Fashion and Modesty

Liana’s 10 Favorite Spring and Summer Looks

I’m going to be sharing with you some of my favorite looks for the Spring and Summer. They aren’t in preference order or anything like that. I numbered things and they just came out like this!

Now that that is said, here are my favorite looks!

1. Monochromatic

Monochromatic means that the outfit is all one color or hue. I absolutely love monochromatic outfits and I think they are very flattering. My personal favorite is all navy with either silver, green or yellow accents. I love it when Bermuda shorts are used in the outfit. It’s a really easy look to pull off and it doesn’t take too much effort. This look works on everyone.

2. High Waist Pants

This is a look that I really like but is extremely hard to pull off. It is very popular and cute when done right. I would suggest getting a simple print on the pant (maybe a light pinstripe) so that you can mix-and-match with many different tops. They will only be in style for a little while so wear them as much as possible! I would suggest that when you wear this look that you tuck in your shirt to show them off! These pants will draw attention to your mid section so be aware of that. Also, never get high waist pants that have a skinny leg. It is very unflattering even on petite and small people. It just doesn’t work.

$98.00, Anthropologie
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$98.00, Anthropologie
High waist pants

3. Wide-leg Pants or Jeans

This is also an adorable look and is easy for anyone to pull off. If purchasing wide-leg jeans, go for a darker wash because they are more slimming. These pants can be casual and dressy. They are very versatile and go with pretty much anything. So when you’re buying your next pair of pants, try some wide-legs!

These are the dressy version of wide-leg pants:

$69.50, J.Crew
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$49.50, The Gap
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These are the more casual version:

$80.00, J. Crew
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$32.50, Old Navy
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4. Scarves

Scarves are the hottest accessory as of now in my opinion. They can make a t-shirt and jeans an outfit very easily and can be worn in many different styles. Here are some pictures of my favorites.

$68.00, Anthropologie
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$88.00, Anthropologie
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$38.00, Anthropologie
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$48.00, Anthropologie
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5. Dresses
Adorable, easy, beautiful and feminine. They can be casual and dressy. Adding a single accessory makes an outfit very easily with a dress and a pair of flats. Take advantage of the fact that dresses are in style and everyone is wearing them! Here are some of my favorites for this summer.

$59.50, The Gap
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$59.50, The Gap
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$39.50, Old Navy
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$20.00, Old Navy
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6. Jackets
Jackets are very in and very flattering on everyone. Finding the right fit might be difficult for you but it is possible. Most of us can’t afford to go to a tailor (at least I can’t) so scouring the shops for a jacket that you like and fits can be extremely difficult. But it’s worth it! Here are some of my favorite sweater jackets and jackets.

$138.00, J.Crew
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$69.50, The Gap
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$69.50, The Gap
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$128.00, J.Crew
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$148.00, Anthropologie
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7. Flats
Flats are very in and very fun. You can get crazy patterns on them and plain classic looks. They work with dresses, pants, skirts and shorts—so everything! Old Navy has some very cute flats this season so check them out at oldnavy.com. Here are some of my favorite styles:

$9.99, Old Navy
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$14.99, Target
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$225.00, J.Crew
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$19.50, Old Navy
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8. Skirts
Skirts are popular! And I don’t mean those mini-skirts (remind me, why did anyone think they were OK to wear?) I mean knee-length, flowing and flattering skirts. Pattern is fun, color is fun and plain is also fun. I personally find skirts much more comfortable in the heat of summer compared to shorts. I think that having one or two simple skirts would be wonderful for everyday wardrobe but maybe one funky patterned or colored skirt for special events and church. Add some funk to your wardrobe! Make sure that your skirt hits your knee—it makes for the best silhouette! If you’ve got some curves, skirts that are a-line skirt or a full will be best for you. They should be fairly easy to find. Here are some of my favorite styles!

This striped skirt is one of my favorite skirts. It’s pretty expensive but I thought you might like to see it anyway.

$175.00, J.Crew
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$49.50, The Gap
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$49.50, The Gap
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9. Pattern and Color
This may seem like quite a wide range for style—it is! Color is especially in this season (as opposed to black or neutrals). Yellows, greens, blues, oranges and metallics are very current. Pick a color or two that compliments your skin and buy a few items in that color. You’ll find that it will update your wardrobe quite a bit. If you want, also buy a few items in pattern in those colors. It’ll add some mix-and-match ability to your wardrobe. Here are some of my favorite colors and patterns for the season.

$110.00, J.Crew
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$44.50, The Gap
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$98.00, J.Crew
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$38.00, The Gap
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10. Accentuating Your Waist
This is a popular look. Use a belt or wear a wrap shirt. Having a waist is a very in look nowadays. Thus the high waist pants, wrap dresses and shirts, belts in the middle of the shirt and wide-leg pants. Accentuating your waist will enhance your natural hour-glass figure and make you look thinner. Try not to let the shirt or dress bunch anywhere—it won’t compliment your body. Some of my favorite looks that can accentuate your waist!

$68.00, Anthropologie
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$68.00, Anthropologie
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Most of these clothes are pretty expensive. I wanted to give you an idea of what is in and what the prices usually are. You can go out shopping and keep an eye open for these styles and good prices. Target, Marshall’s, TJMaxx, Kohl’s, JCPenney’s, Old Navy, The Gap and other stores will have good prices and maybe something that’ll look good on you! Remember to try things on — trying never hurt anybody!

Discussion

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  1. This is my Liana story about fashion sense.

    Liana was my slowest toddler to speak. She was well over 2 years before she really showed interest in communicating. Little did we know. Once she started, opinions were well formed and readily articulated.

    At the ripe ol’ age of 3+ Liana accompanied me to the bank. We headed into the lobby, I quickly made my deposit, and we resumed our travels. As we drove out of the lot, Liana, looking straight ahead, said, “Mama, did you see that lady’s suit? I liked all the red. She even had matching shoes and lipstick!”

    Indeed, a manager had strolled across the floor donned in red from head to foot. But what three year old would have noticed such detail, or at any rate, been concerned with it?

    We started listening to her advice. Deb (Marr) Gordon unashamedly turned to Liana for approval of her clothes before heading out the door (and Liana was definitely elementary age at that time.)

    All to say, her love and interest in fashion is far from new. And who knows, perhaps she had been forming comments from the age of 18 months, but just didn’t know how to express them. She does now!

    Posted by darlene | March 12, 2008, 9:47 am
  2. Thanks, Liana! What a fun post :)
    Perhaps you’ll consider doing one on maternity wear for those of us who will be doing the dramatic tummy thing this spring and early summer? Love to you, Q

    Posted by Quinne | March 12, 2008, 11:11 am
  3. nanz: you should host a fashion blog for Christian girls.

    Posted by nancy hull | March 12, 2008, 5:45 pm
  4. you’re so weird=P haha. but i love you anyhow.

    Posted by ana | March 13, 2008, 7:04 am
  5. OK, so I’ve got this dilemma: I don’t think I look decent in ballet flats. I tend to look bow-legged. Recommendations in place of flats??

    Posted by Brietta Paladin | March 13, 2008, 7:47 am
  6. Now I am going to to go on-line clothes shopping and when my husband finds out I’m blaming you! ha ha
    YOU really got me thinkin, girl! Any advice for a real cheapskate like me? I have no problem paying $15-$20 for a hunk of grating cheese, but flats? Well, I just need to get over it I guess. Clothes cost money- especially when you don’t want to look frumpy and plain like me! :~) I have another fashion friend who is always giving me a really hard time about my dress. She thinks I waste my height and such by always being so blah. I bought a pair of patent leather high heels from The Isle last summer and wore them once. I had at least ten people compliment me, so I know if I broke out of my mold I would have potential. Easier said than done! Now we’ll have to wait until this pregnancy is over and then I’ll need you to go shopping with me…OK?

    Posted by LisaC. | March 13, 2008, 8:07 pm
  7. I agree about the maternity wear listing. You (Liana) oughta start looking into that and get something up soon! Then Lisa wouldn’t have to wait until post pregnancy. Hubby would have to spring the big bucks even sooner – just kidding, Eric! (Lisa, you look great!)

    And if it really matters to you, Bri, standing in a modified first position takes care of that bowlegged stuff instantly. That is, if it really matters enough to try and remember and retrain yourself, etc., etc. I think you look pretty cute just the way you are! Even in flats!

    This is fun. I personally love clothes/fashion – in spite of how I look! ;)

    Posted by darlene | March 14, 2008, 1:02 am
  8. Brietta–

    I looked around online and find a few different sites that have thong sandals, dressy flip-flops, wedge shoes (not high ones since I know that heels are not at all what you consider comfort), espadrilles and some others. I think you’ll really like some of them.

    piperlime.com — wedges, thong sandals, flip-flops, and more.
    oldnavy.com — thong sandals.
    payless.com — on sale items. It is hard to find good things here but it’s possible.

    Lisa–

    I know, fashion is so expensive. I hate the prices, love the clothes. But really, a pair of shoes that is $15 is amazing! Good, designer shoes usually cost somewhere between $50-$200 a pair. Those $15 ones start sounding real good! Same with clothing. Finding items online that are cheap (below $30) and current can be very difficult. I like looking around online but actual shopping is easier to do in person. Most stores usually have one sale rack at least (if you go at the right times, stores like H&M, The Gap, Old Navy, Target and Express have the entire store on sale. Really, they do.) Looking online and finding out what normal prices are suddenly makes you all the more grateful for the sale racks!

    I’d love to go shopping with you. =)

    –Liana

    Posted by Liana Sinclair | March 14, 2008, 5:46 am
  9. Now I have to admitted that I have some very strong fashion opinions that I will not go into but the one comment that I wanted to leave is to spend the money for good quality shoes. Cheap shoes are hard on the feet, never comfortable and therefore worn less and don’t last long. Good quality shoes are more expensive but are more comfortable, last way longer and are much more durable throughout the years. Example…..I have a pair of Dansko clogs that I bought in 1999 and I still wear to this day almost 10 yrs later. Now they were $100 but I have worn them working 12 hrs night shifts and also walking around the streets of NYC. I have to say that they have paid for themselves.

    PS. Also, better for your health…back, legs, posture…..

    Liz RN

    Posted by Liz | March 14, 2008, 10:42 am
  10. Liz, you have wonderful fashion opinions, no doubt! Totally!

    But in favor of cheap shoes I have this to suggest – pay big bucks for the shoes that are classic and worn alot for many years, but consider going cheap for the shoes that are fun, trendy little items only worn for a short time. That way you can have several pairs in a variety of colors! It may work, especially for those with younger feet. ;)

    That’s one another thought on shoes!

    *Edited
    One more thought. Health is something to be kept in mind. I remember my mother always insisted that we have good quality shoes even as children. Pinched toes tolerated for long seasons can result in bad things. Beware! You’ve all been well forewarned!

    Posted by darlene | March 15, 2008, 2:22 pm
  11. Looks good, nice work, when will you enlighten your male readers? :).

    -N

    Posted by Nathan Parente | April 3, 2008, 9:09 am