With temperatures rising, days extended, and vacations on the horizon it’s hard for anyone to really stay focused at work. Along with that, most people are grumpy being stuck indoors when it’s always so beautiful outside. But to keep your spirits up, I have found the perfect solution to your summertime work wardrobe problems you might be having, white 70s flare denim. Not only will this apply towards a corporate casual environment, these are the perfect transition piece for a Friday night happy hour after a long day in the office.
I grabbed this pair from Mango during their half season sale. They are structured and high waisted which were 2 of my must haves, not to mention the perfect wide leg flare leg. I threw on my thrifted Ann Taylor cropped sweater tank for a professional summer time look. Of course I can’t leave the house without my Messenger Box Bag from JCOS Studios which keeps with the professional vibe. I’m going to be draping myself in white all summer long considering this past weekend humidity and temperatures have been in the 80s.
I’m always on the hunt for cute clothes I can wear to work, but then again who isn’t? Sometimes it can be a struggle juggling the concept of “corporate casual” without crossing over the line. Case in point, we have been experiencing some blistering heat here in Orange County but fashion never takes a break for me so I need to find a way to not only look cute and work appropriate but keep cool considering our air conditioner doesn’t always work in the office. I have been on the hunt for a pair of pleated trouser shorts and FINALLY came across a pair at H&M. I wanted something simple that I can pair with just about anything as well as ensure they are long enough and loose enough to feel work appropriate. I like to bend the rules so who says shorts can’t be allowed in the workplace? I have a feeling these ones are what you’d consider, “the exception”.
I paired my new shorts with my new favorite striped boatneck top from Urban Outfitters. There’s something very flattering about a this cut which is why I’ve been wearing this top multiple times during the week (but don’t let everyone know that). It’s the perfect cropped length as well where you don’t have any belly area peaking out for those days when your just not feeling a true crop. Once I threw on the Lack of Color Spencer hat I knew I was ready for a vacation to Paris, now who will take me?
Shop my entire look above along with some of my other favorites!
I love to support the business efforts of not only fellow bloggers but all of my close friends. I think entrepreneurship is an extremely brave move and I applaud anyone who gives it a go! I have been slowly accumulating more minimalistic jewelry to wear on the regular. If you are like me, you are kind of lazy when it comes to accessorizing, I really have to be in a mood or I have to at least remember to grab something to wear on the way out. Most of the time if it’s not laid out in front of me I won’t remember. This is why I choose to constantly wear minimalist necklaces,bracelets, and rings that I rarely take off. They always look good with whatever I’m wearing plus I don’t have to put much thought into it.
I was immediately drawn to this clear glass framed gold chain bracelet from MINTGEM, an upcoming jewelry line by fellow blogger extraordinare Lauren Denney. Each piece is handmade and beautiful with the perfect minimalistic touch, so dainty that it can go with just about anything.
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Back on the minimalist train (as if I ever left) with this perfect white cropped structured blouse with a waist tie. Theres just something about white shirts that I can’t stay away from but at least each one I own is unique in their own way. I was immediately drawn to this blouse because of it’s giant front pockets and the unique addition of a waist tie. I also picked up a pair of TRUE high waisted cropped trousers from Pinup Girl Clothing. After 5 hours of waiting and shopping at the massive Yard Sale they held in Pasadena I snagged what seems like the only pair of pants they had, and in my size, no doubt this was a miracle. I’ve already worn them three times since they are the perfect work pant that not to mention allows me to wear my massive crop top selection at work! I am also still obsessed with my messenger box bag from JCOS Studios, it’s the perfect size and the hardware on it is in incredible. I receive so many compliments on it which makes me feel good since I’m just recently becoming a real bag lady.
I also picked up these Erosian flats from Steve Madden that were on sale. I was on a hunt for cute pointed toe black flats so these came as a pleasant surprise to me and I couldn’t pass them up. The leather is buttery soft which means less blisters and breaking in. Not to mention the top detailing makes these flats look a little like loafers without the bulk. I would highly recommend picking up a pair as I’m somewhat regretting not also purchasing the snakeskin colorway.
Anabelle Knit – PYLO | Wax Denim Reversible Jeans – Triple Thread OC | Black Chelsea Boots – Zara | Black Boater Hat – Yellow108 |
Quick post from LA a few weekends ago with this new knit bell sleeve blouse. I paired these together with a pair of fun wax denim jeans and a black boater hat. Not to mention I couldn’t leave home without my favorite chelsea boots from Zara. This is the perfect movie date night outfit that has enough dressy and casual mix. Speaking of movies, I can’t wait to see Jurassic World am I right?
Summer is in the air and I couldn’t have spent it in a better place than LA. Feeling very 90s in this PurrrMelrose halter mini dress in a fun blue plaid print. I grabbed this piece from the Melrose Trading post in what almost seems like a month ago but am just now able to wear it. For some strange reason every time I go out and purchase summer items it gets obnoxiously cold the next day. Guess it’s just my luck since I’m one of those people who love wearing new purchases the next day. I’ve been inspired by this recent 100 years of fashion video from Refinery29 that outlines the trends throughout each decade beginning in 1910. It’s fun to see how we are influenced by 70s and 90s style currently, however I have a feeling the 2000s will never come back to play (and with good reason), if you watch the video I think you’ll cringe like I did.
Choker necklaces and mini dresses with platforms are becoming some of my favorite summer must have items. These wood clog platforms are perfect to pair with cropped denim and a flowy blouse or a pair of overalls. I can’t wait to style them with more things! Not to mention it took me over 2 months to find these exact kind of shoes that were within my price range (Forever21 had a similar pair that sold out). The choker necklace I’m wearing I actually “made”, AKA I went to Michaels and bought black and brown deerskin leather, cut it, and tied it around my neck. One of the best decisions I have made in awhile.
Nothing I love more than a trend that lasts longer than a year, I’ve had these white culottes from Zara for a little over a year and they still don’t disappoint. I also scored some major items at the thrift store on a recent trip, three items for $12 is what I call a real steal. This Ann Taylor cashmere sweater tank for only $3 is the true MVP of the night. I am really excited to get back into the thrifting game, I forgot how exciting it is to score some good items. Wide leg bottoms are a new thing for me now so bear with me while I excitedly move through this phase. The best part about culottes are the ability to throw on a cute fitted top and walk out the door for your next meeting, lunch, night out or just errands for the day. Pairing with heels or flats as well. I opted for my new favorite suede slides by Dolce Vita. They are the perfect little sandal to throw on with any outfit, plus they make my feet look slim. If you haven’t noticed already I’m also obsessed with this wide brim hat from Lack of Color which gives me everything, who would have known that a straw hat could work with so many different looks? Shop it above from Need Supply for only $59!
Oversized Short Sleeve Button Up – Urban Outfitters (Similar) | Raw Hem Cropped Wide Leg Denim – Gap (Similar) | White Lace Up Sneakers – TopShop | Messenger Box Bag (Black) – JCOS Studios
Perfect way to revitalize a pair of my many thrifted mom jeans in my closet? Cut them, add a little fray and boom, you have a new pair of wide leg cropped denim. When I’m in the mood to add some new trends into my closet (without committing to an expensive alternative) I either a) alter something already owned in my closet -or- b) try and find something close to it at the thrift store. Both have usually turned out in my favor but the recent trend of slightly cropped loose fitting denim really had me going. I had a pair of gap thrifted denim in my closet that just hadn’t been pulled out recently mainly because the fit was a little too baggy for my liking right now plus having to cuff them made the pants feel a lot heavier (unless wearing heels). I figured if I wanted to try out the cropped trend plus rework a pair of jeans I wasn’t loving anymore why not give it a go? I highly recommend shopping at your local Goodwill to find a pair of “mom” jeans. Also be sure to not only check the Women’s sections but a lot of times the mens area has the perfect straight cut loose fitting styles you’ll love. Again, if the length isn’t doing it for you either cuff the hem or just chop them right off. I swear you’ll love the results, especially if the jeans fit you perfectly. Don’t always judge by your typical pant size number either, a lot of times I can grab a size thats 1 or 2 larger than normal and get the same if not better results. I repeat, try it on, try it on, try it on!!
So back to my look, I paired my new wide leg cropped denim with an oversized button up from Urban Outfitters and some classic white sneakers. Also can’t forget my new bag which is my pride and joy from JCOS Studios. I love the classic design and pristine craftsmanship and yes, it does look shockingly similar to the Celine bag we all adore…but I must say for a fraction of the cost you really get the best of both worlds.