I was in our new studio yesterday taping an Elevated Spring & Summer Outfits video, so I decided to snap a few photos, too. I specifically wanted to share with you some interchangeable spring and summer separates that I’ve used to create several great outfits. Most of these pieces are from Talbots, where they’ve extended their Friends & Family Event one more day.
I love the colors in these trailing hibiscus shorts. I’m wearing the 7″ perfect shorts, but they also come in three other lengths. Some are sold out in a lot of sizes, and I expect the rest will be going fast today. I’m wearing my usual size 8 in the 7″ trailing hibiscus perfect shorts.
- 7″ trailing hibiscus perfect shorts
- 9″ trailing hibiscus perfect shorts
- 10.5″ trailing hibiscus perfect shorts
- 13″ trailing hibiscus perfect shorts
Each of the length of these trailing hibiscus perfect shorts do come in misses, petite, plus and plus petites. I definitely prefer the 7″ for me, but choose the length that suits you best and that you would enjoy wearing. Especially if you choose longer shorts, I do suggest that you consider wearing nude or flesh colored sandals in order to visually lengthen your legs.
I’ve topped the 7″ trailing hibiscus perfect shorts with the tipped v-neck slub vest, which features similar colors around the neckline. This 62% linen, 38% cotton ivory vest is so on trend and delightful. However, you do need to know that it is a cropped length, hitting me just below the waistline. It also has a very relaxed neckline and fairly wide arm holes. None of this bothers me. In fact, I feel like the linen blend vest is very comfortable and flattering. But these features may or may not suit you.
Above and below I’ve styled the trailing hibiscus perfect shorts with a simple reversible tank layered with a classic button up white linen shirt. You could create a similar look with a cotton or chambray button up shirt. Both the reversible tank and the white linen shirt are from J.Jill. The tank is marked down, but it is also almost sold out. I’ve linked to similar tanks at Talbots in the shopping widget below.
In the outfits above I wore my Tory Burch Miller Sandals in makeup. I didn’t buy these the first year they came out, but the next year I decided to take the plunge. Three years later I can tell you that I have gotten my money’s worth out of these pricey but very versatile sandals. If you’re interested, you also might want to check out the new Tory Burch Miller Soft Sandals and the Miller Cloud Sandals. But you’ll also discover that these Sam Edelman Circus sandals are a great economical choice.
My straw handbag is one I purchased for Abigail to carry on her honeymoon (and for the next 25 years at least!). This is the packable straw hat I’m wearing on repeat these days. And I added this palm pendant necklace and these classic hoop earrings.
Swinging back around to that tipped v-neck slub vest, I created a fresh tonal outfit with my natural colored modern ankle jeans. It can be a little scary to go all one tone, but it’s definitely in style and actually quite slimming. I finished the look with these ivory Dolce Vita Hazil slides.
I’m wearing my Nordgreen 32 mm Infinity watch in all of these photos. Sometimes I have on the gold mesh strap and other times I’m wearing my white leather strap. That’s the beauty of Nordgreen watches; they all have interchangeable straps. And right now through May 8, Nordgreen has marked down their women’s watch bundles, which include one or two extra straps, up to 20%. But you can use my code, KAYHRMS, to get an additional 15% off that amazing price. They’re also offering free optional gift wrapping. No, the watch probably won’t arrive in time for Mother’s Day. But it’s a great gift for now or later.
Above you see that I added the casual cotton plaid blazer to my tonal outfit. I guess that actually makes it a column of color now. I find this casual cotton plaid blazer to fit true to size; I’m wearing an 8. In fact, everything I’ve shown fits true to size.
Finally, I styled the tipped v-neck slub vest and the casual cotton plaid blazer with my favorite slim fit ankle jeans. My jeans are from last year, but these are similar (minus the side stripe). I think the light wash really works with this soft toned outfit. I also swapped in my yellow flip flops, another purchase from last summer. My shoes are no longer available, but these would be a nice option.
Remember, Talbots’ Friends & Family Event has been extended one day. That means you still get 30% off many of the items I’ve shown. I’m sorry that the 7″ trailing hibiscus perfect shorts are sold out in so many sizes. But you’ll find a full selection of Talbots’ shorts here. I find they generally fit true to size and wear very nicely. And they do have some other nice prints, too. I’ll be giving more tips for styling colorful print shorts and pants later in the season.
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Blessed for My Day
If you’re going through a difficult time, some days it feels like all you can do is get yourself out of bed and put one foot in front of another. I’ve been there. I know how tiring and hard that feels. If that is where you’re living today, I’m so very sorry. And I want you to know I ache for you. But as someone who has lived there and now does not, I want to offer you a little encouragement.
Indeed, you need to be gracious to yourself. And soak in the grace of God. He cares, and He is walking you through this season. Meanwhile, your assignment is simple. Choose to have hope and rejoice that you can…because you have a risen Savior. Be patient as this tribulation unfolds. One day it will indeed be past. And throughout this day take your needs to God in prayer. Tell Him how you feel. Pour out your heart to Him and trust that He is at work.
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. ~ Romans 12:12