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…
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 Notes: I 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).
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 Notes: Because 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. :)
FAVORITES: Tuesday + Thursday
KEY LESSON: Style rules are meant to be broken… in moderation.