Top, Forever 21
Dress, Lauren Conrad for Kohl's
Wedges, Lauren Conrad for Kohl's
This is definitely one of those outfits that makes me wish I owned some cowboy boots.
I got the idea for this outfit from an outfit Elizabeth from Delightfully Tacky posted on instagram. That's right, I'm the ultimate hipster copycat: I was into that outfit before it was even posted on her blog. I thought I wanted to mimic it last night, but I wasn't sure what dress to use. I had worn this dress -- my graduation dress -- to work because it was legitimately the only thing I felt like wearing (after a very indecisive 45 minutes of changing my clothes). Standing in front of my closet this morning, I knew the answer: this top and this dress were meant to be together.
It was a lot sunnier this morning that I expected it to be. All I'd been hearing was that it was supposed to be rainy in the Pacific Northwest this week, but I guess we're getting lucky in Western Oregon. That's right, for once Eugene is getting sun while everyone else is getting rain. I'm getting a bit better at taking photos in the sun. This is one of my favorite outfits in a long time and these are some of my favorite photos for a while. Sometimes, I look at pictures of myself and think, "That's not me." I don't know; it's weird seeing myself in photos that I think are really good because it's kind of different from how I see myself on a day-to-day basis.
Am I alone in that or is that totally normal?
Speaking of self perception, I've been reading on other blogs and Tumblr a lot about how hard summer is for everyone -- from dressing fashionable to feeling good about themselves. Summer has always been my least favorite season, I think partly because it makes me feel a bit like crap. Everywhere you go in the warm weather, there are short shorts and short dresses and little tops and if you don't feel like you look good in those things, it can almost be like self-induced torture. Plus, it's so hot you have to find some kind of solution to look fashionable and if you're not feeling great about yourself in the first place, it can be exhausting.
Summer is just a weird season in general, but I don't think we should all start bullying ourselves about it; if all you wear is sundresses during the summer, then that's fine. That's still fashionable; you can still make it work. (Scarf belts! Let's make that happen.) There are cute dresses with sleeves. Plenty of shorts with looser legs for us ladies with generous thighs -- as cute as denim cut offs are, nothing makes a girl feel worse than thigh bulge. I think it's a lot easier to find things we love and wear them rather than being sad, or feeling bad, that there are things we aren't comfortable wearing. I've always been miserable every summer because I don't like how I look in wee denim shorts; but really, there are other warm weather options, so why torture myself into doing 100 squats? I'm always going to be pear-shaped, it's not something I can change by making myself sad.
Well, I hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday after that little pep talk! Feel good about yourself -- make a smoothie and go for a long walk, especially if you have some sunshine. I'm going to be running errands and cleaning the house -- very exciting, I know.