This weekend has been an obvious reminder about why I find it so hard to get ‘dressed’ properly in the summer (and the main reason I joined the summer style challenge to begin with). It’s hot. Really hot. And when it’s really hot I can’t (or don’t want to) wear pants, which limits my outfit options. Plus, all thoughts of layering are out the window, which also limits my outfit options.
I love fall and winter for the adding styling option of using layers to completely change the look and feel of a piece of clothing. But in summer I just don’t feel I have that option and it makes getting dressed a lot less fun.
I know I have a lot of layering options in my 24 items (because I made a list to brainstorm possible combinations), but they just aren’t reasonable in this heat. So, between that and being at home with a sick kiddo, my outfits this weekend were pretty basic. Honestly, part of me feels that means I’m letting you all down. Because for me, the purpose of doing these style challenges has always been to show how much is possible with a few items, and I haven’t done much of that here. But, on the other hand, I am trying to keep in mind what my goals were for this challenge. And, of course, I always want this space to be a journal of what I actually wore with my limited wardrobe, not outfits styled just for the sake of blogging.
I hope that in the final two-thirds of the challenge I am able to put together more creative outfits, while being true to the purpose of the blog and this challenge. So, keep your fingers crossed for some cooler weather in Colorado and healthy kids so we can get out and about. 😉
Day 9 // Friday
The one major factor in today’s outfit: the heat. It kind of feels like we missed the comfortable 70 degree days and have jumped up to the unbearable heat. Today’s forecast called for sunny and 94 degrees. We didn’t have much planned and then Liv woke up with a fever, so I knew we’d be staying around the house.
These Everlane shorts (I got a size large) are proving to be a great summer addition. They are drapey and cool. They don’t wrinkle. They dry quickly. And they’re machine-washable. I paired them with a gray tank and threw on a necklace to make the outfit a little more blog-able. 🙂
Day 10 // Saturday
I thought this may just be the day I didn’t get out of my workout clothes. In my mind I was writing the post about failing to get ‘dressed’ on day 10. It hit me that in four days the entire upper level of our house needs to be emptied out because we’re getting wood floors. I had moved some things to the basement when I prepped for painting two weeks ago, but hadn’t done much since. I spent a good portion of the day dis-assembling beds, packing up knick-knacks and closets, and lugging it all to the basement.
Finally, around 4:00 I showered and this Everlane dress and flip flops (plus a glass of wine thanks to all the IG posts about #nationalroseday) sounded perfect for a hot afternoon. I didn’t bother with any accessories as Liv was still sick and I knew we’d just be relaxing at home keeping her comfortable.
Day 11 // Sunday
It was slightly cooler with some occasional cloud cover today, so I decided to use it as an opportunity to wear a top with sleeves. My T Top was an easy choice because the boxy cut breathes nicely and is much cooler than a typical long sleeve top.
It was a stay-at-home and get work done kid of day, so I didn’t do much with hair, makeup, or accessories. I like that the unique cut of the top and the distressed shorts are interesting enough to make the lack of accessories less noticeable.
My one issue with this pairing is that the top is cropped and the shorts sit pretty low, so I would not be comfortable wearing this out and about for fear of showing off too much (aka any) midsection.