Summer Dressing

It’s definitely hot in central Texas these days, and I spend most of my time at home in shorts.  I like to dress up a little when I’m going somewhere, and it took me a couple of weeks to accumulate these pictures of various outfits.  I’m still utilizing skirts and dresses to stay cool, and I’m trying to switch things up a bit when it comes to my shoes, too.

Here are a few outfits from the past two weeks.

Walking with Cake: pink stripes

(A variation of my daily uniform.)

Here I am in my most frequently worn outfit, which is some combination of denim (either a skirt or shorts) with a simple cotton top.  I did manage to wear a pair of strappy sandals, which really make me feel summery.  This uniform is great for running quick errands and taking the boys to their gymnastics class.

Walking with Cake: tropical inspiration

(Dressed for the heat on a very busy day.)

Recently, James and Rhys had appointments in different parts of town, at different times on the same day, so I spent it playing chauffeur while my parents helped out by watching one boy at a time.  I knew the day would be a bit chaotic and hot, so I dressed for comfort in a long white skirt and blue tee, both purchased in past years.  I felt sort of a tropical vibe, and I added a strand of seashell beads from a recent accessories swap, as well as my strappy sandals.  Though I was stressed and harried by day’s end, I felt pulled together and stayed cool throughout the day.  And I’ll never schedule two appointments on the same day again!

Walking with Cake: Mata Traders "Frida Loves Diego" dress

(Wearing my “Frida Loves Diego” Dress from Mata Traders with my new bracelet from VavaVida.)

For my nephew’s birthday party last weekend, I wore my favorite dress from Mata Traders, along with my new bracelet from VavaVida and my trusty strappy sandals.  I knew we’d be outside for some of the day, and since the dress is cotton, I was cool and comfortable for the entire party.  I’m so thrilled I bought this dress, and I know I’m going to get a lot of wear from it.

Walking with Cake: polka dots and lace

(Dots and lace for a morning appointment.)

For a morning appointment this week, I paired my trusty navy and polka-dot top with a lace skirt bought years ago.  I get so much wear from this skirt, and it literally goes with any top I have in my closet.  For a slight touch of color, I wore a pair of pink open-toe flats purchased last summer from Loft.  I like this outfit and actually wear it a lot during the spring and summer, with small variations to the shoes and accessories.

I’m really working to wear all of the clothing in my closet, as well as the shoes, and I’m having fun trying different combinations to make “new” outfits for the summer.

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