Summer time; this season it’s bows!

Happy summer everyone! Hope you have your sunnies (sunglasses) and some suntan lotion.  It’s time for heat and ice cold drinks.

I for one have been IN LOVE with the clothing that is coming out for this season.  Why?  BOWS!  Bows as far as the eye can see.  Normally I would say to you that I don’t go in for this sort of style. However, I cannot get enough.  I’m as shocked as anyone.

So, if you don’t want to browse through every web site to find bow friendly wear, I did the work for you on the sites I frequent and purchase from the most.

Banana Republic:

This dress is super cute and simple with the bows as the only embellishments.  A great summer work to night out outfit. It comes in regular and petite sizes XS-XL.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This top is technically not a bow, but a tie, but how cute is this?!  I think this is a great way to have the suit look but remain cool for the summer and a less formal approach.  It come sin regular and petite XS-XL.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I personally think the one shoulder thing is something I could never wear, until I saw this and thought, “I might want to give it a try!” The big shoulder bow just screams at me, “WEAR ME, but be cool in the heat.” This comes in regular size 0-16.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anthropologie:

This shirt I saw and straight up bought the next second.  I was SO HAPPY with the fit.  The fabric is light, the cut is perfect, and the bow accents are so fun and unexpected for people who watch you walk away.  You so fabulous coming and going. Worth every cent. This shirt comes in regular and petite in XS-XL.

 

 

 

 

 

Need something for a night out that is fun?  Look no further than this dress.  It hits two trends for the season, the off the shoulder look and bows.  AND the bows are not tied in the traditional way, making it unique from any other one out there. This comes in size 0-16.

 

 

 

 

 

 

J.Crew:

J.Crew is going through it, so they need some love these days.  Fortunately for them they have some cute stuff this summer.

This top is a great two tone, pattern play with gingham and bow accents. This can be worn in the office or for a day out. It comes in XXS-XL.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This top is great as well, I bought it in light blue. It also comes in yellow! It goes great with a skirt or jeans for any occasion.  I got about five compliments on it the first time I wore it.  A sign in my opinion that it was a shirt worth investing in because it looks damn good on! This one comes in petite, regular and tall sizing 000-16.

 

 

 

 

 

H&M:

This top will be able to help usher in Fall with you and keep the summer bow vibe going. Also, if work needs you to be more conservative, or you want a fun cover-up for a day at the the beach or on a boat (if you sail or know someone who does). It comes in size 2-14.

 

 

 

 

 

And if you want to have more bows than you know what to do with, and believe me I’m tempted, this shirt is for you! It comes in size 2-14.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You have a date, now what do you wear?!

Confession: It has been over two years since I have been on a date.  This mostly happened because after being so sick and tired of dating apps, I decided to try real life and try and make a connection there.  That didn’t happen.  Three months ago I activated not one, not two, but THREE dating apps and decided this was my time to break some relationship karma once and for all.

Flash forward to today after many failed attempts at meeting someone face-to-face, I had a date all lined up.  Now, I normally am not a nervous person.  However this time, I had the full on jitters about everything from how fat I felt or think I look to if my skin would behave in this muggy weather to what my hair will do if I try and style it.  I had to really take a minute and calm myself down. One of the ways I did this was think about what to wear.  Which also got me thinking, what are the parameters I should consider for date night clothing, especially for date number one? This is what I cam up with:

  1. Comfort!  Whatever it is you choose to wear, make sure you are comfortable!  There is nothing worse than constantly having to adjust your clothing or feel self conscious about what you are wearing when you are trying to get to know someone.
  2. Be you!  Sometimes the desire is to make a really great impression and wear something you might not normally wear.  My general thinking though is that you should make sure you stay true to your own personal style and look and not try and be someone else.
  3. Dress for the environment, please! when thinking about what to wear, you have to take into account where you will be going and what the temperature will be like.  I’m most comfortable in a sweater and jeans but with 99 degree weather and enough humidity I can swim through the air, that might not be a great choice.  Same if the date consists of a lot of walking, 6″ heals might not be that wise (unless you can do it and in that case, I bow down to you!)
  4. Have fun with it! No matter what, at the end of the day, this is really for you and not the other person.  Chances are they could care less what you wear as long as you show up and a nice person who treats them with respect.
Gap Dress with Nine West shoes

My Outfit of the Day Today

So, after taking all of this into consideration, this is the outfit I choose.  I really like this Gap dress in the summer.  It is light and makes me feel cute.  The pop of yellow from these Nine West shoes is so me!  I love yellow shoes more than any other color there is. The belt and accessories just add some fashion flair which I personally like to do, but just the outfit would be fine as well.  After I picked this out last night I was excited to look cute all day and night.  Good thing to, because my date got cancelled at 10am.  <Cue sad music> However, I was not that upset because I felt that I already was putting my best foot forward for the day and was going to look damn good no matter what!