend in my own way. A gold choker is refined and polished and adds a modern allure to any look.
I'm a big fan of combining crop tops with skirts (and even dresses) but the truth is, they can look just as incredible with pants. I love the look of sweet, feminine lace worn with such a bold, geometric pattern; it's quite an eye-catching combo.
One of my favorite things to keep in mind while getting dressed in the morning is contrast. I think that if an outfit has taken risks and is just a tad mismatchy in the right way, it shows true style and original thought. For this look I combined cream and white and nude for an offbeat effect that's unique yet totally chic. Wear this ensemble to dinner (yes, white works at night too) or a daytime show.
On Kathleen// lace crop top: Banana Republic (similar here), ankle pants: Loft, sandals: Steve Madden (old, but similar here), gold choker: Ann Taylor (I also like this one), earrings: Loft (Similar here), gold knot bangle: Kate Spade, cream bangle: Kate Spade, gold chainlink bracelet: Stella & Dot, silver heart bracelet: Tiffany & Co.
Don't forget to checkout Katy's incredible YouTube page here and watch her video of us modeling these looks. I'm telling you, Katy is a must-follow.
Katy's take on summer whites and brights is youthful, fresh, and artistic with a pinch of bohemian. If there's anyone who can find the perfect balance between all four it's Katy. I love the energy of her carefree, whimsical style.
This summer, elevate your look with block heels and a platform. They're sturdy and know how to make an impact. I'm obsessed with Katy's nude pair from Anthropologie (found here).
Katy's exquisite romper, found here, is just as feminine and elegant as a dress - minus any windy-day issues. A romper is a smart alternative to a dress, especially if you're going to be romping around (see what I did there?)
Katy is the queen of kimonos, and for good reason. She uses them to enhance and compliment her look. Layers are one of the keys to successful fashion and Katy has mastered this technique. Her kimono here flows seamlessly with the rest of her outfit and the fringe + lace combo makes for an effortless yet haute vibe.
Wear Katy's look for date night or an active day in the city.
On Katy// romper: Free People, necklace: Free People (I also like this one), kimono: LF Robinson Blvd (similar here), heels: Anthropologie, rings: Markkit (I also like these)
Photos by Brooke Faison
My Hello Summer series has come to a close but Katy and I had a blast shooting photos and video for you and sharing some of our favorite summertime trends. This is the time of year to experiment with all sorts of styles and pieces and we loved showing you that no matter what your taste is, there's always a way to incorporate these fashion philosophies into your everyday wardrobe. Now go forth and be stylish!