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Friday, July 08, 2011

Summer Uniform: Hamptons beauty


I always joke that my friend Susan Cernek is the nicest person in fashion. She has a mouthful of a title at Glamour, but she always looks drop-dead gorgeous and friendly, with a megawatt smile and easy laugh. So, I asked her to share her summer uniform with us (in hopes that we could copy ruthlessly:).

Here's Susan's take:

Here, my husband Rob and I are on grill duty at our dear friend's house in Southampton. I've worn these tortoise Ray-Ban Wayfarers since '06. I've tried on a zillion other pairs since then, but these are the only sunglasses that suit my face/don't make me look like a crazy person.

I got the shirtdress at Zara last year for our honeymoon, and it's now my summer go-to. The special twist is that it looks like a man's dress shirt since it scoops up a bit on the sides--making it a bit risque to wear to work but flirty and sexy for weekends. A word of caution: Never use the fabric belt that shirt dresses come with. Fabric belts can look floppy--not exactly a description you want anywhere near your midsection. You need structure to flatter your waist, so go with a thin leather belt.

For beauty, I stay light. I love Diptyque bath oil; I dab it on after the shower for a light scent, instead of a heavy perfume. And my go-to lip "marker"--Revlon's Just Bitten in Flame--gives you a cheery, pretty hint of color, like you just ate a popsicle from the Mister Softee truck.

Here's how to get the look:
Wayfarer sunglasses: Ray-Ban, $194.
Shirtdress: Similar styles here.
Belt: 7 Hills, $36.
Thong sandals: L.L. Bean Signature, $69.
Lipstain: Revlon, $8.99.
Messy French bun.

P.S. Another lovely summer uniform.

81 comments:

Ana Degenaar said...

I adore her dress.

G. said...

oops, your link to the dress goes to a pair of shoes.... But I would love to get the same, it looks so great without too much effort, and not tomboyish at all allthough it looks indeed like a loooong men's shirt. Thanks for the tips.

Joanna Goddard said...

oops will fix! xo

G. said...

I meant the link that is in the text by the way...

G. said...

:-) ok

Mal said...

What a fantastic summer outfit. The dress is so lovely, I've been looking for the perfect shirtdress, I'll have to look into that one.

Heba said...

loved that beauty tip ,i don't like when you can smell people's perfumes before they even enter the room , I think i'll try this oil out :)

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Lynne said...

Joanna, when I first looked at this photo, I thought it was you and Alex. No wonder you are friends :) Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Bibliophile said...

I love this outfit! It reminds me of something that Rachel McAdams's character wears in Midnight in Paris. And that's a great tip about the belt, too.

Miss Mary Edith said...

Haha, Lynne, I was just about to say "Do Rob and Alex sit around and compare beards?"

Marie Buck said...

Susan and Rob...look like you and Alex!

SeaGal said...

Oh so cute... I really enjoyed reading this and the fashion tips are great..

M. said...

great outfit, so simple yet elegant!

abigail said...

I love how her sunglasses are the most expensive thing! ; )

I did a little sandal post today, and those from LLBEAN are really cute! Sandals are oh so important...

Giulia said...

Susan is absolutely right about those fabric belts. I have seen many peeps this summer wearing them w/otherwise lovely summer dresses. I want to tell them but my friends & family won't allow it. Spread the word!

Hannah said...

cute blog! found it from fashionista.com!
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Liz said...

She looks effortlessly gorgeous! Love her summer uniform!

Amy said...

These people look like you and your husband's body doubles!

janna said...

I have to say this post confused me a little since the pic looks so much like you and Alex.

Melissa Blake said...

i love her picks! So beautiful! :)

Melanie said...

Honestly, I adore all of the ladies at Glamour! I don't even know any of you, haha, but I've been following the blogs for about three years.. so it seems like it!:) You, Susan and Tracey (and Petra and Beth.. ok, just hire me, haha) just seem like the nicest bunch!

xx, Melanie @ LightsSoBright

roberta jane said...

i love this summer uniform feature - hope you do more!

Alice said...

Lovely look!

Just a Silhouette

iheartkiwi said...

Such classic style! I love it... she looks so effortless and chic.

I am always searching for that perfect summer uniform!

Clio is ainm dom. said...

I have a dress just like that! She's totally right about not using the belt that comes with the dress... leather looks so much better :)

Kate vdZ said...

I love these summer uniform posts! Joanna, you have some well dressed friends!

SisterBatik said...

yay shirt dress - I love this look for the summer. Casual chic, perfect for grilling in : )

Filip Demuinck said...

Very nice blog, unbelievable how many followers you have.

Greetings,
Filip

the southern hostess said...

I already have those sunglasses! Score! I feel chicer already.

Meagan@Style-Edition said...

Wonderful! I love hearing from fashion execs that feel like real people. I ripped my favorite shirdress last year and have been on the hunt for one ever since. That LL bean one is cute but a little too long. not quite as fun as what she's wearing.

Carly said...

BEAUTIFUL dress! Love the light take on summer beauty.

-Carly
www.createliveblog.com

Joanna Goddard said...

haha, how funny! we don't look as similar in person--but this photo does actually seem like it, that's so funny!! :)

TheBeautyFile said...

Oh boy. I need that shirtdress, especially since I'm off to Rome next week and it would be PERFECT for there! Shit. It might be too late to get it in my house...what to do???!

TheBeautyFile said...

And ps: I totally thought that was you and Alex in the pic!!

East Coast-er Momma said...

<3 for realz

Fashalina aka The Hyperbalist said...

wowwwww it's remarkable how much the two of them look like you and alex in that picture. I didn't think for a second that it wasn't you two, and thought it was a bit funny that there was a picture of you and Alex for a post about Susan's summer style, and then I realized that it wasn't you and was in total disbelief! crazy.

Shea Nichole said...

This is THE perfect summer outfit!

wildchild said...

susan always hits the nail on the head. this outfit is just right. so effortless and chic. perfect for summer :)

Corrie Anne said...

That's excellent advice on the shirtdress/belt combo. Love her look! :)

nickandnoragettingmarried said...

Love the advice! (Especially the "don't use a fabric belt" suggestion--it makes so much sense.) I might have to replicate this outfit. In fact, my coworker just saw me checking it out and supports my decision. Done!

The Girlie Blog said...

Love her easy summer look. Very beautiful.

thepaisleytab said...

That dress is adorable and affordable! ;) Adding it to my wishlist!

Mandy said...

Love the look, casual, yet sexy! :-) X Mandy

Fabiana said...

Super cute and comfy!

ciao from Newport Beach

Sage Crown Parker said...

such a cute photo of you and your hubby :)
i'm so into the little dresses this last month. i find them a little unruly and either need to get cute underpants or a slip so i stop being so 'wild' in them.

ps i just read the other post and realized it's not you and alex, i guess you now have stunt doubles ;)

Emily with an M said...

I totally thought this was you and Alex, too. Isn't it weird how sometimes our friends look *just* like us? Haha! Cute post.

anilia said...

I just put a dress like this aside at the boutique I work at. I love it and plan to use it more for a fall uniform because it is too hot here for long sleeves!

Erin*Sparkle&Hay said...

so perfectly summer chic & i LOVE that bit about the belt. clothe belts are terrible!!!

vosges paris said...

Very stylish ;)

Anonymous said...

I love this dress and the "summer uniform"! Your friend is so pretty and has great taste!

Living a Pretty Good Life said...

Absolutely loving the dress!

Anonymous said...

That belt tip is a good one! This woman is gorgeous, btw.

CheekyPinkTulip said...

This is a great look. And so effortlessly sexy!

Maria xx
www.cheekypinktulip.blogspot.com

art deco engagement rings said...

I always love my ray-bans!

Caroline said...

I like your dress. You look gorgeous!

Sydney said...

indeed she has a great taste of fashion :)

lol Caroline, that's Joanna's friend :)

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Colleen / Inspired to Share said...

Love! She does seem so approachable. I'm off to get that Revlon lipstain! Thanks! xo

Lady Grey said...

that outfit looks AMAZING!! I just watched Midnight In Paris and Rachel McAdams wore belted shirt dresses throughout the entire movie, and I couldn't stop admiring them.

abby said...

I love shirtdresses. I thought this was a photo you and Alex at first! Don't you think you guys look similar at a glance?

Anonymous said...

Really casual chic look. Great style.

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clean cut beauty!

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Anonymous said...

Revlon lip stain looks amazing.

Teegstar said...

Any chance of finding out where Rob's shirt comes from? My husband would love it.

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Alice+Noel said...

classic and elegant but slightly relaxed in a special way.
perfect summer look!

Renee B. said...

What a pretty lady she is!!! Love that dress....I'm adding it to my summer wardrobe ASAP. :)

SorelleDesign said...

I love those Rayban's...bought a pair myself in Las Vegas this summer and felt right back in the late 80's! Fabulous outfit..love it!

Accidental Euphoria said...

Thanks for the tip! I always wondered why I could never pull off the belts with a shirt dress, but I always was using the fabric ones.

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Anonymous said...

The link to the sunglasses comes up as error! Would love to see the glasses!

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