Style 101: Eyelet

Looking for that perfect piece that will take you from a day at the beach to a dinner by the water? Look no further than eyelet, summer’s utility fabric that’s both lightweight and pretty — and essentially goes with everything!

Eyelet is a light fabric that has small holes scattered throughout — often in different shapes and in varying sizes — that sometimes come together to make a floral pattern. It can even be found in more geometric patterns, depending on the layout, size and shape of the holes in the fabric.

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Eyelet can be found in a range of pieces, including tops, shorts, skirts, pants, dresses and even shoes (like espadrilles). You can also find eyelet accessories (like handbags or eyelet-patterned jewelry) or even eyelet swimsuits. Besides the variety of forms it can inhabit, perhaps the best part about eyelet is its versatility: you can pop an eyelet top over your swimsuit with a pair of shorts to head to the beach or a Fourth of July picnic, and then later on, you can take that same top and wear it with a cute pencil skirt or dressy jeans and wedges for a night out.

So if you’re looking to start incorporating eyelet into your summer wardrobe, here are a couple of pieces to get you started:

A casual piece that will bring your from a casual Sunday morning to an exciting Friday night is the Lined Lace Cami from Hollister. Done in a semi-cropped, swing style with a mix of floral and geometric prints, this cami will perfectly pair with your cutoff shorts or your bright white jeans. Now on sale for only $9.99, this sweet little top is available in both navy and white.

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Dainty eyelet makes this Hollister cami a summer wardrobe staple.

If you’re looking for something even more versatile, try the Katrina Eyelet Tank from Charming Charlie. Featuring a demure peplum hem and a tiny box eyelet pattern, this top can take you from the dressiest of occasions when paired with a slick pencil skirt or leather ankle pants to a relaxing weekend when paired with your favorite pair of jeans. For only $29, this top is a steal — and you’ll be wearing it all season long!

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Pair your Katrina Eyelet Tank with a statement necklace to add some sparkle to your summer!

Once you introduce these two great eyelet pieces to your wardrobe, you’ll surely be searching for more!

Happy Shopping!

Style 101: Dusters

It’s hard to keep track of the latest style trends in the fashion industry. It seems that once we decide to opt into one trend, a new style becomes the next big thing. But one style first surfaced in the 1920s and 95 years later, it’s still quite a popular item. But what kind of garment has such staying power? That would be the duster.

A duster is long, light coat often made without buttons. This type of coat can be done in a variety of different materials and weaves, ranging from cotton/polyester blends to sweater-like knits. duster def

Dusters are a pretty versatile coat, mostly due to their light weight. Because they are so light, they can be worn in the spring or fall when it’s too warm to wear a full coat but too cold to go without one, or they can be worn in the winter under a heavier coat to provide some extra warmth. Believe it or not, dusters can even be beneficial in the summer months, acting as mosquito barrier for those outdoor evening parties or a light layer for your day out on the water. Dusters are done in a variety of styles as well, from casual sweater-like silhouettes to dressier coat styles with a collar and lapel.

If this utility piece sounds like something your wardrobe might be missing, there are several great styles available to satisfy all of your duster needs.

Forever 21 is the perfect place to start looking for fashionable, yet affordable dusters to dip your toe into the waters of this trend. Their Longline Open-Front Jacket offers a polished, clean silhouette in a dressier style, with a collar and lapel reminiscent of a blazer. Done in a light grey, this duster will easily pair with everything from your favorite pair of jeans to your work trousers. And for only $32.90, this duster is the definition of accessible fashion.

The Longline Open-Front Jacket, found on Forever21.com.

The Longline Open-Front Jacket, found on Forever21.com.

If you prefer a more fluid, less-structured silhouette, try the Gibson Cascade Front Duster from Nordstrom. This duster offers a much more relaxed, casual style perfect for running errands on the weekend or enjoying Sunday brunch. Available in Raisin (shown), Grey, and Midnight, this $59 duster will become your wardrobe’s go-to piece, so we recommend getting it in at least two colors!

The Gibson Cascade Front Duster, found on Nordstrom.com.

The Gibson Cascade Front Duster, found on Nordstrom.com.

Hollister’s Open Stitch Duster Cardigan is a great way to merge your love of cardigans with the trendy duster. This duster delivers a fresh take on the classic cardigan, featuring an open-stitch pattern done on a marled grey knit, which creates a rich texture throughout the body of the garment. Sure to replace your favorite cardigan, this duster will steal your heart for only $49.95.

The Open Stitch Duster Cardigan, found on Hollisterco.com.

The Open Stitch Duster Cardigan, found on Hollisterco.com.

So now that you’re a duster expert, it’s time to cover your wardrobe in this trend, because clearly, it won’t be going anywhere any time soon.