Summer monochrome

Light monochrome casual summer outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Everlane cotton-linen crew sweater in sand summer outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Casual summer outfit with cotton-linen sweater and white shorts — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Everlane cotton twill shorts in bone summer outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Light monochrome summer outfit with cognac sandals and bag — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

I love a good monochrome outfit combination, especially a variation with light colors for summer! I’ve been wearing a whole lot of Everlane lately; it’s starting to feel like they’re taking over my closet. Oops! I seem to always be falling in love with something new. I bought this cotton-linen sweater in the spring, and last month, I picked up these cotton twill shorts and knew they would pair perfectly with the sweater. I love wearing sweaters and shorts together—it’s the perfect outfit for a chilly summer day!

When putting together this post, I realized that I wore this exact sweater + necklace + bag combination in this outfit back in May. That outfit featured denim shorts and a different pair of cognac sandals, so it really isn’t that different from this one. Ha! That said, the vibe of this outfit feels totally different to me, which is weird. I think the white shorts make this look feel less casual than the look with denim shorts.

Do you have any plans for the (long) weekend? I have Thursday off of work but not Friday, and I’ll probably end up going in so I can save my PTO. It will probably be super quiet in the office on Friday so that won’t be too bad. :) My plans for the holiday are still TBD…should probably figure that out soon!


OUTFIT DETAILS

Everlane sweater / exact (limited sizes) or similar (review here)
Everlane shorts / exact
Madewell sandals / old; similar from Macy’s
Kate Spade necklace / exact
Coach bag / vintage; similar by Fossil
Le Specs sunglasses / exact style
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact

4th of July outfits to recreate with pieces you already own

And just like that, it’s July and we’re halfway through the year! (Happy Canada Day to all of you in the Great White North!) It seems like every year, Independence Day sneaks up on me. I’m aware that it’s coming…and then it’s the end of June and I’m shocked to look at the calendar and see that the 4th is only a week away. Is it just me? Haha.

I’m a big fan of not shopping specifically for a single holiday or event (unless you have big plans that may require something different than what you already own), and retailers love to release a plethora of patriotic garments to wear for the 4th that may only get worn once or twice before being donated. And yes, I’m thinking about all of the matching Old Navy flag tees that my family insisted we wear every summer for family photos—LOL.

It’s so easy to pull from pieces in your own closet for the 4th that I contemplated whether or not to even put together this post…but I figured it would at least remind me of some of my favorite past outfits and inspire me for this year! I rounded up my most Independence Day-ready outfits below. There’s a mix between outfits that are perfect for more “formal” events and outfits that are casual for BBQ/evening festivities. As always, if you click on each photo it will take you to the original post.

Here are some of the items in my closet that I would wear to 4th of July affairs and that you probably have in your closet, too:

  • Striped tee (red stripes, navy stripes, or a mix of navy and red!)

  • White tank top (lace adds texture)

  • Chambray (a classic, but only if it’s not too warm outside)

  • Denim shorts (but of course!)

  • Skinny or boyfriend jeans (for when it cools off in the evening)

  • Casual dress (bonus points if it’s striped)

  • Sandals (obviously…but maybe wear closed-toe shoes if you’re the one lighting fireworks)

  • Lightweight sweater (another one for when it cools off in the evening)

Do you have any fun plans for the weekend? Mine are TBD! I’m sure it’ll involve watching fireworks at some point…and hopefully eating yummy food, too. :)

Light as air

Denim skirt summer outfit with airy blouse and grey sandals — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Everlane air ruched blouse in white multi stripe — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Everlane air ruched blouse casual summer outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Everlane air ruched blouse summer outfit with denim skirt — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Summer outfit with Everlane air ruched blouse and denim skirt — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Denim mini skirt summer outfit with grey sandals — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

I check Everlane’s “Coming Soon” page regularly, and when I saw the latest additions to their “air” collection of tops launching this month, I immediately added myself to the wait list. I ended up selecting the air ruched blouse in white multi stripe as part of my partnership with Everlane (still pinching myself!). I was drawn to the oversized yet feminine shape, and the light stripes were the perfect complement, especially for summer.

This billowy blouse was made to tuck into all of the high-rise garments. I paired it first with this old denim skirt, and I also have plans to wear it with the straight leg crops from the previous post. Plus jeans, shorts…the list goes on! I’m not sure if I’ll end up wearing it untucked ever…it feels slightly overpowering when not fully tucked in, probably because I’m short. It’s a little bit of work to get the tuck just right, but it’s worth the effort.

I originally ordered this blouse in my usual size 0, but it felt larger than I had anticipated and the neckline was nearly falling off of my broad shoulders, so I exchanged it for a 00. The fit is (obviously) still billowy and oversized but not in an overwhelming way. It really does feel light as air. It’s so easy to wear and excellent for the warmer months! I didn’t find it to be see-through with a nude-to-me bra (here I wasn’t wearing any other layers underneath). The blouse also comes in a couple of other colors, and I also liked the look of the air collarless blouse, which is also available in white multi stripe and other colorways (see widget below). More colors in the air ruched blouse are coming later this month!


OUTFIT DETAILS

Everlane blouse c/o / exact
Grana skirt / old; similar by J.Crew Factory
Earth sandals c/o / similar from Nordstrom (last seen here)
Shaya necklace / exact or similar by Forever 21
Le Specs sunglasses / exact style
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact