Denim Vests

I’ve been obsessing over finding a good denim vest for the upcoming Summer months.  It’s the perfect accessory to throw on over a maxi dress, printed skirt or colored denim.  At first, I contemplated shelling out a bit more for a basic medium washed denim vest, but after finding so many fun colors and prints, have decided Old Navy’s version (pictured first below) is perfect and will also allow me to choose one or two fun styles.

Denim Vests:

Old Navy Women’s Raw-Edged Denim Vest $29.94


ASOS Insight Denim Vest in Sundown Tie Dye $165.25


Forever 21 Cropped Rose Denim Vest $22.90


Pacsun Bullhead Black Denim Vest $39.50


Delia’s Floral Print Denim Vest $34.50


J. Crew Denim Vest in Workwear Wash $98


Urban Outiftters BDG Cutoff Denim Trucker Vest $59


Urban Outfitters Vintage 90’s Southwestern Print Denim Vest $69

Madewell Longroad Denim Vest in Sawduster Wash $88


Go Jane Solid Colored Denim Vest $31.70

Printed Shorts

Integrating new colors and prints into your wardrobe will maximize the use of everyday basics.  I’m trying to be really conscious of buying things I don’t have anything like in order to mix up my looks.  With Summer right around the corner, a great way to create easy outfits that are fun, but still allow you to run around, is to layer your staples on top (that you already have) – T’s, blazers, lightweight sweaters, and invest in some printed shorts.

Shorts have a bad rap because they can be a disaster if you buy the wrong type for your body.  Know that your shorts should hit just below the largest part of your thigh.  Also, make sure they are not too small (looks all kinds of wrong) AND not too big (usually looks really sloppy).  When all else fails (even though I love wearing shorts with strappy, colorful sandals) – wear them with a wedge or some type of comfortable heel – it instantly takes 5 lbs off.

That being said, it’s a great way to mix up solid colors and allows you to use a lot of pieces you probably already have.

Printed Shorts to Sport this Summer:

Madewell Side Cinch Shorts $175

DVF New Boymuda Circle Stitch Jacquard Short $285

ASOS River Island Leopard Print Denim Hot Pants $43.49

Sass & Bide I Been Around Shorts $122.50

Anthropologie Loveburst Shorts $148

Aqua Floral Printed Shorts $58

Anna Sui Printed Silk Crepe de Chine Shorts $330

Maison Scotch American Flag Shorts $103

Rachel Antonoff Annie Shorts $188

Forever 21 Zebra Print Shorts $15.80

DVF The Best Selling Rolled Shorts $236

Free People Daisy Shorts $98

MIH Jeans Star Print Shorts $240

Topshop Aztec Printed Shorts $60

Old Navy Dolphin Print Shorts $8

Treasure Blue Cuzco Shorts $72

Forever 21 Smocked Floral Hot Pants $14.80

Tibi Layla Ikat Printed Shorts $250

Alice and Olivia Butterfly Shorts $198

Dear Fieldbinder Tegen Shorts $176

Burberry London Jacquard  Shorts $325

Jen’s Pirates Booty Sunny Surf Shorts $110

Old Navy Striped French Terry Shorts $16.94

Anna Sui Printed Silk Shorts $325

Madewell Striped Junie Shorts $60

Delia’s Floral Printed Shorts $29.50

Joie Layana Ikat Print Silk Shorts $158

Forever 21 Floral Print Cutoffs $19.80

Joe’s Jeans High Rise Cutoff Shorts $128


Workout Tops

Everyone’s heard that you are more productive when you feel good about what you’re wearing.  When it comes to workout gear, this becomes even more important for me.  I’ll admit I’ve definitely put on a cute workout outfit only to parade around town appearing like I’ve just hit the gym when I really just wanted an excuse to wear a zip-up, sneakers and stretchy pants, but when I do make it to a group class, there’s no doubt I work harder when I’m in something I like.

A good sports bra and black stretchy pants are pretty much my staples, but I like to mix it up when it comes to the tops.  It’s fun to try different shapes and wear bright colors to add a little more interest.  So, save the sweatpants and oversized top for sleeping and start dressing the part!  Maybe it will motivate you to burn some extra calories…. or maybe you’ll just end up looking better running errands.

Tops That Mix Up Your Workout:

Hard Tail Scoop Back Tank Top $58

Nike ‘Critical Epic’ Sweatshirt $68

Adidas by Stella McCartney $65

Lululemon Wild Jacket $138

GapFit Motion Seamless Racerback Tank $29.95

Old Navy Women’s Active Seamless V-Neck $16.99

Hard Tail Diamond Back Tee $58

Lululemon Practice Freely Tank $58

Lucy Distance Long Sleeve Top $24.99

Lululemon Wild 1/2 Zip $98

Sweaty Betty Lightning Tank $50

Lucy Yoga Siren Racerback $49

Adidas by Stella McCartney Burnout Tee $80

Lucy Double Dip Dye Tee $19.99

Sweaty Betty Pavana LS Top $60

GapFit Motion Seamless Top $34.95

Lucy Spin Fusion Racerback $59

Hard Tail Wide Neck Top $64