One of my most beloved “go-tos” for summer lovin’ is the short-short and sleeved, usually flowy top. I saw this pair at South Moon Under and it was love at first sight…for them, and me.
This navy top from Heartloom is what I call summer dark: not as dark and gloomy as wintry black, and gorgeous paired with white or cream, so it’s the perfect mate for this cutsie-petutsie tweed short by Drew.
I generally like my shorts shorter, not that I love my legs at all, but I think the almost to your calf, full thigh length is just a little too nineties soccer mom for me. They show these shorts on a very skinny unrealistic model, and I noticed there is not a lot of “give” to them at all, so recommendation is to go up a size.
If you know me, you know how much I love chokers, and even with the cold shoulder and flirty embroidery of the top, it’s a great accessory, here. I would lighten it up with a nudie or even white.
A great shoe…my go to forever and ever is a gladiator…I would opt for ankle length here, or even something like this Steve Madden cute nude called IRENEE. This cute nude is great here. This shoe comes in a host of other colors and a gorgeous print that can get along with your ankle quite well.
Time to show off those legs, mom!
Knock knock … who is it … it’s SUMMER!
So, this Mick Jagger/Lilly Pulitzer hybrid is one of those combos you would see first as separates, and some nut job would say “try ‘em together,” and you’d be like “WAHHHHH?” But, guess what, it works!
I wore this for opening night of our drama production of BYE BYE BIRDIE, and I loved it. This Chiquita mini skirt is definitely not for picking bananas, unless you wear a very opaque booty short to cover, well, the booty. It is waaaay shorter than it looks, and as much as I do love, For Love and Lemons, they have no give, support the zipper industry, and fabrics are very sheer. (This skirt does have a decent liner). My recommendation here is to go up a size. I will stay this, with a few tugs after I got up from my seat, the skirt didn’t move, so that was a plus. FLaL can be a little pricey, but they have staying power, and I have never had a repair issue with any of their stuff. I love their rompers and summer clothes, but keep in mind they are more fitted than my beloved Free People, and when there is a zipper, I tend to cringe, but if you over-fit you should make it.
THE SKIRT from REVOLVE.COM
Top this one…..with the Eagle Montain Tank from Project Social T. If you still consider yourself a late seventies, early eighties burn out rocker, this season was named for you. “Band Ts” or rocker tees are the IT item to pair with anything…skirts, shorts, denim and I am loving them with a glitzy choker. Revolve paired the tank with the FLaL skirt above, and I thought the top was cropped….it’s not. So, I knotted it to meet the band of the skirt, which made the top more fitted, and the outfit itself more streamlined. I would even go a size smaller, (yes, smaller) to get a more fitted design.
THE EAGLE MOUNTAIN TANK from REVOLVE.COM
The armholes on this t were wide, probably on purpose to don a “fun bra” or bralette with some lace or criss-cross. This one, from South Moon Under has a fun front, visible above the t, or something tike this, peeking out of the back. Either will cover your regular bra in a fun, show some skin way.
Hip Mom Hint: Since the skirt was shorter than I imagined, I candy-coated with a long black cardigan for “pop” and coverage. A great open toe spring bootie is the footwear here. Stay neutral or nude. There is so much going on with mega prints here, you don’t want to look like the NBC peacock.
Revolve clothing, or www.revolve.com solves a lot of my what to wear with what problems. I know what I like, I generally know what’s going to look good, and hopefully fit, but I am not great at pairing things. Sometimes I see stripes with polka dots and fringe with lace and wonder who imagined something so abominable … that worked so phenomenally. Revolve will show you an entire outfit put together when you pick just one item. They complete the ensemble, and I love it!
Continuing with the feminine spring theme, is this flowy but minimally fitted number from Flynn Skye, the Leah Dress, is simple, with a sexy flare. I love, love, love choker necks because I love chokers, period. This little mini has one built in, and the large keyhole in the front is a window to the one in the back. Paired with a bootie in the spring, even a gladiator, or an OTK boot (I drool over OTK), it’s a quick throw on and completely outfitted answer to “what do I wear?”
I don’t love the way “hip adolescent” (that’s what I call my impossibly skinny, pre teen figured mannequin) represents this conservatively hot number, so check out the link and get dressed!
HIP MOM HINT: put a bralette, preferable lacy one, over your bra to cover bra peek-a-poo at your cleavage and allow your back to be open. My peeps at Free People love their layered lingere, and I love them for making them. Lol. Something like this would work:
Just go on their site and search “bralette.” There are so many others out there, but for an idea, start here. Victoria’s Secret, although I DO NOT use their bras for everyday wear and support, does have a great line of what I call “fun bras..” bras with lace and crazy backs that are great underneath open backs. I love those, and wear them to death, especially in warmer, bare-all weather.