What I Wore: A Mix of Old and New

This week I reached deep into my closet and wore some very basic items that I’ve held on to for years and years, but haven’t worn much. I also got a chance to wear some fun new items and try a new (to me) style of clothing. I also mixed in some of my summer favorites, which may not make for the most exciting blogging, but I sure do love wearing my items over and over and knowing I’m really getting use out of everything in my closet.


Monday

The best part about getting dressed more regularly is that I’m really able to identify the items I don’t like to wear. I think every week I’ve discovered something that I’m ready to purge. Next on the chopping block are these shorts. They just don’t do it for me. And I don’t want to keep them hanging around because then I wear them out of obligation when I would have been much more comfortable wearing a different pair. I like the bit of color they add to my summer wardrobe, but I don’t love the wrinkles and they sit low around my waist, which I find I’m always having to pull up to make sure everything is properly covered.

Tee (c/o Tapered Collection) // Shorts (Old Navy via Poshmark // Flip flops (Rainbow) // Bag (old from Old Navy, cool backpack option, love this crossbody) // Necklace (c/o Classy Mama Designs) // Watch (c/o JORD)


Tuesday

We did a couple of family outings today and it was another super hot day. Summer is definitely not my favorite season style-wise, but I’m trying to embrace how easy it is to throw on a dress and some sandals and look pulled together. I added a long-sleeve tee around my waist just to change up the look a bit, but it also adds some shape to the dress.

Dress (c/o Everlane) // Long sleeve tee (old from Old Navy) // Flip flops (Rainbow)

Necklace (c/o Natalie Borton – get 10% off here) // Watch (c/o JORD)


Wednesday

This is the linen jumpsuit Andrea (of Seasons and Salt) sent me, and I sent her my Magnolia dress. It’s a style I’ve loved on others, but wasn’t ready to commit to myself. I just wasn’t sure it was necessarily my style or if it would look ok since I’m on the shorter side. Doing a trade with a friend is an awesome way to test out a new look without the ‘risk’ of purchasing something and not feeling great in it.

As it turns out, I really liked the jumpsuit. It’s as easy to wear as a dress, but it makes me feel a little more fashion-forward. I was a little nervous about the light color and hanging around with my kids, but I also know linen naturally repels stains and it’s washable, so I took the risk. I look forward to trying a few different ways to style the jumpsuit, especially for work.

I decided on my Birkenstocks since they are more substantial than my flip flops and helped balance out the wide legs of the jumpsuit. The neckline was perfect for my Tabitha necklace from Natalie Borton and I wore a leopard print wrap bracelet to tie in the black and tan.

Jumpsuit (Sotela, this is size 1) // Birkenstocks // Necklace (c/o Natalie Borton – get 10% off here) // Bracelet (c/o Love Andrea’s Closet)


Thursday

Shirt (c/o Vetta Capsule) // Jeans (Madewell via Poshmark) // Sandals (old Sam Edelman)

Necklace (c/o Classy Mama Designs) // Bracelet (c/o Love Andrea’s Closet)

For a morning at the salon I decided to dress it up just a bit and wore my Vetta wrap top with some strappy sandals. I don’t think these jeans are the best pairing for this top as they both have slightly fuller proportions, but my Levi’s feel too thick and constricting for summertime wear. This pair is a thinner cotton denim and fit loosely, so they don’t drive me crazy when it warms up outside. I loved the ease of the wrap top and it was so comfortable and felt very classic and chic.

After a full year, I finally got my hair cut today. It was never my intention to grow it out, but time kept on passing and I kept forgetting to schedule an appointment and the next thing I knew my hair was long and I hadn’t been to the salon in a year! My hair isn’t necessarily thin, but it’s fine, so the longer I grow it the thinner and more straggly it starts looking. I went back to my go-to style…the graduated bob. I like that I can wear it sleek and straight or add some waves on days I don’t want to shampoo.

This afternoon we had family over for dinner and drinks and the humidity was high. It was too warm to stay in my jeans once the temperature rose, so I changed into my jogger shorts and a basic black tank to stay cool and not risk ruining any clothes with food. For some reason social events + kids makes me so nervous about getting food stains, so I always play it safe. I have had this basic tank for as long as I can remember, but I haven’t worn it on it’s own, it’s always been reserved as a layering piece. I really, really love this simplicity of this outfit.

Shorts (Everlane) // Tank (old from Target, love the basic options from Everlane) // Flip flops (Rainbow)

Necklace (c/o Natalie Borton – get 10% off here)


Saturday

The plan for today was supposed to be a girls’ day out at the pool to celebrate my 39th birthday, but….Mother Nature had other plans. It was cloudy, rained off and on, and there was no sign of clearing up for the entire day. Instead, my best gal pals and I gathered at a friend’s for some beverages, card games, walking to local bars, and tons of laughs. I loved the simple tank I wore earlier in the week, so I chose another simple olive green tank with my jeans and flip flops. It was a perfect option for a day of hanging with my friends and our open-ended plans.

Tank (old from Target, love the basic options from Everlane) // Jeans (Madewell via Poshmark) // Watch (c/o JORD)


Sunday

After staying out too late and enjoying maybe a few too many birthday beverages I was all about comfort for breakfast with my in-laws this morning. This dress is probably the most comfortable dress I own, it’s made of a super soft, lightweight sweatshirt material. It was a bit cool still this morning, so I added my longline cardigan. Typically my cardigan is slightly longer or the same length at the dresses I layer it over, so this pairing was different, but the hemlines are close enough and the colors of the sweater and dress are similar enough that I think it works.

Dress (c/o IMBY) // Sweater (old from Gap) // Flip flops (Rainbow) // Bag (old from Old Navy, cool backpack optionlove this crossbody)

Necklace (c/o Natalie Borton – get 10% off here) // Watch (c/oJORD)


I hope you all had an amazing week and weekend! I’m officially in the final year of my 30’s and I have a feeling it’s going to be a great one.
I’m also officially in my last full week of summer break and we are trying to cram as much fun in as we can while also trying to enjoy the last little bit of slowness before the craziness of fall starts.
What is still on your summer bucket list?

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14 Comments

    1. Hooray for haircuts! I can’t find anyone in my town who will cut mine the way I ask them to, so I’m now on month eight without a haircut.

      Where do you send your clothes once you decide they no longer have a place in your closet?

    1. That linen jumpsuit looks amazing on you. Must be nice to wear on warm days. And I feel you about the hair. I probably should get a hair cut but I always forget to make an appointment.

    1. So awesome that you and Andrea did a swap! Always fun to borrow clothes, and what a great way to try out a piece without fully committing. I too have eyed jumpsuits wondering if I would get enough wear out of them…

      1. Laura,
        Yes, it was a perfect swap situation!! I am most interested in how I could layer it to make it work for more than one season, so I’ll definitely be experimenting with that. But the one item outfit and the comfort is pretty amazing!

    1. I turned 40 in May but I seriously still feel like I’m in my 30’s. it’s just a number! What’s left this summer…today I’m escaping 5 hours east to my parents because 100+ degrees and temp housing with no AC is no fun. The parents have AC and a pool, and I can offer them their grandkids and grand dog. It’s win-win all around (and we haven’t seen them since we moved back to the US.) then next week our house reno will be complete enough to move in, then end of the month we go to Alaska for a week, and two days later school starts. Nothings bucket list this summer except Alaska, but next year we are planning to go to Iceland to see the Northern Lights, and do a 10 Asia trip the summer after (so our daughter can see her native Taiwan). And maybe in the next year buy land, build a house, and get some horses. Definitely bucket list items for me!

      1. Andrea,
        Wow, you have a busy couple of weeks ahead of you before school starts! I hope you enjoy visiting with your parents and taking advantage of that pool and AC (definitely a must with the hot summer we’ve been having all across the US it seems). I went to Alaska probably 15 years ago and it was so gorgeous. Where will you be staying and visiting?

        1. We are doing a cruise so we will visit Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan (?) and I think one more city. We are going to go glacier hiking which I’m really excited about!

    1. I’ve been looking for shorts like the pair you have on on Monday from Old Navy. If you’re interested in selling them, send me an email!

    1. Happy belated birthday!
      All your summer looks are great.
      Enjoy the week! 🙂

    1. Happy birthday from Oz!! Sounds like you had a fun filled time with your girlfriends.
      I love your hairstyle- great cut. The linen jumpsuit is so lovely, the colour is my fave and the shape totally suits you. Just perfect. I love following your blog and you have really inspired me to try new combinations of clothes. I also appreciate that you mix and match your existing wardrobe with a few new purchases as I’m sure the majority of your fans do likewise in this economic climate. Best wishes Paige, from Lorraine in Australia

      1. Lorraine,
        Thank you so much for your kind words…you have no idea how much that means to me! I hope you have found some great new outfits out of the clothing you already own, that’s always a great feeling. Almost better than shopper’s high?!
        Thanks again for reading along and taking the time to comment.
        Have a great day,
        Paige

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