I ask myself: What should I wear on a hot day? Then I answer (to myself, of course, because it would be awkward to respond aloud), "Shorts and a tee shirt."
What should I wear on the next hot day after that? Well, that answer also would be shorts and a tee shirt.
Just like that, shorts and a tee shirt becomes the summer uniform, the fashion equivalent of making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch every single day for three months straight. Quite frankly, it becomes unpalatable after a while.
Being that I want to break out of this fashion rut before I fall into it, it's the perfect time to launch a new Focus on Fashion series about summer clothing. This series will run four consecutive Fridays, and today we'll start with the basics: how to build a better "shorts and tee shirt" outfit.
This combination is remarkably basic, but I feel pulled together when I wear it. A v-neck tee shirt is universally flattering. Plus, the simple navy hue of the shirt grounds it as a neutral and lets the yellow shorts pop. Pair the outfit with a cute pair of sandals or wedges, and you're out the door.
The next upgrade to a simple tee and shorts combo are accessories. This basic white tee and clean-lined seersucker shorts (which, for some technical reason beyond my comprehension, are showing on the screen like a wonky zebra print) are enhanced with a long necklace and my favorite wedges.
If I'm feeling especially ambitions, I can upgrade a tee shirt for a lightweight blouse, like this cute combination where the red shorts add a flash of interest without overwhelming the delicate pattern of the blouse.
And those red shorts? (Target, my friends.) They're a respectable length with a nice fit. While bold, they're versatile. They'd be great with a white or gray tee shirt for casual wear, or they could be dressed up with a black tank and strappy sandals.
So, this summer, I'm determined to slide -- on slides at playgrounds and parks, that is -- but not to slide into the boring shorts and tee shirt uniform. Join me every Friday in June for more practical summer Focus on Fashion posts!
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