This summer, I have tried to branch out a bit and try to enjoy clothes. It occurred to me that there is no reason why I am not allowed to wear shorts, skirts and cute things just because there is a little more jiggle in my step. ;o) I should not be stuck sweating it out and miserable in clothing that covers me up!
Luckily, this summer I have found some looks that I feel cute in. They are looks that are still flattering, but definitely summer appropriate. Of course, it also helps that I do not have to dress up for work during the summer. I usually have until August to figure out what I am going to do about that!
So without further ado, here are my favs for the season...
(By the way, I decided to use Polyvore for this because as I have previously stated, I SUCK at mirror selfies. SUCK, I tells ya! And my husband looks at me like I have a third nostril every time I ask him to take pics of me for what he sees as no apparent reason. It is the same look he gives me when I take pictures of what I am eating. <sigh>
This first one is probably the look I go for most. I love cropped jeans with the rolled leg. I honestly just use an old pair of jeans that I roll up myself. I also LOVE Old Navy graphic tees. I especially love them now that I have moved out of wearing exclusively women's plus tees. Now that I can wear the XXL in regular women's, there are tons of cute options. I never understood that though. A t-shirt is a t-shirt! Throw in some extra fabric and let the plus sized ladies have the same choices, dang it! But, I digress... I also love the classic black converse. So cute. I love the way they look. I finish off most of my outfits with a Vera Bradley cross body purse. The cross body bag is perfect when you need your hands free to wrangle children at the park. I also love the fun patterns. I have been really lucky though because I have gotten all my Vera bags at the outlet sale for low prices. If anyone knows ANYTHING about me it is that I am a bargain/clearance shopper!
The next look I love is the maxi skirt with a basic t-shirt and flip flops. I had wanted a maxi skirt forever, but was too cheap to pay $30+ for one. My day was made one night when I was shopping alone at Target (a rare, yet beautiful occurrence), and I found one in MY SIZE on the clearance rack for a whopping $7.99!! JACKPOT!! Again, most of my t-shirts are Old Navy or Gap. I don't ever pay more than $10 for a t-shirt, by the way --- cause it is a t-shirt. There is no way I am paying more than that unless it has magic belly fat melting powers. I don't have this EXACT bag, but I have one that is very similar that I got off the ideeli website for $20 (Originally a $100 bag --- CHA CHING!) Anyway, I love this look because I feel well put together and pretty in it. It is also so comfortable it isn't even funny.
I have also grown very fond of sun dresses. The one pictured is very close to one that I recently purchased at the Gap Oulet store. It cost me a mere $12. I was super pumped because not only was I comfortably fitting into a Gap dress, but it looked cute too! I pair it with a white cardigan (because I still am not comfortable enough with my arms to go sleeveless), a pretty necklace, and some simple, yet pretty flip flops. I wore this outfit out with Tim on a recent date night and I felt very comfortable and pretty.
The last look I really like for the summer is basic jean shorts with a pretty shirt and basic canvas shoes. I don't want to wear t-shirts ALL the time (although it is tempting), so I try to pair something casual like shorts with a pretty top. I have a shirt similar to the one above (I could not find of pic of the actual one I own). I have to say that wearing shorts has been a HUGE step for me. I have not worn them in years. I decided recently that it was stupid for me to sweat just because I hate my pasty, wide calves. Nobody will be paying attention or caring unless I am wearing said shorts around my ankles. I decided to just get over it. I also like my canvas TOMS and sunglasses are also a good call.
I know these outfits are nothing profound. It is just a big deal for me to break out into something other than old t-shirts, jeans, and yoga pants during the summer. I am feeling more confident in my own skin and have decided that there is no reason why I can't dress the part.
What about you? What are your favorite summer looks?