WHAT I WORE | Indian Summer

chambray duster and linen pants

Hello, Fall! Also, hello heat wave. All I wanted to do today was take the kids to the store and buy us all cute and cozy sweaters, then indulge them when they ask if they can drink hot chocolate. But it’s supposed to get up to 90 in Canton this weekend, and we’re headed to a tropical vacation! Ah, well. Fall will be waiting for us when we return. As will the cozy sweaters and hot drinks.

I popped in at the thrift store this summer to grab a couple of roomier dresses to get me through the renovation weight gain. (Ugh, I know I mentioned it before, but I have such a difficult time balancing anything in life when I’m in the middle of an all-consuming project like our house renovations!) Anyway, I’m not mad about it or anything, it’s just life. I figure I’ll get back to the grind of exercising when we finish the downstairs bathroom and entryway. In the meantime! (Ugh, tangent— sorry!) I wanted to grab a couple of inexpensive things to see me through. You can always count on the thrift store to have mini length chambray dresses— the kind your first grade teacher may have worn, or maybe your mom in the 90s. (Hi, mom!) I grabbed one of these dresses that fit me, and took it home to mix in with my wardrobe.

To modernize the feel, I left the lower buttons undone and pulled on a pair of breezy linen cropped pants and minimal suede sandals. Paired with a hairdo I donned immediately after showering this morning, and I’d say I’m vacation ready! Now, where’s my floppy hat?

chambray duster and linen pants

 

O U T F I T    D E T A I L S :

 

dress: thrifted / pants: Need Supply / shoes: Via Spiga

 

chambray duster and linen pants

chambray duster and linen pants

 

WHAT I WORE | Workwear

Madewell green jumpsuit

I’m loving the workwear trend right now! And I’m not talking about pantsuits or pencil skirts. I’m talking blue collar workwear style making its way into women’s fashion. Heck, change that blue collar to green, and I’m sold!

I saw this jumpsuit at Madewell recently and was immediately drawn to it because of how comfortable it looked. THIS is an outfit I can build cabinets in! So, of course, I already have a few little stains across the front, and I was absolutely devastated when I noticed it. I’m telling myself that it lends an air of authenticity to the outfit. Maybe I won’t get mansplained at the hardware store so much, hmmm?

So how have you been feeling about the workwear trend in women’s fashion? When you saw this outfit, did you think “That looks like something a painter would wear?” And if so, is that a bad thing or good thing? Ha! (At this current stage of my life I feel like that’s a good thing.)

Madewell green jumpsuit

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jumpsuit: Madewell / Shoes: Via Spiga

Madewell green jumpsuit

WHAT I WORE: Summer Uniform

linen shift dress

When we packed up most of our clothes to prepare to sell our little house, I choose a few wardrobe staples I knew I wouldn’t mind wearing every day. I’m so glad I guessed correctly, because let me tell ya, I’m actually really enjoying wearing the same few things every day, and I haven’t grown bored or felt drab— not even a little! Maybe this capsule wardrobe thing can be a new lifestyle for me? In any case, it’s definitely working for me now.

If you ever run into me when I’m out and about, most likely I’ll be wearing a linen shift dress from Linenfox on Etsy. Maybe it’ll be white, or maybe it will be black. But that’s about all I’ve been wearing out of the house these days! Not even ashamed.

Part of the reason for my limited wardrobe (now that we’re beginning to unpack our clothes) is the extra padding I’ve added to my frame during the past few months of home upheavel. I’ll be the first to admit I stress eat, and eating healthy for me is such a mental battle when I literally don’t have a kitchen to cook in. Not to mention the lack of any extra free time to keep up my exercise habits during this renovation. I don’t have to worry too much about a little extra cushion on my bod when my summer wardrobe is so forgiving! But is the opposite of what you might think of when you’re thinking about summer staples, but ah well! This is my life, I might as well feel good about what I wear every day. In the fall I’ll get back to my old habits. I keep promising myself that. And for now— there are these comfortable shift dresses!

summer uniform

linen shift dress

In addition to these super easy to wear linen shift dresses, I purchased a black cami and white sleeveless blouse from Linenfox. This post isn’t sponsored or anything (though it does contain affiliate links), I just really wanted to share how comfortable and cute these dresses are! I’ve been so satisfied to slip one on over a slip and get on with my day. So easy, literally breezy, and quite chic.

Also— quick shout out to my new A Beautiful Mess for Kelly Moore camera bag! As a former photographer turned blogger, this bag is a dream come true. My old camera bag was so ugly, but I used it because it had padded sections for my lenses and camera body, and a padded strap for my shoulders. But this bag is much prettier and still includes all the features I need. Lately it’s been my main tote when I leave the house, and I’ve been stashing camera lenses in the compartments alongside diapers and toys! Love it.

linen basics

O U T F I T   D E T A I L S :

dresses: Linenfox on Etsy
shoes: Via Spiga
hat: ASOS
bag: A Beautiful Mess for Kelly Moore

a beautiful mess camera bag

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