Wow, what a difference a week makes. Last week, we were having unseasonably mild temperatures and low humidity. It was gorgeous. This week, I feel like I’m walking into a sauna every time I venture outside.
You will definitely see that progression as I share my outfits from the past couple of weeks. That’s right, What I Wore Lately is on Tuesday this week!
I had a post scheduled today with Nordstrom, but I didn’t get a chance to take pictures until yesterday, so I’m giving myself another day to get that post together.
Since we’re getting out and about more, I have A LOT of outfits to share. That means this post is a bit lengthy, so let’s get started. Oh, but before we do, I’d love for you to fill out a little #NSale Shopper Survey that I created. It will help me as I plan content around the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.
And if you missed it, I posted my Guide to Shopping the #NSale a couple of weeks ago. It contains all of this year’s dates, my best tips for preparing for the sale, and everything else you need to know.
Okay, let’s get this party started!
SIZING NOTES: I’m 5’5″ and around 137 pounds, with an 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.
What I Wore Lately
This first look harkens back to Wednesday, June 16th. I always have to look back at my calendar to remember what was going on when I space these posts out two weeks apart. Evidently I had a photo shoot with Alison that morning, which explains the hair and makeup. I must have thrown this on afterwards, it’s one of my go-to outfits this year.
Both the tee and the jeans are as soft and comfy as a tee and jeans can get, and I like the twist detail on the neck of the tee as well as the short, cuffed sleeves. I just realized that they’re really a dolman style, the way they’re cut in one piece with the body of the top. I always love a dolman sleeve, for some reason. It seems to de-emphasize my large chest.
Of course, you already know how much love I have for these jeans — to think, I almost didn’t keep them! They were a ridiculous splurge, but on a cost per wear basis, I’m definitely going to get my money’s worth. I just love the ultra-casual vibe, and they’re the perfect length and fit for crop flares.
My jewelry is a bit much for this outfit, but I think I just threw on my favorite pieces for the heck of it. I’m not one to save my nicest stuff for a special occasion. I figure, it’s meant to be worn and enjoyed.
Okay, moving on! I had an appt with my chiropractor the next day, and otherwise I just worked from home. I wore another soft tee and my 2nd favorite pair of jeans.
These are also really soft and comfortable, but the rise is a bit lower and the denim a bit thicker. I like the Mother denim better for summer, but it wasn’t hot outside that day, as I recall.
The next morning, I had a viewing to attend. I tried to wear this White House Black Market top again — you may recall that I tried it on to wear to church a few weeks ago, and I felt like it was too low-cut. Once again, it didn’t seem quite right for this conservative, somber occasion.
So then I went back to my trusty dolman top from Banana Republic. The looser fit and slightly higher neckline just seemed more appropriate, even though the differences might be minor.
I also tried walking in those pumps, and while they’re fairly comfortable, I was worried I’d wipe out on the pavement. After a year of joggers and sneakers, I’m out of practice walking in heels. If I want to wear pumps again, I’ll need to start practicing around the house.
Anywho. I switched into these strappy sandals, and I was much more comfortable.
olive dolman top // black ankle skinny pants // Bella Vita sandals (size down half; also at Nordstrom) // Kendra Scott hoops (20% off) // Yurman bracelet // double strand coin necklace // Kate Spade shoulder bag (similar)
I had a manicure appointment after that, so I changed into this casual look. Evidently, I was really feeling the olive and black that day! I also wore this out to a casual dinner with Paul and Becca that night.
I’ve had these cargo joggers for going on four years now — actually, this is my second pair; I replaced them when I lost weight back in the early part of last year. They’re a great casual alternative to blue jeans, but I recommend sizing down; they run a little big in the waist.
tie dye muscle tee // Paige Mayslie cargo joggers (size down; also at Saks, Bloomies & Shopbop) // Dolce Vita slides c/o (size up half; also at Nordstrom) // Kendra Scott hoops (20% off) // double strand coin necklace // Lagos bracelets
That brings us to Saturday, and I was back in my Mother Insiders. I’d wear them every other day if I didn’t feel the pressure to change up my looks for this post.
I also love this casual raw edge tank with the subtle tie dye print. It has the perfect ultra-casual vibe for pairing with the distressed, chew hem jeans. I have my usual size small, but it just fits. You may want to size up if in between.
We had plans to go out that night. Paul wanted to meet up with a few friends at a bar, and then we went out to dinner afterwards. He told me they were both really causal places, but I didn’t realize how casual until we got there. I would have dressed down even more.
This was my first attempt at a casual date-night look. It’s hard to see here, but this blouse does have some light blue in the print. I thought wearing it with faded jeans would do the trick, but there’s something about this combo that I just didn’t like.
So then I switched into my AG Farrahs. I haven’t worn these in a while, and I almost forgot how much I love my skinnies. This darker wash still has enough distressing to read casual, but I feel like they’re more flattering on me than the lighter wash — which seems to draw the eye to my hips. I also prefer the lower contrast between the colors in the top and the jeans.
At the last minute, I decided to switch the low-heel slides for block heel ankle strap sandals. I love these, and I haven’t worn them at all these season. Slides really have taken the limelight this year, but I love a good ankle strap sandal, although a lower heel would probably have been better suited to our venues that night. Oh, well. It never hurts to be a little over-dressed.
I wore this casual dress to church that next Sunday. It is my go-to for when I want something comfortable but elevated. I love how easily it can be dressed up or down. I wore it to Caroline’s graduation with metallic wedge sandals, but I kept it more casual for the laidback dress code at our church with my beige Miller sandals.
This dress an #NSale purchase from last year, so unfortunately it’s sold out, but Eileen Fisher usually has a really good knit dress in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, and I’m hoping she’ll bring another one this year. Who remembers this one from 2019? I’m definitely crossing my fingers for something good in this year’s lineup!
Okay, let’s come back to 2021. This skirt and top are both from Evereve. I guess I wore this last Monday, but I didn’t have it on for very long because I had a friend and her kids over to swim. Oh, wait, it’s coming back to me. I wore this after our swim date, to an appointment with one of my daughters.
The muscle tank is on sale, and I love it. This style is very much on trend right now, and it’s very soft and comfortable. Michael Stars is a higher price point than a lot of my casual tees and tanks, but the quality is there. If it’s in your budget, I highly recommend this brand.
I worked from home all day last Tuesday; it was pouring down rain, so I was happy I had nowhere to go. I threw on this casual shorts outfit with my Birks.
And then I guess I got chilly and changed into this. I honestly have no recollection as to why I changed out the t-shirt and everything — and the glasses, too. I guess my contacts were bugging me.
Last Wednesday, I hosted another friend and her kids at our pool, but it was a mild weather day so she and I just sat on the deck and gabbed. I wore this tie dye muscle tee and denim Bermuda shorts. By the way, the tee is back in stock in several sizes and 30% off with code HBDUSA.
I don’t usually pair dark denim with navy; I generally prefer more of a contrast, but sometimes the tone on tone look works. I guess the white stripes break it up enough.
I had a pedicure appt last Thursday, so I wore this comfy sweatshirt tee and shorts set. I’ve got a full review in my last Try-On Haul.
After that, I took my daughter to the mall, so I changed into this casual look. Yes, another sweatshirt tee. I’m loving these right now! They play into that ultra-casual summery vibe that I love. This one is a little heavy for the weather we’re having right now, but it wasn’t as warm last week.
Goodness, this post is becoming more of a novel than a short story! This look is from last Friday. My best friend took me to lunch for my birthday, and I decided to forego my usual girls’ lunch out uniform of white jeans and dressy top for a summery little black dress.
This stretchy ruched dress borrows from the muscle tee trend for an updated LBD that you can dress up or down. The ruched skirt is flattering, and you can adjust the length if you want it a little shorter or longer.
I have the small, but I sort of wish I’d asked for the medium so it would fit me a little more like the model on the website. (She’s in the small, which should have tipped me off!) Anyway, the medium might be too long under the arms, and this one is okay, so I went with it.
I tried to dress it down with rattan earrings, flat sandals, and this fun straw colorblock tote, but I think I’d prefer a darker color earring. I took this picture when I got back home, so you can get a better look at them. I feel like these look pretty stark against the black dress, and the set has white and brown options, so in the future, I’ll try to remember to try the brown with a black top or dress.
Paul and I had dinner reservations for dinner that night, so I swapped out the tote for a metallic clutch and the flats for heels. I also switched into silver tone jewelry, which is dressier than the rattan, but somehow, I totally forgot to put on a bracelet.
I didn’t realize it until we were driving out of our neighborhood. Paul almost turned the car around so I could get one, bless his heart. Even though we had time, I told him it was silly to go back, so we just went on our way. I didn’t really miss it, but it does seem noticeable in this picture.
Peyton Jensen ruched dress c/o // Steve Madden block heel slides // metallic ruched clutch // Kendra Scott filigree drop earrings & layered necklace (both 20% off) // Victoria Emerson cuff c/o // Gucci sunnies
Here’s a picture from dinner. This quaint little French restaurant is our absolute favorite, but it’s pricey so we only go once a year. Last year, we went for our anniversary, and this year he took me for my birthday.
Alrighty! That brings us to Saturday, and we had friends over for a cookout. It was a weird weather day — cloudy with rain off and on, and that’s when the heat and humidity moved in. We were able to sit outside, but it was quite muggy.
This skirt is the camo version of the stripe one above, and I like it even better. I feel like the darker, smaller scale print is more flattering than the horizontal stripes. It’s also softer, for some reason.
I wore this floral LOFT tank again on Sunday for church, but this time I paired it with cigarette jeans in a super dark inky blue wash that matches the background of the top. This is my favorite pairing for this top. I just wish these jeans had a higher rise. It amazes me that I used to feel like 9″ was high!
The neutral slides match my skin color almost exactly, which is intentional. I love the barely-there look, and how that showcases the jeans and top, but they’re still pretty with the braided straps.
Pardon the crazy sun stripes on my legs, but I wanted to capture this because I threw these shorts on after church to remember how they fit, and I was surprised by how comfortable they are. The material isn’t your typical twill; it’s more of a satiny, stretchy fabric.
I decided to keep them on for the afternoon, and I added this casual black tank. It’s old and no longer linkable, but I love the fit and feel, so I’ve held onto it.
And finally! This last look is from yesterday. It was really too hot for this top, but I wore it home from my photo shoot, so I just kept it on.
These shorts were tight when I pulled them on, but they loosened up a lot throughout the day. They’re my true size 28, so I’m not saying to size down. But if you try them and they feel tight, they will loosen up. By the way, they’re on sale for $28 + 20% off at checkout.
Chaser sweatshirt tee c/o // Old Navy Bermuda shorts (on sale for $28 + 20% off at checkout) // Freedom Moses slides c/o // Kendra Scott hoops (20% off) // layered necklace c/o (on sale) // Lagos bracelets
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