Open Back

New trend alert going into Fall 2016.

Open back shirts are so fun to play with, and it is a great way to transition into Fall while the weather is still delightfully hot!  

Shirt by Style Mafia, cut-offs Paige jeans, Golden Goose Deluxe Brand shoes.

A statement shirt paired with denim cut-offs or with a more formal cut short is a great way to welcome a new schedule in hot weather. 

It’s still summer even though school is officially back in session.  Sad when all the pool toys are stacked.

Details are everything.  Borrow a pair of cufflinks, Colonel Sanders-style a thin tie around the collar, get creative and have fun.

Hey Sailor

Navy and white stripes.  Simple. Classic.  Clean.  Always in style.

There is a reason the French line Saint James is constantly being “discovered”, even though the fisherman sweater was first created in the 19th century.  The line is currently being touted at J Crew, as well as their own online shop.

This is a great look year round, not just summer.  Add a jean jacket on top of this dress and it can work up until the leaves change and fall off the trees.  

By far my favorite bag right now is my tiny little Chloe mini Marcie bag.  Cross shoulder, holds my phone (barely), keys, a couple of credit cards and my Kiehl’s tub of lip balm.  The best part of free hands is allowing more hand holding!

POP goes the Neon

Easiest way to brighten up a look?  Add a shock of neon a la Andy Warhol.

Tassels stacked from a necklace or two.

Pompoms, currently found on everything from dresses, rompers, scarves and bags.  Misa’s Camille dress (Recently spotted on Olivia Palermo) is a budget friendly fun example.

Sunglasses lenses – did you know you can build your brilliant lenses on Rayban?
A cute pair of espadrilles, like these from Pitusa.

Neon adds instant happiness to an outfit and is a fun and inexpensive way to extend that summer vibe!

Style Mafia Bella!

Miami Swim Week.  What part of that statement doesn’t deliver excitement? 

A beach lined city of pulsating music, bikini clad models strutting the newest swimwear lines on floating swimming pool runways, Latino energy and fashion, fashion, fashion.  

I may never go home.  Seriously.

One event reversecommuter was lucky enough to attend was Coast’s rooftop party presenting a handpicked lot of designers and their incredible lines.  Designers included Acid NYC, Luxchillas, YannaK and Style Mafia.

Style Mafia is a Miami based line of beautifully designed clothing, incredible craftsmanship and seriously ridiculous-in-the-good-way pricing.  

Ruffles, pinstripes, off-the-shoulder tops, cropped frayed pants, scalloped tanks and tops, flirty crop tops and nautical striped flowing tops in a clever color assortment.

Valeska and Simmonett Perera are the mother/ daughter masterminds behind Style Mafia.  Creating a line that didn’t break the bank yet still delivered trend on fashion was the absolute goal.

No exaggeration, I saw the Maeve top in yellow and thought it was Fendi.  The price on the Maeve top is $69.  

Valeska (on the far left), having just returned from traveling abroad to Lebanon and Columbia, was not exhibiting any jet lag at the party, but rather was warm and friendly towards the crowd of Mafia Style fashionistas!

Romper Bomper

Heat waves mean getting creative at minimal dressing.  Naked only works in certain circles.

Rompers make it easy to keep cool and look great with clothes on!

What is better than a one piece wonder?  Iro’s georgette playsuit works perfectly well at keeping it cool during the day and then adding a little heat at night with a pair of gladiator sandals and a fun clutch.

Rompers are the equivalent of an adult onesie.  Why should the little ones get all the perks?  James Perse linen playsuit is a perfect example of simplistic pleasure.  And it doesn’t get much better than having it called a “playsuit” – it’s practically a dare to have fun!

For a more budget friendly option Tart’s strapless cotton romper (with a great price of $ 128) represents what just might be the single best piece of clothing you own on a disgustingly sticky hot humid day!

reversecommuter owns Tart’s “textured diamond” print (sadly sold out online) but the gray is absolutely available.  

Summer weather is supposed to be sticky and uncomfortably hot but with rompers the biggest dilemma will be which one will you wear first?

All Tied Up

Pirates love this detail.


Sailors too.  Luckily land-locked designers are fully embracing this too!

Monroe’s white lace up gives a major refresh to the perfect white tee.



Apparently Alexander Wang is all about this trend with this entertaining Spring 2016 cotton sweater.  Is it just me or is this THE ultimate baseball sweater?


Equipment’s cotton lace up blouse (ahem – totally on sale right now!) is a fantastic addition that will carry right into the Fall!

Alexander McQueen’s mini dress has a sporty take on the lace up detail that screams summer!


Clearly this dress would be THE one piece wonder packed in that holiday suitcase, slap a pair of gladiator sandals and run from the beach to cocktails to dinner!

All that laces up doesn’t go in the front.  Take Red Valentino’s flirty black coat with the lace detail in the back.


This coat would look phenomenal all dressed up OR paired with a favorite pair of jeans.  That sounds like a perfect purchase!


Jonathan Simkhai’s Pre-Spring lace up sleeved blouse is beyond on trend – it is everything.


Slip off the blazer in the middle of the meeting – yup, even if it is a bake sale meeting, PTO meeting or an actual board meeting – these sleeves will Tie It All Up!

Weather or not…

Spring 2016 is the East is chilly, as in freezing cold!  

Allow reversecommuter to turn chilly lemons into lemonade.  

Spring collections are seconds away from going on sale.  No need to feel blue about your frozen baseball bleacher trapped body parts.  Warmer weather is (hopefully) just days away.

Retail is a strange business.  Fall 2016 collections will be on store floors & websites by mid June.  

Happily that means the spring collections need to be cleared out at discount prices!
Swimwear 2016 included.

Coveted designer labels such as Marysia Swim are already dropping prices online.

Dresses, on sale too.  Alexander Wang just sent out their VIP private sale announcement yesterday, and this awesome striped racer back dress is 40% off.  Ahoy there!

Sandals, ditto.

Yup, even the tassels magical unicorn of shoes (sexy, high heeled and comfy!), Aquazzura‘s wild thing!

A clever strategy right about now would be to go to all your favorite online shopping spots and fill up your wishlist basket.  

Then sit back, pour yourself a lovely glass of rosé and wait for the email to arrive trumpeting the beginning of the sales!

Don’tcha just love a happy ending?!