It’s still borderline sandal weather… and I’m proudly buying boots! The story is a familiar one: I was recently on a Target run, shopping for the essentials, when I noticed fall clothes and shoes were out. Fall! Doesn’t that sound like a welcome season after this summer’s heat?
Hello there comfortable, cool, goes-with-everything, chunky heel boot for $35! I found myself standing in Target with jean shorts and these boots on, already picturing the outfits I’d wear with them. Cuffed jeans. Tights & dresses. Leggings. (How I’ve missed you, leggings!).
Since we all probably own one-too-many booties, I convinced myself there was room for these in my closet based on how different they are with their casual, lace-up look. They remind me of a girly version of my husband’s JCrew McAlister’s.
I’m typically a size 6.5 in sandals and flats, but tend to go up half a size for boots. I found that method held true with these and am wearing a size 7 with socks. Comfy!
Hey fashionable friends! I wanted to check in today with a little photo diary of the fashion highlights of my life lately. Think of it like the Fashion Oscars – basically you’re getting only the award-winning outfits and none of the frumpy stuff (which trust me, I frump it up 65% of the time!).
Here’s a fun tidbit: I take a lot of outfit selfies. Like, pretty much every day. Most selfies don’t make it to my Instagram – I usually just snap them for my own documentation. I like to look back for outfit inspiration and to learn from what wasn’t quite right.
So without further ado, here’s what I’ve been wearing this summer. Each photo is accompanied with a funny story, thrifty tip, or shopping link because I know you all love to laugh, save money and shop!
Sometimes fashion is all about playing favorites. I snagged these Sam Edelman wedges last summer (last seen here) and instead of getting distracted and buying yet another pair of wedges this year, I was perfectly happy to wear these again!
Happy bridal shower, happy marriage! I wore an old Banana Republic dress (last see here) to a friend’s bridal shower. Sure, it was fun to celebrate her upcoming nuptials, but it was also fun to get dressed up!
My itsy bitsy bathing suits days may be behind me, but that doesn’t mean I want to look like an old fart on the beach! The perfect compromise: a high neck top + high waist bikini bottoms. Flattering, modest and still sexy! Seriously, these ruched bottoms are perfection (be sure to size up 1 size).
Rocksbox = Netflix for jewelry. I first tried this jewelry rental brand back in 2014. After some time off, I’m back on the Rockbox train — why buy when you can rent!? Check out this awesome House of Harlow necklace. (Use code MADELINEBFF16 for one free month!!).
So nice, I bought them twice. This phrase was repeating in my head as I visited Target for the second time in one week.
The reason for my return trip was these shorts — these magical, flattering shorts! If you need new summer athletic shorts that aren’t booty shorts and don’t cost a fortune, read on.
I usually work out in capri leggings, even on the hottest days of the year. I like the support and coverage. But man, I’ve been HOT. On a recent walk with my sister, we were complaining about how all of Nike’s shorts are way too small and short for us modest ladies. I’m not a marathon runner, I don’t need teeny tiny shorts. Gimme a little length! My other issue is because I have thighs (ahem), sometimes the leg openings are too snug for me.
I had almost given up on athletic shorts… until on a whim, I tried on a pair at Target. OMG they fit! And are super flattering!
Thank you, 3.5″ inseam and wide waistband. This pair has built in undies, which I was originally on the fence about, but am liking the extra coverage. They are also ever-so-slightly longer in the back — love this.
On my return trip, I picked up a slightly different version: these also have a 3.5″ inseam and same lightweight material, but they have spandex shorts underneath instead of undies. This week I tested them out with a treadmill workout and the little spandex shorts actually stayed in place!
There is even a third pair of shorts that look similar to these two, so I may be buying these online stat! Note, certain colors and sizes are starting to sell out, I think because some are on sale, so scoop them up fast.
Overall, I can’t believe I was able to score a new gym clothes on my monthly cat food run to Target. It’s time to give my tired black capris a break — can’t wait for my next workout!
A note on fit: I purchased a size Large in both shorts. Medium is my usual size and I think I could have gotten away with Mediums, but I sized up for a little extra length and room. I think it comes down to what fit you like — fitted or roomy. I’m wearing a size Small tech tee (in the pic above) — again, I’m usually a size Medium but sized down on the top so that it didn’t flop about in my fitness classes. Love this tee. Go Target!