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Thursday, July 19, 2012

My new summer outfit formula

Top: Target (shop)  |  Shorts: Target (similar)  |  Sandals: Target (similar)  |  Necklace: Nordstrom's  |  Clutch: DSW (shop, more colors)

Being that the weather in San Diego seldom deviates +/-8 degrees from 70 degrees, I'm glad when I get to exercise my summer style skills, or rather, lack thereof.  Pre-blog, I just endured the few weeks of the year that were 78+ degrees by rotating through my many pajama dresses.  It was a formula that worked, but it's time to add another one for some variety, you know?  And I think this is it: colored shorts, patterned top, and/or a contrasting color in the accessories or the top itself.  

There's only so many things I can figure out to do with shorts and a top, so instead, I'm letting the colors do the work of making things interesting.  Some previous outfits with this formula (click the pic to go to the full post):


But yeah, of course pajama dresses aren't going anywhere because like I mentioned in a past post, I only have two pair of colored shorts!  What is your current go-to summer "formula"?
  

40 comments:

  1. Cute summery look! 
    I love wearing dresses and skirts during summer, they are my go to pieces during the hot summer months. 

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  2. pretty little thingsThursday, July 19, 2012

    this is pretty much my summer go-to as well! Either that or throw on a sun dress or maxi dress, add some fun accessories and call it a day! : )

    http://allthingsprettyandlittle.blogspot.com/

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  3. That is pretty much my summer uniform which is probably why I always end up matching my friends because they also love this combination.
    adoredlife.blogspot.com

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  4. Jennifer CollinsThursday, July 19, 2012

    I have been rotating heavily through skirts (pencil skirts, midis, full knee length) and ribbed tank tops.  If it is cool enough (LOL) I wear a light cardigan over the top. Add some casual sandals and I'm set!

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  5. I really love that white top, such fun texture!  I've been wearing a lot of shorts....way too hot to wear much else!
     

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  6. It's good to have a "formula" sometimes, makes grabbing at random a little easier and more likely to look awesome. And you, the queen of mix and match, have a really workable wardrobe to play this game in. Loving it!

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  7. LindsayJEverydayThursday, July 19, 2012

    Love that Target top on you Audrey! I tried in on, but it's just wasn't very flattering on me, great summer outfit.

    Lindsay @LindsayJEveryday.blogspot.com

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  8. As you can guess, my summer formula is pretty identical to yours. But man, I would love that kind of weather. So jealous!

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  9. Kareemtiheed WilliamsThursday, July 19, 2012

    this is so cute I had to show my daughter.... it's her style too!
    kt-notfortheweak.blogspot.com

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  10. I'm with Jennifer Collins - tank tops and skirts.  I often layer 2 tank tops in contrasting colors for interest (and also because they're thin).  Today I'm wearing a hot pink tank over an olive green tank.  Both tops are tucked into an olive green paper bag waist skirt.  Add some comfy sandals, maybe a bracelet, and I'm good to go!
    I love the white top.  I usually preferred a more defined waist on myself but because this is sheer it might work.  I'll have to try that at my local Super Target.

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  11. This outfit screams my name! You make this simple summer outfit sooo cute! I love that you added the statement necklace to add umph! Love it! 

    Crystal 


    http://mai-heart.blogspot.com/

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  12. This is such a cute summer outfit!
    -Adriana
     Little Petite

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  13. My go to summer formula is sleeveless tops and skirts.  I find myself wearing that combo at least 4xs a week!

    Love this look! The tank is so feminine and sweet.  I love how the necklace elevates the outfit!

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  14. Color and texture are always helpful. I typically have trouble dressing myself in summer, but it has been really un-summery around here, so I've been dressing pretty much how I always do.

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  15. I love the idea of a formula! Probably because I'm not the kind of person who can visualize and put together fabulous outfits ; ) I like this plan of color and texture, and your outfit looks great! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. I hate the summer! It's always 90-115 degrees here and you are right, their is only so much you can do with shorts and a top. I love how you play with color and pattern to make the outfits more interesting!

    www.daisyraeboutique.comwww.kacieskloset.blogspot.com

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  17. You are just so adorable. Shorts and a top is pretty much my summer go-to as well.  It's so easy and the possibilities are endless. Love those pink shorts!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee 

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  18. You are so cute!! The brigth shorts and tank/shirt combo are perfect for summer. I'd wear it every day if I could, but since I have to dress up a little bit for work, my summer formula usually includes a sundress and sandals... or a maxi and sandals. =)

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  19. Can you believe I had some yellow shorts that I purchased earlier this summer in my return pile. You've given me some great ideas!

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  20. I like this summer formula!  I may do something similar with colored bottoms in general.  I only have two pairs of colored shorts as well lol

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  21. I just found your blog, and you are too cute and I love your looks.  Check out my blog too if you get a minute.  http://www.fitfabulousmom.com
    Shadow

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  22. So cute!! I really need to find some shorts, preferable colored ones. 

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  23. Good idea using the colors to make it interesting... I have trouble with shorts sometimes because I feel like they're too casual to feel very me - but all your outfits look super put together and more interesting than I feel in shorts. Excellent tip, especially when it's too hot to wear accessories or to layer!

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  24. Dang, time to move to San Diego! Our temperature range is 140 degrees. 

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  25. I saw that exact same top at Target the other day and was debating about whether to get it. I love this outfit! I might have to go back to see if I can still snag it. 

    pltbeauty.blogspot.com

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  26. I love colored shorts for summer, I think they are so fun! You look adorable - it's a super easy outfit but still looks pulled-together and cute. 

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  27. I love colored and patterned shorts!  I am really having necklace envy....it's beautiful!

    Alice 
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  28. RedTagChicLosAngelesSaturday, July 21, 2012

    Very cute summer outfit....SoCal summer is great!

    Rebecca
    www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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  29. I jst found out your blog and I'm loving your style! I must keep an eye on you ;)

    Drawing Dreaming

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  30. Definitely using this formula! Great idea. Easy and stylish. I just bought two pairs of colorful shorts. Check out my blog if you'd like: charismainbklyn.blogspot.com

    Happy blogging!

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  31. Oh good idea. I'm currently on a pretty easy formula myself: DRESSES. Easy. That's why I love summer! 

    flouncesandhubbub.blogspot.com

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  32. where is your brown braided clutch from? I love it

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  33. Where is your brown braided clutch from? I love it

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  34. If you look underneath all the pics I provide info for where the items are from and links to buy them. :)

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  35. Am I the only one who doesn't know what a pajama dress is?

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  36. Hey Mandy, in the post above I linked to another post where I wrote about pajama dresses: http://www.puttingmetogether.com/2012/06/navy-cognac-and-pajama-dresses.html

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  37. Ah ha! Thank you! I was so curious. :)

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  38. Hi Mandy, Love your blog and ideas are easy and simple to implement on any budget. I have noticed you own a number of different shoes. Any way you could do a shoe/sandal/boot tutorial as I have difficulty matching footwear to ensemble so endup with lots of shoes that rarely get worn.


    Thanks

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  39. ours is 40F .. here in Canada

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