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Q+A with Emily Donica about Charleston fashion

Let’s talk spring + summer trends and all things Charleston fashion.

This picture shows Emily on a bench wearing a light blue spring dress.

Emily says cute and casual is the vibe she tries to capture when choosing an outfit for King Street.

Photo by Emily Donica

Spring has sprung, and summer is just around the corner. So, before you get too busy planning that summer bucket list, keep reading to ensure you arrive in style.

We caught up with fashion influencer Emily Donica to talk about what’s in and what’s out, and everything that’s coming back stronger than a 90s trend.

What trends can we expect to see in Charleston this spring + summer?

Spring + summer trends to watch are denim mini skirts and matching oversized denim jackets, charm necklaces, bubble dresses, gingham, white linen sets, ballet flats, and anything polka dot.

What is your ideal outfit for King Street?

I love something cute and casual, so I’d go with a polka dot satin dress and Golden Goose sneakers, and I’d accessorize with chunky gold jewelry.

What is your ideal outfit for Shem Creek?

Being on the water, I love a more casual vibe, so I would go with a denim mini skirt, white bubble top, and charm necklace to accessorize, and finish off the look with a red cowgirl boot.

Name three things you think everyone should have in their closet.

I think everyone needs a white linen mini dress, a nice, quality button-down, and a ballet flat.

What’s a piece of clothing that just says Charleston?

One piece of clothing that screams Charleston to me is a sundress.

What are your go-to shoes this summer?

I love a good pair of sambas to throw on with dresses, shorts, or a mini skirts.

Shout out your three favorite local boutiques.

My three favorite local boutiques are ShopSXC, Madison Mathews, and Hampden.

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