When I wear shorts in the summer I am 99% motivated by trying to get a tan on my legs. Maybe I’m a little bit motivated by the heat too. Today is a bit of a cooler day and I thought it would be a good time to try out one of my favorite shorts combos, pairing them with a loose, long sleeve shirt. It’s a fun way to wear shorts and make them slightly less casual. I mean, I’m all for casual, but for some reason when wearing shorts it’s easy for me to feel like a grade schooler, which is a bit more casual than I prefer. So I am adding a button up shirt, that’s slightly wrinkled, with a front tuck, and I’m on board with it. These shorts are great, though I do wish I’d gone up a size so they had a little more volume. Read my full thoughts on them here.
And, for the Everlane-curious, I’ve recently updated my ‘collections page.’ It’s getting harder to keep slim because I like so much of what they’re offering these days!
We are going strawberry picking later, so I’ll probably switch to ‘grubby’ clothes or something too dark to get stained. Does anyone else ever change clothes midday? I think the tasty berries will be worth the hassle.
Happy Friday! If all goes as planned, see you back here tomorrow!
Two recent life ‘shifts’ are leading me to do something a little different on the blog this summer.
School is officially out, which means my kids are in my house, in my living room, in my kitchen and frankly they need my attention. Heading into the summer, like most working moms, I try to figure out how I can manage my workload and my children at the same time. In years past I’ve resolved to get up early or work late into the night or try to find some sort of child care. This summer I’ve decided I want to work a little less so I can spend more time with my kids, and not worry so much about producing so much content for the blog.
The other shift has been in my thoughts toward the blog. I’ve been doing this for a little over four years now and, honestly, some months I feel like I just don’t have anything new to say. When it comes to styling, keeping a slim wardrobe and clothing industry ethics, sometimes I feel like I’ve said it all. I wouldn’t call it burn out, more like I’m just in a season where I’m less inspired.
But one thing I do love is connecting with you guys here in this space and reading little glimpses into your lives and wardrobes. And I love sharing what I’m wearing. It’s almost like, did the outfit really happen if I didn’t share it on the blog?
Recently, I was reading over at Goblin Shark and Renée shared something that really inspired me. She started a project of recording and sharing 100 outfits for 100 days. Basically, each day she shares a quick post of what she’s wearing along with some brief thoughts, and that’s it. The idea struck a chord with me because I like the idea of creating less ‘produced’ content and more ‘in the moment,’ real-time content. Plus, it just sounded FUN.
I love a good, long-format blog post, but for the summer, I am going to try a different approach. Today, I’m kicking off a new series called 99 Days of Summer Outfits. My goals are: to post quickly and frequently, stay connected to this space over the summer, flex creative muscles, and challenge myself to build good outfits. In my mind, it seems like a lighter workload then I’ve been keeping up with on the blog (short, frequent posts, verses, longer format posting) but I could be wrong. Only time will tell.
I realize this (casually sharing outfits) is not a new concept, Grechen has been doing it for years, and many successful Instagrammers do this as well. But the concept feels refreshing and fun for me, and I hope you will like it too. You can still expect to see a few longer format posts over the summer as I continue to work with and support my favorite brands.
I am not keen on spamming your inboxes, so I probably won’t send out the daily email. But you know where to find me if you need me!
For now, let’s get to the first outfit, this is what I am wearing TODAY, right now, as I write this post.
I’m wearing head to toe linen today, which is my best mechanism for dealing with hot weather. We’re in a mini heat wave right now, and these kinds of garments mean I’m actually enjoying it. I have a feeling these pants will be pretty clutch for me this summer. They’re nearly as cool as shorts, but I feel a lot less ‘exposed’ and more polished. (Today, I had to take one of my kids to the doctor and for some reason whenever I do that, I feel like I need to make sure and dress like a grown up. Sometimes I still don’t feel grown up enough to be the mom of three grade-school-aged kids!)
A few of my favorite people are doing something similar this summer! My best gal pals Paige and Jaana are doing their own versions of the 99 Days of Summer challenge, you can find Paige here: blog + Instagram, and Jaana here: blog + Instagram. We’ll all be using the hashtag #99daysofsummerstyle when posting on Instagram so this link will have all of our posts mixed together.
This post is sponsored by Everlane. All ideas, opinions and content are my own.
Summer is easily one of my favorite times of year: blue skies, hot afternoons, warm nights, vacations, camping, relaxed schedules, I could go on. But summer is typically NOT my favorite ‘clothing season’ (*cough,* fall). This year however, things are shaping up a little differently because Everlane has been killing it with their warm weather offerings. From jumpsuits, to floaty blouses, even some sandals that work for my feet. I can’t wait to share more with you in today’s blog post.
In this third installment of Everlane Lately, I’m doing things a little differently. In addition to sharing my new and old favorites, I’m sharing a few items I tried that did not work out for me.
In this post I will cover:
1 // Which warm weather pieces I’ve recently added 2 // Items I’ve tried out that didn’t work 3 // Current Everlane closet MVPs
WHAT I’VE ADDED
A few weeks ago, Everlane released their first ever jumpsuits and I think they did a great job. As an avid jumpsuit wearer for the last three years, I am excited to see them offering their unique take on the garment style. There are two GoWeave styles (the V-neck one is particularly cute!) and one linen style. Because I prefer linen over the GoWeave fabric I knew that would be the style I went with.
I love the square neckline, it reminds me of the Linen Picnic Top I adore so much. When I shared this jumpsuit on Instagram a few weeks ago, someone asked me if it would work with a tee underneath it, which inspired my look for these photos. The jumpsuit comes with a belt, but I prefer the unbelted look. It feels relaxed and tomboy-ish, balanced by soft, silky linen. I have worn this on some seriously hot days and I love how breezy and cool it feels. The linen is light and airy, less heavy than some mid-weight linens I wear.
Like all linen it shows wrinkles with wear. If you’re looking for a less casual style, or can’t stand wrinkles, the GoWeave styles are a great option!
The Cotton Crew is a slim-fitting classic tee, that reminds me of a man’s white undershirt, but cut for a woman. I like the extra wide ribbed neckline. The slightly long and fitted shape makes it easy for tucking. I’m wearing a size medium which is slim, but still relaxed through the torso. I love the way this tee looks tucked in to distressed denim with layered necklaces over top.
Gah! This is a big win for me. I love, love the style of this top; the soft, curved lines do wonders for my square and straight frame. The Air Ruched Blouse has u-shaped shirt tails which make it easy to tuck into mid-rise jeans. I have similar style tops from a different brand and their straight hemlines make tucking difficult with any non-high waisted bottoms. I appreciate that this blouse can be tucked into a variety of pant or short styles.
This is the white ‘multi-stripe’ color way, and it’s basically white with really light gray stripes. It’s very pretty and almost presents as a soft blue from a distance. The soft airy fabric lives up to its name and is indeed as light as air, which will make it easy to wear all summer long. I styled mine with vintage denim the other day, and I will definitely be repeating the look. Below, you can see how I paired the Air Ruched Blouse with the new Easy Chino Shorts
Easy is a good word to describe these shorts. They are easy to throw on over a swimsuit, easy to wear on a bicycle, easy to wear to a picnic or a park. They are not sartorial genius, they are easy and practical, which sometimes, is all you need in a garment (particularly in the summer when I want to focus on having fun and not worry about fussy garments). I am wearing a size 6 in the Easy Chino Shorts, but I think I could have sized up to a 8 for an even more relaxed fit. These shorts come out on Thursday, but I believe if you hit ‘waitlist’ on the Coming Soon page, you can get access one day early.
When I saw these on Everlane’s Coming Soon page I thought they would never work for me. I figured they would be too narrow, and that the leather would be too stiff. Boy, was I wrong! After seeing my friend Paige rock these sandals, and a few other folks I follow sing the praises of this ‘butter soft’ leather, I decided to give them a try. The Day Crossover Sandal is ridiculously soft and comfortable, and has a fit similar to the Day Glove. The difference is there is zero break-in time. They were comfortable right out of the box. I took the same size as I wear in the Day Glove, and the shoe has the same, very minimal sole. I love the Rose color, it pairs so well with all the cream, tan and black in my closet!
I didn’t photograph these to share because they are sold out on Everlane’s site. But I wanted to mention them, in case they get a few pairs back in stock. In the past, when there’s been a sold out item I’ve wanted from Everlane, I’ve had success by checking the website once per day, as sometimes returns mean they get a few sizes back in stock. But you have to be on it, and basically ‘stalk’ the stock or you’ll miss it.
Anyway, about the shorts! I was gifted these and I LOVE the longer inseam. The size is relaxed, and I took the smaller of my two Everlane sizes. They are still very comfortable and relaxed through the waist and hip. I expect to be wearing these a lot this summer.
I had high hopes for this skirt, because the color is so good, but ultimately the fit was not good for me. I love the a-line shape, which usually works well for me, but I probably should have sized up. I didn’t realize that until after I photographed it (photos are so telling, right?) and saw how it bunched under the pockets. The Patch Pocket Skirt is cute for summer, but you may want to consider sizing up when you order.
I tried these on a whim, feeling influenced by the strappy sandal trend right now. They were super cute out of the box, but I think I just have too much foot for such a minimal sandal. I wear a size 10 or 10.5 and I have a ‘high volume’ foot. I was disappointed for sure. But in the end, I loved the Day Crossover Sandal way more (see above).
I love these tank tops so much, I have them in two colors. I stalked out the Everlane site until my size came back in stock in black, so I could buy that one too. These are slightly elevated above the basic cotton tanks I wear in the summer and look great with cut-off jeans or long, linen pants.
You guys, I am such a convert on these! To be totally honest, I have been wearing them more than my Kamm pants because they are SO MUCH more comfortable. I love how high the waist is, how perfectly wide the leg falls, and the lightweight fabric makes them work well in a variety of temperatures. I will be living in these all summer. Right now I am wearing them (I bought a second pair in stone, see above!) at least twice per week. See how I styled my black pair here.
Still wearing this one! The crop looks so good with jumpsuits and high waisted pants. The relaxed fit feels really good on my shoulders.
Alright, I’ve shared quite a bit today about the Everlane items in my closet. I hope this serves you in your journey to understand design and fit when you order garments online. And as always, feel free to ask any questions you might have in the comments down below!
I bought my first Pyne & Smith dress a few years ago, a beautiful white linen dress with a fitted bodice and a slightly empire waist. It’s seen many wears in the subsequent summers, and even on a few wintry days. The shape has become Pyne & Smith’s signature silhouette. But this summer they have a brand new style in the line up: the Model No.28, a swingy, voluminous, linen dress with generous pockets.
I love this departure from P&S’s traditional style because it feels modern, fresh and fun. I’ve already been wearing it for the last month or so, but wanted to take some photos with my best photographer gal to give you a better look.
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This post is in partnership with Pyne & Smith, one of my longtime favorites. This means, if you make a purchase with the discount code provided, I will make a small commission at no extra cost to you.
The Model No.28 dress is responsibly made in California with 100% flax linen from Europe. The linen is mid-weight, which gives it nice movement and makes it slightly less prone to wrinkles than thinner weight linens.
I am wearing a small, which measures 38.5″ long, and hits just above my knees. (For reference, I am 5’7.) The dress cuts a nice A-line shape with a modest boatneck top (that isn’t too wide for bra straps!) and as I mentioned above, it has pockets!
Hello friends! I am trying out something fun here on Seasons + Salt – a styling video! I don’t know about you, but I’m a sucker for all those styling videos I see on Instagram. They’re so fun, informative and inspiring! It’s such a great way to get a closer look at an outfit – or four!
Last week I got a new top in the mail c/o Vetta, and I felt a little unsure of how it would work in my wardrobe. I took this as the perfect opportunity to create my own styling video for you guys and, in the end, answer my own question!
When I picked out the Cropped Blouse from Vetta’s Classic Capsule, I knew it was going to be on the dressier side. Taking it on a styling spin through my closet really helped me to see how I could wear it with my more casual pieces.
The video is only 46 seconds long, and I hope you have a moment to watch it! Below I will share each look, along with shopable links and the thought process behind how I pulled each look together.
I didn’t realize how flattering flare sleeves could be till I tried this top. The added width makes the waist look smaller, kind of like wide leg pants, but on top.
For the first look I paired the top with some basic favorites: clogs and jeans. The crepe-drapey texture of this top is a nice juxtaposition to the distressed jeans. I wanted to keep the overall palette super neutral, so I went for a blush clog and a cream purse.
You had to know this one was coming. I’m a big fan of monochrome dressing whenever I can. While this shirt is technically a crop, the size medium I’m wearing still has enough for a little front tuck. It’s nice to have a top that is cropped, but not so cropped that I can only wear it with very high waisted pants.
I added the bag and scarf for pattern and texture. Overall I’d give this one a 10!
You may have noticed that this top is reversible! I love the crew neck in the front. The clean and modern lines of the top create an interesting combination with the soft, swishy skirt. Contrasting elements often make an outfit more interesting, and I tend to love the end result.
I’m a long time fan of Vetta. Their commitment to ethics and versatility is unparalleled. The Cropped Blouse is made in NYC in a family-run factory, and is made from 100% GRS Certified Polyester. The fabric feels very silky and has a nice drape. It’s similar to silk but a little thicker. And it’s machine washable!
As you can see from the outfits, it’s a pretty versatile top. I love that it’s reversible, kind of like two tops in one. The Cropped Blouse would be good for someone looking for a top to wear in a professional setting (best with higher-waisted bottoms), or someone looking to take their closet beyond ‘basics’ and into versatile statement pieces. It probably wouldn’t be a good fit for someone looking for an everyday shirt, or who prefers natural fibers.
I wanted to give you a closer look at the jewelry I wore with these outfits, particularly because I’ve added a few new pieces to my rotation that are quickly becoming favorites.
// The bracelet on the left is four years old, but I wear it 24/7 so I thought I should include it. It was a sweet gift from my husband, and I love it.
// I can’t get enough of this rose necklace right now, I love the unique shape and beautiful box chain. It was a gift from Portland-based Seaworthy, one of my favorite jewelry makers. The necklace is called ‘Her Only Dress’ from a beautiful Pablo Neruda quote. Seasons + Salt readers are invited to take 15% off their purchase at Seaworthy with the code ‘SEA&SALT’ (excludes sale items).
// I wear these hoop earrings at least twice per week, sometimes more. A timeless classic that goes with every outfit! I love that they aren’t too big or too small.
// These opal chain earrings are my latest earring obsession. I picked them up during an April Fool’s Day sale and I love the way they look in my second ear piercing.
I would love your feedback on today’s post! Would you like to see more videos like this in the future? And which outfit did you like best?
This blog post is not sponsored, but it does contain affiliate links, this means if you see something you like and make a purchase I will make a small commission.
When you get to play dress up in a beautiful location, in beautiful clothes with your friend/photographer, it’s a pretty fun time. Add a menagerie of lush plants and I’m happy as a clam.
Today I’m bringing you the second half of my Linen Pant series. Yesterday, I shared how to style linen pants and keep cozy. And today, I’m styling these pants into some warm weather looks, designed to have fun in!
Stay tuned at the end of this post for a discount code to Only Child, in celebration of these lovely pants AND the launch of their much-anticipated Spring 2019 collection!
But first, an ode to non-restricting pants. There are plenty of times when I am in the mood for some good structure in my outfit, by way of tailored canvas pants or hip-hugging jeans. But there are just as many (if not more) times when I am in the mood for some pants that make me feel relaxed. Thus, my affinity for flowy, elastic waist pants. They offer a hard-to-beat silhouette with little to no price to pay via comfort.
However, It’s really tempting when wearing something with an elastic waist to enter into ‘hyper-critical mode’ about my body. I start to go down a line of thinking that tells me I need to have a tiny, narrow waist, or these pants won’t look good. I fall prey to this idea that beauty is singular. I mentally beat myself and wonder why is my lower abdomen rounded and why do my pants feel two sizes too small by the end of the day?
I do not hold anyone else to this standard. In fact, I love all the body-positivity I am seeing these days from my favorite brands and influencers on social media. So why do I apply this very narrow standard of beauty to myself? It doesn’t make any sense. But I’m slowly, and gently working on giving myself permission to see the beauty in my body, just the way it is. And if you struggle in the some of the same ways I do, I hope you find a way to celebrate your beauty instead of looking for flaws.
Well OKAY! Who knew elastic waist pants would take us there? But it did, and I’m okay with that. Let’s get to the looks, shall we?
LOOK ONE: Light + Breezy
Styling these pants for winter is fun but, I have to say, styling them for warmer weather is even better. They feel celebratory and relaxing.
This oatmeal color is a perfect partner for all my white shirts. For a fun play on volume I added this loose and wide top to keep with the loose and beach-y vibe of the pants. Barely-there sandals help balance the volume of the fabrics, and the hat comes in nicely as the ‘third piece.’
Style Tip – Pairing unexpected proportions is a simple way to make a statement, use minimal shoes to create overall balance.
I love this look so much. It feels a little bold, but I am trying to get better at embracing my whimsy and go for bold outfits if that’s where my style-loving heart is leading me. Because, why not?
The controlled color palette helps keep this look in my wheelhouse (too many colors would definitely feel like ‘too much’ for me in a busy look like this). I added a few beloved items – a necklace from my husband I’ve had for a long time, and my favorite vintage sisal tote. It gives the look a ‘lived-in’ and ‘loved’ feel.
Style Tip – Playing with new silhouettes or style-boundary-pushing pairings? Control the color palette if you want to tone it down (or conversely, go for monochrome to make a bigger impact).
This look feels very ‘classic Andrea,’ probably because you’ve seen me wear these mules many, many times, and this shirt quite a bit over the last few years. I love it when a new item in my closet gives new life to what I already own. It’s a much better feeling than when I feel like I have to run out and buy more new things to make it work.
I like how the tied waist brings clean lines and an overall hour glass silhouette to this look. Now all I need is some warm weather!
Style Tip – When considering a purchase, ask yourself if it will bring new life to old favorites, or if it will send you shopping for more items to ‘make it work’?
*A quick note on the fit of the Cove Pants. I featured the same style, but the tencel version, back in the fall. Since then, Only Child has updated the fit of the pants to give them a taller rise, making them extra comfy and flattering. I’m a big fan of the update!
**Use code ‘Seasons15’ to save 15% off at Only Child right now. It’s good on anything in their shop, including their brand new Spring 2019 line.
This blog post is not sponsored, but it does contain affiliate links. If you click a link and make a purchase, or use my discount code with Only Child I will make a small commission, at no extra charge to you. All photography by Kiara Rose, special thanks for her help in styling the plants!
It suddenly feels like fall in the PNW. We’ve entered that time of year where the afternoons are still warm (hot) but the mornings and evenings are cool enough that a jacket or sweater is in order. It’s that awkward weather where I’m dressing for fall in the morning, and for summer by the afternoon. I’m not keen on being cold, nor sweaty, so right now it’s a layers game.
Side note: It seems, since having school-aged kids, summertime has shrunk. Anyone else feel that way?
Style Notes: As the temperatures have been shifting, I’ve enjoyed wearing some of my pants again! I love the minimal color palette here – black, white and cool tan. I think this is where I struggle in the colder months: keeping my colors (per outfit) balanced. Fingers crossed that I can take what I learned in summer and apply it to the coming months.
Style Notes: I decided to take my own advice and try out a look from my three summer formulas, and this was a highlight of my week! At first, the button-up felt a little too serious for how I usually dress, and I knew a leather bag would have only furthered that vibe. So I opted for the vintage sisal, and I love the mix of boho and preppy!
My daughter calls this part of the living room my ‘jungle.’ I thought it would be fun to pose with a bunch of my plant babies. From L-R: Monstera, gifted from a friend; Snake Plant, Home Depot; Rubber Tree, Trader Joe’s; Prayer Plant, local store. Hanging plant: Marble Queen Pothos, Portland Nursery.
Style Notes: A simple look for another summer day. To style this jumpsuit, I added a matching hat and shoes, and opted for a leather bag instead of my go-to straw bag of late. I think the latter would have made the look a little too costume-y for me.
Style Notes: We saw a big temperature shift on Thursday, and I was pretty excited to try out a new combination. I ordered this shirt a few weeks ago from a small batch maker in California. It’s made of weighty, Japanese linen, and I am in love! It’s basically the cream, feminine top of my dreams! You can see a lot more details in Friday’s photos.
I love this shirt so much I excitedly wore it two days in a row. I bought it on sale (which meant limited return abilities), and I was very nervous about the fit, given it’s pretty different from most of the stuff I own. But it turned out to be a home run! Sometimes, I feel too masculine in structured tops because I have square shoulders. This top works well for me because it is unstructured at the shoulders, and the linen has a beautiful drape! It’s nice and thick linen, so I look forward to wearing it into the winter.
Style Notes: This palette is everything! I am all over the white, cream, mocha and cognac combo. I thought the nearly all-white look would be really bold, but it’s not at all. Favorite look from the week!!
Style Notes: Working hard to keep my color palette simple amidst the layers here. However, I really like that the shoes and the bag are different shades of brown. If I was wearing all blue with matching cognac accessories, it seems it would be a bit boring. I find that just as outfits often need a ‘third piece’ to feel complete, sometimes a ‘third color’ has the same effect.
So tell me, are you sweating or layering right now? If the latter, what’s your trick for making your layers work?
This post is not sponsored, but it does contain affiliate links. Items marked c/o = gifted from the brand.
You guys! Exciting stuff this week! I have a new spot for indoor photos! We re-arranged our living room about a week and a half ago, and the serious fringe benefit is that I got a new spot for outfit photos. I didn’t even realize how tired I was of the bedroom photos until I had something new and fresh. I long to create these posts with more variety in the photography, but it can be very tricky most days.
This week was pretty good in terms of getting dressed. Most outfits came easily, and I mixed and matched a little more than I normally do in summer. As we near the end of the season I find myself wanting to experiment a little more because I’ve worn some of my tried and true combos so many times. Here’s what I came up with.
Style Notes: This outfit came together ridiculously easy, on a hot, busy day. No time for doing hair = hat. Hot outside = tank. A/C inside = pants. Need for comfort = Birks. After I threw on all the pieces, I realized they presented in sort of a farmer-chic way, and I loved it! Late summer at its best.
Style Notes: Every once in awhile I manage to get invited to some cool blogger-related events around town. On Tuesday Mr. Seasons and I went to the soft launch of a new Quickfish restaurant location (it was suuuuper tasty), and I kicked up my daywear with a leather bag and clogs. Loved how I felt in this outfit.
Style Notes: Decided to give my wrap dress some love today. I’ve come to realize I like it best layered over a tee. I tired it first with my girlfriend tee (see below), but I didn’t like the way it came together. It does work super well with this Air tee, which I like, but you have to be careful to never dry it. I made that mistake once, and now it’s a little funky. I do think I will try layering this dress with my burgundy, 3/4 top when the weather cools down.
This dress is made from GoWeave, Everlane’s popular 100% triacetate, drapey, wrinkle-resistant fabric. I have mixed feelings about this material. I am not a huge fan of synthetic fabrics purely based on how they feel on my body. I don’t even like silk that much. The GoWeave is kind of slippery and thick, there really isn’t any other fabric I can compare it to. I don’t love how it feels, and it can be kind of heavy, but it’s very sturdy and stands up well to most things that come its way.
Style Notes: Jeansssss! I have missed my vintage-beloveds during these dog days of summer! We were headed to an outdoor concert in a park, and since the night was set to be cool, jeans it was. I felt pretty casual in my jeans and t-shirt, so I opted for nicer sandals instead of Birks. Love how this look came together.
Side Note: This is my treasured fiddle leaf fig plant! I’ve been giving it my love and affection for more than a year now, and it’s gotten so tall! I scored this one for $19.99 at the local grocery/department store. For the first time in my life, I think I have a green thumb! Eventually, when I’m feeling brave, I’ll re-pot him into one of these amazing planters
Style Notes: Just as the temperatures shift, so do my preferences. Friday I felt ready to start using some of my leather bags again after a summer filled with loving on my vintage sisal bag. Maybe it was also my way of subliminally trying to dress up this look too.
Style Notes: I threw on these clothes in the morning to go do a yardwork-related project, telling myself later I’d actually put together an outfit. But you know what? I was so comfortable, I kept rolling with it. Here is ‘casual Andrea.’ Had to sneak in the leather bag again though.
More Plants: This is my beautiful monstera plant that a friend gave me when she moved away. After my fig, this is probably my favorite plant. It’s really cool in that the stalks of the leaves actually become pregnant and then split open to bring new growth. Fun fact: the more light the plant sees, the more splits in the leaves.
Style Notes: For some reason this was the hardest day of the week for me to get dressed. Anytime I feel a time pressure, my mind goes blank. I enjoyed wearing this outfit, but didn’t love it. It feels like it’s missing a third piece, but I am not sure what. Maybe a cool linen kimono. But I don’t really wear those, so… Here we are, with probably my least favorite look from the week, but I still don’t hate it.
Is your summer winding down or still in full swing? My kids go back to school on Monday, and I feel a little sad that our carefree days are coming to an end. We’re trying to fit in a few more fun things this week though. And maybe another viewing of the Sandlot!
Last week was an interesting one for getting dressed. For the first few days, I was very unmotivated to create anything new or exciting out of my closet.
Sometimes I feel a little subconscious pressure to make sure my outfits don’t get too boring or repetitive because I’m documenting them for the blog. That thought crept into my head a little deeper, and I considered scrapping outfit photos for the week entirely. Then, I remembered that outfit repeating is worth celebrating, and too often it’s the other way around, and we feel like we can’t or shouldn’t repeat outfits. So, in the interest of re-wearing what we own, here are a few repeats and one really fabulous Sunday look.
Style Notes: I’ve probably already said this, but this dress lives up to its name. The only thing that would make it more utilitarian would be pockets. I like it quite a bit, though I do struggle with shoes. It’s too long to work with my Birkenstocks and Pons which make me look at bit monk-ish with this dress. So I’ve tried out other options like the huaraches and, maybe if I feel like getting fancy, mules.
Style Notes: I am super surprised I haven’t paired this combo yet. This crisp white shirt is a perfect contrast to the faded, distressed jeans. The hat is an excellent ‘third piece’ to make the look feel complete. This hat is yet to meet an outfit it doesn’t like.
Have you guys tried BeautyCounter’s lip sheers? I am finally trying them out, and I really like them. Today, I had the Rose on, and I really like the formula. It’s almost like pigmented chapstick, but with a little more luster. I ordered a few shades during their sale, and I’m thinking about putting together another beauty post in the near future.
Style Notes: These hoops are giving me LIFE this week! I got them as a gift for a collab with Seatlle-based Baleen jewelry, and I think I wore them more days this week than I didn’t! The hoops were the only accessory to this ultra simple black dress and I loved the simple combination.
Well guys, it’s bound to happen. No picture on Friday. No picture to document the very dirty hair, the make up free face, or the barefoot feet. Things were looking pretty casual! But I did wear my favorite relaxed jumpsuit, which is the equivalent of public-appropriate pajamas.
Style Notes: We had cool, rainy weather on Saturday (rare for August, even for Oregon!) and I dusted off my neglected Day Gloves. I forgot how much I like these shoes! They are very ‘foot figure’ hugging, like leggings for feet, haha. They paired better than I expected with these pants. Usually I feel the need to pair these pants with chunky shoes (like clogs) for balance. However these low profile shoes worked beautifully in contrast to the volume of the pants. Minimalist shoe for the win.
Style Notes: Yesssss. Just call me 70’s glam mom. I took a curling wand to my second-day hair and front tucked my peasant top and felt like a million bucks. It doesn’t hurt that both the jeans and the top are super soft. This was definitely my favorite look from the week!
Who is thinking about their fall wardrobe? Ready to dust off those sweaters yet? I’m putting together a post for next week featuring a fall forecast of sorts, including what I’m looking forward to wearing, and what kind of goals I’m setting for getting dressed. Can’t wait to share it with you guys and hear about your fall goals!
The other day I was doing some brainstorming about how to keep my summer looks interesting, without actually buying anything. I’m at the point in the season where, if I want more wardrobe options, it feels too late in the season to make purchases (I’d rather wait till next summer). But it’s not actually cool enough to stop wearing summer outfits.
The solution: identifying three warm-weather outfit combinations I could be better utilizing.
3 SUMMER OUTFIT FORMULAS – (for when you need a shakeup)
1 // The shorts and long-sleeve combo.
This is a chic combo that I always forget. I am very practical-minded when it comes to style, and I think that’s why. Wearing a long sleeve top in the heat never makes sense to me. However, a loose-fitting, long-sleeved top can actually keep you cooler than the fitted cotton tanks I usually opt for. The extra fabric keeps the sun off your skin, and the loose fit promotes a lot more airflow.
The key to making this work: the top should be a lightweight, thin fabric, or a really breezy fabric like linen. The baggier, the better. Roll or tuck as needed.
OUTFIT 2 DETAILS: Shirt, Men’s J.Crew, retired from my husband’s closet (similar) | cut offs, from thrifted Levi’s (similar) | Huaraches (9.5), Nisolo | Hat, Brookes Boswell
2 // The sporty-meets-girly combo.
I only seem to build an outfit like this out of necessity (i.e. it’s hot, and I need a hat, or I need walking shoes). However, when experimented with, I think it’s super cute. In fact, I would love to pair this skirt with white high top sneakers (on my list for FW), just to take it up another notch. The bottom line here is contrast. Merging opposite elements makes things interesting, and slightly less expected.
The key to making this work: function. Even though you’re merging contrasting elements of sporty and girly, it still has to ‘make sense.’ Heels with a baseball cap might feel ‘off’ or athletic trainers might not pair as well as Converse with a dress.
Admittedly, this isn’t exactly an outfit formula, but rather a styling mentality. I have employed this one a few times over the summer, especially on hot days when I don’t want to totally ‘give up.’ Here I’ve layered three dainty necklaces, but I love mixing a long necklace with a short one too.
The key to making this work: embrace the jumble. I used to get so bothered by tangled necklaces and turned lobster claws. And then one day I just decided not to worry about it any more. A bit of tangle is part of the charm. It looks less ‘perfect’ and less staged too.