As a fashion lover/blogger from Chicago, I know a day browsing at Art Effect is always fruitful.
The pieces this season really bring a smile to your face, are on-trend but still unique, and perfect for summer. While it was hard to choose, these are my top 5 must-haves for the season.
1. A fun, versatile dress
A bright, bold printed dress is a must for summer. There are a whole host of options at Art Effect, but this one is my favorite. The tribal print bodice is really on-trend, and where the waistline hits is very flattering. The skirt is super comfy too! This dress works for everything from dressier events (with black heeled sandals) to a casual day out (with flats or flip-flops and a jean jacket).
Sugar Lips Maxi Dress, $128
2. A cute crossbody bag
I’m in love with this little bag, and the hands-free style is perfect for a night out on the town or a day outdoors. With the best pieces, it’s the details that make them exceptional. The zipper pull of this bag says “have fun” and it comes with a note inside bearing the same summer-ready message. The zipper itself brings a pop of neon yellow and the bag is lined with heart-printed fabric. It just brings a smile to my face!
Ban.do Bag, $38
3. A Cool Crop Top
I’m loving crop tops, one of summer’s biggest trends, paired with everything from daisy dukes for a festival, boyfriend jeans for a day out shopping or a high-waisted skirt for a chic event. This one has structure and an awesome print to make it extra fashion-forward, and it’s not too revealing—a fun way to try the trend (plus it looks great with the bag!).
Minkpink Crop Top, $60
4. A denim vest
A frayed and faded denim vest takes the simplest summer outfits into more stylish territory. Plus, it’s as versatile as your favorite jeans: throw it on with shorts, your go-to sundress, or a midi skirt. You can also totally personalize it—add pins collected on all your summer adventures, or major statement jewelry for cool contrast.
Others Follow Vest, $60
5. A Bright Pendant Necklace
Throwing a pendant necklace on over any casual outfit adds a fun, effortless feel. I love these bright tassels. I took the pink one above home with me, but there are a great variety of colors in store. In the summer I always look for jewelry that can have a personal feel, that I can wear with every outfit. These necklaces fit the bill, as do all of Art Effect’s delicate bracelets and rings. These tassels also add pop to a simple dress, and if you’re looking for more shots of color, Art Effect has so many bold statement necklaces it was hard for me to choose just one!
Single Tassel Necklace, $38
Every summer, I like to infuse my wardrobe with some new staples that I’ll wear all season and that will give all my old favorites a refresh. I love these five pieces, and since I had so much fun on my shopping day, here’s another for good luck:
6. Loose printed pants (Bonus!)
Ranking with the crop top as one of the biggest trends right now are slouchy printed pants. These are loose and comfy to keep you cool (in every sense of the word), but still have some shape. The print is bold and summery, and personally I prefer a floral print like this one on flowy pants (as opposed to the commonly seen tribal pattern) for boho novices like myself. This may be one of the comfiest trends ever, and these pants are a great way to try it.
Ella Moss Pants, $158
Wishing you all a stylish summer, and happy shopping!
See what’s new from our favorite line of stuffed animals, Jellycat! Without a doubt, Jellycats are the world’s most sophisticated soft toys with ageless appeal and quirky zeal. Adorable and instantly lovable, they make the best gifts for little ones. Shop Jellycat.
Meet Fuddlewuddle Lion. He is oversized and perfect for hugging with the softest fur and mane. A wonderful addition to any tots zoo!
A perfect gift for a special birthday. Shop Fuddlewuddle.
All grown up and ready to face the world! Whether your grad is off to college, looking for work or proudly displaying their new advanced degree in a corner office, we have the perfect thing to commemorate the occasion!
- JOURNEY OF LIFE JOURNAL Bound in high quality faux leather, this notebook from Eccolo is a reminder to your grad to live life to the fullest. $30.00.
- DOGEARED “PEARLS OF SUCCESS” GOLD NECKLACE The World is your graduate’s oyster, inspire her to grab success with this classic, single pearl necklace. $44.00
- LIVE TRUE PENDANT NECKLACE So many decisions ahead! Reminder her to be true to herself with this simple Gold plated shield pendant from Waxing Poetic. $110.00
- GLASSES PENCIL POUCH This chic pencil set from Kate Spade will help your grad be be well prepared in the classroom or office. $30.00
- “OH THE PLACES YOU’LL GO!” MUG Everyday is a grand adventure when you start with coffee in this whimsical Dr. Seuss design. $12.00
- YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE TRAY This handsome porcelain desk tray has an inspiring quote from Mae West. $25.00
- LEATHER CUFF WITH DIAMOND HORSESHOE Wish your grad lots of luck with this luxurious bracelet from Rebecca Lankford. $390.00
- KAWECO BLACK SPORT FOUNTAIN PEN This pocket fountain pen with gold-plated steel nib makes an elegant grad gift. $29.00
We have even more great ideas in-store, stop by and we’ll help you find a thoughtful graduate gift for every grad on your list.
French design duo Mr & Mrs Clynk bring their talents together to create objects that mix fine crafts with industrial technics. Motifs and colors are inspired by found second hand objects, especially mid century modern design, and memories they bring back from travels. Mr Clynk is Jerôme Clynckemaillie, an interior designer and former partner of Andrée Putman, the venerable French furniture designer. Mrs Clynk, is Karine, independent textile designer. Together they make magic!
Shop the Mr & Mrs Clynk collection brought to us by Atomic Soda. The retro modern dishes and kitchen canisters make wonderful gifts!
Keep in touch and see the latest arrivals in-store when you follow us @arteffect on instagram! We want to see your #awesome pictures too! Tag us #shoparteffect