Romp Around

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First things first, I apologize for this blog post title. This is what happens when I write late at night. And yes, while these photos are from late September, this romper would be an appropriate outfit today, in early November, because the high was 74.

Anyway, I am like a million years late to the romper trend and I should probably have my blogger card revoked. I am rarely an early adopter, and I hemmed and hawed before deciding to keep this romper. Turns out that while not always convenient, rompers are pretty comfortable.

Here’s a tip if you too are dealing with an extended “hotumn:” buy summer items in fall colors. The mustard and darker floral print don’t look out of place in early fall and you’ll feel comfortable when it’s still hot out. It’s a simple concept, but it helps me resist the urge to pull out warmer clothes too early. Let’s be honest: eight times out of ten, I’ll dress for function over fashion. I am not the girl who sweats in her ankle boots just because it’s after Labor Day.

I’m looking forward to wearing this romper with ankle boots and a jacket before we skip straight to winter. If you’re still looking for rompers you can wear in the year (or you know, you live in Florida), here are some affordable picks that fit into that fall color scheme too!

~ Sarah
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Romper: Old Navy (still available in limited sizes!)
Sandals: Target
Bag: Ross (similar)
Sunglasses: SelectSpecs (review here)

Can’t Remember To Forget You

Boy Bye Hat - Chambray and High Waited Shorts
Boy Bye Hat - Chambray and High Waited Shorts
Boy Bye Hat - Chambray and High Waited Shorts
When I was younger and tried to describe my sense of style, I summed it up as “sporty bohemian.” A little embarrassing now, yes, but today I have a new word I can use: athelesuire. My personal style does not fall 100% into that category, but I still like to borrow certain aspects of it. Case in point: fun baseball caps.

As a sports fan, baseball caps are almost a requirement. I’ve acquired a good amount over the years, from the Panthers (that’s hockey) to the Marlins (I have multiple of these!) to my alma mater. (Honestly, I’m still annoyed I forgot my Yankees cap for the MLB All-Star Game.) My newest addition? This fun “Boy Bye” cap. Talk about capturing my #mood. (Want your own? Use code SHADESSARAH30 for 30% off your own cap at Silver & Goal.)

For a cold day at the shore, I paired my cap with my chambray button-down and my high-waisted shorts. It’s the first time I’ve tried high-rise shorts, and I’ve been living in them this summer. Now I even own high-rise jeans, so I can recreate this outfit if the humidity ever leaves Philadelphia.

~ Sarah

P.S. I’m happy to report that my friends and family in Florida and Georgia came out relatively unscathed after Hurricane Irma’s visit last weekend. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, Irma.

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Chambray: Old Navy (this year’s version, also seen here)
Shorts: Target
Hat: c/o Silver & Goal (Use code SHADESSARAH30 for 30% off your own cap!)
Shoes: Liz Claiborne

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