Nothing pulls an outfit together like some layers. The winter is such a fun time to dress because you can layer on the cardis and scarves and boots w/socks, etc, etc.. I love layers! They’re great for photos and they’re a sure-fire way to look totally put together.
I find that in summer, I have an added challenge of not feeling like a total slob. A t-shirt and jeans just always makes me feel like it’s moving day. I like to add a little funk to my daily casual outfit. Developing your own style in fashion is a process! I am working on mine every day. I have made it a personal goal to add a bit of me to EACH outfit of mine. Not just when I’m getting dolled up to go out – even when I’m headed to the park with the kids. It’s really not about how I look on the outside, it’s more how I feel on the inside and I know I feel better when I like what I have on.
Which brings me back to layers. Layering is such a good way to add your personality to your ensemble, but let’s be honest, it’s HOT during the summer and the last thing you want to add is another layer of clothes. I have been trying to find some summer solutions to this issue. Instead of thinking in terms of layers, I’m thinking more in terms of elements. Giving your look some dimension.
– I am seriously OBSESSED with jersey knit cowls right now. They work all year round and that is something to write home about. They are easy-peasy and just really take a casual look up a notch, with still being an A+ on comfort. I got this one at the what women want expo here in St. George, but you can usually find these at any boutique, all over etsy and at some stores. Summery scarves will do the same and you can find them anywhere right now!
– Jewelry is probably my favorite element to an outfit. There are so many styles and options – this is one of the easiest ways to find your style. I love a gold watch, a statement ring and some classic studs. Jewelry will dress up an outfit before you knew what hit you, but can still look super fun and casual.
-Shoes! Shoes are so important to an outfit. I don’t have a ton of shoes, but the ones I do have can layer in with my wardrobe super easily. When I need to add a splash of color, or a print or something funky to add some spice, shoes are my go-to fix. These leopard print shoes seriously go with any outfit in my closet, they’re so fun and they were $4 at my local Kmart! Kmart has some real gems in the shoe department. It’s a place I rarely remember to check out, but I can always find something in the shoe department. I think it’s a common misconception that heels are the only fun shoes. I LOVE heels, but I just can’t do it all day everyday with kids. I love me a leather sandal or a funky colored/printed flat instead of a flip-flop. There ARE other options, moms! I have vowed to go flip-flop-less all summer. (my sister will be so proud!)
-Sunglasses – What says summer fun more than some shades? Notta. Skip the make-up, sport the sunnies. That’s my summer motto.
What are you favorite summer outfit tricks? I’d love some ideas!