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See what the Daybook blogger is looking forward to wearing when the weather cools. By Sydney Poulton

Though it’s only mid-August, I’m starting to crave (and prep my closet for) lower temps and a few more layers. I love the fall season—especially when it comes to clothing. So in honor of that, I put together a few transitional looks that include some of my favorite trends for the cooler weather right around the corner.

Distressed Denim and Ankle Boots

These are by far the easiest trends to wear this coming season. They’re super comfortable and look fashionable with so many things.

Windsor boots, Abercrombie & Fitch jeans, Old Navy T-shirt, and YesStyle faux-fur vest (similar).

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Posted at 02:50 PM/ET, 08/14/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()
Stretch your weekend getaway wardrobe by dressing the same article of clothing up and down. By Sydney Poulton

There are few things I love more than simple, versatile pieces of clothing that can be taken from day to night with ease. Two of my favorite items in my closet—a white high-low dress and a gray maxi skirt—do just that, so I packed them for a recent weekend trip. I chose to pair these two items with a few neutral-colored wardrobe staples. That makes mixing and matching almost brainless (and not so obvious when I wear the garments again)—perfect for when I'm on vacation and all I want to think about is relaxing. 

Gray Maxi Skirt for Day

This look is my favorite out of the four because it allows me to look and feel put together without having to sacrifice comfort and/or mobility as a mom. Also it’s perfect for the inevitable bad hair day.

Lulu’s sandals, Stylemint skirt, Forever 21 tee (see our post on how to shop the store), BonLook sunglasses, and J.Crew hat.

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Posted at 02:15 PM/ET, 07/24/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()
This sporty staple is comfortable whether it’s dressed up or down.
By Sydney Poulton

When I find an item of clothing I truly love, I find myself unintentionally rotating it through my daily wear much more often than is socially acceptable. This baseball tee is no exception. With its surprising versatility and laid-back, comfy fit that just begs for constant wear, it’s quickly earned itself a top spot on my summer essentials list. Here are three ways I like to wear mine.

Dressed Up

Because a baseball tee is so traditionally sporty, it’s fun to put a twist on it by dressing it up with a chunky necklace, sleek stilettos, and a bright skirt.

Jessica Simpson shoes (similar), Ruche skirt (similar), Ellington Handbags bag, Tobi tee, Lauren Elan necklace (similar), Lauren Elan Carter and Rhys bracelets, BCBG sunglasses.

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Posted at 10:35 AM/ET, 07/03/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()
The Daybook blogger looks back on some of her favorite ways to stay cool when the weather’s warm. By Sydney Poulton

This week, I thought it might be fun to pull a few looks from last season—it’s a good way to see if/how my style has changed, and it’s always cool to pull inspiration from the past. So, without further ado, here are some of my favorite warm-weather looks from 2011 (including a few months last summer when I was pregnant!). What looks will you be trying again this summer? Let me know in the comments!

1. I liked this outfit mostly because of the unexpected color combination of chartreuse and mint green. The neutral aspects of the rest of the outfit kept it from being too much.

2. This look came together easily when combining a few of my favorite pieces: chambray and white pants. The hat is dual purpose, serving as both a style statement and a way to keep the sun out of your eyes.

3. This look, again, is pretty basic, but there's something about a pair of jeans and a T-shirt that will always be appealing. Especially when you add interesting details like a fun print or a pair of gladiators.

4. The goal of this look was to offset the pale neutrals of the top and the skirt with the bolder  geometric aspect of the shoes and belt.

4 more great summer looks from Sydney!

Posted at 09:50 AM/ET, 06/19/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()
The Daybook bloggers shares her top picks for bikinis, retro two-pieces, and stylish one-pieces. By Sydney Poulton

With vacation and pool party season upon us, it’s finally time to start breaking out the swimsuits. Luckily, gone are the days of only finding style variety in the traditional bikini, and here to stay (I hope!) is the emerging alternative trend of high-waisted two-pieces and flattering one-pieces. No matter what your favorite swimsuit silhouette is, here are my favorite picks for a little splash-filled fun in the sun this summer.

Bikini

Look extra flirty in these pretty little two-pieces covered in patterns, solids, and polka dots.

High-Waisted Two-Piece

This retro style comes in all sorts of styles and colors—perfect for those who want to show some skin, but not too much.

One Piece

Low backs, notice-me animal prints, sweetheart necklines—these are not your mother's speedo, that's for sure.

See more posts from Sydney!

Outfit ideas galore (plus more fun wish lists) await in her How Sydney Wears It column.

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Posted at 02:03 PM/ET, 06/12/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()
Spots and stripes match more than you might think.
By Sydney Poulton

Animal prints are pretty much the perfect fashion trifecta. Worn solo, they’re a simple (but major) statement, yet they’re also an easy way to play with pattern mixing. And believe it or not, today’s style scene has evolved them into a neutral. Animal print for the win! While going the third route may seem like a style risk at first, hopefully these three outfits will show you that the print that was once the flamboyant fashion statement of the ’80s can now act as a go-to wardrobe neutral.

Having a color in common helps these otherwise competing patterns form one ingenious outfit. 

Target skirt (similar), Asos blouse, reversed J.Crew belt (similar), Windsor sunglasses, and Charlotte Russe shoes.

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Posted at 09:30 AM/ET, 06/05/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()
Non-scary ways to break out of your fashion comfort zone.
By Sydney Poulton

Moving out of your fashion comfort zone can seem intimidating at first, but there are ways to make the process less scary. By pairing one “risk” with other articles of clothing you feel completely comfortable in, you’ll get an outfit that’s a nice mix of understated and fashion-forward style. Here are three slightly out-there looks I plan on rocking in the upcoming weeks—what will you be trying?

Monochrome

The one-color look is best pulled off in clothing that fits well. If you dare to wear one shade, it’s important that all the pieces flatter your body.

Forever 21 pants (similar), Jessica Simpson pumps (similar), and Windsor tunic, necklace, and sunglasses.

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Posted at 11:00 AM/ET, 05/29/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()
This easy warm-weather staple is equal parts comfy and chic.
By Sydney Poulton

We've already covered why maxi skirts are great for winter--now it's time to discuss continuing the trend into the summer months. At first glance, a full-length skirt may seem best suited for trapping warmth, but when made in the right material, maxis can be your best bet for light, cool, and easy warm-weather style. Here are three breezy ways I'll be wearing mine this summer.

Pretty in Pink

For a comfy, laid-back look that doesn't sacrifice style, try buttoning up a denim jacket and wearing it alone with a cotton maxi. Denim goes with anything, so feel free to play with color or stick with neutrals.

Windsor skirt and sunglasses, AE denim jacket (similar), and Von Eshna necklace.

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Posted at 09:30 AM/ET, 05/22/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()
Yes, it can be done without looking like a bride (or a snow drift).
By Sydney Poulton

Fresh, light, and super-easy to layer, one of my favorite trends for spring right now is the white on white look. Sure, it's a bit daring (and tricky to keep clean!), but if you're willing to go the distance, it can suit a wide variety of styles. Here are three ways I like to rock it. 

Classic Equestrian

Urban Outfitters boots, Forever21 Jeans (similar), Windsor tunic blouse, Forever 21 blazer (similar).

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Posted at 02:15 PM/ET, 05/08/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()
The Daybook blogger shares what’s on her shopping list.
By Sydney Poulton

With every season comes new fashion trends, and there are always a few I think are best left to the fashion models in the magazines. But this spring there are also a few must-have trends I think will translate nicely into real-world outfits, even several seasons down the road. Here are 13 pieces currently on my shopping wish list.

Related: Sydney's Essentials for Pregnant and New Moms  

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Posted at 10:57 AM/ET, 05/01/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()