I love summer (like, a lot), and even more so since I moved to Michigan and experienced the pure bliss that is a Michigan summer. But..dressing for summer?
Yeah, not so much.
There’s nothing like trying to get dressed on a hot summer day to to stir up all those body insecurities I spent the last nine months convincing myself I didn’t have. It serves as a good reminder of why Fall is my favorite season- jeans and oversized sweaters aren’t just favorite outfit options- they are precious protective layers! I’ve joked before about my “cottage cheese” thighs, but it’s a lot harder to find the humor (ha, ha….ha?) when I’m trying on shorts and bikinis for the first time of the summer. And, (TMI?) I’m a big time “sweat”er and sweat + shorts = an uncomfortable, irritable Jess.
So over the years I’ve figured out a few ways to adapt my summer wardrobe to soothe my summer style stresses: skirts and dresses (ha! that rhymed). Midi skirts are the length I feel most confident in. My favorites are midi skirts with side splits, because they cover enough skin while allowing me to stay cool (or at least less sweaty). In July and August I usually throw on a basic tank or lace cami, a midi skirt and my Birkenstocks and I’m good to go for the whole day. Here’s how I styled a few of my favorite midis….
Outfit #1 Details
midi skirt -This summer my love for midi skirts was solidified when I found this affordably priced skirt, and several similar options on ASOS. It kept selling out but thankfully they keep stocking it so I was finally able to scoop up one in my size. My feelings for ASOS are a bit complicated…While they have a huge catalog of stylish and affordable clothing options: super cute dresses, skirts, cheap tees, ect., the quality of anything made by specifically by ASOS is hit or miss, although they do offer free returns, so that’s nice. The clothing they sell is stylish and affordable enough to keep me coming back to the site even if I end up returning about 1/4th of the items I buy from them. ASOS Soft Midi Skirt with Splices, $41.00.
tank top – I really did not think I would love this supportive cami so much as I do or wear it as often as I have this summer- I just needed a really good, supportive cami and I found it in Cosabella’s Talco Long V-Neck Cami, on Amazon for $70.00.
sandals – Shana first shared my love for my Yara Birk sandals last summer and that love is still going strong. I wear them almost every single day and they are by far my favorite pair of sandals and I have a feeling they will be for years to come. Mine are the ‘antique brown’ version which I bought on back order last summer, so not surprisingly, I’ve been hard-pressed to find the ‘antique brown’ version this summer, Amazon has a several sizes still available ($98.00 – $199.00) and other color options like the dark brown leather ‘habana’($75.00 -$130.00), black patent ($78.00 -$119.00), and white ($78.00 – $123.00), are more widely available.
necklaces – So, being the cheapskate that I am, I’ve come up with a little DIY secret for affordable jewelry. Well, it’s not really a secret, it’s Etsy. For less than five bucks, You can buy in bulk ten good quality (same if not better than most retailers) necklaces gold or silver plated necklaces and then purchase just about any type of pendant or charm imaginable for wholesale prices on Etsy. This one moon abalone shell pendant necklace I’m wearing cost me at the most, $3.00. And I’ll just say, it’s lasted longer than the last similar style necklace I bought which was from Banana Republic. The second necklace is the Gold Minimal Metal Collar from the Bauble Bar, $38.20.
Patterned Pencil Midi Skirt Outfit
cami tank – I love lace camis and consider them essential wardrobe items. The silky fabric and lace edges adds a hint of femininity and in the summer I wear them almost exclusively with jeans or skirts and in the Fall and Winter they are great for layering. Also, you can find nice ones at vintage clothing or resale stores like the lace camisole I’m wearing here I found at a vintage shop in Grand Rapids but I also found some similar options online like: this Anine Bing Silk Camisole from Shopbop, $163.00, this Nude Lace Detail Cami from Missguided, only $24.oo, and a double-layer lace camisole with lovely wide panel lace detail on the back from HM for $39.99.
midi skirt – le sigh, this is where I have to admit I failed you because I pretty much searched the internet in it’s entirety to find a skirt like the one I am wearing and although I found a few similar skirts (black, patterned, midi length) I couldn’t find one that also had the same cut and the side split. The Warehouse Side Split Floral Midi Skirt from UK online retailer John Lewis, is the most similar and it’s only $39.47, also another option also from The Warehouse brand is their Black Stencil Floral Skirt is $59.99 at John Lewis.
sandals – the Yara birks.
jacket – My tried and true ‘Helena’ denim jacket by Kut from the Kloth at Nordstroms, $79.00. Seriously, theirs a reason the Helena has the highest ratings at Nordstroms, it’s the best.
bag – It’s safe to say every single of us here at TME are obsessed with the Julian backpack by Rebecca Minkoff and with good reason. I’d been drooling over this bag (for over a year, contemplating back and forth wether it was worth the money (never have I spent over $150 on a bag) but I kept coming back to it and thanks to the LAST Nordstrom half-yearly sale it was finally in reach. If you love the Julian backpack as much as we do, now is a good time to consider buying it, as it AND the black leather fringed version are both 40% off during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale. Down from $395.00 to $265.00.
Finally, I compiled a big list of just some of my favorite midi skirts currently out there this summer. Enjoy!
Stay breezy and cool my friends xx,