shirt: old (similar) // shorts: vintage Levi’s via Prototype // shoes: Steve Madden (similar) // backpack: c/o TOMS // sunglasses: c/o TOMS
photos by Chelsea Laine Francis
Though it’s been uncharacteristically rainy and cool this spring, summer. is. coming. For once, I’m feeling pretty prepared! I picked up these vintage Levi shorts a couple weeks before TxSC because I figured I’d need them (I didn’t; it was freezing and rainy the whole weekend). They are literally the dream shorts I’ve been searching for for years. I took a lunch break one Friday and ventured to South Congress into my favorite vintage shop Prototype where I walked directly up to these babes, tried them on, and very happily paid the cute shop girl for them. I love when vintage shopping is easy! These are the perfect length — no riding up my rear like modern high-waisted pairs from Forever 21 and the like. They are made of soft, thick denim that is perfectly worn-in. They hit me exactly at the smallest part of my natural waist and I don’t have to fuss with them to keep them in place. Simply, I feel amazing in these shorts and you’ll be seeing a lot of them this summer.
Another couple of pieces you’ll probably see a lot of this summer are my new TOMS sunglasses and backpack. TOMS Community Director Bethany Joy Clark was at TxSC where she shared her exciting journey of meeting all sorts of humans as she fulfilled her purpose — her why — through her work with TOMS. Bethany got her “Oprah moment” when she gifted these amazing waxed canvas backpacks to every attendee (“You get a backpack! And you get a backpack!”). For every backpack purchased through TOMS, a mother is given a safe birth. That’s a service I just can’t argue with. TOMS’ one-for-one model has come a long way since their early shoe-for-a-shoe mission!
I don’t know about you, but I tend to want to ditch my purse in the summertime and grab a backpack instead with a book, blanket, and sunscreen for days spent at the park. This bag has a crazy amount of pockets and compartments to hold all your summer necessities.
If you see me this summer, you can pretty much guarantee I’ll be wearing some form of this outfit. What’s you’re go-to summer uniform?