Shorts are really tricky for me to wear - either they look really casual and boring, or I think that they're way too short and that I will end up looking like I should be wearing them on a street corner. But, it's one of my summer style resolutions to try and embrace shorts, so here are my golden rules:
♥ Wear them at a length that you will be comfortable with, and not at a length that you will be continually pulling them down because you think they're too short.
♥ Don't skimp on the quality. Yes, Cotton On have $10 shorts around summertime, but the cut is less than great. Make them a wardrobe staple and be prepared to spend a bit more for a cut that REALLY flatters you - if you can find that in shorts then they are basically miracle pants that should never be taken off.
♥ DON'T WEAR HIGH BOOTS WITH SHORTS. It will look a lot more Pretty Woman when the look you're aiming for is just plain pretty. I think that boots should be well below the knee and definitely not with a heel. Also, if you wear cowboy boots, please be aware that you are following something now made trendy by Miley Cyrus kthx.
Go Fug Yourself, you'll know THOSE girls were vehemently against them) but I think these shorts/skort are too cute not to wear any time of day. Dress sparkly shorts down with similar coloured flats, a simple tee and minimal accessories. Also, and this is just MY opinion, but I would save bright coloured sequins for other parts of your outfit, unless you are extraordinarily proud of your bum and thighs. As with lots of other sartorial matters, you can get away with black more often than not.
Happy leg-baring days!
♥ Reading the results of my little survey - thank you so much to everybody who participated! I was very flattered that lots of you wanted to hear more about my life - it is really not that interesting but I'll try! I was also excited to see that you wanted more 'How-To' posts, so send any fashion-related dilemmas to firstname.lastname@example.org to help get me started!
♥ REALLY exciting news I can't wait to share, hopefully I should have more details on that by Wednesday...
♥ Dressing up as Courtney Love for a 90's party - unfortunately I wasn't feeling to well and fell asleep at about 11:30! I didn't take my camera so I will have to wait and see if anybody puts photos up. Rest assured I looked suitably trashy, as I am sure people at the bottle shop we had to stop at on the way will confirm.
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♥ Uni - blergh, but almost over for the YEAR! Then next year is the final year of my degree, to say I am a tad nervous would be an understatement...
♥ At the moment I am home with a really horrible cold and reading Primped and Keiko Lynn while I am supposed to be writing an ethnography for anthropology.
So! I am going to spend the next couple of weeks refining the blog, HOPEFULLY getting a new layout, and basically attempt to work on the feedback you guys gave me!
1. A good bikini
All the magazines I read say something along the lines of "If you don't have a great stomach, wear a one-piece. If you don't like your hips, wear a one-piece". And so on. Well, I don't know if any of them have ever actually TRIED a one piece bathing suit, but on me they just make me look more wide and short-bodied than I would prefer. Honestly, I prefer a bikini and cute boardshorts on bottom. Then I found this one and pretty much fell in love.
2. Comfortable shoes
I really, really detest thongs (flip flops) as everyday wear. Sure, they're fine when you go to the beach and only need to get past the burning sand, but I think for the rest of the time it's not THAT much effort to wear something a little less... rubbery. For example:
these sandals won't be the most practical idea when the weather is 40 degrees and over, but even leather thongs (again, talking about flip flops here) are a better choice for me than just plain old Havianas. I really like tan for summer because it looks AMAZING against (faux) tanned skin and with white.
3. Good underwear
When it's incredibly hot outside, you don't want to be constantly adjusting everything and feeling uncomfortable. That's why, to me, having a camisole that you can just loll around the house in is a fantastic piece for summer. One that doubles as a top in winter (under a cardigan and with a pencil skirt) is even better.
LouLou Loves You is basically everything I would be looking for. Can you not just imagine sitting around eating icecream and reading magazines in front of the airconditioner in it?
4. Leather accessories
For some reason I always reach for leather accessories in summer. I just think they offset a flirty floral frock so perfectly, and also, they're sturdy enough to withstand all the swimming, music festivals, and other generally summery activities.
Sewlutions, because they still look quite feminine for leather. The loopy design is quite nifty too!
5. Maxi dress
Currently I have two maxi dresses and they are my favourite things in the world. They're just so easy to chuck on and go and still look put together (especially if they were put with the sandals above!).
this dress because it has a very geometric, almost tribal print (which you know I like), which I haven't seen on a maxi dress before - usually they're either plain or quite girly.
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♥ dressing in one block of colour
♥ wearing headscarves and sunglasses wherever I go
♥ pale skin, red lips and cat's-eye makeup
♥ vintage-inspired prints
♥ 50's silhouettes
♥ cardigans over full skirts
♥ blunt fringes and soft waves for hair
♥ an optimistic disposition
♥ an exceptionally cute pie-man to call my own
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