I always give a lot of thought to my traveling clothes. I want to be comfortable and chic – no sneakers, no yoga pants – I’m sure you get the picture.
The outfit I’m wearing here checks all the boxes. The vest keeps me warm without overheating me and my rolled-up wide leg khakis are the epitome of comfort. I also always have a big scarf tucking into my carry-on that complements my clothes.
I often go for black and white simply because my travel wardrobe is usually based on black and white with a little color. If you haven’t seen her blog, you should visit Janice at The Vivienne Files. She’s an expert on what and how much to pack for travel.
A perfect example of dressing up for a Saturday night out. The question always is (at least in the Bay Area): Am I too dressed up? Or not dressed up enough? I tried to hedge my bets by wearing my favorite distressed jeans.
I have rules for distressed jeans: not for the office even on Casual Friday, but perfect for any night out short of the orchestra or a real dressy event! Hot pink is one of my favorite shades – these fuchsia/pink shades don’t match perfectly, but I’m not sure it matters here!
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!
This is my final style challenge of the summer and perhaps it is one that I shouldn’t even be considering. Among the good features that I (still!) like to play up are my shoulders. So naturally I adore the off-the-shoulder blouses that abound this summer. But…
Unfortunately I think this style fits into the category of items I could still wear, but shouldn’t. It is an inherently young look — in the same category as miniskirts and crop tops. And then there are the off the shoulder tops that are crop tops! NOOOOOOO!
I don’t want to “dress my age” necessarily, but I also need to know where to draw the line. Yes, my shoulders look pretty good, but that doesn’t mean I’ll look good in a style that basically bares the upper third of my torso. So I’m giving up on this one – and just in time since it is almost Labor Day!
There are some modifications/variations of the off-the-shoulder top that we all might consider however – the one shoulder look, a top with strategic arm and shoulder cutouts and an exaggerated boat neck which bares the very top of the shoulder. Take a look at these!
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!