Embroidered Dolman Top from Gap Factory — $21
Pointed Ankle Strap Flats in Nude from Forever 21 — $16
3 1/2″ Pixie Shorts in Black from Old Navy — $20 (on sale from $25!)
The swimsuit bottoms are a replacement for the TopShop pair I bought last summer. I’ve gained a little more weight I think since last summer, but mostly I decided I wished I’d purchased a ruched pair to begin with because they’re more flattering and make me feel more comfortable being out and about in so little clothing!
Am I the only one who seems to always be lacking tops? I went to the outlet mall with my girl gang over the weekend, vowed not to buy anything, and then walked away with just one item: this breezy embroidered top from the Gap outlet. It’s the kind of thing I probably wouldn’t have ordered online, but having tried it on and considering its value in my current summer closet (see: lacking), I decided to go for it.
I’ve been needing a replacement pair of nude flats for a while and decided an ankle strap pair would be a fun addition to my closet. I’ve been especially wanting them to wear with the dress I’m wearing to weddings this year as a summer alternative to the black and red look. I have persistently checked LuLu*s for the last several months, hoping a pair would show up, as I love every pair of shoes I’ve gotten from them. Forever 21 beat them to it, and I’m really happy with these shoes! You can see me wearing them with my birthday outfit here. As you can tell, they’re a little on the yellow-ish side? But I really don’t mind because I think the idea of “nude” shoes is so problematic in the first place. Also, if you’re interested in these, I recommend sizing up half a size! I am a very true 7 and wish I had just a little more toe room.
These shorts are awesome. I dread shorts shopping like most women, but I decided to randomly try these on one day when I was shopping with Chelsea, not really expecting them to fit. I took in a size 4 and 6, and tried on the 6 first just so I wouldn’t be sad at myself if I tried on the 4 first and they were too small. Luckily, the 6 was PERFECT (like, almost scary perfect!) and it put me in the best mood about my body. I don’t care too much about the number as long as the item of clothing fits the way it should. I love that I can wear these to work (thank goodness for working in a creative industry because it’s too hot in Austin to go all summer without wearing shorts!), and not feel like I’m being inappropriate. I’ve got hella long legs and was never allowed to wear shorts to school growing up because they never passed the fingertip rule, but these are a great length on me, both in appropriateness and flattering-ness.