The Sol Compass

by Caitlin Hummer


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My New Favorite Dress Line

Happy Monday my loves!  Back in the fall, B and I had a vow renewal ceremony to go to, and I really struggled with finding the right dress to wear.  I happened upon one at Target (seen in this post) and it was absolutely perfect.  Five months later, it’s still one of my favorite dresses.  So when I had a work trip come up that took me to Southern California in January, I knew just where to go.

The Who What Wear line is filled with fun patterns and rich colors in event appropriate hemlines.  I love the materials they use, and the silhouettes are super flattering (but prepare to size down a size or two!)  Best of all: at these prices, you can fill your closet up with new dresses and not feel guilty about it one bit.

Outfit Details – Dress: Who What Wear | Jacket: Topshop | Heels: Vince Camuto | Tote: Tory Burch | Necklace: Elizabeth and James | Earrings: Coach | Watch: Apple

Thanks so much for stopping by – hope you have a great week!

xo, C


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Clover

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My eagerness to break out all of the florals as fast as possible is bordering on desperation at this point.  I just keep telling myself that by mixing in plenty of darker winter items it will be TOTALLY FINE to ignore the three more weeks of official winter and jump the gun straight into spring.  I can’t wait until nature starts to come to life again, and incidentally all the humans follow.  The winter gloom has been too real.

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Outfit Details – Dress: J.Crew (sold out, same pattern on this top) | Jacket: Topshop (also available in tall and petite!) | Heels: LC Lauren Conrad | Necklace: Banana Republic (old, similar here) | Earrings: Banana Republic (old, similar here) | Sunglasses: Illesteva | Bag: Banana Republic Factory (new version here) | Bracelets: Chan Luu, Lucky Brand

Thanks for reading! Happy Hump Day!

xo, C


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Day to Night Dress Series: Fun and Flirty Edition

Last week was absolutely crazy for me, but I’m happy to be back at it this Monday morning with a new Day to Night Dress episode.  This fun fit & flare is from GAP, and just one of their many dresses that I absolutely adore.  Every year when spring rolls around I always check out the selection of dresses at GAP.  With their fun colors and flattering silhouettes; they make up some of my favorite wardrobe staples.

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Since I don’t have to follow a strict dress code during the day, I love adding bright and bold turquoise accessories to contrast with the fiery red dress.  For those of you that may need a bit more professional look, a blazer and some closed toe heels would be a great conservative touch.

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Outfit Details – Dress: GAP (sold out online, similar here, here, and here) | Necklace: Francesca’s (old, similar here and here) | Bracelet: Lucky Brand (old, similar here and here) | Ring: Lucky Brand (old, similar here) | Earrings: Nordstrom | Bag: Vera Bradley | Heels: Christian Siriano for Payless (for more turquoise shoes, check out these: pumps, gladiators, oxfords, wedges, lace-up heels, satin heeled sandals) | Lipgloss: Bobbi Brown ‘Petal’ | Nail Polish: Essie ‘Buy Me A Cameo

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This dress also makes for a really fun going out outfit.  I added my new Bauble Bar bib and the necessary crossbody bag for a fun night out at Lolita Cocina– a must visit for anyone planning on visiting Boston this summer!

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Outfit Details – Dress: GAP (sold out online, similar here, here, and here) | Denim Jacket: Lucky Brand (old, love this one) | Necklace: Bauble Bar | Ring: Lucky Brand (old, similar here) | Earrings: Nordstrom | Handbag: Fossil | Sandals: Express (also love these ones!) | Lipgloss: Bobbi Brown ‘Petal’ | Nail Polish: Essie ‘Buy Me A Cameo

Thanks so much for reading! I hope your week kicks off to a great start this Monday!

xo, C


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Day to Night Dress Series: Pleats Edition

Happy Monday, everyone! Today I am so excited to announce a new series that will be taking over The Sol Compass on Mondays during the spring and summer – the Day to Night Dress Series!

As May came and the weather (finally) started to warm up in Massachusetts, and I brought all of my beloved dresses out of storage, I was thinking about previous summers and dress seasons, and realized how much I loved styling my dresses for the current trends and seasons.  One of the (many) things that I adore about warmer weather, is you don’t have to change your clothes nearly as frequently as you may during the dead of winter.  For example, a dress can easily go from work to happy hour with a quick accessory swap, or from a brunch with girlfriends to a date night with a change of shoes.  I know my friends and I are totally guilty of this, because everyone wants to go straight from work to the nearest rooftop bar or sidewalk cafe to maximize on the sunlight hours, that we never want to go home and change before going out.  Plus, I have no qualms about going out for dinner or a date in a dress, but dress pants?  Yeah not so much.

With this new series, I’m hoping to share some of my ideas on how to take a dress from day to night with all of you, and also how to style some of your old summer dresses that you just can’t bear to part with to be on point with the latest trends.

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I love this outfit for a brunch date with girlfriends, or a Saturday afternoon strolling a flea market. I tend to gravitate towards brighter colors, but I do love pairing whites and neutrals with pastels for a light and airy daytime look
Outfit Details – Dress: LC Lauren Conrad | Jacket: LOFT |  Hat: BP | Watch: Fossil | Necklace: Bauble Bar | Bag: Urban Outfitters (also love this one) | Heels: LC Lauren Conrad | Earrings: Kate Spade New York | Lips: Too Faced “Spice Spice Baby”

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By switching out the denim jacket and sandals for a blazer and some closed-toe heels, this dress is all of a sudden ready for a nice dinner date.  I added in my monogram necklace and a structured purse to really keep the look polished and sophisticated. (Though my flipped up collar doesn’t exactly scream “I have my life together”… Oh well.  You can’t win ’em all).

Outfit Details – Dress: LC Lauren Conrad | Blazer: Talbots (old, similar here) | Heels: Banana Republic (old, similar here) | Necklace: Monogram Online | Earrings: Kate Spade New York | Watch: Fossil | Purse: Tommy Hilfiger (old, similar here) | Lips: Too Faced “Spice Spice Baby”

I’m so excited about this new series, and I hope you all are too! Let me know what you think in the comments below! Have a wonderful week!

xo, C


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Summertime Returns

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Today in New England felt like anything but autumn, and it looks like this weekend will be in the low 80s as well.  I’m the first one to rejoice when the temperatures soar, and celebrated today by breaking out one of my beloved bright dresses and frolicking in the park.  Since it is technically fall, I paired it with a dark navy blazer, black purse, and some leopard flats to deter passerby’s from my obvious denial from traditional fashion rules.

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Dress: Old Navy

Blazer: Gap

Necklace: J.Crew

Belt: J.Crew

Bracelets: Chan Luu, Lemon & Line

Ring: Lucky Brand

Flats: American Eagle Outfitters