There are very few clothes that are comfortable to wear during the middle of the summer in Arizona, and very few clothes is about all that is humanly possible to handle when the temperature soars from anywhere between 105 to 120 degrees with the addition of humidity which increases during the monsoon months of August and September.
Pants are the last thing we normally contemplate during this season, but here's a pair that can happily take you from day to night without feeling that you're wearing pants or anything at all for that matter. They're light and airy, loose fitting, comfortable, don't crease, don't stick or show perspiration. Another great find from H&M at only $19.99 and they're bound to hold their own through a couple of seasons if not a couple of years.
Olive green has steadily been growing in popularity, it's one of my faves. I love how it works with white, neutrals and black. The polyester fabric of these pants is virtually weightless and maintenance free. They can be machine washed on a warm delicate cycle with a quick drying time on low heat and ready to wear pronto! The fabric has a crinkled woven texture, elasticated waistband (who doesn't love that in these mid life years), side pockets and an ankle length tapered leg finished with sewn cuffs.
This black Ella Moss top is a few years old and has remained on circulation every summer without fail. It's loose fitting soft knit fabric is super comfortable and yet feels sophisticated with the deep V halter style neck line and cross over front.
The shoes are my go-to black summer sandals, perfect dupes for the Valentino shoes at a fraction of the price. I've linked them further down. The heel is perfect for all day comfort, and they make even the weirdest feet like mine look relatively normal!
The earrings are from JCrew and are currently on sale. The necklace is from Banana Republic, although I don't remember what I paid for it, I know it was a phenomenal deal as they had one of their fantastic jewelry sales going on at the time.
The piece de resistance is this Dior cross body saddle style bag that I've had for 30 years, which I suppose makes it vintage! The olive green matches beautifully as luck would have it and since I was wearing this outfit to go to the theater, it was the perfect size being small and compact. This bag is the prop to my pants in that it probably makes them look way more expensive than they actually are.
Regular purchasing of high end designer labels is just not sustainable for most, but adding some inexpensive pieces into the mix can totally make a wardrobe go above and beyond! With the fast turnover of merchandise particularly in the brick and mortar stores, it can sometimes be just a matter of weeks before an inexpensive item becomes a desirable "where did you get that?" type of piece. If you pick these items carefully, somewhat bordering on the conservative side, the longer you have a piece the more desirable it becomes for two reasons, a) it's not available anymore, and b) nobody remembers seeing it in the high street store so you can totally pull off making it look and feel expensive with how you style and accessorize it.
Since most establishments in Arizona keep the air conditioning on full blast during the summer to over compensate for the excessive heat outdoors, I added the kimono to take the chill off my shoulders during the theater performance.
From work to happy hour with the hubby, I styled the pull on pants with this off the shoulder pointe knit top from Anne Taylor. Going with the neutrals I added a very unique fur pom pom and tassel necklace that my girlfriend gave me from England, a neutral bag and Kate Spade leopard print pumps (also considered a neutral).
Unique details selectively appointed always add interest and style to an outfit and turn the impression from ordinary to extraordinary!
Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful week my friends!
Karen Serino is a life and style blogger, sharing fashion, fitness and fun for youthful women in their forties, fifties and beyond.
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