Summer has arrived and with that, a sense of style returns.
Every year, it’s tanned legs popping out of short-shorts, sun-kissed tresses, multi-colored flip-flops, and breezy dresses. We gussy up when our friends invite us over to grill and we choose swimsuits to thrill. The call of hot pink and Caribbean blue tells me when it comes to style.
I haven’t the slightest clue.
You won’t see me poolside under a cute straw hat with an impeccable pedi in this season’s “it” colors. I’ll be lucky if I even make it to the pool in a swimsuit that’s not mistaken for a cover-up, let alone my toes painted! You see, this is my first year as a mom of a toddler. I’m still trying to lose that “baby weight” (aren’t we all???) and the idea of a swimsuit right now has me rolling my eyes let alone going to the store to buy a stylish one!
Growing up, the call of summer was the chance to shed a few layers and let the world see me for the cosmopolitan beauty I was. This year? I realized I haven’t picked up a Cosmo mag in years and have no idea what people think is in style these days. In fact, I was recently asked to be a part of a photo shoot where the dress code was cream and white, frilly lace, light denim, and chambray.
One look in my closet and I realized I must dress like a moody teenager.
Black, gray t-shirts, dark denim, yoga pants. No frilly lace here, and I had to google what chambray was! A couple of friends tried to help with suggestions of accessories, but I fail there as well. Think studded earrings and a chain with my daughter’s thumbprint on it that’s it. My purse? No Marc Jacobs here, just a functional black cross-body by some designer I found cheap on Zulily!
So, what’s a mom to do when she feels totally out of touch with what’s in style and summer is well, here?
Besides enjoying the look of wonderment and excitement over my daughter’s first real experience with all things summer, I really don’t know. Which is why I’m asking you! What’s your go-to style this summer? What designer or “it” look has you inspired to be poolside? I would love to know so, comment below!