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Photographed by Jens Ingvarsson; Hair and Makeup by Tiffany Patton/Bernstein & Andriuilli using Chanel; Styled by Willow Lindley; Set Design by Kaet Mac for Mary Howard Studio; Designed by Isabel Castillo Guijarro
The Scene: Zipping around on your beach cruiser
Her Must-Have: Cuffed shorts
What’s more summery than hopping on your ten-speed and biking to the park, beach, or even work? Hot days were made for bike rides, and whatever your destination, these cuffed, patterned shorts are perfect for adding a little polish to your pedal.
Cardigan, top, shorts, and flats courtesy of T.J.Maxx.
"What I love about these shorts is that you can wear them to bike to work or a picnic," says Adaeze. "With shorts, you want a pair that's easy to move in and lays nicely, at a length that's more meet-your-potential-mother-in-law than ready-to-hit-the-dance-floor. When you’re wearing things that fit you correctly, it takes your outfit from a two to a 10."
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The Scene: Culture-bingeing at the museum
Her Must-Have: The multicolored blazer
There's nothing like putting on our highbrow hat and heading to a museum or gallery for a dose of culture. Not shockingly, our typical weekend loungewear won’t cut it for these more sophisticated outings. The key to bridging the gap between looking casual and polished: a patterned blazer. "This blazer makes me so happy,” says Adaeze. “The colors, the print, the fit — it’s not stuffy at all."
Blazer, top, pants, pumps, and bag courtesy of T.J.Maxx.
"I love the silhouette on this — it really accentuates the body," says Adaeze. "Pair it with slouchy pants for a more relaxed vibe, or dress it up with nice jeans and heels or a skirt." Whatever you wear this blazer with, it gives off a luxe, designer vibe (even though you can snag it for half the price of what you'd pay at a high-end boutique).
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The Scene: Flea-market bargain-hunting
Her Must-Have: The graphic tee
Where would we be without a trusty cotton tee? Comfortable and lightweight, this summer staple is as easy to throw on with jeans as it is with a cute midi-skirt. Add a cool graphic, and it's anything but basic. "The trick is making a graphic tee more than just a casual throwaway top," says Adaeze. "You never know who you're going to run into in New York, so even on a casual Saturday, you want to look put together."
Graphic tee, denim shirt, jeans, tote bag, and sandals courtesy of T.J.Maxx.