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! 💥🧨

Now that we’ve wrapped up 22 Days of Summer Fashion, I’m bringing What I Wore Lately back to Wednesdays. These posts are the answer to the question I get a lot, “But what do you really wear?”

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.

You’ve seen this ruffle neck top before with the winter white linen sailor shorts, but this time I paired it with these crisp white raw hem cuffed denim shorts for a more casual look.

I added a necklace at the last minute, and I also wore these pearl hoop earrings.

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… 

floral top (40% off) // white shorts // metallic sandals // earrings // necklace

FYI, these sailor shorts are fully stocked and 40% off. In fact, this entire outfit is 40% off now. This is what I’m planning to wear out to dinner tonight for my birthday.

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.

linen tee // white shorts // sandals // earrings // necklace // bracelet

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.

Athleta cloudlight stratus tee // Vuori joggers (size up) // Nikes

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.

Boden graphic tee // Paige jeans // toe ring sandals // cuff bracelet

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.

grey Splendid tee (size up) // Gap jean shorts // Birks

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.

black Madewell tank (also at Nordstrom) // Agolde jeans // Cole Haan sandals // leopard belt // Madewell layer necklace // Lucky Brand bracelet & earrings

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.

linen henley // Rag & Bone ankle skinnies // thong sandals (size up half) // Lucky Brand earrings // initial necklace // Lagos bracelets

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.

Madewell stripe tank // Paige jeans // toe ring sandals // Lucky Brand earrings // stretch bracelets // Madewell layer necklace

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.

similar Madewell tank (Old Navy option) // Kut from the Kloth denim shorts (also at Evereve) // TB sandals // Lucky Brand earrings // initial necklace // Lagos bracelets

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.

Daily Ritual dress // Cole Haan sandals // Lagos earrings & bracelets

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.

crossed back tank // Athleta Soho skort // Cole Haan sandals

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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90 thoughts on “What I Wore Lately Vol. 16

  1. Happy Birthday! My birthday is in a few days, and I’ve been told we’re going out, and it will be my first time at a restaurant since the shut-down. Our restaurants have been open for outdoor dining, but they just re-opened for indoor dining (I think 25% capacity) on Friday.

    I have a couple of pieces from the Calia line that I’ve had a few years. Nice quality! Have a great day!

  2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!  I do love seeing what you really wear.  I hope that you have a great day!

  3. HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! MAKEIT the kind of day you deserve!!

    What a treat to eat out! Not doing that here yet in central Texas where our numbers surging to higher levels daily. In fact, we are hunkering down even more.

    Enjoy every minute of your speciaL day!

  4. Happy Birthday & have a wonderful dinner!  Love all the outfits, as usual! Hubby and I have been taking advantage of the outdoor dining offered by a favorite restaurant of ours, but we usually have a late lunch to avoid the dinner hour crowd. Yesterday was our first dine in experience at a small “bistro”. They only have a small amount of tables anyway, so by removing a few, we were “distanced” pretty well. No menu, only a picture of a QR code on the wall by the table. I scanned it and their daily menu popped up on my smart phone!  I thought that was pretty neat!  But they did have a paper menu option if needed!  Enjoy your night out!  

  5. Happy happy birthday 🎊🎈🎁! Virginia went to phase 3 today with indoor dining but like you it’s not for me!

  6. Hope you have a very special birthday!

    I’ve noticed you mention getting in your pool a lot (I’m jealous because our community pool is closed this year!). I don’t know if you use sunless tanner, but mine never lasts if I go in a pool or the ocean. Do you wear sunless tanner? Have you found any that doesn’t get blotchy looking when you swim?

    1. I don’t need sunless tanner anymore but I haven’t noticed the Clarins being too bad about getting blotchy in water. Then again, I don’t swim unless it’s hot, and by then, I have enough of a tan that I don’t need the sunless lotion anymore, lol. So it’s hard to say.

  7. Happy Birthday to our talented fashion blogger. You are truly an inspiration and I hope you enjoy your day and dinner tonite 💝

  8. Happy birthday!!🎂 It’s my dads 82nd birthday today.😊 We have eaten out several times (IN is a bit ahead in timing than PA) but only inside one time when the sun was beating down on the patio. And it actually was in KY, our boarder state, and they were at 33% capacity so tables were very far apart. We were one of two table filled so we felt okay with it. I’m not sure when I’ll feel comfortable eating inside in a crowded restaurant. And I love to eat out! Question- With higher end tee shirts, do you ever have a problem with little holes near your belly button? I think I’ve figured out that it’s the rubbing up against the counter as I do dishes, my makeup, etc. but I can’t justify even $33 on a tee if it’s going to get a hole in it. I was wondering if the quality makes a difference? Thanks and have a great day! 🎂🍷

    1. Bonnie…I have that same problem. I can’t figure it out. I guess I just thought the part of the pants after I bottom them sticks out just enough to rub a hole eventually. I have been so mad ruining good shirts, that I just have been wearing a cami all the time, but in the Summer it gets hot, so then I front tuck if I can.  

  9. Happy Birthday! I hope your day is wonderful. Today is my oldest child’s birthday as well. 😊 I can’t believe he will be 15! 
    Every time you wear those longer Kut denim shorts I always think ‘Wow. They just really look good on her!’ Your pink tank/white shorts combo also looks stunning on you. Great post!

  10. Happy birthday! Today is my 25th Wedding anniversary. We are trying to decide what to do for dinner. Maybe we will copy you and eat outside. Wishing you a great birthday day!

  11. Happy birthday Jo-Lynne🎂💐🎈 I hope you have a fabulous day! 
    It’s amazing how much influence our daughters have on us, especially when it comes to fashion. 

  12. Happy Birthday, Jo-Lynne!! Enjoy dinner out.

    We’ve been out to eat twice, both times to support the restaurant in our neighborhood. We ate inside once and there were only two tables in the whole room and then we ate on the deck. I felt comfortable in both instances. That said, we just canceled our 4 week vacay in Maine. I am so bummed. We were going to spend time with family on a lake and then go hiking in Acadia. But it just didn’t seem like the responsible thing to do considering the spikes in the virus.

    I ordered the Soho skort and I didn’t love it- and that’s my new rule. I have to love anything I buy. I’m a 10/12 and I ordered the large. I think it was too big. It just seemed like there was too much fabric. (although I liked the inner liner) I might have liked it in black better, too. This was a dark gray. Ordered the Cole Haan sandals in black. I’d had them in my cart so now that they’re on sale, I’m going for it. I love flipflops, but I needed something that could be casual or a little dressier and still be comfortable.

    1. Sorry the soho skirt didn’t work out. I do think it may have been too big, but maybe not. I hope the sandals work for you!

      We are still trying to decide if we want to do our Maine vaca. We will have to quarantine at the lake… which isn’t so bad, but we are use to doing day trips and eating out, which I’ll miss. I

  13. Happy Birthday! I live in Florida and have eaten out a few times. The restaurants are most definitely practicing social distancing. The temps have been mid 90s so eating outside is not very appealing. Bad news – cases are up in Florida. Good news – cases are milder, more asymptomatic, the percentage of hospitalizations and deaths are going way down. Enjoy your day and pool. My daughter said they may put in a pool next summer. That would be great since we don’t have a pool or close friends with a pool.

      1. Hi Jo-Lynne! I heard it was because more younger people are getting it now, which is probably a good thing because that will help with “herd immunity “. Love these blogs on what you’ve worn. Happy birthday!!

      2. Good question. My opinion is that the younger people have fewer underlying conditions and stronger immunity systems. I agree with Laura – this will help with “herd immunity”.

  14. Happy 48th! You make 48 look fabulous!
    I’m wanting those Cole Haan sandals, so maybe I’ll treat myself on your birthday 😁
    Enjoy your special day, Jo-Lynne! 

  15. Happy birthday! Enjoy your evening out – what we used to take for granted is now such a special treat! Our restaurants have opened back up to 75% capacity, but we are still just doing take out so far.
    When you have a chance, can you recommend a sports bra for those of us who are well-endowed? I’ve been wearing the Chantelle you recommended a few years ago. I loved it so much I ordered several, but now they’re starting to wear out and it seems to have been discontinued. Boo! I trust your advice and would sure appreciate a recommendation. Thank you! Hope you have a wonderful day!!

    1. I’m not sure what our percentage is but I know they aren’t operating at full capacity. I just don’t like the idea of recirculated air for a couple hours. Science seems to indicate we are safer outside in the open air. Of course, it changes daily, and we learn no info all the time, so who knows! It makes sense, tho.

      I still use the Chantelle one. There are a few around still. See if you can find your size in one of these places:

  16. Have a wonderful birthday!
    In Chicago I’m taking it slow going out…
    It’s been so hot and when pass restaurant’s 
    doesn’t look like much social distancing…
    Restaurants here have been packed!

  17. First off, Happy 48th Birthday JoLynne! 🎂 

    My hair was about your length before COVID. I’ve resisted going in for a cut & highlights. I can’t imagine how enjoyable it would be to sit for a couple hours with a mask on. They are hot!  Some of my friends say they prefer it at this length. To cut or not to cut? 🤔 

    Our restaurants are open but I haven’t gone yet. If I did, or when I do, it will be on a patio. In an open space, you are safer. Enjoy your dinner out! 

    It’s Canada Day! 🇨🇦😀👏  Everything is cancelled here due to COVID. We are on stage three of reopening in British Columbia, as our cases are very low but still being cautious. We’re going to celebrate outside with some close friends. 

  18. I love your try on hauls and what you’ve worn lately. So much good information. Can you explain how you name your pictures? That would be so helpful. 

    1. I try to name them by the products so I can search easily when looking for one later. But the what I wore pictures, I also label with the date and activity so I can remember what I wore them for. 🙂

  19. Happy birthday!!!! 🎂🎈🎉
    Have a fantastic day and year!!!!
    May God continue to bless you today, tomorrow and always!!!

  20. Happy Birthday Jo-Lynne. I hope you have a great day and get to enjoy a lovely evening out. We have had muggy weather here so far and they keep calling for rain but none yet, and sunny days coming, things are getting really dry…. Thanks for a great summer series, I am glad you and Cyndi brought this back…. Happy Canada Day to fellow Canadian followers…

  21. Hi JoLynne, I was wondering if you could tell me which Amazon brands are the most durable quality in your experience. I have not one upscale department store in my hometown and I’m afraid I need to start just getting everything online.
    Thank you and happy birthday!

    1. Hey Karen, Amazon has a lot of the national brands, so you can always search those and see what you find. I like their Daily Ritual Brand okay, and Amazon Essentials and Lark & Ro are sometimes good. There’s one more… it’s not coming to my mind at the moment. I still prefer to shop for clothes online at Nordstrom, LOFT, J.Crew, Madewell, etc.

  22. Happy Birthday 🎂 from a follower in Alberta. We have eating indoors and my husband and I have ate out a few times. The tables were either spaced or blocked off to allow for distancing. We felt safe eating out as all the servers were wearing masks (even though masks are not mandatory) and they sanitized everything (tables, chairs) well afterwards. I think I feel more comfortable eating in as tables and chairs get wiped appropriately. Last week my husband and I went to a popular coffee chain and sat inside to enjoy a beverage. (We were doing the drive thru before). There were two tables outside that had patrons. I did notice that when the patrons left, that none of the staff wiped the tables off even though they were adequately staffed. I’m not sure if the protocol for outdoor seating is different?

    Yesterday our province opened outdoor gatherings from 50 to 200, so we’ll see how things go.

  23. Happy Happy Birthday!  🎂🎉  I hope you have a wonderful day and birthday dinner!  We still are only doing take out, but the restaurants in our county in Washington state are allowed to be open with 50% capacity and table size of 5.  We are still currently only allowed gatherings of 5 outside our household right now.  Hoping to go to Phase 3 sometime soon.

  24. Happy Birthday!  Hope you have an especially Blessed Day! 
    And thanks for all you do for us! ( your trybe) 🥳😊

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