Illesteva sunglasses, Zara striped tunic, Who What Wear crossbody bag, Who What Wear mules, H&M slip dress, A.L.C. On Duty cropped sweatshirt, Madewell earrings, H&M pleated skirt, Madewell leather jacket
Happy Fourth of July, fellow Americans. Happy Tuesday everyone else being bombarded with American’s overly patriotic nonsense. I love July 4th because I get a day off to spend hanging out with my friends eating, drinking, and watching fireworks. Trust me, the amount of times we see fireworks in a year, doesn’t compare to July 4. I don’t have much in the way of yummy cocktail recipes or anything festive, but what I do have is one of my best go-to outfits so far this summer.
Lately I’ve been revisiting one of my favorite Zara tops that hasn’t seen a lot of action outside my closet in a while. I paired it with classic boyfriend denim shorts and t-strap sandals. The top is very summer despite feeling a bit too heavy. Mine has bell sleeves, but the similar (below) is just a chic. I love wearing it with boyfriend shorts because they aren’t too short and the dainty top offsets the harshness of the distressed denim. One of my favorite things to sport with this look is a pretty pink nail polish. I’ve got quite a few choices, but Mod Square by Essie is a bright shade that makes the look even more feminine. Just toss my hair into a messy ponytail and I’m good to go for the day. It’s nice enough to wear out with friends to dinner or just running errands. It really can go day to night without sacrificing comfort or absolutely melting in the summer sun.
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?
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
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.
I haven’t been really been into looking for clothes lately. That might just be a #mood problem or maybe I just haven’t found anything I absolutely love. Even with H&M’s sale over memorial day I only ended up ordering camisole & a pair of sworts (shorts that are sweats) as if I could justify that or maybe I’ve just given up on life. Who knows. But that got me thinking about all the things I want to buy for summer. All those beautiful things my wardrobe is lacking and can be improved with.
Some are trendy pieces like a woven bag or solid white sneakers while others are classics like a striped boatneck and denim shorts. Gingham is a classic pattern (just ask J. Crew) that happens to be incredibly trendy this summer, but I can’t think of wearing it on anything except a button down (or maybe a nice dress). I really love this polka dot Zara romper because it looks like a really cute dress. By the looks of it I could really break up the monochromatic nature of my closet this summer.
J. Crew button down, Vans sneakers, Ray-Ban sunglasses, Zara dress, Madewell x Indigo&Lavender bag, H&M camisole, Madewell sandals, H&M boatneck, Zara romper, Madewell denim shorts, Solid & Striped swimsuit
I picked up a faux leather mini skirt at Zara while shopping for my recent vacation to Las Vegas. It was on sale and I figured might as well. I really liked it when I tried it on in the dressing room despite not really being sure what I would pair it with on a night out (or any other time really). In the picture above you can see it has a cinched waistband and pockets. Pockets are essential as any girl knows.
A faux leather mini skirt can give any wardrobe a little edginess without trying too hard. It can be paired with a feminine blouse or camisole to tone down the harshness of the leather or it can be worn with a simple t-shirt to make it look more casual. I’ve brainstormed a few ways to rock the mini with the hopes it gets more use than my faux leather birdcage skirt.