Summer Shirts Styled for Casual Days and Errands
Quote of the day: “You are what you think about all day long.” Dr. Robert Schuller
Of course styles change throughout our lives, but one thing stays the same. The summer time tends to bring out the fun clothing!! There are many new details that I’ve seen recently and I thought it’d be interesting to incorporate summer shirts into a couple of posts.
I know when I was younger, my idea of summer shirts focused more on sleeveless and shorter. But that’s not the only characteristics that can make a shirt work for the hotter months!!
I’d also like to introduce Cindy, who met up with Rob & I this month for lunch. She lives in Denver and I “met” her on Instagram. She said she’d join in on this theme with the 3 of us, and it couldn’t be more perfect since her shirt is a different version than the ones I picked for us! She just started her own blog too, so click over and explore!!
Cindy’s (50+) Outfit: So Cindy chose a plain white men’s undershirt.
These kind of shirts can be perfect since they pair with everything!! And for Cindy, she just “borrowed” this one from her step son!! We’ve talked about “borrowing from the boys” before on this blog, and here’s another great example!!
In fact, Cindy’s flip flops used to be her mothers, so she’s channeling the entire family with this look!!
Jodie’s (50+) Outfit: When I think of summer shirts, I think of white tops!!
Therefore I pulled out my new embroidered top from Chicos, that I purchased when we traveled out to LA to meet up with women of the Fierce 50! You may ask why would you want to go to a chain clothing store when you are traveling? But there are many times that I have found going to different geographic locations provide different selections from your hometown store!!
You can see in the lower photo how the arm holes are a little big. I was thinking I could alter the sleeves, but after I found out about the Mod Loops from our local boutique, I decided to wear my lace loop instead. You can wear them at your hips, but also around your chest. I realize you could also wear a camisole, but if you don’t want the full coverage, then the Mod Loops are a great alternative!
The other variation I made to this top is to gather it together at the bottom and rubber band the extra into a bow of sorts! I could shorten it, but then I also thought it might work as a bathing suit cover up!!
Since I was meeting up with Cindy and then a couple of other bloggers this day, I really wanted to be creative and modern with my outfit. Therefore I pushed myself out of my box, and incorporated some print mixing.
I also accessorized with fringe in my purse and my earrings!! Have you ever thought about shopping in the kid’s section for purses? Me neither, but it could be smart. Check out the deal on this one and it’d be great if you don’t want a super large purse!!
I usually wear sandals when I can in the summer, but I decided to add in my ankle boots. When we styled our ankle boots with dresses last fall, I really grew to love the look! I know many women will point out that it breaks the line of the leg! And I get that. But I also think it’s a very contemporary look!
Besides there are some very fun ankle boots available. Of course, my mom thinks it’s silly to have your toes exposed, but if you wear them in the summer, then it makes sense. Maybe if you just call them a covered sandal, you might like them better? For example this pair is almost like my pair but with a shorter heel! Or you could have all over perforations for some cooling!!
Nancy’s (60+) Outfit: Nancy’s version of summer shirts came in the form of pom poms.
The funniest story was Nancy had texted me a photo from the dressing room, of a top she was considering buying. When I asked where she was, I found out I was just two doors down from where she was shopping! Therefore I hightailed it down to see her, and we ended up getting this shirt along with a couple of others for her!!
I’m sure you’ve seen a lot of off the shoulder shirts this season. And this shirt could definitely be one of those. But most of those off the shoulder shirts can be worn up over the shoulders too!
Do you think pom poms are too young for you? I think they add some whimsy to every age, so check out a couple of other items with pom poms at the bottom of the post!
Since Nancy was wearing white capris pants, we thought we’d accessorize with her white Coruu silicone necklace. The last time she wore it, it was against her skin, and didn’t show up as much.
If you do wear a lot of darker colors, then lighter colored necklaces can be perfect to stand out against the darker colors! Like this necklace is simple yet pretty! Or you could pick out a sparkly one!!
Blush is quite the color of the season!
In fact, if you sign up for my emails, you’ll also get a color combination focused around the color blush! It’s been such a hit with all of the bloggers and retailers, that there’s something for everyone.
Nancy just bought these sneakers in blush recently!! I think the blush shoes are a nice alternative to the nude shoes. And they come in all kinds of styles! You could opt for the slides, the flats, or the sandals!!
It’s a little funny, how the three of us are showing a variation of lengths of pants in this post! I’m wearing shorts, Nancy has on these capris that end right above her knee, and my mom has on culottes that are more of a midi length!
Pants: Casual Corner (similar here)~~Top: Unique Spectrum (similar here)~~Shoes: Rocket Dog (similar here)~~Necklace: Coruu (here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)~~Purse: (similar here)~~Sunglasses: (similar here)
Charlotte’s (70+) Outfit: One of the concepts of summer shirts has to be the material of the shirt too!
This yellow lace shirt that my mom is wearing is the lightest weight cotton, and is perfect for the hotter months! I actually bought this shirt for myself last summer, but it was too big, so I handed it down to my mom!! You can see on the website how it’s made to be an off the shoulder shirt, yet it looks nice on the shoulders also! Just like Nancy’s shirt!
Of course my mom wanted to match her earrings to the color of the shirt!! But since we didn’t add in a necklace, we did opt for longer earrings!!
I really think that the statement earrings are a great choice with some of the more detailed tops. Since you don’t want to take away from the focus of the shirt by wearing a necklace, then you can have your earrings be more prominent!! For example, I’m a huge fan of the tassels, so these or these are super fun!! Okay, so that last pair was pretty darn big, however, these aren’t quite as cumbersome, yet will really stand out!!
For the bottom half of mom’s outfit we had her wear her jean culottes!!
These are the ones she received from Trendz, our local, Littleton boutique! If you compare them to that post, then you’ll be able to see that my mom shortened them by about 3 inches!! I can’t tell you how much difference, alterations can make in your clothing!!
And if you think that you’d never look good in some of the newer silhouettes that are being sold, I’d suggest trying them on!! It’s amazing how some of the items you see on a hangar, can look so different on your body!! Like the cropped flare jeans are a prime example that I’ve heard many women rave about only after they’ve tried them on!! If you don’t love the distressed part of those, then this pair would be better for you!
My mom did pull out her nude sandals for this outfit! Even though they have a heel, they are a wider heel and are comfortable. The only drawback to this pair is the buckle on the side can make it challenging at times.
Have you seen the shoes with the zippers in the back? Those are really so convenient for taking on and off easily!! There are some great examples of how comfortable can look fashionable nowadays like with this pair and this pair!!
Our summer shirts don’t have to be skimpy or too exposed anymore. But with all of the interesting elements or pairings, they can certainly be fun!!
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I found plenty of pom poms on a variety of items. It’s not just your summer shirts that get to have all of the fun!!