On a whim, my friend, Chandler, and I took off to New Orleans for one last adventure together before he took off for new ones in Portland. We danced our hearts out to some top-notch jazz, walked for what seemed like hours admiring the architecture, ate sinfully delicious beignets (pro tip: avoid powdered sugar while wearing black pants), and climbed in a tree with more years to its name than our country. The city opened its arms to us and allowed us to thrive and feed ourselves with its energy. A quick two days it was, but what memories they gave.
(Kimono: Vintage / Blouse: H&M / Overalls: Think Closet / Clogs: Vintage / Bag: Vintage / Sunglasses: See Eyewear / Watch: Fossil)
There's something in the silhouette of a kimono that just keeps me coming back for more. The fluidity of the shape gives a nonchalant ease that I constantly crave. Not to mention, for layering junkies like myself, this piece allows you to keep up your old habits of wearing multiple pieces at a time, while still keeping it easy, breezy, and cool for summer (all good things!). I paired it with my favorite black overalls, a Victorian high collar blouse, and some orangey-brown clogs for a contrast of color. Speaking of summer dressing, I've recently realized clogs are the perfect substitute for ankle boots for these scorching days upon us. They wrap around your ankle and still look great with cropped pants, but conveniently also allow your feet to stay cool. Praise! This is where style and climate must find a middle ground, and these clogs seem to be just that.
(Jacket: Anthropologie ~ now on sale / T-Shirt: Never Elsewhere / Jeans: Vintage Levi's - Similar: here / Shoes: Free People / Sunglasses: zeroUV / Bag: Vintage - Similar: here, here, or here / Watch: Fossil / Necklaces: Perch Jewelry Studio / Lipstick: Maybelline)
We're going back to basics, back to the tried and true jeans and tee combo. But just because these wardrobe staples have stood the test of time, doesn't mean they can't be given new life. For me, that's where layering, a bold lip, and fun accessories come into play. I found this straw tote in my mom's closet just the other day, and I haven't put it down since. Thanks, Mom! Not only that, but I think to look pulled together while sporting casual pieces, it all comes down to getting the right fit. Right now, I'm really obsessed with Never Elsewhere's graphic tees. The fit is incredible and the fabric is unbelievably soft and lightweight. Yep, so good for summer. As for the jeans, I just recently found myself the perfect pair of vintage Levi's 501s (finally!!). You guys, believe the hype. They really are too good to be true and fit in a way no other jeans can compete. Honestly, I'm completely stumped as to why it took me so long to make such a cornerstone-of-my-wardrobe purchase.