Tropical Floral Top Outfit
Greetings, friends! Welcome back to 25 Days of Summer Fashion. It’s hard to believe that Cyndi and I are wrapping up our summer style series this week! Not to worry, there is still plenty of summer fashion yet to come, I just won’t be sharing new outfits each day. I’m actually looking forward to having more time to post other types of content like the shorts for moms post on Saturday. I always enjoy putting that kind of post together.
Today I’m styling a tropical floral top from Loft. I picked up this top when I was in the store last week, and now the entire site is 40% off with free shipping, so yay! Good timing! This top is great because it can be worn alone but it also makes a fun layering piece. I wish I’d thought to throw on my white denim jacket with this to show you that look as well, but I wasn’t thinking about it at the time.
This tropical print immediately caught my eye when I was shopping at Loft. They are actually using this print for several pieces right now — there’s a dress, a skirt, and culottes made with this cheery summer print, but I fell in love with this top. It’s flattering and fun for so many occasions.
I appreciate that it has a straight hemline and the length is a little shorter than some. (I prefer a 24″ or 25″ length in my tops, but everyone is different.) I also like how the v-neckline is modest and the double strap design creates the illusion of more substantial straps, which are generally more flattering than a single spaghetti strap style on those of us who are a little bigger on top.
You definitely have to wear a strapless bra with this, but I don’t mind too much anymore because I’ve found a strapless bra that is actually comfortable to wear for hours at a time.
The straps come together in the back to create sort of a racer-back style, but it provides more coverage than a lot of racer-back camis. Most strappy tops like this feel a little too bare for my comfort level, but I can definitely wear this one without a top layer and feel confident.
In my perfect world, I would have this top altered and nipped in a little at the waist so it shows my curves better, but I didn’t have time because I wanted to get this outfit on the blog before the top starts to sell out.
In fact, I would have a lot of things tailored if I had the time because tailoring can make all the difference in the world when it comes to having your clothes fit well or not. I learned that little trick when I took the Adore Your Wardrobe course I talk so much about.
Sometimes I get emails from people taking the course asking why I don’t follow my AYW body type rules all the time when I recommend the course so highly, and that’s certainly a fair question. (For those taking the course, I’m a cool #shortwaistedcurvy.)
Because retail inventory moves so quickly, there simply isn’t time for me to have things altered before I post to the blog, and I simply post too many outfits to follow the rules to a T in each and every one. (It doesn’t help that current trends don’t really flatter my body type.) Plus my goal for the blog is to be a resource and not simply a personal style diary. Not everyone shares my body type, so I like to share pieces that might work for others even if they’re not perfect for me. I try to point out when something would be better suited to another body type, but I’m not always sure what type that would be, ha!
Of course, if you haven’t taken the course, you have no idea what I’m talking about. You can look into it HERE and join the waitlist if you’re interested. It is truly brilliant how Kelly demystifies fashion with the rules of math and science, and I highly recommend it. I believe she will be starting another course later this summer. (I’ll keep you posted!)
So back to today’s outfit…
I wore this top with blue jeans because there’s a lot of navy in the print, and I like this pairing, but I will also wear this top with white jeans or shorts for a lighter summer look. If I were on vacation somewhere tropical, I’d definitely pair it with white, but here in the northeast I like wearing blue jeans in the summer sometimes.
These jeans are Lucky Brand, and they they have a great fit. They’re the Brooke legging jeans. This is an older wash but they have quite a few good ones to choose from. I love this length (29″) with most of my shoes, but since these have that wide ankle strap, I opted to do a single cuff so the strap shows.
I know some don’t like to cuff their jeans, but I don’t mind it if I think it works with the rest of the outfit. When I wear my 28″ jeans, they are perfect with these shoes without the cuff, but I happened to already be wearing these for a different outfit I’ll be sharing later this week so I just went with it. (I changed tops in the car so we could shoot two looks in one location, lol!)
I chose shoes and a bag in a blush color to coordinate with the blush in the top and to lighten up the overall look. These perforated espadrille wedges are trendy right now, but I love them. I especially like how they give me added height and are still easy to walk in. My kate spade mylie hobo is great everyday bag, and it’s on sale right now. I’ve been enjoying this rose cloud color so much this summer, it’s such a gorgeous neutral.
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