AJ Wears :: A Gingham Dress

BEHOLD, THE SHIRT DRESS. The ultimate item in summer fashion. It's light, breezy, and somehow manages to look put together enough for the office. I also love the vintage vibe this one gives off; I had a coworker tell me my look gave off a "Modern Dorothy Vibe."

I imagine this dress will carry into fall as well with tights and a cropped sweater layered over it. My wardrobe purchases this past year have all been bought with seasonality in mind; I love pieces that you can layer under or over others and wear year round.

Dress, Asos (exact - will likely go on sale soon!).
Heels, JustFab (similar heels // similar flats).
Backpack, Coach (similar from Asos).
Necklace, BaubleBar (similar from Off 5th).

AJ Wears :: A Denim Shirt

I'm having a love affair with short sleeve button ups right now. I have no idea why. They do provide a certain amount of extra coverage on the arms, which I can appreciate; but I think it's the actual shape that I'm so drawn to. It makes the shape masculine, but feminine. Cool, but classic. I saw this photo on Pinterest today and almost lost my mind, so now I'm searching for a cropped sweater with short sleeves too (because that's practical). Anyone else feeling me on the grandpa look right now?

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Shirt, Zara (my favorite similar).
Pants, Asos (exact).
Loafers, Forever 21. (exact. I can't stop wearing these!)
Bag, 3.1 Phillip Lim.
Bracelet, Rocksbox (1st month free with code "ajxoxo"! do it.)

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).