Outfits STYLE // Summer

Wearing Lately… 2.0

September 8, 2017

We are officially in that weird limbo weather where it’s kind of cool in the mornings, but still hot in the afternoon, which makes for some tricky styling! I wanted to share a quick glimpse at what I’ve been wearing because there are a few new items I thought you’d like to see. And, so you can watch me muddle through ‘transition’ dressing. Ha!

After today’s post I will be letting my regular 7 Days of Outfits series take a breather for a month or so because I have some other (super fun!) content planned. Stay tuned!

Luzon Tie Top, c/o Only Child (sold out, love this one from the FW line!) | Clyde Work Shorts (6), Elizabeth Suzann | Sandals, Pons | Backpack, c/o Everlane

My Elizabeth Suzann Clyde shorts arrived just in time for the last heat wave of the summer! I ordered a size up from my Clyde Pants, (pants = 4, shorts =6) and they are still a little shorter and narrower than I expected! But after a few days of wear the linen has loosened up and they feel a little more ‘flowy’ like I was hoping they would. The quality of the fabric is outstanding. Beautiful, sturdy, soft, breathable linen. I wore these shorts to a super hot soccer game at a big stadium, and they did an excellent job helping me stay comfortable. The airflow in linen shorts is hard to beat.

I’ve been wearing my Pons a lot lately, more than my huaraches, which have gotten loose on my heels again (despite sizing down and pads on the inside of the heel). I think I prefer the look of the huaraches, but the Pons perform better. I’m sad to start tucking these items away for the winter, but excited to wear them next summer!

This top from Only Child has been a big hit for me this summer. It’s one of those instant-outfit type tops, and I love how well it pairs with high-waisted bottoms. I will see if I can wear it through fall, but I think the fabric might be a little light.

Style Score: 9 – I really love the balanced, slightly-hourglass shape of this look!

Micro Stripe Tee (M), Everlane | Clyde Work Shorts (6), Elizabeth Suzann | Sandals, Pons | Day Market Tote, c/o Everlane | Crescent Necklace, c/o Loop Jewelry

Real talk: I wore these shorts for the better part of a week when they arrived. I didn’t photograph all of the outfits because I didn’t want to bore you guys. They are extremely functional, and comfortable, and cool, and good-looking. I typically feel more dressed down than I want to be when I wear shorts, but I wear them anyway because life as a mom of young kids sometimes demands it. However, adding this leather tote really helped take my look up a few notches. I’m a big fan of casual/dressy contrast in an outfit.

The bag is the new Day Market Tote by Everlane, which they sent me as a gift. At first, I was kind of underwhelmed, and the tote felt so serious. But, to my surprise, I now love it! It’s a very classic bag in a sturdy, structured leather, that has loosened up nicely with some use. I love that I can just toss it on the floor with all my things, and not have to worry about it getting stained or scuffed up. For a hot minute I wished I had gotten the navy instead, but I love the simplicity of black.

Style Score: 7 – This look is pretty snoozable in my opinion. It is really functional, but not as unique as I typically like.

Blouse, old (4+ years!) from UO (love this top in a similar look) | Modern Boyfriend Jeans (26), c/o Everlane | Huaraches, Nisolo | Backpack, c/o Everlane

A cooler day allowed me to test out these Everlane jeans a little more. They are definitely tighter than I like, which makes me glad I (re)ordered a size up. I quite like the mid blue wash because it works well with all the white and cream in my closet. This blouse is one of my oldest and most favorite shirts. I love the detailing on the sleeves. I don’t wear it a ton, but when I do it always makes me happy. Do you have pieces like that?

Style Score: 9 – I like the contrast of the sporty black backpack and the soft, feminine top.

Cotton Tank (M), Everlane | Wide Pant, Lauren Winter | Sandals, Pons | Backpack, c/o Everlane | Half Moon Necklace, c/o Claus Jewelry

This outfit is 100% comfortable, and 100% my style. And it makes me totally happy! The fitted shirt is a nice balance to the wide bottoms, and the subtle shoe lets the pants be the star.

Style Score: 10 – Love this look so much! That’s why you’ve probably already seen it.

Linen Square Top, c/o Everlane (sold out, similar) | Modern Boyfriend Jeans (27), c/o Everlane (sold out in black) | Sandals, Everlane (old, try this option, currently on sale!) | Bag, Cuyana

I really like these jeans! They are a fabulous fit. Snug, but not too snug. I wish I would have tried them on in my true size, but I was so close-minded to the ‘boyfriend’ label on them. I also didn’t like the droopy-crotch look I’d seen in the press release. I don’t mind that look on others, but it’s not usually for me.

Style Score: 7 – Feeling underwhelmed by this look. For some reason it didn’t feel quite ‘me.’ I’ll have to do some soul-searching on that one.

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LESSONS: Keep contrast in mind when building outfits, particularly the casual/dressy combo. Transition dressing is not my jam, and I think it has a lot to do with the fact that summer + fall clothes = too many choices!

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  • Leah September 8, 2017 at 7:18 am

    I found a big boxy shirt like that Everlane one at an end of season thrift shop sale last season and STILL haven’t worn it. I like the idea of wearing it with slimmer jeans like you are. So, even though you didn’t love that outfit, it inspired me!

    • Andrea September 13, 2017 at 9:04 am

      I want to hear your follow up and if you like how you style the shirt!

      Also, I had a wise friend who told me once that if she didn’t wear something within two weeks of purchasing it she would return it, because that signaled to her she wasn’t as excited about it as she thought. That has always stuck in the back of my mind!

  • Lindsey September 8, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    The Clyde shorts are on my list for next summer – I had wanted the cotton twill for structure. You may have convinced me I *need* easy breezy linen too!

    • Andrea September 13, 2017 at 9:04 am

      I feel like these are still decently structured! Seriously, it’s hard to beat airflow on a hot day!

  • Linda Vuong September 12, 2017 at 11:23 am

    Please re-release your tote comparison with the Everlane! I was going to order the cuyana and now don’t know what to do? Or mini version quick ;-)

    • Andrea September 13, 2017 at 9:08 am

      Hi Linda! I really, really like the Everlane tote, and I still love my Cuyana Classic tote too. They are wildly different! The Everlane one is rectangular and very structured. The Cuyana one is more square shaped and soft and floppy (which I love). Ask away if you have more questions!

      • Linda Vuong September 14, 2017 at 8:09 am

        I wanna use it everyday for work including a laptop, which do you think would take wear and scuffs best? I feel like going pebbled would be a better option for scuffs. Also the tote I have presently is wearing at the handles. I was looking at the cuyana classic zip… the zip is also a nice option.

        • Andrea September 14, 2017 at 9:36 pm

          If you’re going to hold a lap top, I would go with the Everlane tote, it’s much thicker/sturdier.

  • Jenna September 12, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    I have the same Everlane square top, and always feel a little frumpy when I wear it! Maybe I haven’t found the right combo yet. Would love to see what else you come up with.

    • Andrea September 13, 2017 at 9:10 am

      Hi Jenna! Update, I just gave my square top to a friend. For me it’s the color, it only went with ONE pair of my pants. Not worth it to keep. I still have another square top, in a striped poplin, which feels a tad more crisp, which I think helps negate the frumpy factor.

      • Jenna September 13, 2017 at 2:37 pm

        Thanks Andrea! I might also pass mine along to someone who would get more use than I have! Thanks for the inspiration :)

        • Rosabella September 16, 2017 at 11:49 pm

          Last week I styled the square top in linen over a tight striped dress and black booties, wearing the shirt open. As a matter of fact I almost always prefer to leave the top buttons opened. Also, if I give away something because of the color, that indicates that the color may not be that flattering. The only time I got rid of a beautiful top in a great color was because I got sick of how wrinkle-prone it was….