What I Wore Lately Vol. 16
Hello and happy July 1st!
Not only is it a new month, but it’s also my birthday! #thisis48🎂 I also want to wish a happy Canada Day to my friends to the north! 💥🧨
In my outfit posts and try-on hauls, I challenge myself to include a variety of budgets and trends and outfits for an assortment of occasions, whereas What I Wore Lately is all about my personal style.
I’ve gotten into the habit of snapping a picture of what I’m wearing almost every time I exit my bedroom. I save them up to share then every other week on Wednesdays, and here we are!
What I Wore Lately: Everyday Summer Outfit Inspo
SIZING NOTES: I’m 5’5″ and 135 pounds-ish, with a slight hourglass shape. Unless I say otherwise, I’m wearing a 6/28 in pants/jeans, a small in tops, a 6 in dresses/jumpsuits, and size 8 shoe. If you have any questions about fit and sizing, don’t hesitate to ask!
This first look is one that I wore on a Saturday evening to have friends over for dinner on the deck.
I’m not sure why I have a picture of the back of this outfit, but I’ll go ahead and post it. I think I was taking it for my own use — sometimes I take a picture to see what I look like from behind. I feel like I can tell better in a picture than just looking in the mirror.
These shorts have a 4″ inseam, so they’re on the shorter side, but they still give enough coverage to be decent, and the pocket placement is good.
They’re thick and soft and not see-through, and they’re comfortable to wear. They don’t ride up or crease in awkward places, if you know what I mean…
The next day was Father’s Day, and we had reservations for outdoor dining at one of our favorite restaurants. It was HOT and our reservations were for mid-afternoon, so I was trying to find something cute and comfortable. I didn’t even bother to style my hair down because I knew I’d be wanting to put it in a ponytail.
I first tried on this sandwash dress. It’s very cool and comfortable, and I think it’s cute. I tried to jazz it up with jewelry, but my daughter told me I looked like I was wearing a swimsuit coverup.
Once she said that, it’s all I could see. I think it’s because I have this dress that I wear as a swimsuit coverup, and they’re similar in style, but the ponytail probably didn’t help matters either.
So then I switched into this floral jersey midi dress. I forget what her analogy was for this one, but she wasn’t terribly impressed. Plus, as I moved around, I could see that it’s just too low-cut. It needs to be altered if I’m going to keep it.
Finally, I tried on that Lou & Grey drawstring dress, but it seemed heavy for such a hot day.
By that time, I was running late, so decided to call it quits on trying to wear a dress. I threw on this pink linen tee and white cuffed shorts with my new cork sandals instead. There’s something to be said for the tried and true.
Here’s a picture of Paul and the girls at lunch… David was at camp.
Speaking of that pool coverup… this is what I ended up wearing after we got home.
I was planning to go in the pool (I did have my bathing suit on underneath), but it was so pleasant on the deck in the shade with a gentle breeze that I ended up just sitting there while Paul swam.
The next day, I had PT and then a strength training appointment, and I never changed out of my workout gear for the rest of the day.
I absolutely adore each one of these pieces. The cloudlight stratus tee is the softest thing, and it has such a good drape, plus the neckline and sleeves are super flattering.
And the joggers are also very soft, and fit so nicely without clinging. I did size up in these, by the way. I have them in the medium.
The Nikes are very padded and comfortable, and the gold emblem against the black shoe is kind of chic… or as chic as a running sneaker gets.
The day after that is when I had my x-ray, MRI, and bloodwork appointments. I wore this casual jeans and t-shirt outfit.
My graphic tee is sold out, but these are the Paige destroyed hem straight leg jeans that I was debating about a few weeks ago. Now that I’ve started wearing them, I really like them. They were on sale, but they’re back to full price now.
Later in the day, a friend came over with her kids to swim in the pool, and I ended up getting in too. Afterwards, I threw on this comfy t-shirt and shorts to make dinner.
This tee is so good. I mean, it’s as plain as it gets, but it’s soooo soft, and it washes up well and maintains its shape, and it never needs an iron or a steamer. It does run small, though. I have it in the medium.
Oh, and guess what!?! These jean shorts have just been restocked in a couple of sizes. They’re TTS, or size down if in between. They do tend to stretch out some with wear.
I’m losing track of days, but I guess this is the day Becca and I went to Kohl’s because that’s what the picture is named. It sure is helpful that I do that!
It’s just simple jeans and a tank, but I pulled out these Agolde crop straight leg jeans that I haven’t worn in a while.
When I bought those jeans, I thought I’d wear them a lot once the weather warmed up, but I don’t find myself reaching for them very often. I guess I still struggle with the crop straight tend. My long legs are one of my best features, and I feel like these make me look stumpy. I liked them better with the sock booties in the wintertime.
You guys… look how short my hair was back in January before Covid, lol!!!
Okay, back to this outfit… I went with black sandals to bookend the look, and because these are sooo comfortable for doing a lot of walking.
I added some casual jewelry, and then I’m not sure why, because I have no problem with plain outfits, but this one just seemed to need a little something something, so I threw on a leopard belt.
I guess I was on a black and denim kick, because I wore this on Friday for my microblading appointment. (I don’t have a picture of what I wore on Thursday; I had PT and strength training again on the same day.)
Definitely size up at least a half size in these Sam Edelman sandals. I have the 8.5 and they just fit.
And I guess you can see here that I had the microblading done. My eyebrows look really harsh right now, but they will lighten up over the next month or so.
I wore this next outfit to the spa on Saturday to get my nails done. After that, I hung out at home for the afternoon and did some work, and we ended up having friends over on the patio that night. I think I kept this on all day, but I can’t remember for sure.
This tank is $5, you guys. FIVE DOLLARS. And free shipping for Madewell Insiders. It’s really cute on, too. I love the colors.
This was Sunday, and we had a few families over for a going away party. It was another really hot day, so I kept it casual in jean shorts and another Madewell tank. I love these tanks, can you tell?
I started to wear the tank front-tucked, and then I realized this one is short enough to leave out. Plus, the shorts are longer than what I typically wear, so that helps keep a good balance.
And then on Monday, I wore this comfy dress to hang out at home after my early morning PT appointment.
Here’s a view of the back. It’s really flattering for a t-shirt dress. It has some shaping through the waist, and the curved hemline is a nice feature.
We ended up going to a local state park for a picnic with friends for dinner, and I changed into my skort. I know the dress is super casual and would have been appropriate, but I just cannot get comfortable in a dress. I always feel like everything’s hanging out, and I wasn’t about to wear shapewear to sit outside in the summer heat.
The instant I pulled on this skort, I felt so much better. I just like to have something over my belly. It helps me feel like something is holding it in. Plus, it has the built-in shorts for modesty so I didn’t have to futz with an extra piece of clothing.
One of you tipped me off to the CALIA By Carrie Underwood line at Dick’s Sporting Goods, and I ordered this tank. It’s it a great color?
And cute is the back with the criss cross straps? It’s very soft and comfortable too. I just wish it wasn’t quite so long. I did a front-tuck but let it hang out in the back.
And yesterday was pretty much a wash. I just wore an old tank top and the 3″ Gap jean shorts with my Birks. No makeup, 3-day hair… It wasn’t picture worthy, trust me!
So, that’s it! I have a photo shoot with Alison this morning, and then I’m excited to be going out out dinner for my birthday tonight at one of my favorite restaurants.
Even though restaurants are now allowed to have indoor seating, we still opted for the outdoor dining. I feel safer that way. I just hope the weather holds out.
Have a wonderful Wednesday!
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