AJ Wears :: Stripes and a Vest

This vest I bought this summer has been my saving grace in this heat. Layers make outfits interesting, and interesting outfits make me happy. My survival rules for summer dressing are as follows:

  1. Let your legs and arms be free. The less fabric you have to deal with, the better.
  2. Sunglasses are your friend, the bigger the better so they'll hide how red your cheeks are. My pick, as always, are the Karen Walker Super Duper Strength in Black.
  3. Embrace your hair's natural texture. It's gonna do what it wants whether you play along or not. I just ordered this humidity shield because Jess & Fran did. I'm a follower.
  4. Breathable. Fabric. Now is not the time to wear heavy, stiff fabrics. Personally, I've found the breezier and shapeless, the better. Bonus points for stretchy.
  5. Liz Earle's Tonic Spritzer. Get to know her. Get to love her. While you're at it, buy Coola's makeup setting spray. Not only does it help your makeup stay put, it's a great way to boost your SPF throughout the day. Both have made me feel remarkably refreshed this summer. 
  6. Use jewelry, it makes you look more dressed up than you are. Sure, I'm wearing an Everlane tee and a maxi skirt, but this necklace from Happiness Boutique dresses EVERYTHING up. It looks like Dylanlex at a fraction of the price (plus they ship for free. boom!).
  7. Finally, make sure your shoes are big enough. I'm sure these shoes will be lovely in the cooler weather, but how my feet started the day and how they finished were two different stories. My feet slowly started to swell around the straps until I had a delightful gladiator print on my feet for about an hour at the end of the night. They're the kind of shoes you don't take off at your desk, because you know you won't be able to get them back on. So, maybe this tip is: throw some flip flops in your bag if you're wearing a snug pair of shoes.
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Vest, Forever 21 (exact).
Dress, Asos (exact).
Shoes, Miu Miu, an awesome Poshmark find (exact on eBay).
Bag, 3.1 Phillip Lim.
Necklace, c/o Happiness Boutique (exact).

The Little Black Swimsuit

There is no doubt in my mind that black one piece swimsuits are the Little Black Dress equivalent for the pool. They're slimming, they're sophisticated, and in the right cut they'll never go out of style. I got my first one at least 10 years ago and still wear it every summer. 

I also love the black one piece for its versatility. When I was on my honeymoon, it was perfect under a maxi skirt after a day at the beach to go get lunch or a snack at one of the resort restaurants. I'm seriously feeling the one piece love this summer, mostly because my in-laws have a pool and they ALWAYS serve food at their pool parties.  Here are a few of my favorite styles - snag one while you still can enjoy the water!

Norma Kamali // Target // Macy's

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AJ Wears :: Leather Shorts

You know what nobody probably needs? Leather track shorts. But you know what are totally awesome? LEATHER TRACK SHORTS. I wore these this weekend for beboppin' around town, i.e., going to a couple of open houses and having a local brew at my favorite pizza joint. 

How is this relevant to the story, you say? People, pizza and beer are always relevant. It's the law.

Top, Rebecca Taylor (exact from Yoox // similar-ish? This was a tough one!).
Shorts, Asos (exact).
Sneakers, Converse (exact).
Bag, 3.1 Phillip Lim.
Necklace, BaubleBar.