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)

Philly Pick: Monarch Philly

Monarch Philly, NoLibs | Shades of Sarah

Just because the calendar says mid-September (already, somehow), doesn’t mean we have fall weather just yet. I love summer, so I don’t mind — and this means I can enjoy my favorite summer spots for a few more weeks. So for my Philly friends who haven’t checked out Monarch Philly in Northern Liberties, get on that.

Monarch Philly, NoLibs | Shades of Sarah

Monarch Philly, NoLibs | Shades of Sarah

Monarch is part swim club, part beer garden, all swanky (and very Miami-esque). You can buy daily swim passes or a membership, or you can just enjoy food and drinks with the ambiance. I usually stick to light bites — the chicken skewers and pork pot stickers are definitely my favorites. And of course, they pair well with cocktails — try the Saint Monarch for something light and fizzy.

Monarch Philly, NoLibs | Shades of Sarah

Monarch is always Instagram-worthy, but it really comes alive during the weekends. This fall, there’s weekend brunch and football specials Saturdays and Sundays. Watching football poolside with with $25 pitchers of mimosas? Yes please.

~ Sarah