Fashion & Style

Summer Style Inspiration

I’ll be straight up honest; getting dressed when it’s 110+ degrees outside is an absolute chore. We’ve had a heat advisory for about a week now, and despite living here my entire life I’m not used to it. There’s no way anyone can get used to walking outside and practically not be able to breathe. Enough about the weather, right? It’s summer and it’s gonna be hot in the Northern Hemisphere.

When you don’t feel like putting a ton of effort into getting dressed you come to appreciate stylish pictures on the internet. There’s just a lot of browsing Tumblr in my lazy Target shorts. (#honesty) There are only so many fabric options, colors, and ways to work with what you’ve got when you have three incredibly long months ahead. These are some of my favorite style inspo images I’ve compiled on the style tag of my Tumblr (Found here).  They are definitely giving me the summer vibes I need to get my sh*t together and get dressed.

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3 Outfits – Madewell

Once I heard someone say you shouldn’t wear an entire outfit of clothes from one store or you’ll look like a mannequin (or walking billboard) for that store. I never really thought about that before and, honestly, it sounds pretty insane. It would mean anyone remotely looking at you (and your outfit) would have to know the entire contents of a store to know where you’ve purchased it. I suppose this really only made sense back in the day with Hollister and Abercrombie and Fitch since those items were heavily labeled.

Either way it’s always been some strange idea in the back of my mind every day when I get dressed. It’s likely the most unnecessary thing to be thinking about while getting dressed for the day. That said there are quite a few stores I shop at almost, I guess you could almost say, religiously. So the eventuality of being all dressed in one store is inevitable. Why am I talking about this?

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Time to Buy…A Bathing Suit

One of the best and worst things about summer are bathing suits. Chilling poolside is basically a requirement right now (it’s about 120 degrees out right now as I type this, no lie) and doing it fully clothed would be weird. The material swimsuits are made from is often cooler than some items of clothing so they are even wearable outside of the pool. There is a return to modesty this summer with more swimsuits being made of more fabric and cuts that provide greater coverage. The chic one piece is having a major moment right now, but like many other things, it really depends on the person, their preference, and body type.

I love this Zimmerman striped bikini because I love a good set of stripes and a bikini. With a one piece I like the Solid & Striped Lexi. The navy color is classic and the white provides nice, clean lines.

Shop: Zimmerman bikini, Solid & Striped bikini, Zara lace one piece, Solid & Striped gingham one piece, Madewell x Bikyni top, Madewell x Bikyni bottoms, H&M lace up one piece, Lisa Marie Fernandez wrap front swimsuit, Solid & Stripe Lexi, Marysia scallop top, Marysia scallop bottom

It’s Okay to Be Lazy, Right?

Lately I’ve been feeling really down. I’m not sure if it’s entirely stress related or just one of those funks I just can’t get out of. I’ve been sick (who gets a cold during the summer?), and dealing with some other really difficult stuff. I keep trying to find ways to make things better and just end up feeling like I’m failing. I can just never get it right or it’s just never enough. One of the biggest pieces of advice people love to say when you’re feeling down is to just “get up and get moving.” You know take a shower and get dressed for the day. Make yourself feel the best you can even when you feel your worst. I’m sure that’s sound advice except when one of your biggest issues is self-esteem related. Sadly no matter how together I make myself look it won’t always boost my self esteem.

So what happens when you just can’t manage it? Enter the Lazy Days wardrobe. It’s not exactly the I’ve completely given up on life special since they are acceptable to wear in public if need me. Sometimes you just need to go buy junk and Rosé at the store, right? These are my favorite things to wear when I’m just lazy and not looking forward to putting effort into choosing an outfit. Even when I’m not down they are perfect for lounging around my house in a messy bun with. Those super great afternoons spending time by myself watching an incredibly dumb Ancient Aliens marathon while stewing over nonsense I can’t control.

And it’s way better than whatever overpriced Vetements garbage is “popular” now

Shop: Basic tank top, sneakers, bralette, joggers, baggy sweater, crewneck sweatshirt, leggings, graphic tee, sworts, hoodie

Yellow + Denim

Looking at my closet right now there is a sea of monochrome colors with a few little dusty pinks or blues here and there. But I’m dealing mostly with black, white, and grey. Certainly no yellow. I think the last time I wore yellow was over 10 years ago and it was a terribly ill-fitting dress. But this spring (and now summer) yellow is a really in color and for good reason. It looks really good with a tan (which I wish I had right now).

Yellow is such a bright, cheerful color which definitely intimidates me. Denim is just a regular staple so there’s just something about pairing them both I find appealing. It’s a very summer combination. Denim just feels rough and tough so breaking it up with the yellow makes it feel lighter. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to incorporate yellow into one’s style so there’s no need to jump headfirst into it. I just know I’d be too intimated to rock another yellow dress, but after browsing around it might be worth trying (I’m really feeling this H&M top). If not there’s still earrings, sunglasses, and even bathing suits to take the plunge with.

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Styled: Camisole Top

One of my favorite wardrobe staples is the camisole top. I can’t even begin to count how many I have, but surely I can say the answer is too many. I love how they look and how they can be worn. Whether its casually with a pair of shorts to beat the summer heat or dressed up with a pair of nice cropped trousers, the possibilities are endless. They are incredibly feminine and even a little sexy at times.

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Trend Report: ‘Woven’ Bags

I’m a little skeptical of the woven bag trend. I see the appeal. It’s summer and they just scream summer. They are the perfect beach bag. Some of them even look like cute little baskets. They have come back in style time and time again. They are classics, and there are so many different options.

But then again, depending on style, they very much give off a beach bag feel. Also, I don’t really like stabbing myself accidentally with a piece of wicker. I suppose the pros outweigh the cons in this scenario. Maybe I’ll have to give one a go…

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