Why Summer Clothes Suck
Written by Lindsay Ropella
Summer is by far my favorite season. I love the warm sunny days, the weekends and the cabin, and the Friday night bonfires. But summer clothing? Not so much. See, it’s not that I don’t love a cute summer dress and a good pair of wedges, I just get confused. Fall and Winter I’ve got it down. Give me a good pair of leggings or skinny jeans, a chunky sweater, and a scarf and I’m set for life. But there is just too much versatility in Spring and Summer. You would think that would be a good thing, but for some reason for me it’s not. From dresses and rompers, to shorts and skirts, to pants and capris, it seems like I can’t nail down a signature style for myself.
I think one of the biggest issues for me is that Summer trends seem to change more drastically from year to year than Winter clothes do, which makes me feel like I need to revamp my wardrobe every season. And let me tell ya, this girl does not have the budget to be switching from maxi dresses to short dresses and from high-waisted to low-waisted pants every 5 seconds.
The other issue I run into way more in the summertime than I do in the cooler months is deciding on how much skin I’m willing to show. I know this is definitely a personal decision from woman to woman, but it seems like with each Summer (as I’ve been married and as I’ve been getting older) I’ve found myself wanting to show less and less. I know I was far from a bare-all girl in the first place, so lately I’ve had a really rough time finding that balance between something that is stylish and that I feel comfortable in, and something that is still eons away from mom jeans.
Anyway, I decided to actually try and be a bit proactive this year and to actually try and pick out some Summer 2015 styles that are on trend, a bit more more “family friendly” (because I refuse to use the words modest or conservative, yek), and easy for me to pull off. Here’s what I found:
That right there is my ultimate Summer wardrobe. As you can see, I kind of have a grungy glam style going on, or as I’ve affectionately dubbed it, “Whimsically Wisconsin.” You know, part farm girl, part big city glam? Uhh…just go with it.
|| Kimonos || I bravely branched into the kimono territory at the end of last season, and they quickly became a staple for me. They are just so easy to be able to throw on over a tank top and/or a pair of shorts and feel a bit more covered up. Especially when going out to eat…is it just here or do all restaurants keep their air conditioning levels below freezing?
|| Graphic Tees || Yes, I do realize that these may be totally out of style, but I will continue to wear them forever. I don’t enjoy graphic tees that are over the top, but I think just a little cursive word or phrase is super cute. And super comfy. Win win.
|| Jean Shorts || Finding a good pair of jean shorts is always the first thing I look to add to my wardrobe at the beginning of each summer. I try to find some that are short enough to not be mistaken for bermuda shorts even by a 15-year-old girl, but long enough to conceal my cellulite. #reallife. Last year I found an AWESOME pair for super cheap and JCPenny’s, so they will definitely be my first stop again this year.
|| A Plaid Shirt || I have wanted one of these for YEARS now and have yet to add one to my wardrobe. I’ve worn my husband’s a time or two, but I’d really like to find a fitted one of my own. I love how these look with flowy skirts, jeans and high heels, and even plain white or black pants.
|| Flowy Skirts || I recently discovered that structured skirts just don’t work for me. I can’t figure out exactly why, but they always seem to add extra bulk — something I’m definitely not in the market for. Also, for me personally I tend to find them a little more constricting and not very comfortable for summer. Pleated chiffon skirts and my new obsession.
|| Versitale Dresses || Summer dresses can be tricky. You have some that are appropriate for work, some that are appropriate for a dinner out, some that only work for a day at the beach, and some that you only wear to weddings and other special occasions. Lately I’ve been working to find dresses that fit many different occasions so that I can keep my wardrobe simpler and not have to buy so many pieces. And that, my dear friends, is no easy task.
|| Bold Accessories || For me, no summer outfit is complete without some bold accessories. Whether it be a statement handbag, a fabulous pair of shoes, or some glitzy jewelry, I always have to add something a little fun. Recently I’ve really been loving little gold accents like earrings, watches, and delicate necklaces. I’m hoping to be able to add a bit more of that to my wardrobe this Summer.
|| A Good Jean Jacket || Throw it on over a summer dress, a tank top, a t-shirt, or even a blouse. Enough said…this thing is perfect.
|| Cowboy Boots || And what summer outfit would be complete without an awesome pair of cowboy boots! Oh, you don’t live in the Midwest? Then never mind. :)
This is quite the list, but at the same time I really enjoyed putting this together because it will help me have some direction as I hunt for some new summer staples. I will be documenting what I find, where it’s from, and how much it cost me over on my Instagram, so if your style is fairly similar to mine make sure you are following me so we can game plan together!
So tell me – do you struggle with any of these same issues as me? Or am I just a table-for-one in the crazy section? What trends are you loving for the warmer months? Let me know in the comments below!