Do you need some simple summer style ideas? Maybe you don’t have the same dilemma, but I have trouble getting excited about summer style. Unlike fall, which brings with it endless options for textures and layering, summer style always seems a little “blah.”
A cute sundress is nice. But with two little boys and an active family, sundresses don’t usually fit the bill for my lifestyle. Shorts and t-shirts feel boring most of the time (though maybe I just haven’t found the right ones).
In Chicago, we’ve yet to experience terribly warm weather, though I’m determined that it’s on its way. Maybe, like most others in this town, I can will the weather to be warmer by dressing as if it actually is warmer. That really does happen around here, every year, without fail.
Hoping to find a little summer style inspiration, I’m returning to this season’s Get Your Pretty On (GYPO) Style Challenge: Summer Edition. I skipped the Spring Challenge (correctly anticipating we wouldn’t be seeing much spring weather here). I also didn’t have much of a penchant for spring style. But I’m ready for summer… more than you can imagine. Currently, I feel like I’ve been cold for… forever! And I’m ready to have a clue about what to wear that’s fun and stylish without being overly complicated (Alison’s GYPO specialty).
I don’t anticipate buying much, if anything, for the challenge. We don’t relish in much summer weather in Chicago, so I don’t have a particularly large collection of summer gear. But I do have a handful of summer pieces that I’m hoping I can style using inspiration from Alison’s outfit combinations.
Are you ready for summer style?
If you’ve got your shorts and t-shirts and sun dresses locked and loaded for long days and warm nights, congratulations. Consider me jealous. If, however, you’re not sure what to throw on for a trip to the beach, a girls night out on a restaurant’s outdoor patio, or s’mores next to a bonfire (my personal favorite), maybe you want to join me?
During the challenge, I’m planning to share at least one post with some ideas of sustainable style alternatives for those of you contemplating more socially conscious options. While it’s not expected that we’ll all go buy a closet of new pieces, it’s nice to know where we can find comparable items to those on more traditional store shelves and sites.
Are you up for joining me?
If you think this might be up your alley, click on through and check out the details of the GYPO Summer Style Challenge. If you’re not sure if it’s for you, I’ve shared previously a high-level overview of the challenge and who I think may or may not be good candidates, so certainly check that out. And then decide if you think it’s a worthwhile investment in yourself.
Let me know if you decide to join, and I’ll see you in the GYPO Summer Style Challenge Facebook group.
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