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With every changing season comes fresh new trends, and with our sights set on fall, late summer is no exception. We’re shedding light on the top five fashion rules to follow, from a new vantage point on footwear to accessories that own the limelight.

Don’t Shy Away from Ankle Booties

A Lesson in Juxtaposition

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The clean white leather of summer has transcended sandals and found a fresh identity in the form of sturdy boots. Once wintertime basics, booties are covering new ground as warm-weather staples, often paired with denim skirts and shorts alike. But in our opinion, the boots work best when teamed with ultra-feminine detailing like a white lace midi dress, ruffles or light florals.


Relish in Maximalist Jewelry

No holds barred 

Vibrant colors and big, playful shapes are intrinsic to this year’s style, and wearing bold statement rings like those from the new Cactus de Cartier collection is the simplest (and potentially most fun) rule to adhere to. Wear them alone or stack them amidst other complementary pieces.

Complete the Look:

Embrace Embellished Denim

An unwavering classic gets a Southwestern spin

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Few things feel as quintessentially vintage as a perfectly broken-in denim jacket. And this season, the oversized silhouette of the ’90s has resurged with a new addition: bright embroidery. The exaggerated (sometimes borderline kitschy) stitching adds a layer of interest to the otherwise toned-down jacket. Wear it slung across your shoulders or slip it on over your arms when the restaurant AC turns icy.


Give a Nod to Monochromatic

We’re all about color harmony these days

The chicest way to appear, well, chic is to commit your ensemble to a singular hue. A sleek, simple dress and matching shoes are a winning combination, but the true success of the look lies in the subtle contrast between textures—in this case, silk and suede.


Develop a Rapport with Fringe

The Beauty is In the Details

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The rule here is simple: Cherry-pick the bag that delivers the biggest dose of drama. This summer, that means fringe. To keep from overtly channeling Indiana Jones, consider luxe accents and unexpected colors. Gold hardware and a crimson hue, for example. To really hammer the look home, complement the bag with other unabashed pieces, like brilliant red flares and stunning long necklaces.