Sept 3, Wearing White? Gasp!

I know what you’e thinking, ‘she’s wearing white after Labor Day! Gasp!’ but honestly, I think that’s a silly old rule that I refuse to follow. So there! Take that Fashion Gods~ I’m a rebel! Hah!

In my before look I have paired an orange Lululemon top with white jeans. While I love this Lulu top for working out, I don’t like it as an outfit. Mostly because it’s so clingy and shows everything. I also just think there is something sort of weird about wearing a workout top as a real life top…maybe that’s just me?

I also don’t love the full length jeans. I think they look dated and frumpy. The Birkenstocks aren’t helping!

So… instead I will wear this rayon orange top instead. The fit is much better (no clinging) and the pattern is different and fun. I also prefer these distressed jeans. The cropped hemline makes them more current and the cute neutral shoe also elevates the look.

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 13, Navy and White

Sorry I haven’t posted for a few days. I went on vacation with my son over the weekend, and decided to take some time off from blogging. I did post a couple of times over on Instagram, so if you’re not following me- than hop on over to Insta and check me out @Everydaymomstyle_ . Boy that sounds weird to say! LOL!

Truthfully, this whole posting my outfit every day is weird. I’ll be the first to admit it. And often I’m embarrassed that I even do it- but it really does force me to put effort into my look each day. Otherwise I’d probably throw on leggings and a t shirt and call it good. Not that there is anything wrong with that. Comfort is key in my book!

Anyhow… I’m showing what I wore yesterday. A simple pair of white cut off shorts paired with a navy top with a cute embroidery pattern. This is not the most stylish outfit, but I do love navy and white together, and the embroidery detail makes this top interesting. Cute brown sandals finish off the look.

August 6, Maxi Dress

Tonight is National Night Out and my neighborhood is having a street party & BBQ to celebrate. The idea is to gather neighbors together to get to know one another, as well as form a relationship with local police. The more you know your neighbors, the safer your community is!

I’m going to wear this cute maxi dress that I bought back in June at Nordstrom Rack. There is something retro about this dress that I love. The embroidery reminds me of something my mom would have worn in the 70’s. I love the vertical stripes because they make my legs look longer, and the cute ruffle detail at the hem adds some interest. Best of all, it has pockets. I LOVE a dress with pockets!

Since there is so much going on with the dress, I’ve kept my accessories very simple with a dainty necklace, a few bracelets and flat sandals. Once the sun goes down, I will throw on my dark denim jacket to keep warm.

Is your neighborhood celebrating National Night Out? If so, have fun! 🙂

August 3, Blue and White Again

Another day, another blue and white outfit. Today I’m showing a very simple, basic look of blue jeans and a white blouse. But in the photo on the left my proportions are off.

The wide leg jeans and the boxy blouse don’t work well together. When you have big on top, you need to go skinny on bottom. So the skinny jeans on the right are an improvement. I also wanted to keep this outfit super simple with neutral shoes. But I don’t love the loafers on the left, they seem old and tired. I think the cute tie up shoes on the right are much better, don’t you?

And check out the details on this blouse- I love the pattern, and the detail on the shoulder are so cool.

Blouse- Madewell

Jeans- Lucky Brand

Shoes- Paul Green

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! 🙂

August 1, Ruffle Detail

Sometimes it’s the littlest details that make an outfit. Something as simple as a interesting hemline, a cool neckline, a different sleeve, or even a ruffle is all you need to make your outfit interesting and unique.

For example, I went to dinner with a dear friend last night and I wanted to wear white jeans and a blue blouse. You know blue and white are one of my favorite color combos. I could have chosen my chambray shirt- which I love by the way (just not the way it’s styled here!), but instead I decided to go with this cute blouse with the ruffle detail.

There is a lot of things I love about this blouse. First off, it’s is a lot lighter weight than the chambray shirt, making it more appropriate for summer. Secondly, it has a cute hemline- where it’s short in front and then dips down in the back to cover my bootie. I also love the subtle stripes which is more fun than a solid print. And finally, as mentioned before, it has this unique ruffle that is built into the dropped shoulder and stretches down the sleeves. All of these small details make this blouse special.

To complete the look, I replaced the full length white jeans with my cropped ones, just that little peek of ankle makes all the difference in the world. I then swapped out the Birkenstocks for my cute white slides from Target. These shoes are one of my favorite purchases this summer, and they were only $13! I love them so much I bought them in both black and white!

Blouse – Anthroplogie

Jeans- Gap

Shoes- Target

July 29, Graphic T Shirt

I’ve really been ‘upping my game’ in the graphic t shirt department! (Insert laughing face here) Like many people, I own a ton of them- but never seem to wear them (except to sleep in), so today I decided to rock my Aspen T shirt.

The thing with wearing a graphic t shirt is that it can very easily look like you have put zero effort into your look. The outfit on the left is a good example of that. I just threw on a cotton skirt, a graphic t and black sandals and there isn’t much style to the outfit. Also, the proportions seem off. Both the t shirt and the skirt are too long, which can look frumpy.

To amp up the style, I decided a bright yellow skirt (that hits right above the knee) would be more fun. I then tied the graphic shirt in the front to give it some shape and sass. Finally, I changed my sandals to complete the casual look.

July 27, Coffee Date

I had a coffee date this morning with a friend who I haven’t seen all summer. It was great to catch up with her and a good reminder that I often get so busy that I forget (or don’t take the time) to nurture friendships. Gotta get better about that!

It’s a lot cooler here today, so I wore jeans and a cotton top, but my dark jeans and plain grey t shirt on the left look frumpy. The cropped and lightly distressed jeans on the right are an improvement. The sleeveless, v neck grey t shirt is more stylish than an oversize t shirt from my husband’s closet! The silver bracelets and cute sandals add some interest to the simple look.

Another outfit idea with this top is to pair it with black joggers- see below.

This is a super casual and comfy outfit that I love! If it’s chilly I can throw on a denim jacket!

T shirt- Madewell

Jeans- Joe’s

Joggers- Fabletics

Sandals- Lucky Brand

July 25, White Shorts

Today I am showing a super ‘summery’ outfit of white denim shorts, a bright yellow top and white sandals.

First of all, look really closely at the 2 photos- do you notice a teeny tiny difference in my shorts? After looking at my before photo, I immediately realized my shorts needed a haircut! The stringy hanging strands look messy- so I quickly cut them off.

I also don’t like the way the yellow t shirt clings to my body. No one wants to see my lumps and bumps! I also think the length looks odd- it practically covers my entire shorts.

So, instead I have opted for this patterned silk shirt from Banana Republic (old). I love the neckline of this top, plus the silk fabric is much more flattering. Tucking it in also makes for a more polished look.

This blue cross body bag is perfect for running errands. I bought this in Paris at a little boutique years ago.

Top- Banana Republic

Shorts- Target

Sandals- Target