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With summer officially underway, my personal style always
undergoes an organic transformation from the edgy look
that carries me through the cooler months (leather pants,
oversized tees, ripped skinny jeans) into something more
relaxed and bohemian. I love all the gorgeous print
dresses
that come out this time of year. (Alice + Olivia's
butterfly print
is one of my favorites, and check out Brigid
Catiis's line
—some of the best prints I've seen.) My
favorite look right now is dress + vest: a simple equation
that results in just the right amount of pulled-together style.
There are so many amazing vests on the site—my current
go-tos are leather moto and fringed suede versions.

My other summer must-have, the maxi skirt, is apparently
one of your favorites, too. Rachel Pally's to-the-floor flowy
basic
has been flying off our shelves for seasons, and
beautifully printed renditions of this sweeping shape from
Elizabeth and James and Nightcap Clothing are following
suit. (Many denim brands have also added long skirts to
their lines—forever stylish in my mind.) About now we're all
looking for some inspired new ways to wear this summer
classic, which is why we featured it in this month's We
Style It.
And speaking of inspiration, Stella McCartney
and Thakoon's spring runways (two shows I
always look forward to) provided some for
Senior Stylist Morgan and me when we were
putting together looks for the Summer Lights
feature. Our take on this subdued palette
features a variety of styles from classic uptown
dresses to sparkling party-vibe frocks, plus tips
from Morgan on how to wear neutrals in a
modern way.

NYC is MOD (Model Off Duty) central, which
means seeing models around Soho is a daily
occurrence, something that leaves me lusting
after their style, which often includes leather
jackets
and denim cutoffs—a coveted look
this season. Elena, who has pretty much
become the face of shopbop, and whom
I hold in high esteem for her personal style,
lets us get inside her head (and her closet)
this month.

I hope you've enjoyed the first issue of our
new magazine, The Edit. Take advantage of
these summer days with laid-back looks that
make you feel carefree and stylish.

Until next time!
Kate Ciepluch