Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Summer Resolutions

After much debating, I've resolved to do a shopping freeze (of sorts) for the remainder of the summer.  From here on out, I will be focused on showcasing pieces I've bought in the last month or remixing items I already own. Going forward, the only purchases I'll be allowing myself to make will be fall clothing & shoes (tomorrow I'll be sharing my picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale).  

This decision came after a little bit of soul-searching and a much-needed seasonal closet purge. Because, if I'm really being honest with myself, I don't NEED any more off-the-shoulder tops or flowy dresses, regardless of how affordably priced they may be.  As hard as it is to pass up those great sale finds, the reality is that my summer wardrobe is plentiful - it's time to be content with what I have and make the most of it.
What I've enjoyed about doing shopping freezes in the past is the way it forces me to get creative with my wardrobe - today's look is the perfect example of that.  Wearing a button-down shirt over a dress is a great way to experiment with items in your closet.  This is especially ideal for travel when you're trying to pack lightly but need to create multiple looks out of just a few staple pieces.

The key is to choose a tailored shirt & tie it at the waist to create a flattering silhouette.  Here's how I create the perfect square knot: leave the bottom few buttons unbuttoned, grab the ends of the shirt & cross them left over right & through and then right over left & through.  Or you can skip the hassle & buy one that's already knotted (see options below).  This works best over sundresses or slip dresses, but you can also try it with any skirts, shorts or high-waisted trousers you already own.

What I'm wearing:
Joe Fresh Shirt (similar here, here & here; sleeveless styles here & here), 
ASTR Dress (floral midi skirt options here, here & here), 
c/o Splendid Sandals (also in cognac; another option here), 
Sanctuary Bag, LOFT SunglassesHouse of Harlow Earrings (similar)



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