Trend Spotting: {Summer’s Biggest Bag Statement}

Today we’re kicking things off with our latest sartorial obsession. We love that there’s a new kind of bag on the streets, runways and blogs these days. Reminiscent of those cherished elementary school memories, the backpack is having a MAJOR moment!

But now the carry-all is all grown up! You can find a backpack in every sophisticated shape, size and material. These babies are just about as far from our overstuffed Jansport as we can get! Whether you’re spending thousands {like The Row’s alligator design!}, or opting for something more affordable, you’re guaranteed to find a design that fits with your lifestyle.

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A sleek, minimal and structured design is perfect for the creative type who might carry the latest issue of their favorite magazine and some notebooks for jotting down ideas on the go. The sporty woman can use those roomy pockets and straps for that extra change of gym clothes that never fit in her purse. And we’re confident office gals will ditch that boring, corporate briefcase once they see how much work they can fit into this modern design!

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If you’re in a hurry, the backpack is the most trustworthy portable option. Throw it over one shoulder {like these uber cool blogger babes!} or carry it on both shoulders {in the more traditional form!}- either way, the backpack definitely pumps up an outfit!

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GET YOUR SHOP ON:

> White Backpack {ONLY $40!}
> Le Specks Polka Dot Sunglasses
> Sonia Kashuk Translucent Illuminator
> Muji Notebook
> J.Crew Mixed Pattern Socks
> Escentric Molecules Fragrance
> Michael Kors Sneakerswhat-to-pack-for-gym

GET YOUR SHOP ON:

> Alexander Wang Backpack
> Molami White + Gold Earbuds
> Aesop Resurrection Hand Balm
> Russh Issue 54
> Ombre Yoga Mat
> Horn Sunglasses
> Zippered Brushstroke Pouch

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The backpack {along with sneaks!} are a crucial accessory as a sporty wave continues to hit the fashion world. And we can’t complain about the adoration to all things casual {and comfy!}.

How do you feel? Should we pick up the backpack and embrace its casual coolness or should it be left back in our school days? — Victor

image 1 via FashnChips // 2 via WhatsTrend // 3 via English Rose // 4 via Stockholm Street Style // 5 via Coco Chic // 6 via Connected To Fashion

What to Wear to Wine Country

We talk a lot about the basics of a great wardrobe around here. But I think people often get stuck on the idea of basics, thinking they aren’t that interesting. Or perhaps you tend to just throw on the first tee and jeans you can find in the closet and run out the door {yes, I’ve been there too.} I agree that doesn’t make for the most exciting of outfits. But in fact, basiscs are the perfect way to let your individual style shine through. You just have to put your back in to it a little.

Team Apartment 34′s recent trip to Napa is the perfect example. We all donned the ultimate summer wardrobe basic – tees and tansks, but we were anything but short on personal style. I love how everyone’s individuality was perfectly epitomized in each look.

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The equation is pretty simple. Your favorite tee or tank combined with a stellar standout style-statement {say that three times fast!} will make your basic totally unique. It’s all about how you layer. That could include things like chic booties, ripped jeans, a cool necklace or an eye-catching bag. Or a combo of all of the above!

For example, I love how Bianca’s ripped jeans take her Racerback Tank to a whole new level. Ashley’s hat and military style vest makes her simple black tee feel fresh. And Jessica, in her cute cropped jeans and canvas sneakers, is classic.

With a foundation of simple tees & tanks, your summer looks immediately become no brainers. They’re really more like a blank canvas for you to get as creative with as you like! We’re curious, what’s your favorite summer staple these days?

 

SHOP OUR LOOKS

>  Old Navy Racerbank Tank

> Old Navy Striped Tee

> Old Navy Canvas Sneakers

> Old Navy Rockstar Cropped Jeans

> Madewell Romper

> One Teaspoon Ripped Denim

> Chloe Wedges

> Mirrored RayBans

> Clare Vivier Tote

original photography for apartment 34 by Aubrie Pick 

This post was sponsored by Old Navy. Check out Old Navy’s

latest fashion lineup in store or online at oldnavy.com.

Monday Work Wear: {How to Layer Your Blueprints}

Sometimes we get so caught up at looking at inspiration that we forget to take note at what our favorite trend-setting brands are forecasting for the season. Case in point: Steven Alan’s Spring collection. It’s all about simply chic layering with a few, key, wardrobe staples. We quickly noticed some reoccurring themes happening throughout their lookbook {appropriately named Blueprints!}.

Our notes prove that you don’t need a closet crammed full of options to look on-trend and stunning this season!

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> Staple Sandal. No need to have 7, 5 or even 3 different pair of strappy sandals. You’ll only end up wracking up your credit card and wearing the same, favorite pair over and over again, anyways. Instead of shooting for the Imelda Marcos fences, invest in a classic, black gladiator heel that looks trendy and sophisticated with dresses, short suits and casual-wear!

> Carrying It Criss Cross. Remember one thing: cross over bags are your friend this season. A small purse carrying just the essentials won’t just simplify your outfit, it will simplify your life- no more being boggled down with the stresses of a big tote. For a casual look, cross your cute bag over a flirty dresses, switch shoulders, drape it over one side…either way you cross it, you’re sure to look effortlessly chic with such a simple staple!

> Coat Power. When you think of a coat, you often think of Winter, right? Wrong! Lighter coats are the blueprints to layering all year long. Tie a cropped chambray jacket over a chambray shirt for a cool denim on denim look, layer a crisp, cream car coat over a flowy shirt dress and whatever you do, never underestimate the power of a khaki trench- it’s Spring’s “it” coat!

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get your shop on:

cropped car coat

trench coat 

color-block dress 

shirtdress 

sandal 

purse 

cuffed pant

 

If you don’t own any of these classic blueprint pieces, we promise you’ll get serious use out of it, layering up for Spring and all the way up until Fall!