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.
Let 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.
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.
Reasons 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
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.