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What I Wore: Dog Days of Summer

The weeks of summer just keep ticking away no matter how hard I will them to slow down. This week was no different. We had a whirlwind of soccer camps, football camps, trips to the water park, BBQs, family field trips, and birthday parties. We only have a few weeks of summer break ahead of us, so we’re definitely starting to feel the pressure to squeeze in all the fun stuff we had planned, get the summer projects wrapped up, but also to make time to just sit and chill. I’ll be the first to say that I think this has been the least relaxing summer break I’ve ever had, which also seems to make it feel like the fastest.

One major wardrobe takeaway I had this week is that I really had a hard time deciding what to wear on a few occasions. I’ve noticed that ever since the Summer 30×30 ended and I moved my entire wardrobe back into the closet after our flooring project that making those decisions has been harder than ever. You would think more clothes would make it easier, but it’s just the opposite. It reminds me of the all the things I haven’t worn yet and I start to get a back case of the shoulds vs. wants. Like, I should wear this (because I haven’t yet), but I want to wear this (because it’s the most comfortable, cutest, favorite, fill in the blank).

It’s definitely got me thinking about how much I really need and how that translates to my wardrobe and how I want it to look and feel.


Monday

I was so proud of myself today! Instead of reaching for my cutoffs to wear with this tank I pulled out my jogger shorts, which are far more comfortable than my cutoffs anyway. Then, I tucked in my shirt because it added that extra bit of polish. Then, the bigger topper, I threw on an easy necklace. Those few simple changes took my outfit from ho-hum to being one of my faves. It only took a few seconds and made me feel so much more pulled together…at least on the outside. It’s definitely motivation to make this my most ‘stylish’ summer yet (meaning I don’t spend all day in workout clothes).

Shirt (old from Old Navy) // Shorts (Everlane) // Birkenstocks // Necklace (c/o Natalie Borton)


Tuesday

We spent a good part of the day at the pool with cousins, and it was hoooot. When we got home I just wanted my loosest, coolest, softest dress for prepping dinner and wrangling kids until bath time. Nothing fancy, no accessories, just going for comfort. Brynn, on the other hand, was dressed to impress 😉

Dress (old c/o IMBY) // Rainbows


Wednesday

I had been whining and complaining about the incessant heat this summer and today we got a break! It was cloudy, a bit rainy, and in the 70’s, so I took full advantage and threw on my summer sweater. I tried the sweater first with my long denim cutoffs, but something felt a bit off. Then, I tried my shorter cutoffs and the shapes were too boxy. Then, I wore my Levi’s and I knew they were just too tight (darn summer socials and delicious cold beers) for me to feel comfortable. Finally, I settled on my Madewell jeans that are slightly too big (thank goodness for that now) but are also a lighter weight cotton denim, so a cooler for summer.

Sweater (c/o Everlane) // Jeans (Madewell secondhand from Poshmark) // Rainbows


Thursday

Not much to share here. My outfit motivation from early in the week seems to have left the building. It was another hot day and we tried to have some time at the local water park, but Brynn’s nap and boys’ camp pick ups made it so only half of the family made it at a time. After the morning run around town, I spent the afternoon at home attempting to read during Brynn’s nap, but I kept feeling like I should DO something (does anyone else have a hard time relaxing if there are unfinished items on their to-do list?).

I threw on another comfy Everlane dress for the afternoon and evening, which is AOK with me. I think I’ve struggled this week with knowing I want to share daily outfits and feeling like they should be something more. But, just like anything we have our ‘on’ days (or weeks or months) and our ‘off’. So, for today it’s a stolen #ootd mirror selfie while the girls ran around after bathtime.


Friday

This was my outfit for some early morning mommin’ before Brynn’s birthday party. We did a Target run, baked a cake, decorated (or attempted if you saw on IG) a cake, and cleaned the house and yard for the family gathering before going to a soccer camp competition. I tried a slight tuck and necklace to add a touch of style, but I’m still not feeling it.

Tank (c/o Everlane) // Shorts (DIY cutoffs) // Birkenstocks // Necklace (c/o Natalie Borton)

For Bynn’s birthday party with family in the late afternoon I change into my plain black swing dress and some old sandals. It was quick and cool, plus I didn’t have to worry about sticky 2-year-old fingers from eating cake and ice cream. Another outfit that’s not my favorite, but I think that had more to do with the hectic pace of the day and getting home from one event 15 minutes before our guests started arriving and feeling rushed to get ready and put the finishing touches on everything.


Saturday

Today my youngest turned 2! We started the day with a family outing to the park, followed by nuggets and Frosties for lunch. She was a happy gal!

I wore my long mom-cutoffs again. I’m still not totally sure they could be called stylish, but I love how comfortable they are and that I don’t have to worry about them riding up or falling down or my legs sitting on hot park benches in them. I brought along a sweatshirt because we were out pretty early and there was a little chill in the air. My Birks have been feeling a little heavy lately, so I’ve been wearing my flip flops most days.

Tee (c/o Tapered Collection) // Sweatshirt (old, Old Navy, obsessed with this light pink one) // Shorts (DIY) // Rainbows // Watch (c/o JORD)

Later in the day we headed to a friend’s kid’s birthday party, so I changed into an outfit I wore last month as part of the 30×30. I had a hard time choosing what to wear because now that I moved my full wardrobe back into my closet I feel more overwhelmed staring down the items I haven’t worn yet this summer and feeling like I should wear them. But, I allowed myself to ignore those feelings and go back to a favorite from earlier in the summer.

Jeans (Madewell secondhand from Poshmark) // Tee (c/o Tapered Collection) // Cardigan (old from Gap) // Rainbows //

Watch (c/o JORD) // Necklace (c/o Natalie Borton)


 

I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing weekend! It seems people either love or hate summer (and summer style). What’s your take? How is your summer style hanging in there, are you still loving it or are you starting to feel ready for fall?

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10 Comments

    1. I’ve been on a 12 day trip with carry-on luggage. I’m not sure how many items I packed and even though I try to be vigilant about not packing too much, not only have I brought some things I didn’t wear but I also struggled with the “what to wear” conundrum. I could have happily wore my Pyne & Smith dress the whole time, offset with an older pair of comfy Nicole Bridger pants and Free Label grey muscle tank on the cooler days! Makes me want to do a mid-summer closet purge when I get home as I know there are many more items at home that won’t get worn the rest of summer, or will get worn only because I feel I should (not because I want to). Learnings!

      1. Yes to learning! I too am thinking in the next month or so as I transition back to my work wardrobe I will be doing a purge of the clothes that I wore out of obligation. I just don’t have time for that 🙂 And hey, I say live in those couple of outfits and love it!

    1. I love the stripe sweater. I thought you looked put together in all the pictures, even if you felt like you didn’t. I’m struggling with my limited wardrobe and feeling completely out of place. We moved from a massive city to the land of all-day workout gear, which is just not me in the slightest. I feel overdressed in the simplest of my clothes. (And especially if I wear my red clogs, which aren’t at all dressy to me.)

      The one thing I’m definitely looking for jewelry, which I don’t have much of but I’m realizing can really put an outfit together. I’d love suggestions for good jewelry at not too crazy prices if you have them!

      1. Andrea,
        Thanks so much! I’m trying my best to hang in there and not succumb to life in workout gear, but I just don’t love dressing casually for summer. So maybe I’m in a bit of the same conundrum you are…it can be hard to remember to dress for yourself…especially when you feel like you stick out.

        And red clogs! They always catch my eye and I am wondering if that wouldn’t be a fun fall addition to my wardrobe to spice up my neutrals! 🙂 Do you love them?

        I find it so intriguing that you have found the US to be so much more casual than England. Have you traveled to other countries much? How does it compare?

      1. Andrea,
        I realized I go so hung up on your red clogs I forgot to answer your jewelry questions. My go-to is http://www.natalieborton.com because they make a statement without being super flashy and they’re neutral, so they go with everything. I also was just checking out the sale at http://www.nisolo.com and they have a lot of great jewelry on sale – I’d highly recommend you check it out!

        1. Thanks! I will look at both sites. My clogs are from Lotta From Stockholm, and I do love them. We currently live in Seattle (so mega yoga wearing type of place) and have lived in Germany, England and throughout the US. We have traveled extensively in Europe and I find most people are far more formal there. London was a bit of a mix because you have a lot of very short skirts/crop tops – even on professional office workers which was a bit of a shock – but anyone wearing workout gear and not working out, was definitely looked at as dressed incorrectly. I never wear workout clothes out and about. The most I do is wearing my breeches and chaps if I have to make a stop on the way home from riding. And even though that is a very common thing around here, I still feel weird doing it!

      1. Liv,
        Thanks so much! I’m trying to remember to really enjoy that I can be super casual every day, but part of me misses dressing up a bit for work!

    1. Summer sure is flying by!
      Monday and Friday were my favorite (always love the striped everlane dress).
      Glad your daughter had a good party. It looked like a lot of fun.
      Have a great week.

      1. Jodie,
        Thanks so much!
        I love the green, black, and brown color palette from Monday’s outfit too.
        I hope you have a great week ahead,
        Paige

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