Bought on sale at Urban Outfitters, this dress is flattering, machine-washable, and a little funky (see gathered portion at the bottom of the dress!). It is perfect for summer, for travel – I could go on and on. I could even see it with a white tee underneath going into cooler weather. And it is perfect for layering – whether I choose a crocheted top or a sheer button down shirt.
I cannot say it too many times – if you buy the perfect black midi dress (perfect meaning relatively cheap and a little flow-y), you can find a MILLION ways to wear it!
I couldn’t help myself. These two patterns looked SO RIGHT together and, even though I had second thoughts, I wore these culottes and tee together – with my head held high!
Separately, of course, these items have a lot of versatility but I love the idea of summery printed culottes. I am also glad that yellow print tops seem to be everywhere – I gravitate towards yellow anything so I’m on board. Are you?
I’m sorry, I’m just in the mood for black and white! It’s such a clean look and, somehow, in hot weather, that is perfect. Layers feel too complicated as does pattern mixing.
And this is another incredibly cheap dress from Urban Outfitters this time – sale on top of sale and then reduced some more. I love any dress with an odd detail – and the gathered bottom portion of this dress qualifies! So much fun.
Over time, I’ve also acquired some white accessories and now is the perfect time of year to use them. So it is possible that you may see me again in black and white before summer is over. Why don’t you join me with a similar cool summer look?
This dress is from last summer, when I was determined to dress it up with a wide belt and even a jacket. Now I’ve discovered that I was going about styling this dress all wrong! This is meant to be a cool, effortless summer shift – no belt, no overworked styling. I love it with this almost transparent sweater – perfect cool neutrals for summer.
When I had everything on, I realized that the only shoes that would do were my new Seychelles animal print sandals. The closest I’ll ever get to style perfection!
I think this dress could go two different ways – 1) the way I treated it by combining it with summery cognac accessories or 2) the matchy-match way (accessorizing with black or one other bright color). I will probably wear it a variety of different ways, but I like the unexpected and more casual approach I took here.
BTW, this dress cost maybe $22 at ASOS. I have learned several secrets of success on the ASOS website: wait for sales and experiment enough to know which dress styles and sizes work before the sales begin. This dress is made of my favorite neoprene fabric – easy to wash and no ironing required. What is better than that?
Believe it or not, this is a hi low dress from last year – I guess this look has become more dramatic in the past year! In any case, this simple shirtwaist dress design is incredibly versatile. I could wear this unbuttoned with a tee and white jeans and instantly have the duster look.
My obi is also incredibly useful – I’ve worn it with the pink side out and it looks great that way as well. You can also use a scarf to achieve the sash effect. I am all about clothes that can be worn many different ways. This is a large part of the fun of fashion to me!
Sorry that we missed you guys the past few days. I was hiking in Wyoming, North and South Dakota and Kate was at the beach, but we are back!
Today I’m wearing one of my favorite combinations: olive and red! I bought these olive joggers last winter and the high low shirt came on sale from Urban Outfitters. And I always have bright red accessories – shoes, sweater and more red jewelry than you can imagine. I love the way this outfit turned out and I hope it shows!
Today we are revising a popular post we did awhile back on summer shorts. Because isn’t it the perfect time to pick a few pairs up on summer clearance? Of course! Read on.
Summer means shorts, right? Just like summer means sandals, sleeveless tops, and bathing suits. Whether we are in our 20’s or our 40’s, we want the pure pleasure of wearing shorts in warm weather….. the sensation of a breeze around the knees!
But shorts can be tricky. So many lengths to choose from, how do you know which pairs will look good on you and are appropriate for your age?
Jeanne says: I think of true shorts as having an inseam of 3 to 5 inches and I basically see them as off-limits for someone at my stage in life. I’m pretty fit so I could wear them, but for me it is an age-appropriateness issue. Real shorts are for women younger than me.
But I can rock a 10 inch inseam short, also known as a long short, Bermuda short or walking short. I personally like them for both casual wear and for slightly dressier occasions as you can see in my outfit photos. Finding the perfect pair of longer cut-off denim shorts took some work, but they are perfect for the weekend with a printed tee and espadrilles. My dressier long shorts can go out to dinner or even to work in a more liberal business environment with a blazer and pumps.
Kate says: Even in your late 20’s, shorts length is a tricky subject. Some girls have the right body type and can pull off a shorter short, but I find that with a more athletic and *ahem* womanly body type, 3 or 4 inch inseams are just too short. So my sweet spot for shorter shorts is a 5 inch inseam – long enough to avoid any riding up or inappropriate exposure, but short enough to qualify as a “short short”. When styling a shorter short, I like to go more covered up on the top. This means either a t-shirt (as opposed to tank top) or a blouse or button-up. I like the balance of skin on the bottom with more fabric up top.
I also have several pairs of Bermuda shorts that come in quite handy. Especially in a business casual environment (depending on your workplace!), I think 10 inch inseam shorts are totally appropriate for work during the summer. They are no shorter than many skirts and dresses I wear to work, and with a tailored cut go really nicely with blouses, blazers, and cardigans.
How do you feel about shorts? What is your preferred inseam?
I wore this outfit to fly back East a few weeks ago. I was very wary about the “denim on denim” look – too trendy? Too young for moi? But at the same time, I loved the look on others. I was waiting for Zara to do a knock-off of the Marques’ Almeida frayed edge denim look at a reasonable price. Finally eureka! But the top was out of stock as soon as I found it. A week later the top was back and I grapped it.
I love it with distressed boyfriend jeans as you see here. It actually creates one simple line as an ensemble which is, according to authorities about such things, more flattering. Not sure what else I will do with it!