On Trend: Global Chic

As summer approaches, the desire to travel to exotic destinations takes over. This season, designers have capitalized on the ‘global wanderer’ spirit: ethnic prints and inspired accessories are everywhere. So whether you’re dreaming of the Arizona desert, an African safari or a journey to Mumbai, these pieces will give you a taste of a far-away land right here in the Midwest.

The Best

Colored Sunglasses

The very colorful 1980s continues to inspire fashion and the sunglasses market is no exception. A rainbow of rims is the trend for summer, so brighten up your look with sunnies in a bold hue.


Sarah Briggs Disk Earrings

Looking for that wear-everywhere-with-everything summer earring? Sarah Briggs has designed the perfect one. Her intricate disc earring has a low-key Bohemian vibe that pairs fabulously with jeans or a cocktail dress. Made of 14-karat goldfill and semi-precious stones and available in two sizes, the disk earring has been the line’s top-seller for six years—likely due to her huge celebrity following (Jessica Biel, Reese Witherspoon and Oprah are fans, to name a few). And at less than $100 for a pair, there’s no excuse not to add these to your summer jewelry rotation.

Line I Love


If there’s one thing my closet can’t live without, it would be my Joie blouses. They are beautifully made, extremely versatile and have a timeless design. But it’s not just the blouses that make this California line great. The floral print pant has been a hot seller for spring, and its jeans are becoming a must-have. Launched in 2001 and originally known for its signature cargo pants, Joie has emerged as a lifestyle brand with a complete collection of ready to wear, accessories and even a fragrance. The line is designed for the woman who enjoys feeling casual, comfortable and chic. That’s the thing I think I love most about this line: The pieces make you feel put-together and stylish without looking like you’re trying to hard. And because the aesthetic is so clean and fresh, you won’t feel like you look like everyone else on the street.

Joie is available at Cha Boutique, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue

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