Joie continues to stay true to its breezy, boho aesthetic in its Spring/Summer 2016 collection. Designer Rachel Wilder-Hill embraces the California cool style and creates accessible collections that find common ground between high fashion and consumer tastes. Joie has a sense of familiarity while retaining originality. The floral prints and shirting fabrics have an ease to them that will stay relevant for summertime for years to come. The collection features summer staples including peasant blouses and sundresses. They are made anew in this collection with a vintage feel from the topstitch embroidery and lace work. The color scheme was mostly the season’s typical whites, creams, reds and navys, with a few accents of rust and periwinkle. Since the brand started out with denim, a few looks included denim shorts, skirts and jeans, but these items were by no means the center of the collection. However, they did fit well with the vintage feel, as did soft suede skirts and braided leather belts. The collection provided a reliable source for the inevitable bohemian style that appears each summer.
This light look is composed of basic pieces which come together to create an effortless summertime outfit. The striped dolman-sleeve top has a slightly slouchy fit, adding to the casual breeziness. The white pleated maxi skirt defines the waist, so the volume of the top and skirt does not overwhelm. The textiles, soft cotton and gauze, make the look suitable for warm weather even though it covers a lot of skin. The simple gladiator sandals are a reliable summertime shoe to finish the look.
To get this outfit for less, look towards affordable brands that focus on California boho style like Billabong, Tillys, and Pacsun. Even shops like Target have comparable choices, like this striped peasant blouse that is just $25. Add a maxi skirt to tuck the shirt into. This flowing white maxi skirt is $30 from Billabong. Pair the outfit with a pair of simple gladiator sandals. This Madden Girl pair is $30 on c21stores.com. Part of maintaining the spirit of the original designer version is keeping styling extremely clean and simple. There is no need to accessorize for this laid-back outfit. It could even work as a fashionable swimsuit cover-up to wear to the beach.
Sophie Fay Shaw is the High Fashion, College Wallet columnist. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.