Casual Summer Night Out

This was probably the most difficult of the shoots to perform. The lighting was horrid, but I did what I could with the yellow glare. Overall, I think it adds to the “summer nights” effect I was going for.


Black seems to be a color people avoid wearing during the summer, as it is believed to be more of a winter hue. Lies! Black is always flattering, no matter what. Pair it up with silver sandals to make the look less dull. When deciding on jewelry, I follow the rule that black goes with silver, and white/beige goes with gold. Of course with a rule there are always exceptions. Also, look for beading around the collar – I find that detailing near the neck has a much more significant impact than details elsewhere.

The second outfit here consists of a lovely pink polka-dot skirt. Loud patterned skirts are an easy way to put an outfit together. Choose a statement skirt, like the one above, and pick out your top and skirt according to the skirt’s theme. Need a purpose for wearing all those basic tank tops you have lying around? Tuck them into a playful skirt for a flirty look. With the shoes, go for a color opposite the color of the skirt on the color wheel. For example, Charlie went with green/teal sandals to contrast the pink skirt. You can never go wrong with the color wheel. Trust it.


Here are two last outfits. Who says you have to wear some sort of dress/skirt on a night out? Maybe you just want to be comfortable, or it’s a little windy. White shorts are essential! In my opinion, they create a beachy, summertime feel that cannot be recreated say in the fall, or spring. Paired up with a bright solid top, they create the ultimate fun, casual summer outfit. Next is the pencil skirt. Not as comfortable but resistant against wind for sure! Again, I find black fitting for summer nights, but now this black pencil skirt is paired with a tribal tank top. I absolutely love the tribal trend going on right now. It just has summer written all over it. I can’t describe it in any other way.

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The Mermaid Dress Controversy

the mermaid dress controversy

A before-prom picture. Dress is from David’s Bridal. I had to buy the belt separately (also from David’s Bridal). I’ve always been skeptical about mermaid dresses, but this is truly the best thing I’ve ever worn. It’s not the best for sitting down in, but the fit was really nice and it didn’t need to be taken in at all (though some of the length had to be taken off because it was apparently made for somebody twice my height).