Guest Post by 9th & Elm: 5 Must-Haves for Summer by Elly Bethune

5 Must-Haves for  Summer  by Elly Bethune

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1.    Brittany Davidson of BMDesigns, makes beautiful light weight things for the summer with an edge. This gorgeous 100% silk dress with a vegan leather dress underneath, is the perfect dress to wear to any summer party by the pool! The pencil skirt with a bustier bodice gives the dress a hugging fit, while the hand painted silk skirt gives a whimsical look in the wind. Perfect for any event!

5 Must-Haves for Summer by Elly Bethune: 9th & Elm

2.    The Sqaud by Katherine, makes the perfect essential tee for summer! But these aren’t any basic tees, sweatshirts or tanks! They all have a lot of personality and an edge that makes you stand out from all the other tees in the sea. All are 100% cotton with silk screen printing, and offer you a relaxed fit with hand drawn images, like the Pedro Tank Chick.

3.    BeeLacy makes the coolest bandeaus I’ve seen in awhile. With bandeaus becoming more popular, it’s hard to re-invent a new look, but she has done it! Her designs are innovative and chic with a twist. Wear them under any sheer top or wear them as is with a high-waisted short, skirt or pant. Anything with a bow is a friend of mine!

4.    Uno Magnetic is the most simple, yet cool idea I’ve seen in awhile. I love accessories, especially jewelry, so to be able to mix and match every color under the rainbow in different ways, is such an amazing concept. You can truly make your own one-of-a-kind design, or follow their “how-to” top designs to create as well. With the ends magnetizing to anything or any chain, there are endless possibilities on how to wear it as a ring, necklace, bracelet, belt, headband and so much more!

5.    Ralph Pia can make a skirt! The concept I love most of her things for summer, is they have a nautical feel to them that is very trendy this time of year. Dress it up with a stiletto or pump, wear it out shopping with a flip-flop or wedge, or wear it as a cover-up to the pool. Either way you merchandise it, make it your own cool new look for the summer time.

-Elly Bethune for 9th & Elm

While Elly may have written this post, I'm totally on board. Basic screen-printed tees, multi-print Summer skirts, simple trendy bangles and warm weather leather? Heartland Underdog approved. With 9th & Elm's official launch just around the corner, I encourage you to take the necessary steps toward an editor-worthy wardrobe.

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