Saturday, March 19, 2011

summer wardrobe staples

I thought it might be fun to do a little list of clothing items that are really great to mix & match in the summertime. Most of these things I already own, but some are on my "to-buy" list. Either way, all great versatile pieces for summer!

1) Jean shorts

I made my own pair of jean shorts with a pair of old, flared jeans that were no longer my style. I just cut em across, folded them up like the ones in the pic and then stitched a line up along the seams. Easy & cheap. Mine don't have the distressed details on them. I think they look a little dressier without the rips.

Pair them with: a white tee, patterned flowy chiffon top, black tank and vest.

2) Gauzy white shirt

My "Romeo" shirt from H&M. I love wearing light long-sleeved shirts like this one on a hot, sticky day.

Pair with: a cardigan when it gets cold, olive shorts, skinny capris & a brown belt

3) Brown belt

Again from H&M. This belt was definitely worth the 17$ I paid. I wore it almost everyday in the summer. It makes any outfit look pulled together but in a casual way.

Pair with: a flowy sundress, a light slub knit tunic, the white shirt above

4) Low wedges

Payless. I am searching for a cute pair of low wedges like these in a bright fun color like yellow, orange or teal. I think they would bring a pop of playfulness to a neutral outfit. The airy-ness of the shoe and peep toe is perfect for warm days.

Pair with: a flowy skirt, dressy shorts, skinny jeans

5) A slouchy, "hobo" style bag

Hobo bags like these from BlueLondon & Urban Outfitters are great for those long days when you'll be out all day and you need a place to stash your water bottle, sunglasses, snacks and sunscreen. I never leave the house without either my brown slouchy one (similar to the blue one in the photo) or my beige fabric hobo with rings. Anyone who knows me is aware that I carry a lot of stuff with me, "just in case"! That somehow includes various meds, kleenex & band-aids... hey, surprises happen.

Pair with: any outfit!

Thanks for reading. Hope you enjoyed my different feature.

xo Janelle


  1. love those wedges you found on payless Janelle! I'd love a pair in a turqoise color :)

  2. Thanks Sammi! Turquoise would be so pretty.


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