The only satisfaction I receive from the fall weather is change of fashion: hues melt into darker silhouettes, textures are heavier and more fitted, sweaters are a staple, and my favorite, admittedly, is the OTK boot. It’s the only thing I don’t mind saying I actually like to wear.
I fell in love with these pants from THEORY because they are fitted, and can accommodate an OTK boot very easily, and dark enough they don’t make my short legs any shorter. The fall mesh of black and gray is not so heavily opaque, and accommodates a bright top very easily. The only caveat with anything from THEORY that has stretch, and these leggings are all about stretch and fit, is you may need to go up a size. They also tend to be a little short waisted, so someone like me who has hips and a—may need a little more material.
You know Free People is my fashion kryptonite! I love this top, paired with a “funky” lace bra or bralette. With my boobs, I always need support, so although I’m not a huge Angel fan when it comes to every day braziers (lol) I love these bras for that show it off open back. They have underwire and a front closure for support. Not a daily staple, but it makes an open back so inviting.
I would do a black or even gray OTK boot to compliment this pair. I tend to like a stretch boot which gives me a leaner line, and a sexy hug, but if you are endowed with skinny thighs, you can do a slouchier look.
Fall sucks, but shopping doesn’t.
So, maybe this outfit isn’t really “motherly,” but most of what I wear would not be a Talbots or Ann Taylor staple. This season, both spring and summer have given new life to an old look that impressed farmers back in the 1900s …. the overall.
This warm air cutie couple, the overall and crop was an overnight dream by a Manhattan Hollister employee, and when they showed up for work in the morning, they slapped it on, buckled, and it worked!
The overalls, are basic yet sexy, and even with a plain tee underneath can be toned down to wear to your next hoe-down. They are supposed to be a little loose, so buy them a size up, since there’s a little, but not a lot of stretch to them.
The crop is a light chambray stripe, which can be worn on the shoulder or off, the way it is here. It comes in a bunch of other colors and patterns including a really cute red bandana, which looks really awesome when you’re mucking the barn.
https://www.hollisterco.com/shop/us/p/off-the-shoulder-crop-top-9498278?search-field=627621564 They also show it underneath white shorty-alls as well.
I think I would pair this with a little sandal…do not do a tall gladiator…I just think it would look silly. I’m not a sneaker type at all, but with this playful pair, I think something like this from my fave shoe showman, Steve Madden could work
or of course, the classic which the teen and tween set love to sport,
http://www.stevemadden.com/product/EMERALD/245927.uts?selectedColor=DENIM-MULTI which also has companion slip ons in plainer designs.
So head on down to Hollister with your surfboard or a pitch fork, oh, and before you go, make sure you log on to www.hollister.com and sign up for email alerts to get your 15% OFF, Y’ALL.
This is my ABSOLUTE favorite, girly-girl treasure of the summer. I am loving this high side slit maxi or tunic with shorts peeking out, and a LOT of leg screaming out. LOL
I have to admit, the top is hard to find, kind of. I did a lot of searching all over the web, and Brynn found it on some “ship from China,” website. The best part, the top was about ten bucks. So, I did some more investigating, and found similar, here: https://carousell.com/p/25210321/ - You can search high side slit maxi or high side slit tunic” and a zillion shots will come up.
The shorts were a piece of cake, (SouthMoonUnder) or from Blank NYC, depending on who has the better price. Blank NYC is usually pretty consistent with discounts if you Google. NEVER buy anything online without searching for a promo code or coupon. Even if they aren’t advertised, 95% of the time, there is something to be had, even if it’s 10 or 15%, which, if the option is retail, it’s better than nothing.
You can pair this with a bootie like this one from Steve Madden or this more strappy version with studs. Usually, the theory is to do a nude shoe to elongate your leg if you have other colors going on, rather than chopping it up, black, denim and black. But here, since the short is so short and the top is long, I felt the black shoe looked the best.
The neckline lends itself beautifully to my favorite, of course, a choker. Cotton and denim have longevity from season to season. Once that really crappy season of fall hits, you can pair the same top with a skinny jean and bootie, with a long cardigan for that forget me not summer look that you can rake leaves in.
I noticed a lot of my youth is coming back in fashion. It’s so funny, when the “thing” leaves the fashion world because it has been deemed untrendy, or in my vernacular, “farty,” I can no longer even look at it. But when it resurrects, 20 or 30 years later, just like the seventies did, it’s hip and wearable yet again. The “Lazarus” phenomenon in fashion has awoken an eighties trend which even five years ago I would have deemed so “soccer mom…” the wrap dress.
Though now we have added a few frilly touches like ruffles, and a sexy stretch slip, this little number is no slouch.
It can be worn just about anywhere…dinner, the beach, a bridal shower, or in my case to pick up, lol, but it’s packable for anything especially vacation when you don’t want to drag around a gazillion tops and bottoms. Easy on, easy off.
“Wrapping up” the sexy yet modest combo is this stretchy slip from of course, Free People.
I have worn this under shirt dresses a zillion times and it does the job covering up the little hoochie area, and squeezing the figure just slightly for a feminine line. I love it for short slip dresses and letting it show is the whole point. Here, it works on the “v” neck, and takes care of the modesty if the wrap dress unwraps, which it will, unless you are a mannequin.
I’m short, so I only wear sandals (they are my version of flats)in the summer, usually with short shorts, so I wore this with a great Sam Edelman platform that I LOVE from year to year: https://poshmark.com/listing/Sam-Edelman-Marley-Clogs-58f8e6e7f092824ff20112bd?utm_source=gdm&gdm_bottom=false&campaign_id=731570126&utm_campaign=731570126&enable_guest_buy_flow=true&gclid=CjsKDwjw6qnJBRDpoonDwLSeZhIkAIpTR8KMpeegiSzZV--rHyPD83MR5Biuft4ufq8rQB12U0F8GgLAEfD_BwE (They have lasted me so long you can’t even buy them retail anymore!)
You can certainly do this with a gorgeous flat sandal or even, you guessed it, a gladiator.
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.