Happy Monday! Last week I shared a little trend challenge in my YouTube video, 3 Fashion Trends Women Over 50 MUST Try. Today I’m wearing two of those trends and sharing a little elevated summer style formula with jeans. Now I wouldn’t wear this every day during the summer…if I could help it! But if you have those situations where you need to elevate your look a bit while still keeping it casual, this formula works for me every time.
In the past I’ve frequently attended professional conferences during the summer, things like speakers’ conferences and writers’ retreats. Maybe you attend curriculum conferences, professional or avocational conventions, continuing education classes or other gatherings where you want to look pulled together and sharp, but still summer-casual.
You can stay comfortable and casual in a pair of modern jeans (similar) and a classic t-shirt, but really pull these basics together with a few steps. First, add some modern or even slightly edgy footwear. You definitely want to opt for comfort, but these black sports sandals from Everlane also look sharp and fresh. I chose them over loafers or other closed to shoes simply because they do have that modern vibe and a summer feel. These sandals are very comfortable (even more comfortable than my Tevas) and they run true to size. Everlane has white sports sandals marked down 25% for a limited time.
I purchased my Kut from the Kloth high waist raw hem straight leg jeans in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and they’re sold out. But these Kut from the Kloth jeans are very similar, with just a touch of distressing and a lighter wash. I find them to run true to size; I’m wearing an 8.
The next step is to add a blazer. This Easy Blazer from Everlane also comes in a beautiful toasted coconut that looks like a golden camel color to me. It’s a knit blazer with an unstructured shape and relaxed detailing, so it has that laid-back vibe you want when pairing a jacket with jeans and a tee, but it still helps you look pulled together and smart. I’m wearing an 8 and it has a very generous fit.
I added minimal jewelry to my look, opting for my Elisa multi strand necklace from Kendra Scott and my brushed gold teardrop earrings, along with my Nordgreen Native watch. Wearing a watch is always an easy way to elevate your style. Use code KAYHRMS at Nordgreen to save 15% on your order.
The next step to this simple elevated summer style formula is to add a sharp bag. This vegan leather shoulder bag from Social Threads is currently sold out, but they’ll be restocking. And they have lots of fun straps you can switch out on it.
Finally, don’t forget to use a couple of style hacks to pull your look together. You could add a belt, flip your collar up in the back or simply add a front tuck and cuff up the sleeves of your blazer like I did.
Not only would I wear this simple but elevated summer style to a conference or casual convention, but I’d wear it to lunch with friends or to a movie with my husband. And this look will also work well as we transition into fall.
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Thanks so much for stopping in for a little style inspiration. I have to tell you, this is my least favorite time of the year to take photos. It’s hot! And you can probably tell from today’s photos that I was hot. But I actually wore this outfit shopping all day Friday and felt great in it. So I can tell you from experience that it really works as an elevated summer style. Plus, it’s just fun to wear!
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Blessed for My Day
Has the Lord burdened your heart with something recently? Maybe you’ve heard about a friend who is going through a particularly trying time. Maybe you’re concerned about a wayward child or grandchild. Or perhaps you’ve become increasingly troubled about something you see on the news and in the paper. I think these days most of us, if we have tender hearts at all, feel burdened by something that is beyond our ability to change or fix.
But God grants us these heightened senses of awareness and burden for a reason. We are to bring these burdens to Him. I encourage you to take the time to sit with that burden today. Don’t be too hasty to shake it off. Instead, allow it to pierce your heart, to drive you to your knees, to pull your into God’s Word for wisdom and encouragement, perhaps even to compel you to fast.
When I heard these words, I sat down and wept and mourned for days; and I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven. ~ Nehemiah 1:4