Outfits STYLE // Summer

7 Days of Outfits: Summer Session

July 25, 2017

Honestly, getting dressed this week has felt easy.

It doesn’t take a lot of effort for me to feel good about how I look in the summer. I’m tanned, it’s warm enough to show some skin, and I don’t have to wear layers upon layers to be comfortable. Overall things are just simpler. For the most part, these factors make getting dressed an effortless task. The real challenge comes when we go back to wearing layers and items that can be subject to the relentless rain.

I haven’t purchased anything for fall yet, but my mind has certainly wandered toward fall styles. Last year I got excited and made the mistake of making my purchases too early. I was ‘finished’ shopping by the time some of my favorite designers released their fall lines. Once the season was in full swing (weather-wise), I realized there were some holes in my closet that would have been best filled first. This year I’ll be taking my fall purchases really slow so I don’t repeat the same mistake!

Now, back to the present. I don’t want to rush summer in any way. It’s been wonderfully sunny and 80+ degrees on most days lately and it feels great. This is the season we Oregonians wait all year for and I’m trying my hardest to soak it all up.

Here’s what I’ve been wearing…


MONDAY:

Blush Tank (M), c/o IMBY | Wide Pant (M), Lauren Winter | Sandals, Everlane (sold out, similar) | Drawstring Bag, Baggu

A little cropped action! I love the way this cropped tank from IMBY pairs with these pants. At first, I was unsure of how it would look because of the swing hemline of the tank. But when I put it on, I loved it — even if it didn’t quite follow the ‘rules.’ Typically, I’d shy away from a wider fit shirt with these pants, but the loose x2 detail here gives this outfit a really cool feel.

These pants have been major players in my closet this month. I am a denim girl at heart, and these blend my denim passion with my affinity for wide leg pants. It doesn’t hurt that they are seriously comfortable as well. The airflow on these is almost as good as shorts on a hot day.

Style NotesI have found the generous proportions of these pants require strategic styling to keep them balanced. As I mentioned, I went with a wider top to help bring balance to the sizable amounts of fabric. I wore the most minimal shoes I own. However, sometimes I do get the urge to buck all the styling strategies and just wear what I want (see Thursday).


TUESDAY:

Shirt Dress (in blue) (new version, so good!), Everlane | Sandals, Avarcas | Drawstring Bag, Baggu

Yes! This was such a winning outfit for me. I had forgotten how much I liked this dress. Sadly, it kind of got buried in the back of my closet, which is another reason why less is more in your closet! I’m currently working on trying to get back to less. I got this dress last summer, and I’m thrilled that Everlane still sells it. Mine is black, but they still have it in blue, plus a gorgeous updated version.

Style NotesBecause the overall shape of this dress is very boxy and rectangular, I prefer to style it with more dainty/shapely shoes (than my usual Birkenstocks). This helps give shape to my legs and contrast to the overall look.


WEDNESDAY:

Only Child x Seasons + Salt Alta Top | cropped flares, old (similar) | BirkenstocksDrawstring Bag, Baggu | Necklace, c/o Kate Whitehouse

All my inner hippie bits are coming out today! Linen, stringy jeans, old school Birkenstocks. And I loved how it came together. I think it looked even better in person than it did in the photos. I haven’t worn these DIY cropped flares in quite some time and I forgot how much I liked them! They worked perfectly to balance out my boxy, linen top. The only thing I’m not sold on is the bag. I’m not sure what a better option would have been though.


THURSDAY:

Silk Tank, c/o Grana | Cardigan, c/o IMBY (sold out, similar option) | Wide Pant, Lauren Winter | Birkenstocks | Tote, c/o Cuyana

This is my favorite look from the week. It sort of bucks all rules and conventions, but I felt great in it. Everything is soft and comfortable, I’m wearing all my favorite ‘creamy neutrals’ and I love the overall look. If I were traveling anytime soon, I’d definitely wear this on the plane. I’m a big fan of the combination of drapey shirt/cardigan over the soft drapey pants. I might be tiptoeing toward old lady status here, but I’m not mad about it.


FRIDAY:

The Ess Shirt, c/o Tradlands | Shorts, vintage Levi’s | Sandals, Birkenstock | Drawstring Bag, Baggu | Hat, Cuyana

This is probably my least favorite look from the week. I don’t love this hat as much as I’d hoped to. It’s mostly utilitarian for me, keeping the sun off my face or hiding dirty hair. I really don’t know what I’d want in a hat. I would need to go somewhere and try several of them on. Something that’s hard to do over the internet!

On a more positive note, I’m sporting the size medium in this beautiful shirt from Tradlands and it fits great! It’s looser throughout, but not too loose. Excited to pair it with jeans in the fall.


SATURDAY:

Magnolia Dress, Sotela | Birkenstocks | Backpack, c/o Everlane | Senza Necklace, c/o Loop Jewelry

My dearest Paige and I are doing a mid-summer clothing swap! We sent each other our pieces from Sotela, just for fun! I’m wearing her beautiful, blue linen dress, and I sent her my Mara Jumpsuit. It will be a fun experiment to see how we style each other’s pieces. I love blue and black, so this was an easy combo for me. I think this dress would also look super cute with black or burgundy clogs! It’s 100% linen and has super handy big pockets. Two things that make summer days with a trio of kids a little easier.


SUNDAY:

Linen Dress, Everlane | Sandals, Birkenstock | Sunglasses, Ray-Ban (my 5th summer with these!)

On a personal note, Sunday was kind of a bummer for me. My husband was supposed to fly home after being gone for two weeks on a job-related trip, only to be delayed one more full day. I was feeling a little down, so I barely covered the bases when getting ready for the day. Read: one dress, zero makeup and barely combed hair. But the kids and I got out to the park in the sun, so it was all good. And we very happily picked him up from the airport the following day. :)


In Review:

FAVORITES: Tuesday + Thursday

KEY LESSON: Style rules are meant to be broken… in moderation.

What have you been wearing on repeat this summer? Just said no to any style rules lately?

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24 Comments

  • Reply Paige July 25, 2017 at 9:33 am

    I love the striped shirt dress on you every time you wear it! Glad you’re back to sharing your fault outfits!
    Xo

    • Reply Andrea July 25, 2017 at 4:33 pm

      Thank you friend!! Maybe you need a striped shirt dress ;)

  • Reply Ela July 25, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Those wide pants look stunning on you! Any tips on how to proportionally style wide pants? I’m too hesitant to give them a shot because I’m worried the proportions would be off.

    Have a great day!

    xoxo, EK

    • Reply Andrea July 25, 2017 at 4:34 pm

      Hi Ela! I think it’s all about balance (and trial and error). I usually like tucked or slimmer fitting tops, it creates nice lines! I feel they are easier to style in the summer than the winter, when more layers are needed.

  • Reply Steph July 25, 2017 at 10:48 am

    So much YES happening with these outfits! I am especially excited to try to recreate Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday for myself!

    • Reply Andrea July 25, 2017 at 4:35 pm

      Woohoo! Honored to be able to help you out. ;)

  • Reply Kathryn July 25, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Love that linen Everlane dress! What do you normally wear underneath a dress with low armholes like that? A cami? I ALWAYS have that problem with dresses.

    • Reply Andrea July 25, 2017 at 4:35 pm

      Ugh, the arm holes are totally annoying!! I have a bralette thing that’s kind of like a sports bra, and it peeks out on the sides and back. I just cross my fingers and hope it looks intentional!

  • Reply Erin July 25, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    So breezy and chic! Once again, I love the color palette that has naturally arisen from these outfits — each is unique yet fits seamlessly into the collective. Like you, I also love wearing big flowy tops with my big flowy pants. It feels so wrong that it’s right!

    Do you also struggle with the cross-body aspect of purses when wearing voluminous tops, like your Alta top? I wonder if that’s why your bucket bag felt off…when I wear a cross-body bag with my boxy Elizabeth Suzann Georgia tee it causes all sorts of problems with the fit/silhouette. So much so that I wish I had a little handbag to carry, which is a big change for this hands-free girl.

    • Reply Andrea July 25, 2017 at 4:37 pm

      Hi Erin! Thanks for the kind words! :)

      I tend to wear my bags on my shoulder instead of crossbody, and I’m not sure why. I used to be ALLLL about the crossbody, but then got tired of it. So I tend to keep them on one shoulder and that works. But I can see what you’re saying, it definitely interferes with the ‘flow’ of the shirt!

  • Reply Lo July 25, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Yay, I’ve missed your outfits!

    I love what you said about pairing more shapely shoes with boxy pieces rather than Birks. I’m wearing my Birks with high-waist wide leg pants today and something clicked when I read that–I love how Birks make more feminine bottoms more grounded, like the converse of what you discovered. It’s all about balance!

    • Reply Andrea July 25, 2017 at 4:39 pm

      Hi Lo! Agreed for sure, I think that’s why I like Birks with dresses so much, it brings in some extra casual factor, which I’m always all about. ><

  • Reply MICHELLE July 25, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    sunday is my fav outfit!

    • Reply Andrea July 27, 2017 at 10:12 pm

      >< Of course! I always love your approach Michelle!

  • Reply Anne July 26, 2017 at 8:38 am

    I love the Thursday outfit. I think it especially works bc you don’t go halfway, like “meh maybe just a normal cropped cardigan”. It’s obvious that you love big shapes and flowy comfort, and the outfit shows that. I’m sure the way you hold your body when in such snuggly-looking pieces also communicates that comfort. (this is what I tell myself when I wear a million layers and a huge scarf in the winter…)

    • Reply Andrea July 27, 2017 at 10:12 pm

      I love this perspective Anne, and I hope you’re right about the winter part. (I feel the same way!)

  • Reply T July 26, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    I absolutely love the Sotela Magnolia dress on you! I tried it and it was just…huge on me. When I explained their goals to my husband, he said “Of course the dress doesn’t fit you – they’re designing dresses for exactly not your body type.” It’s a gorgeous linen material and I loved the blue colour, so perhaps I’ll find something else in a soft linen material.

    • Reply Andrea July 27, 2017 at 10:13 pm

      Yes, the color is SO pretty! I love it! I am excited for this swap, it’s such a great way to try new things without having to invest the $$!

  • Reply Mel July 27, 2017 at 10:32 am

    So happy to see this back! I actually love Thursday and Friday (I love to see how people style denim cutoffs because I am in them 12 months of the year!) Also you are making me SERIOUSLY CONSIDER buying another pair of Birks.

    • Reply Andrea July 27, 2017 at 10:14 pm

      Oh man, I love my Birks Mel, and I am really loving the suede taupe ones! Birkenstocks are just the comfiest shoe. I’ll admit I own three sandals that I wear regularly, but I also have a few older pairs that I wear every once in awhile, which makes, um 5! Just don’t forget to seal the cork!

  • Reply Kelly July 27, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Andrea, love your posts. I wanted tell you that I graduated from Parsons this past May and I did my master’s thesis on Ethical Fashion. I actually referenced your blog a lot for my research. I’d love to share it with you, if you are interested!

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  • Reply Aurora July 29, 2017 at 5:43 am

    Hello! I just stumbled upon your blog, and I just want to say that I love your style. I aspire to have such a closet. I am currently debating on whether to give away all of my clothing.. my only issue is that my bank account doesn’t allow for expensive purchases, I live in New York and the cost of living is crazy. What do you recommend for college students that are on a very tight budget? Do you have any suggestions besides thrift stores, where I do shop, that would have these staple pieces? And how do you organize your closet? I would love to see that!

    • Reply Andrea July 31, 2017 at 9:25 am

      Hi Aurora! Definitely don’t give it all away! Keep the items you love. The best way to evolve your closet is slowly, to avoid rush purchases and make the best choices. I’m a big fan of Everlane for basics, they have a great price point. I also love to shop second-hand online! Noisah.bazaar on Instagram is a great place. Take your time and build slowly and strongly! Perhaps I will do a closet tour one of these days! Thanks for the kind words and best of luck!

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