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Friday, June 21, 2013

Lex What Wear: This summer, get your kicks – printed ones – and have fun at same time

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By Alex McLean
KyForward columnist
 

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about summer style, it’s all about having fun – whether you’re in New York City or good-ole Lexington, Ky. Here are three ways I’m having fun this summer, wardrobe-wise.
 

“We’re pining for printed sneakers!” – The Zoe Report. Printed shoes are undeniably adorable, plus they’re absolutely perfect for the lazy days of summer. So why not trade in your heels for a pair of easy-to-wear, casual kicks for a fun seasonal look? You’ll be putting your best foot forward in a printed shoe, styled with any of your summer basics. They’re just too cute to pass up, and they’re a smart purchase; you can find a number of styles for $30 – $50.
 

Sounds great, right? Here’s what I think: Try a denim short with a simple tee and a fedora for the day. Pair this cool and casual look with floral print sneakers or even a cool pattern. For a fun evening out for dinner, throw on a blazer with a pop of color and a tailored jean with your shoe of choice.
 

Check out some of my favorites above.
 

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You know that million-dollar feeling you get when you wear a certain dress or outfit? That’s what this quick skirt-and-blouse pairing did for me. And while it made me feel like a million bucks, the cost was anything but. I found this amazing top for the bargain price of $17. Yes, $17. If you give this girl a bargain, you better believe she’s gonna take it.
 

All this reinforces what I always say: Style isn’t about how much money you spend, it’s about how you look and feel. And if looking good and saving a little money at the same time isn’t fun, then I don’t know what is!

 

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I’ve grown to love prints of all kinds, and I absolutely adore this fun, flamingo summer top from ZARA. In fact, my Dad actually picked this one out when he visited recently and it is hands-down one of my season favorites. Not to mention that when paired with these AH-mazing leather shorts, it becomes one of my most-loved ensembles for day or night.
 

The hemline of these shorts is crazy-cool, and I love the flowing shape it provides, along with the cinched leather waist. To top it off, I paired this combo with a strappy Jessica Simpson heel and a colorful necklace from my girls at Lia Sophia. Thanks Dad!
 

Have fun with your prints ladies!
 

And as always, send your ideas or pics to alex@lexwhatwear.com or share on Twitter/Instagram @LexWhatWear.
 

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Alex McLean writes daily for LexWhatWear.com, a Lexington style-spotting blog she created for people who love to read about what’s hot … and sometimes what’s not … in fashion. She also shares lifestyle tips, creative ideas and stories about local fashionistas and others who inspire – live from New York City, where she now lives.
 

For more of Alex’s Lex What Wear columns, click here.

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