My satisfaction rate for outfits this week is sitting at a jolly 90%!
I’ve felt really good in my clothes. As I said last week, I think summer dressing is significantly easier. This week I’m happily repeating my favorite dresses, jumpsuit, shorts etc. We even had a semi-formal event over the weekend and I wore one of my regular-rotation dresses for the night out, and I felt great. For someone who struggles with dressy events, it felt good to hit a home run.
Yay! Today was the day I finally reunited with my husband. He has a thing for white dresses, so I wore this one. I love the way I feel in this, and the longer hemline (which I was unsure about at first), has certainly come in handy. It adds a touch of modesty to a dress that borders on sheer, and I just think the longer hemline is chic. If it was shorter, it would seem a little more average and a little less interesting. I am also pleased how this dress functions. I wash, line dry and wear. I don’t even bother with the iron. The texture adds character.
Styling Notes: This is the first time I wore brown shoes with this dress, and I kind of like it. Had to sneak in some edginess with my black backpack though.
The jumpsuit wins. Every time I wear it. It’s comfortable and chic, and makes the subtlest of statements. This is one of my top five things to wear in the summer. It’s even perfect for super hot days!
Finally, a cut-off combo that I felt good in! This outfit was a big winner for me. I love the lines, from the top down to the shoe. This terra cotta-blush color is beautiful! It makes me wish I had loads of clothes in this color, but then, I digress to Erin’s post about owning duplicates. I love this shirt because of the confluence of factors: fabric, texture, cut and color. If I ran out and bought more clothes in this color I might like them, but I probably wouldn’t love them like this one. More isn’t always better.
Styling Notes: I added a feminine touch to these shorts with the almond-toe huaraches. Sometimes wearing Birkenstocks with cut-offs feels a little too casual for me. These shoes are a nice alternative. This backpack isn’t super ideal for hot days (because it adds heat to my back), but some days I’m too lazy to switch bags.
Feeling a little ‘mod’ in this look, with the high neckline, and one-strap sandals. This top is super fun, even though it is a little out of my norm. The arm holes are low, and it swings in the back, plus the obvious cropped hemline. But those subtle details make me feel youthful (oh man, making myself feel old now!) and I like that.
Styling Notes: These pants work best when having the waistline defined, and this cropped top helps show it off nicely. Additionally the combination of a cropped top and high-waist bottoms is a great way to add length to the legs.
Another favorite from the week! I love the juxtaposition of Birkenstocks and dresses – it’s probably my favorite summer combo. These taupe Birkenstocks have been a nice update from my much-adored black ones. They blend in nicely when I want a lighter color palette. More on this bag down in Sunday’s outfit details.
Reunion time! If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen this outfit already. Kevin and I got dressed up to head out to his 20 Year High School Reunion. Yes, I married an old man. ;) It’s funny though, once we got there, some people were super casual!
I wore these wedges all night, and I was surprised how happy my feet were. I didn’t think about my shoes once! They definitely surpassed my expectations for comfort factor.
This was the first time I wore this dress with the V in the back, and I loved it! It was the perfect canvas for a statement necklace, and I felt super chic. As my friend Dacy commented, “I love how people stress so much about having the perfect outfit for these things, but if you just stick with simple and classic, you’ll be the most sophisticated one there.” Such true words! I definitely felt good in what I wore. Simplicity prevails again.
Shopping Notes: If you need a chic, basic dress, I highly recommend this one! I bought it back in November, and have worn it in cold months (layered) and in the heat. It’s a gorgeous, reversible, shift design, the V can be worn in the front or the back. Right now HDH is having a sitewide summer sale, so you can get this dress for $66.50, a steal! (I’m not getting paid to say this, nor am I getting a commission, I just really like the dress!)
Whoops! This is what happens you forget to take your daily pic until 9:15 PM.
We were visiting with friends and family for the better part of the day, and it was quite hot (but breezy). I was very happy in this airy caftan, and received lots of compliments! In the last few weeks I bought and sold a few bags. I parted with my beloved Baggu bucket bag, because I purchased this Madewell Crossbody Transport Tote off e-bay. I still really liked the bucket bag, but having the two felt redundant. I have mixed feelings about buying a Madewell item for the first time in two years. I just kept coming back to this style, and I finally decided if I could find it second-hand, I would buy it. So, I found it on e-bay, and bought it, though it was still new enough to have tags on it. An ethical gray area I suppose. I almost opted for the Fashionable version, but I wasn’t sure if it would be as small and structured as I wanted.
FAVORITES: Wednesday + Friday
LESSONS: Don’t overthink your formal events. Most people do. If you stick to simple and chic, you’ll make a statement.