cute as a button

Skirt: Forever 21 (similar here)
Boots: Forever 21 (similar here)


casual summer & guide to buying basics

I've always hated buying basics. My thought process is always something along the lines of: why bother buying this plain white tee when I could get this faB PRINTED ROMPER?

Damn fab printed rompers. Always getting in the way.

Anyway, I finally settled in and purchased some basics. And you know what? It wasn't too painful at all. I think that my problem before was that I was looking at basics that were just too... basic. I didn't want to buy them because I could only really wear them with extremely bold, statement pieces, and not just with simple jeans, for example, lest I emerge with a plain and boring outfit.

The key to buying basics, I've found, is seeking details that add dimension to a simple piece. This basic white tank top, for example, with its pleating and ruffles, or these sandals in a neutral color with lace up details.

And most of all, and I cannot stress this enough, fit is vital! Fit is about finding not only the right size, but also a flattering silhouette and cut. For example, I've found that high rise bottoms work much better on my figure and can make an outfit look put together even when paired with basic tops, such as this tank, which is the perfect cropped-but-not-too-cropped length.

Hope these breif tips help and that y'all are having a lovely summer thus far!

Cardigan: American Eagle
Shoes: Forever 21 (similar here)

(note: This post is not sponsored by American Eagle. Quite on the contrary, I am enslaved the company as the person who writes names on fitting room doors for $8.25/hr.)


a hint of retro

Top: Nordstrom (similar here)
Ballet flats: Rocket Dog (similar here)



Top: H&M (similar here)
Skirt: gift (similar here)
Cardigan: Mossimo Supply Co. -- thrifted (similar here)
Ballet flats: Aldo (similar here)