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Wardrobe Wednesday | Simple & Sustainable Summer Style


Man, I love Summer style and how easy outfits can be. Because of the obvious heat, I like to keep outfit pieces simple and minimal, but have everyday go-to’s that still pack a stylist punch or make me feel cute even if I didn’t have to put much effort into it at all. Case in point: a lightweight, simple linen button down that has interesting buttons so it almost feels like a built in accessory, even though I’m wearing a breezy top that’s great for hot weather. These avarcas from Brave Soles are also definitely my shoe of the Summer. They are SO comfy, and go with just about everything. No joke. Shorts, pants, skirts, dresses…I seriously love these, and as my second pair from Brave Soles I can speak to the quality and comfort of their items which is a huge plus for being able to buy sandals ethically & sustainably made out of recycled tires!

Confession: these shorts are my first-ever distressed anythings. I totally never saw myself as a ripped jeans kind of girl, but when I found this pair of shorts for a great price on ThredUp, I decided to give them a try and it was love at first wear. They are the perfect blend of high-waisted, distressed, but long enough to feel appropriate for a 30-something Mama running around with her kids. ;) Win/win/win! I’m now definitely into ripped jean shorts and while these were bought second hand, there are a ton of great options out there of similar styles!

This tote bag from SutiSana (another favorite ethical company changing the lives of women around the world) is one of my favorite grab-and-go pieces. I’d been long searching for an easy tote bag for taking my kids to the library, going to the farmer’s market or running other random errands. To be honest, I may be a mom (and proud of it!), but I didn’t want a “mom” looking tote bag. I wanted something that still felt like me that I’d totally use whether my kids were with me or not, and this bag is totally that. I love the fun colors and pattern and how it compliments a simple outfit perfectly! I also lovvvve my simple, minimal rings. These have been collected from a few different small brands (see shops at the bottom of this post) but you can find fun and simple gold rings all over the place right now like this one from Madewell!

Shorts: American Eagle via ThredUp | Shirt: Zara | Shoes: Brave Soles | Tote: SutiSana | Rings: Formation Co / Milo Vala / Cicie Jewelry

My legs still may be pasty white, but I’m embracing my Summer wardrobe (and buying some self-tanner ;) just the same! What are your favorite simple pieces for wearing over and over throughout the Summer?

Thanks to my girl Jenny B. Photography for all of these images!

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  1. Anna says:

    I purchased a pair of overalls by Universal Thread/ Target for spring and I’m still wearing them with a simple tank or tee & my cork bed sandals. I bought a pair of crops from Goodwill and turned them into cut offs and just purchased a pair of chambray shorts from Target. I am unable to buy from many of the more sustainable companies, but I can buy fewer items and buy things that will last me awhile. I would like to get one more pair of second hand shorts, and then I shouldn’t need shorts again, for a long time, unless I change sizes.
    My short sleeve chambray button-down that I got last fall, on clearance, is another thing I wear all of the time, a tank by Time&Tru, and some knit dress by Time&Tru are some other things I have been wearing since last summer that continue to work quite well for me.

    • Tori says:

      Awesome! Those sound like a lot of great basics that allow you to get a lot of wear and mix & match. I definitely can’t buy solely from the sustainable/ethical brands, yet, but I try where I can and the Good on You app at least helps me narrow down which of the larger, more affordable companies have the best practices overall. So that’s been really helpful!

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