Gray Day

Monochrome Gray Outfit | Shades of Sarah
Monochrome Gray Outfit | Shades of Sarah
Monochrome Gray Outfit | Shades of Sarah
Gray Blouse & Statement Necklace | Shades of SarahFringe Crossbody Bag | Shades of SarahI’ve been blogging about my favorite clothes for 7 years now, and it’s taught me a few things about my personal style. I love a good graphic tee. My favorite outfit formula is black and a pop of color. Lipstick can take a dress the next level. One thing I don’t really play around with? Monochrome. So I was surprised this mostly gray outfit felt very me.

This outfit came together on accident. I was originally looking for my black jeans, but I couldn’t find them in the black hole that is my wardrobe. So instead I just grabbed these and went for it. Well surprise, I liked it! Sometimes, it’s just best to keep it simple. It wasn’t until after I took these photos that I realized this is a gray knockoff of an all-black outfit Priya wore last summer — down to the statement necklace and clogs! I think the key to monochrome outfits is different textures and adding a colorful accessory for contrast. Turns out, that’s the same formula I used last time I blogged a monochrome outfit.

This weekend it felt almost fall-like, and I am not ready for that. I haven’t gone swimming nearly enough times, but it is nice to be able to wear jeans more often. I will not bend and do any fall shopping…yet.

~ Sarah
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Tank: LOFT c/o Clothes Mentor (similar)
Jeans: Old Navy
Clogs: Old Navy (the real deal)
Bag: c/o Century 21 (similar)
Necklace: Clothes Mentor

Know Me Like The Summer

How to wear a corduroy skirt in summer | Shades of Sarah
How to wear a corduroy skirt in summer | Shades of Sarah
How to wear a corduroy skirt in summer | Shades of SarahLet me tell you about the only unicorn I believe in: the perfect 70 degrees and sunny summer day. It’s important to take advantage of these rare days, so do as I do: eat brunch outside with your dog and wear your corduroy button skirt.

I received this skirt from Tobi in the fall, and knew it’d be the perfect cold weather skirt. It’s super cute with a long cardigan or with tights and ankle boots. Even in skirt form, corduroy isn’t that wearable in the summer (hello, humidity), so it’s best to keep it simple: a red tank with lace trim makes the black pop. Flats and a woven bag in contrasting prints keep it from being too basic.

Not every item of clothing is going to work for all four seasons, but it’s fun to try to make it work.

~ Sarah

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Tank: Kohl’s (similar)
Skirt: c/o Tobi (similar)
Flats: Target (similar)
Bag: from Colombia

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Vest Is Best

Some people hate summer dressing: it’s hot and humid out, and you just want to put on a dress and go (or you know, just lay inside with the air conditioner blasting). I get it. Getting dressed is a non-negotiable though, and it’s way more interesting when you add layering into the mix. Yes, even in the summer. Enter: the denim vest.

How to wear a denim vest | Shades of Sarah

How to wear a denim vest | Shades of SarahReasons why denim vests are awesome:

  • they add a retro vibe with just one item of clothing
  • they coverup your bra strap issues (!!)
  • they add a jolt of color

How to wear a denim vest | Shades of Sarah
Let’s talk about the rest of the outfit… I just need to accept that I will always wear a lot of black, even in the summer. It’s who I am, but that doesn’t mean I don’t wear a lot of color too! This skirt has black in it, so it grounds the look. (Fun fact: this skirt used to be a dress — I loved the print so much that once it got too short, I had it altered into a skirt.) My pendant pulls some of the teal (aqua?) out of the skirt, and ties in with the denim vest.

How to wear a denim vest | Shades of SarahIf you’re looking for more summer layering inspiration, my friend Priyanka also loves a good vest for the summer! Leave me your ideas in the comments too!

~ Sarah

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Tank: Old Navy
Denim Vest: Target (exactsimilar)
Skirt: Rainbow (used to be a dress)
Sandals: Target (similar)
Pendant: Dear Mushka
Sunglasses: Smak Parlour
Bag: Anne Klein via Ross (similar)