It’s that time again! The kiddos are headed back to school, and we’re all scrambling to get everything ready. Well, some of us are scrambling. I haven’t even started! My little guy is headed to preschool for the first time, and I’ve decided to avoid all things “back to school” in hopes that I can keep him little forever!
While all the focus is usually on the kids this time of year, we moms are about to get really busy. Schedule juggling here we come! It’s time to trade in our afternoons at Jax Beach or the pool for sports games, school drop offs and pick ups, field trips, and birthday parties. I wanted to share some easy ways to help your style graduate to the next level. (See what I did there?) Maybe you don’t want to spend a ton of time thinking about your wardrobe. Good for you! But maybe you were standing in front of your closet just this morning wondering how to breathe a little bit of new life into your style. Well, let’s get to it. Here are five easy ways to mix things up and add a little spice to your outfits.
1. Trade your shorts for a skirt.
My denim cut-offs stay in constant rotation, but sometimes I like to switch things up and trade them for a comfy skirt. I keep the rest of the outfit the same – basic tee shirt and converse tennis shoes, but the skirt gives it a completely different feel. This is one of my favorite weekend looks! Helpful hint: Keep your shoes casual, so you don’t look overdressed at the grocery store or soccer game. The skirt I’m wearing above is actually covered in sequins, so I opted for tennis shoes to keep the look cool and casual!
2. Get a baseball tee… or five.
Okay. Let’s talk about the baseball tee. It’s so versatile – not just for ball games, people! I have several of these and wear them all the time. I love that they can easily be dressed up (like my look on the right) or down (like the look on the left). Just trade your jeans for a pencil skirt, and you’re ready for brunch with your girlfriends. Helpful hint: For a more relaxed look, I usually size up in these tops.
3. Put a jean jacket with it.
I’m not usually much of a cardigan girl – although I do wear one in this post (ha!), because I feel too prim and proper when I try to pull them off. But sometimes an outfit just needs a little bit of effortless layering, so I usually reach for a jean jacket. Jean jackets have a casual vibe and go with just about anything – pants, short skirts and dresses, and even long maxis. Try wearing it buttoned with the sleeves rolled up. Helpful hint: If you’re short like me and don’t think you can wear maxi dresses, try trying them in a knot near the bottom. I do this a lot! And got for a more fitted jean jacket. You don’t want the boxy look.
4. Go back to the basics.
You need these three basic pieces in your wardrobe: a chambray shirt, black jeans, and leopard shoes. When you don’t know what to wear or don’t even have time to think about it, grab this outfit for an effortlessly chic look! You could also do the reverse with a black top and blue jeans. And for those of you who are a little scared of leopard print, this is an easy way to incorporate just a tiny bit of it into your life. You’ll be surprised how many outfits this print compliments. It’s a neutral, after all! Helpful hint: If booties are too edgy for you, go with a classic ballet flat.
5. Top off your look with a hat.
Hats are the best. They cover bad hair days like nothing else, so I wear them constantly. Some of the easiest styles to wear are the fedora and the panama hat. And when the temperatures start dropping, a floppy felt hat is the perfect accessory! Helpful hint: Think you can’t pull off a hat? Ease into it, and start with a baseball cap!
About the Author
Lyndsay’s motto is: “Life is messy. Life is beautiful.” And as a lifestyle photographer, her goal is to capture the sometimes messy (but always beautiful!) moments. She is passionate about working with families and embraces the not-so-perfect aspects of her own life as well as her clients. Though she’s based in North Florida, she often travels for photo shoots. Lyndsay also writes a lifestyle blog Pink Coffee Photo with an international following. There she posts favorite photo shoots, crafty projects, outfit posts, photography tips, and rambles about her family and faith. She loves doing life on the First Coast with her husband, Anderson, and three-year-old, Kingston Rock. Thrift stores are her favorite places to shop, and most of her “down time” is spent hanging with her boys and making crafty DIY projects.