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The Fashion Menu: May

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The month of May has been a fickle one—rain one day, sunshine the next. We didn’t let the temperamental weather get us down, and are embracing the end of May with open arms as June comes rolling in.

Until then, we are wearing everything bright and blue. And, with Memorial Day this month, that means its the official beginning of white pants season—but let’s be honest, we broke out those out awhile ago.

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Photographer: Tek Stiles

Below are our favorite items that we will be toting this month, and for the rest of summer.

Apparel

Britteny lives in jumpsuits, and the painterly stripes on this one by ASTR give the piece a playful vibe that’s perfect for summer.

Cori Sue was raised on the cult of navy-and-white stripes, thanks to the original HBIC, her mom, Cindy Sue. She has a rotating selection of St. James ¾ sleeve tops and white denim from Paige Denim in her closet.

Off-the-shoulder pieces are practically everywhere you turn this year, and we have no problem donning the cold shoulder. Steph rocks the effortlessly sexy trend via J Crew’s chambray dress, perfect for sassing up a road trip or a day spent running errands.

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| ett:twa Jasmi sunglasses | Vineyard Vines gingham shirt (similar) | Paige Denim | J.Crew espadrilles | Banana Republic nautical basketweave blazer |

D.C. Social Bitch Annie likes taking the boyfriend’s button-down to the office with this Madewell midi shirtdress in gingham check. It’s super light for those humid days.

This Lilly Pulitzer dress will definitely become your new favorite piece in your closet. Lilly is the ultimate source for a little white dress, and this lacy number is perfect for everything from work functions to bridal showers to cocktail parties. Pair it with different accessories each time you wear it to keep it fresh and new.

Chicago can stay cool for longer than all of us want to admit, so investing in a nice blazer that can transition from day to night is a must. This nautical blazer from Banana Republic is exactly that piece of clothing every preppy Chicagoan lady has been searching for and we definitely approve.

Accessories

Chicago editor Allison has one rule when it comes to sunglasses: don’t spend too much, since she will inevitably break them. Cheap, yet stylish, sunnies are a must but they can be hard to find. Once Allison saw this pair at Anthropologie, she knew it was fate—classic black frame, minimalist knot on the side, and $58.

With their geometric cutouts, these Jeffery Campbell wedges are an absolute must for the season.

To accessorize her summer uniform, Cori Sue relies on a selection of quirky straw clutches from Kate Spade, like this one and this one. She’s headed off to Brazil this weekend, and will be toting around this navy-and-white striped tote from Mar y Sol via Nordstrom.

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| Kendra Scott bracelet (℅) |

Steph is eyeing this chic Clare V. wicker bag for her Amalfi coast honeymoon this fall. Which will also serve double duty as the perfect tote for farmer’s market shopping this summer.

Step into summer in these funky white and navy striped wedges from Anthropologie.

This is the perfect purse for summer! Of course, it’s Kate Spade. Tess loves the straw element that is ideal for the warmer months and will match everything in your closet. The black element makes it easy to wear this bag in the transition months as well. Pair with white jeans and a lightweight blazer or a casual sundress.

Beauty

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| Kendra Scott necklace (℅) |

If Allison was ever deserted on a desert island, and could only bring one makeup item, it would be blush. We live by the Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Colour in Amp’d Up Apple. It adds just a bit of color to her cheeks, without being overpowering.

Mix up your nail polish from the typical pink and blush summer shades. Try out this Nailberry periwinkle polish that’s also healthy for your nails. Whether you’re at cocktail party or pool party, this color will surely stand out.

Take Memorial Day Weekend memories with you with this ‘REPLICA’ Beach Walk eau de parfum from Maison Margiela. The bergamot and coconut milk evoke the feeling a perfect summer day in the sand, even when you’re back in the sweaty city.

Steph’s thoughtful new puppy, Mojo, already knows the way to her heart – beauty products. For her birthday, he surprised her with Le Labo Rose 31 lotion (thanks, fiance!) and she instantly fell in love with the smokey rose scent. Even better, it doubles as perfume, cutting her shower time in half.

Britteny goes by the “less is more” philosophy when applying her makeup during the summer in NYC, so it’s important to maintain healthy, youthful looking skin. Charlotte Tilbury’s Goddess Skin Clay Mask helps to do just that.

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Here are our Bitch-approved picks we are lusting over this month:

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