Summer Wardrobe Staples
I don't talk about clothing a lot on my blog. I tried getting into the whole "outfit of the day" thing, but I just found it too hard because on my days off work, the last thing I want to do is get dressed. Blogging is so much easier when done makeup free and in your pyjamas! Beauty is definitely of more interest to me than clothing, but as I've felt progressively happier and more comfortable with my style over the last few months, it's something I really want to work on featuring more on this space. Personal style is something I find really interesting and I love getting to know that side of my favourite bloggers too. I feel like mine is very '90s (because it was the best decade ever, obviously), a little grungy, but also girly and sometimes minimal. I just take what I like from certain trends and styles and create my own, I guess. I thought I'd share with you today what I've been wearing this summer when I've been back home in Perth and on the off chance the weather decides to behave itself in Melbourne. These aren't the only clothes I've been wearing, of course (let's face it, most of the time it's leggings and a denim jacket because I live in cold Melbourne now!), but they're are my favourite pieces I've been reaching for in the warm weather.
I love myself a cute little crop top and I think because I have short legs, it breaks up the outfit and looks more flattering on me to show a bit of skin. In the summer, I reach for my Agent Ninetynine Muscle Crops from General Pants Co. and when I bought the black one, it was one of those moments where I had to go back for the white. I love buying basics in black, white and grey. Of course, you can never go wrong with a stripe either, and when I saw this Quirky Circus by Mink Pink Stripe Muscle Crop at the corner of my eye in Myer while shopping on my lunch break (as you do), I just had to pick it up. I find the cut of these muscle tops really flattering on the shoulders and the high neckline gives it that '90s vibe, which I always try to emulate in my outfits.
I don’t tend to wear denim shorts as often as I used to a couple of years ago, but when I saw these Riders by Lee Denim Shorts, I just couldn’t resist. Luckily I had my friends at work to enable me too. Ah, the joys of retail! I’m not going to lie, I was also heavily influenced by the colour as they reminded me of Bikini So Teeny by Essie. I will always be a beauty blogger at heart. My most recent purchase are these Topshop Petite Crochet Shorts, which have been such a brilliant addition to my summer wardrobe. After seeing something similar in a Bardot store, I couldn’t get them out of my mind, so when I saw these in Topshop, I instantly picked them up without hesitation. I’ve been wearing these non-stop as they’re so comfy and stretchy, which was particularly useful during the Christmas period!
I love going for flow-y and stretchy shorts these days for ultimate comfort and relaxation. These Adidas Floralina Runner Shorts from Urban Outfitters are way too cute to work out in, but they make excellent loungewear. A little too expensive for wearing around the house? Perhaps, and while I haven’t worn these out, I think you can definitely dress them up a little for a casual day look as the print is just so gorgeous. These next two pairs of shorts were also purchased from Urban Outfitters, though it was a good few months ago as I bought them for my holiday in Hong Kong and China last year. They’ve come back out again for the warmer months here and I just adore these prints. I don’t give into trends too easily these days as I find it’s just not worth it when I’m over them in a few months time, but I made an exception for these tropical print Staring At Stars Soft Runner Shorts, which I honestly don’t see myself getting sick of. They are a little on the short side, but I can make them work and on casual hot summer days, I feel like I can get away with it! The last pair are the Ecote Pompom-Trim Breezy Shorts, which are super cute. I pair them with a white top and either my Havaianas thongs or chunky sandals for shoes, and then I’m good to go. Too easy.
When I received a 30% off American Apparel coupon code in my inbox for my birthday last year, I couldn’t help but make a significant order online. I love their clothing, but they're extremely pricey. I’ve learnt to always wait for their coupon codes and never pay full price! One of my favourite items I purchased was the The Grid Print Lulu Mini Skirt, which is just so utterly cute! I feel very Clueless-esque when I wear this and that is just my life goal, really. Mini skirts are definitely the most flattering on me since I have short legs. Anything longer, and my legs can look quite chunky. A mini skirt that has become an absolute staple piece in my wardrobe is the Topshop Waffle Texture Pelmet Skirt. Day or night, this skirt goes with literally every top I own and makes deciding what to wear ten times easier. I’ve been wearing it so much recently, I have to remember I own other clothes too. It’s the most flattering length, fits my waist perfectly and long before Topshop even opened in Australia, it’s been my favourite clothing store for the longest time. I’ve owned some of their pieces for years and I still wear them to this day.
Last, but not least, shoes. To me, the chunkier, the better. I bought the Windsor Smith Lily Sandals in Black Leather and again, I loved them so much, I had to get them in the White Leather too. There’s definitely nothing wrong with getting something you really love in a couple of colours, especially if you’re going to get such good wear out of them like I most certainly have. I’ve had both these pairs since the summer of 2013 and it’s no surprise that they’re still around as they’re such versatile shoes, which look great paired with skirts, shorts, dresses and even jeans. They add a little bit of height, which I could definitely use some of, and more importantly, they’re really comfortable.
What’s your go-to style in the summer?