WhileCannes red carpetstarsOlivia PalermoandZoe Saldanahavealready been enjoyingtheirBanana RepublicxMillycollab pieces (seriously,how adorable are thoseelephant-print shorts??),I had the chance to feast my eyes on the entire Hamptons-inspired women's-wear,menswear,and accessories collection last night at the BR SoHo flagship.Andyou canshop the beach-meets-city-chic piecesstarting today.Yay!
但回到昨晚当米莉设计师Michelle Smithtook a moment to chat with me about the collection and share some fun summer styling tips,like,how to wear shorts at the office (really) and steal key pieces from the guys.Michelle should know—she and party co-host/Banana Republic creative director and EVP Simon Kneen were adorably (and accidentally) wearing the samechartreuse V-neck teewith their appropriately summer-chic outfits.
Summer trends that Michelle is excited to wear:
"Definitelyprinted shorts—we've got several of those in the elephant print and the feather print.Easy summer dresses are so great,a few longer lengths—patio dresses.And print-on-print and mixing prints."
How to appropriately wear shorts at the office (provided you have a more casual office setting,of course):
"I've paired it with a jacket,which I think makes it office-appropriate.I would probably lose the heels and do a flat shoe,so I wouldn't look too cha-cha-cha for the office."
(Side note: Simon thinks that the jacket and shorts look works for men in the office too,provided the shorts length is "as close to the knee as possible." Thoughts?)
Styling tricks to go from the office to the party:
"The dress she's wearing (gestures to thevariegated stripe knee-length stylespotted on Zoe Saldana)—I could throw this white blazer over it for the office,then lose the jacket for going out.It's a change of accessories too.Put on a heel and stack some bracelets."
Her key wardrobe pieces that do double-time duty:
In addition to mixing up shorts from work to play,Michelle says " the dresses—the knee-length dresses—definitely do double-time."
A final summer wardrobe styling trick:
"I like to borrow from the boys too.This is a men's T-shirt.I'm dying to get a pair of the shorts from the boys and wear an oversize style with a heel."
So there you have it.Take a look at the entireBanana Republic Milly collection online,or visit a store near you.Watch out for sand castles on the sales floor!
__ Do you agree with Michelle's summer styling tips?What pieces from the collection are your favorites?(I'm with Michelle and I love the elephant-print shorts!)__