Sept 2, Fall Transition

Happy Labor Day! Hope everyone is having a wonderful day!

For today’s outfit I have chosen shorts and a button down plaid blouse. I think this is a good transition outfit because while it’s still warm outside (hence the shorts), I also want to recognize that summer is over and fall is on it’s way. I choose this plaid button down because to me, it is a perfect fall shirt.

But as always, it comes down to the styling. In the before outfit, I have on my denim cut off shorts and Converse All Stars. It’s a super casual, relaxed outfit. But I think it’s a little too casual, so I swapped out the denim shorts for these cute linen ones with the tie belt. Tucking in the shirt defines my waist- which as a result makes my legs look longer. Rolling the sleeves and unbuttoning one button also help make this outfit a little more stylish.

Shirt- Nordstrom

Shorts- American Eagle

Slides- Target

August 26, Striped Shorts

I’ve worn these cute striped shorts from Athleta a few times already this summer, but always with a white top. So today I decided to pair them with this bright orange top instead! I love blue and orange together- it’s such a great combo.

A few things to note:

  1. In the before picture, you can see my bra straps, which looks terrible. If I was wearing a bralette, that might be cute- but in this example, it’s not a good look.
  2. The denim shorts in the before photo don’t fit well. I used these the other day in a post and compared them to a baby’s romper. There is just something super weird about the way they look! They are not flattering at all!
  3. The black Birkenstocks are comfy, but add very little style.
  4. In the after photo I have on neutral wedge heels. I love the way they make my legs look super long- and don’t distract at all from the outfit.
  5. In case you were wondering, my before shot is from an old post- hence the reason why my legs are so much tanner in the after shot!

And there you have it! Simple, easy changes = a much cuter outfit!

August 2, Shorts

It’s funny, so many people are posting fall looks- but here in Seattle, we are just getting into the swing of things with summer. It is only August after all. So today I am showing an outfit to demonstrate what a difference the right pair of shorts can make.

I know some women over 40 don’t really want to show their legs so they choose Bermuda shorts. I totally get it, the longer length covers more. However, regardless of my lumpy legs (and I swear they are lumpy- I’ve had cottage cheese on the back of my legs since college), I still like the way these shorter shorts look.

I talked about details yesterday, and these cute shorts also have some details that make them stand out. See photo below!

Love the trim along the pockets and hemline.

But they aren’t just cute, they also make my legs look longer and are a little more stylish than the dated Bermuda shorts. I’ve paired them with a cute faux silk flowered top (that is tucked in to give me a waistline). Now I have a cute summer outfit perfect for going to watch tennis, which is what I am doing today. It’s the Washington Open and I am looking forward to seeing some amazing tennis with players from all over the Northwest. And here is the view I will have! Gorgeous!

It doesn’t get much prettier than this! 🙂

July 21, Sunset Sail

My hubby and I are continuing to embrace our kid free weekend by going out on a sunset sail tonight in Puget Sound. Below is what I will be wearing.

It’s going to be hot, so I will wear shorts. I chose these cute madras plaid shorts from Old Navy (old). They are a good length, and the pattern is fun and preppy! And wouldn’t you agree they are much better than the sweatpants shorts on the left? These comfy shorts are great pj’s, but not very stylish.

Sometimes when out on the water it can get chilly, so I will want a sweater. In the photo on the left, I have on one of my favorite Vince sweaters, but for a summer outfit, it isn’t working. I’ll replace it with this cream v neck with the sleeves pushed up. This sweater has a fun texture, and it a lot lighter weight than the heavy knit one on the left.

As for my feet, I love these Mia sandals. The rubber sole is so comfy, and the brown goes with everything! And they are much cuter than my ugly Birks.

Shorts- Old Navy (old)

Sweater- I bought this years ago at a swim suit shop in Palm Desert

Sandals- Mia, bought at TJ Maxx

July 14, Fake Romper

Rompers are all the rage right now, and while I think they are super cute on teenagers, I personally don’t think someone over 40 should wear one. I was out last night at a wine tasting event and saw a woman who was well over 40 wearing a romper that was so short her butt cheeks were literally peeking out. Yes, she had a great butt- but GROSS! No one wants to see that.

But, it’s hot outside and I need an outfit that will keep me cool, so, today is my version of a romper for someone over 40. And actually, it’s not even a romper, it’s shorts and a top. But it sort of looks like a romper, right?!

To keep my outfit from looking like pj’s (as it does on the left) I have made a few slight changes. One, I pulled the shorts down a bit to rest on my hips instead of my natural waist. Then, instead of a plain cotton t shirt, I am wearing a silky halter neck top that is a bit dressier. To complete the look, I chose neutral sandals with a heel- that not only dress up the look, but they also make my legs look a lot longer than they actually are. Now I have an outfit that is appropriate for a summer backyard party where I have to say goodbye to my dear friends who are moving to North Carolina. I will miss you Livi. xoxo

May 11th, Backyard BBQ

We are going a backyard bbq party tonight, and it’s supposed to be 80 degrees, so I want an outfit that is cute and that I won’t sweat too much in! I chose blue and white linen shorts paired with a sleeveless top.

In my before look, I am wearing a yellow cotton tank that I tied in a knot at the waist. This works (although I need to iron my top!), but it is still a little casual for a party. The Birkenstocks also add to the casual vibe. So… to bring it up a notch (who’s the famous chef that always says that?), I swapped out the tank for this blouse. It’s a dressier material, but still is cool enough for a hot summer night. I also replaced the Birks with neutral wedge heels- which totally elevate (no pun intended) the whole look. Happy Saturday!

Shorts- Athleta

Heels- Clarks

Top- Nordstrom Rack

Sept 9th, Soccer Mom

I debated about even showing you my outfit from yesterday- because really- it isn’t that fashionable!  I just thought it was sort of cute…and definitely better than the outfit on the right.

But then I remembered that pre- Everyday Mom Style–  knowing what to wear to children’s sporting events used to be a struggle for me. Do I go with yoga pants and a sweatshirt? Jeans and a cardigan? What do people wear to these things?!

I figured if there are other moms out there wondering what to wear to their kids games- than maybe I should go ahead and post my outfit.

Luckily, yesterday it was over 80 degrees, so I didn’t need multiple layers (like I usually do), so I opted for a simple shorts and tank combo.

To make the outfit bright and interesting, I went with these cute madras plaid shorts and a pink tank. To keep my look polished, I added a long necklace and cute leather sandals.

It was cute, comfy and weather appropriate. Too bad my daughter’s team lost… oh well, there’s always next week! Go Flyers!

Shorts and tank from Old Navy, Shoes from Target