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The Style Series was started as a way to get me out of my sartorial comfort zone, which doesn't seem like it relates much to yoga but one of the foundations of yoga is self-awareness, and taking a look at what you wear and how that makes you feel is, I guess, a way to be a little bit more self-aware. Or that's what I try to tell myself, anyway! Ha. Anyway, today I wanted to talk about my favorite go-to summer outfit. So, not exactly getting out of my comfort zone, but rather, sharing with you what's within my comfort zone in case you're in a sartorial rut.
The go-to look involves a dress, a pair of sneakers and flannel, which on paper don't exactly sound harmonious but lo and behold, it somehow works, and is one of the outfits I feel really comfortable in, somewhat put together, and confident in. I always bring some version of it on a summer vacation or tropical retreat because I can walk forever in the sneakers, and the dress keeps me cool. Sometimes a dress is more comfortable than a pair of shorts to me.
The dress is an old $9 LBD I picked up at H&M years ago. I rarely find stuff that works for me in there, but my friend was singing its praises and told me to go check it out. Since she and I have similar body types, I popped in and liked it a lot. I've since grown the casual dress section of my wardrobe so I can wear a similar version of this look a number of different ways, and I tend to gravitate toward dresses that are clingy but not tight, have a little bit of stretch to them, and that have a simple cut. Here are a few below that I like from $12 and up:
I love the flannel part of this outfit because I feel like a straight black dress kind of hides my waist, while the flannel almost acts as a belt and defines the waist. This flannel is an old Forever 21 find - one of those gems I've had for years. I like to look for a flannel that does not have any stretch at all, and is a medium weight. If it's too heavy, it ties funky and is too warm for summer. If it's too light, the tie doesn't stay put and is kind of useless. Here are a few I think would work from $19 and up:
I wasn't immediately on board with the 90s trends but quickly was won over, and these adidas ones are the white version of what I had back in high school and I la-la-love them. I like the clean, crisp look of an all white sneaker. Below are a few others that would work from $44 and up:
As you can probably tell, apart from a dainty necklace or a big pair of hoops, I'm really not much of a jewelry person. I wish I were, but I dunno, I just don't wear a lot. Here, I'm wearing a cord choker. Here are a few below from $5:
What's one of your favorite summer go-to outfits that makes you feel comfortable, confident and put together? Let me know down in the comments section below