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I’ve read some great posts lately about creating a functional wardrobe, and it got me thinking about my everyday wear- especially for summer. To be honest, what I came up with really isn’t all that different from what I usually wear in the summertime, just this time I actually decided to put thought into what’ll work for me instead of buying at random.

My goal is to focus on what works for me now, not what I think is cute but will rarely to never wear. And *hopefully* I’ll cut down on frivolous spending/ impulse buys. I plan to be outside a lot this summer, playing with the girls and working in the yard, and if Audrey’s still breastfeeding I need tops that are, um, flexible.  I want to keep things pretty basic and less fussy.

*In reality outfits + accessories I wear to mass on Sundays are not always very practical for wrangling little kids, but mass is special and it’s the one day a week I dress up, so I think I’ll keep that status quo.*

Here’s what I’ve listed for my everyday summer garb: Comfy tees/ tanks, shorts, jeans, and a maxi skirt. Um, tees and shorts for summer? Thank you, Captain Obvious. I know no one else has ever compiled a list like that, so you’re all glad I’m sharing. ;) I’ll be a bit more specific:

Tees:

I purchased some cheap undershirts and made (painted) this shirt:

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Looks a little lopsided here, but it looks okay on.

from this DIY tutorial. I’m hopin’ to try out one or two more patterns (any ideas?).

Found some more simple v-neck tees (for $5.80!) thanks to La Vie Petite.

My intention is to find some tees that I can wear with jeans shorts and flip-flops, or dress up a bit w/ a necklace and jeans or a skirt.

Shorts:

These eyelet shorts = so cute and feminine. I had my eye on them all last summer, but they ran out of my size by the time they came on super mark-down. Durn. I love how they’re a bit dressier.shorts

Last summer I searched high and low, and then higher and lower for a pair of cuffed jeans shorts (you know when you have a picture in your mind of a clothing item and just can’t find it?!), and finally found an under $20 pair at Forever 21. Love ’em. Darker wash, and not too distressed or short. I love the pair Reece is sporting here:

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Jeans:

I think Laura covers this better than I ever could (and check out the rest of her series!). I have a couple of pairs that I’m happy with right now, but I also really like how colored jeans add a genuine pop of color to a simple outfit.

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Maxi skirt:

I am very extra late to the maxi skirt party, I know, but I really wasn’t 100% in love with them when they first stormed the clothing racks. Now I am a believer, though, and I like how you can easily dress them up or down.

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My plan is more JBI (just buy it) than DIY.

Throw some wedges, jewelry, and sandals in the mix to accessorize and I think that about covers it! Although in the interest of full disclosure, the summer months find me almost everyday in my Rainbow sandals. I probably look like a bum in them but they are just too comfortable and I’ve worn them all over!

Any summer staples you love? Do tell.

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