A little bit late of a summer post, but I love lace up sandals more than I love gladiators, which 1) seem to be on their way out after a few seasons of being a festival go-to and 2) make my feet so hot. I’m not sure how people can stand to wear them in 90 degree weather and mud when wearing them to festivals. Lace ups are cooler both literally and figuratively in my opinion and are much more comfortable, which makes them an A+ choice for adding interest to simple outfits or as a finishing touch for something more elaborate. They’re a fantastic summer “layer” for those who want as little clothing touching their skin as possible but won’t commit to wearing $2.50 flip flops all the time. (I am one of those people, it’s true.)
I bought this pair from Urban Outfitters a few days ago for $5 which is unbelievable given that they’re real leather. They’re shockingly comfortable and while the laces can be temperamental, I have no complaints, especially at that price point. I don’t know the style name as I bought them loose from a bin of clearance shoes but if you see them out in the wild – get them!
Shirt dresses – the tee dress kind – are another favorite. This is also a new purchase from H&M’s basics section and it is the softest thing in my closet right now. While I bought it for pairing with OTKs in a few weeks, I’ve found myself throwing it on for walking around on 80 degree fall days and I appreciate the sun protection. I’m tired of the sun shining on my shoulders at this point in the year. I’m too pale and by the end of the summer, I’m ready to layer back up again so that I don’t have to hide in the shade as much.
Though bralettes are found mostly on rotation during the summer, I really enjoy them as transitional underlayers. Here, I think they add a touch of softness to the shapeless tee by letting the lace detail show under the neckline. Without the bralette and lace-ups this is a very minimalist statement, but adding the extra details brings visual interest and textural detail.