earlier this spring, i asked the question, “does fashion still matter?“. many of you responded and said that it does. given everything that’s happened and continues to happen this year, i think it’s still a reasonable question to ponder. in fact, it was just the other day someone asked me, “why i still get dressed up?”. given that we’re all spending a lot more time at home than we used to, it’s a totally reasonable question to ask. it’s so easy to spend the day in comfies or athleisure wear. is there really a point to getting dressed up anymore?
as you might have guessed, i think there is still a point. and today, we’re going to show you three of my favorite “dressy” outfits from this summer. but before that, i just want to give you two simple reasons why i still get dressed up:
looking our best can and does lift our own spirits. taking care of ourselves, irrespective of our circumstances—good, bad, or in-between—goes a long way to keeping our own spirits high. taking care of ourselves encompasses a lot no doubt, and dressing up is just one aspect. however, it’s an important one. taking some time in the morning to pick out a well put-together outfit, get ready, and then get dressed goes a long way to setting the spirit and pace for the rest of the day. don’t believe me? try it. you might be surprised.
looking our best serves as an inspiration to others. seems odd, right? it’s not, really. putting some time and effort into how we look can show people that we care. and it’s important to show people that we care—about ourselves and the world around us. back in the spring, we committed to you, our readers, to continue to provide you a fashion distraction. we hope that it has and will continue to serve as an inspiration to you. and we hope that you will continue to serve as an inspiration to others, because boy do we need to spread some of that energy around at this moment in time.
i’m loving this new satin ruched maxi dress from Banana Republic. the fabric is divine. and i chose the muted olive green because of my skin tone, but the dress is also carried in a golden yellow which is quite striking. add some metallics for some subtle class; or add a patterned scarf for visual interest. there are so many interesting ways to elevate a summer dress.
but how cute is this polka dot jumpsuit? recently, i shared a post on summer wardrobe-essentials. the mighty jumpsuit made the list. recently, i ordered this polka dot jumpsuit from Talbots, but there was a considerable shipping delay, and guess what? the jumpsuit is no longer available. but i did source several other polka dot jumpsuits that i think you’ll like just as well here and here.
today, i’m pulling in this puff sleeve open yellow jacket from Ann Taylor over this lightweight cotton pullover. to beat the heat, i’m pairing the jacket with these absolutely fun paper bag shorts. anyone who has been following me any length of time knows i don’t shy away from a good pair of shorts. this pair, also from Ann Taylor, is comfortable and airy—a perfect pairing with the jacket.