Summer is in full swing and I’m dreaming about coastal vacations, lounging by the pool, and exploring all things outdoors. Living in Houston during the summers you learn to get used to the heat; it gets hot people, so breathable comfy fabrics are at the top of my wishlist. What better place to find these perfect items then at my tried and true brand, Splendid. I discovered Splendid clothing while shopping at Anthropologie in the early to mid 2000’s, and was pleasantly surprised by the chic comfy breathable fabrics that would become clothing staples of mine. To this day I’m still wearing Splendid’s cardigans, tops, shoes, and pants and they never let me down. Just the other day I wore one of their cardigans that I bought at Anthropologie in 2011 – so their items hold up well and are still in style. Splendid, in its chic simplicity has an uncanny way of making their uber comfy designs timeless and their fabrics make them so that you never want to take them off. For a limited time, Splendid has begun its Summer Sale, 30% to 50% off certain styles and some of the shoes in this post are on super sale. So, let’s examine my Splendid 2017 Summer Fashion Picks below, which consist of Stripes, Ruffles, Tropical Prints, and Chic Effortless Basics.
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It all started with the quest for the ultimate t-shirt. On that journey we discovered a love for softness in every form. From the fabric you wear, to the moments you create. It’s this philosophy that drives the way we do things.
This flirty halter top dress (and at the top of this post, photo from Splendidla Instagram) is the perfect example of summer chic style. The Linen Mini Stripe Halter Dress looks so effortless with its sexy halter shoulder baring silhouette, Splendid’s trademark stripes, mini-length hemline, and fabulous 83% Linen and 17% cotton combo.
Don’t you just want to stroll around in the Island Stamp Print Twist Front Dress and island hop in this comfy cutie. Would look great with this denim jacket, a camo jacket, or a cozy cardigan here. Take a look at the sandals paired with the dress and the sunglasses.
A Romper is the perfect summer travel accessory and so easy to style with different shoes or bags – the Contrast Topstitch Indigo Romper is such an item. I fell in love when I spotted it on the Splendidla Instagram feed (pictured with these similar Sandals). It looks perfect globetrotting around Greece, doesn’t it.
The fan favorite, Slip Dress from Splendid is selling out quick – a wardrobe essential with endless styling options, this dress in its modern midi silhouette, adjustable spaghetti straps, 4 versatile colors to choose from is a must have in any season.
Camo print is a current hot fashion trend for summer, earthy as it is nature inspired, the Camo Slip Dress is the perfect compromise between flirty and casual – love that it’s machine wash and has adjustable spaghetti straps to get just the right fit.
Nothing says tropical fun like the Tropical Floral Off-The-Shoulder Dress – it’s one effortlessly chic piece with a wrap around neckline with a gathered overlay, a vibrant tropical inspired print, easy side pockets and a loose billowy silhouette – what’s not to love (pictured with these sandals).
If you’re looking for a favorite tee as a cold-shoulder dress, look no further than the appropriately titled, Cold Shoulder Tee Dress. This little number comes in 4 fantastic colors which means, I want them all – I would basically live and sleep in this ALL THE TIME.
For an elevated day look, the Tropic Skirt in white or black offers a flirty chic ladylike style; add an off-the-shoulder tee and neutral sandals to amp-up the look. Love the side pockets, stretchy elastic waistband and gathered drapes, and the almost 100% cotton makes it even more enticing.
An exotic printed romper should always be in a summer dress rotation – the Rainfall Batik Print Tie Shoulder Romper would be a power horse for chic summer style and great for traveling, offering a great throw on and style one-piece using various accessories.
White and navy are summer anthem color choices. The comfy breezy Sandbar Stripe blouse which comes in either navy or white offers rolled cap sleeves, two front pockets, and a striped linen pattern that gives an embossed look and feel – add white accessories such as these sandals and this similar bag to create a fresh look worthy of the beach.
If you don’t want to commit to an all over tropical print, then the Tropical Floral Off-The-Shoulder Top is a great sexy choice – summer vacation and beach ready. I feel the ocean breeze blowing my hair while I’m wearing this vibrant top down the beach promenade.
My current favorite lightweight and airy top hands-down is the Flutter Sleeve V-Neck. The buttery soft light fabric blend, curved hem, and romantically draped flutter sleeves is so enticing. I’m thinking about getting it in every color – but the black or white colorway is calling my name (similar shorts and similar sunglasses). Size up to drape it off the shoulder as pictured.
According to Splendid, the Island Stamp Print Tank is, “This casually chic tank top feels effortless, looks trendy, and is perfect for that summer outing.” I think I would wear it to every summer outing I could find, also on trips to about anywhere, and then out some more.
Mention French, Ruffle and Stripe to describe a top and you have me at Hello! I fell in love with the French Stripe Ruffle Stripe Tee when I spotted it on a Splendid customer in their gallery of pictures on their site. She looked so effortless and chic – I cried.
The Sail Print One Shoulder Tie Top has the cutest print made up of a batik dot print which forms triangles to mimic sailboats. The one shoulder tie strap and flounce collar make it even more adorable.
For cooler nights out or on the beach, check out the Pigment Active Cut Out Pullover. This 100% cotton long sleeve crew neck gets an edgy update with its peek-a-boo sleeve detail – loving the Vintage Tropical Punch colorway with these sunglasses.
Another winner that I spotted over at the Splendid Gallery on their site was the understated chic basic, the Vintage Roller Rugby Stripe Tee in the black colorway. This relaxed easy tee with exaggerated short sleeves with a double stripe detail and cozy slub texture is the perfect throw on and go style.
To keep your arms warm in cold restaurants during the summer, the Rope Print Surplice Top fits the bill – loving both the navy and natural colorways and the snap button keeps it in place, which is always a plus.
In my Splendid 2017 Summer Fashion Picks list, I highly recommend the fan favorite and best seller, the 3/4 Sleeve Mixed Media Top. I bought this top at Anthropologie back in, I believe 2012 or 2013. It’s a great top that always gets compliments – I now want it in the River Rock colorway and/or the white.
Another great Camo print item to add to any summer wardrobe is the Camo Print Double Cloth Short. The camo print acts as a neutral and pairs beautifully with any ensemble, adding the drawstring waist, slant pockets and 100% cotton and you have a summer pick winner (pictured with this top and these sandals).
For a comfy pair of pull-up pants, look no further than the Sandwash Knit Relaxed Pant. This on-trend jogger pant makes athleisure look oh so good. Being pre-washed for vintage softness, available in 3 versatile color choices, ruching at the cuff, smock waistband and drawstring, and looks great with sandals, heels, or flats is making me obsessed with them even more – I may have to buy multiples (pictured with this top and these sandals).
For a cute nautical look, the Cotton Twill Lace Up Pant is ready for a vacation cruise or brunch by the beach. With an elastic waist, lace-up tie, slant pockets, and a look that elongates the legs, splendid compels you to sail into style with this one, and I believe them (pictured with this similar tank and these sandals).
I’m always looking for an easy understated chic sandal to wear throughout the summer and was delighted when I spotted the Jakey Sandals on the Splendidla Instagram feed. This sandal boasts a sophisticated suede, a fringe and braided toe strap, lightly padded footbed, and comes in classic black or neutral taupe.
In rounding out my Splendid 2017 Summer Fashion Picks list, I found one tote that sums it all up. The Gramercy Tote describes how I feel when I’m wearing anything by Splendid – free spirited and having a wonderful day.
Whether it’s stripes, ruffles, tropical florals, or chic effortless basics, Splendid has you covered for summer in comfy chic style, and being the fashion obsessive person that I am, there were so many more items that they have to offer that I’m expanding my top picks below. Have a Splendid day!