So, Susie…What’s the style update as we head into Summer 2018?

Hands-down it’s the statement skirt. Specifically it’s the pencil skirt…but it’s anything but basic.

Last year at this time it was all about the off the shoulder. This year the pencil skirt was all over the SS18 runways. It"s been refreshed with details like asymmetrical hems, side zips, button embellishments, striped cotton poplin and bright colors. There are so many options at all different prices.

So the next question always is, “How should I style it?” I got my inspiration last summer from a picture of Demi Lovato with a Dior graphic tee with a Veronica Beard skirt. You can see in my latest Instagram post my version of her outfit with my own graphic tee. You can also pair it with an oversized shirt tucked into your skirt. In regard to shoes, anything goes — a strappy heel for a dressier event, a closed toe mule, a block heel sandal or an espadrille.

Here’s an outfit suggestion to get your style ideas flowing:

Lewit Snap Detail SkirtLewit Ribbed TankCULT GAIA Small Ark Bamboo HandbagMERCEDES CASTILLO Milee Ankle Strap SandalYves Saint Laurent ‘Baby Doll’ Kiss & BlushBobbi Brown The Brooklyn 53mm Reading Glasses

Susie Wright of The Susie Wright Project is the quintessential stylist. She weaves her well-honed creativity into everything she does – whether it’s styling her clients’ wardrobes, recommending beauty products and procedures, decorating her beautiful home, or buying gifts for her dear friends and loved ones. She especially has a unique sense for transforming women of our certain age so that we look fresh and polished and not overdone. Make sure you follow her on instagram to get more inspiration and ideas: @susie.wright

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