Monday, 26 January 2015

Dressing Up Denim Shorts - Casual Summer Outfits with a Hat and Headscarf

Two more #JaNEWary style challenge outfits and two different ways to dress up denim shorts. I'm still enjoying being a stay at home mum a little longer before I return to work, so I'm always dressing for comfort first. I'm trying to put a little more effort into what I wear and be a little dressed up now and then, so I don't fall into a rut of the same outfits over and over.

In the winter, I was looking for ways to try dress up my jeans, now in summer I'm looking for ways to dress up shorts. Just like before, I find accessorising is the best way to do that. And it's easy to do, just add a little something before I step out the door. Denim is a great option for life with baby, but it's good to be able to dress it up now and then.


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Here's what I wore to spend the day by the sea:
printed headscarf peplum tank denim shorts LV neverfull beach outfit
Scarf: gifted Paris print silk scarf
Necklace: Nibbly Bits Abacus necklace in pop
SingletZalora basics ruffle hem tank in black (on sale!)
ShortsJeanswest black denim cuff shorts
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs
BagLouis Vuitton MM damier azur neverfull


The style challenge for the day was to 'wear black'. Which was not my first choice for a sunny day, I'll be honest! Kept cool with denim shorts and a sleeveless tank. I like the ruffle detail on this tank, and it was nice and loose for a hot day.

My new scarf fit the challenge theme too. My mum bought it for me in Paris, it's beautiful. I thought wearing the scarf in my hair added a nice bit of interest to the outfit and dressed it up a little. Unlike the last time I wore a scarf in my hair, it wasn't tugged on too much by baby T which was good. We took a road trip up the coast, and had lunch by the sea followed by a bit of shopping. Baby T even had time for a paddle in the waves.


Last worn: peplum tank, denim shorts, Havaianas, Louis Vuitton Neverfull. First time I've worn the scarf.



Here's what I wore to spend the day at Southbank with my family:
casual summer outfit denim shorts button down tank floral print shirt LV NF
Hat: Big W bow detail sunhat
ShirtRiver Island floral print sleeveless shirt
ShortsJeanswest denim cuff shorts
ShoesAsos 'five star' leather sandals
BagLouis Vuitton MM damier azur neverfull


When I wore this, the style challenge was 'try something different with your makeup'. I am not a beauty guru at all. I have the products I use, and just one of each of them. While I was younger I'd have a few different eyeshadows and lippies, but it's never really been something I've been as interested in as I am in clothes or accessories. Over the years, I've downsized to my staple products and so my options are makeup on, or makeup off! I spent the day without any makeup, and hid it under a big hat.

I like how the hat worked with this outfit. I'm not a hat person, but being out so often during the day lately I am loving hats just for the sun protection aspect! The nice wide brim helps keep baby T shaded a little when I baby wear too. Plus a bad hair day is really easy to hide....I might be converting to being a hat person!

Wore this out for a day at Southbank with my grandparents and family, and felt appropriately dressed up enough for a lunch at the restaurants nearby. It helps that the sleeveless shirt has a few sequins woven in too. Isn't it pretty? Another cute piece my mum brought back from Europe for me.


Last worn: sun hat, denim shorts, leather sandals, Louis Vuitton Neverfull bag (see above). First time I've worn the shirt.




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41 comments:

  1. Hi, Thank you for linking up with the new Shoe and Tell Fashion Link-Up on Style Nudge!!
    Isn't ASOS great - fab sandals!!

    Cherie
    http://www.stylenudge.com

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  2. Mica I like the head scarf in outfit one. I used to be obsessed with hair accessories but now I have gotten so lazy I almost forget to brush my hair in the morning (I have dead straight hair which is why it hardly even need detangling lol)

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    1. I used to wear head scarves all the time, great for the heat! I think I need to get back into it, since I don't really 'style' my hair haha.

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  3. These are both adorable! I love the ruffle tank! You look adorable in that hat too!

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  4. Hey, great post! I found you on the Style Elixir LinkUp.

    I love your outfit. I'm hosting a linkup over on my blog. Its based in the UK and I wondered if you wanted to come and share your post. I'd love to have you on the linkup (runs every Monday), maybe you'll find some new UK readers also. :)

    http://www.atouchoftartan.co.uk/

    Laura xx

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  5. I absolutely love the headscarf in your first photo, I've tried to do mine like that before but it just doesn't seem to look right on me. You look great in both photos.

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    1. thanks! It's good for a bad hair day ;)

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  6. I love been able to put something in your hair or on your head for a different look!
    I really like you with the headscarf! Two great outfits!
    x Kirsty

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  7. i love that printed top with denim shorts look! looks awesome on you mica!
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  8. Love the head scarf. I need to try that more! You look effortless in both looks!
    Carylee | more pieces of me

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  9. Girrrrl, that printed top in the second look is amazing! Love it :)

    The Dragonfruit Diaries

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  10. You my Dears, look absolutely adorable in the head scarf! Smart too, to wear a hat. Good girl, sun has been horrendous. xx

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  11. Accessorizing really does dress up an outfit. I feel like patterns do, too like in your second outfit with that adorable top! Love your pretty head scarf, too!

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  12. That necklace in picture one is absolutely fab, I want to make me something like that now ;-) And I love the print of the shirt in the second picture. As far as your head accessories go, you look great with both, but I think I like the scarf just a tiny little bit better.

    Alex - Funky Jungle

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    1. Thanks! It is such a pretty scarf, that helps! :)

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  13. I wish I could wear shorts right now. Both pairs of these denim ones are so cute. I love it every time you wear that necklace. Also the sleeveless floral top and hat are adorable.

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  14. I'm so jealous of the weather! Great looks, but the second one with the hat is my favorite! I am dreaming with Spring/Summer Season right now. So pretty!
    ~Tatiana
    We Shop in Heels

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  15. The shorts and ruffle peplum outfit looks so comfy and easy for a hot day! Please pass on some warmth to the northern hemisphere... Love the head scarf addition, you look too cute withit!

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    1. Wish I could send you some warmth! :)

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  16. I think the headscarf outfit is my favourite! Great look for you Mica. The printed sleeveless blouse is also lovely. xx/Madison
    Insta-Living Vol. 05

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  17. I love your wide brimmed hat!

    michellespaige.blogspot.com

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  18. I've always thought that dressing up shorts was difficult. However the great bag and the hat make it seem like something that can be done easily.

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    1. I think accessories are the key to so many outfits! :)

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  19. Every time I see these shorts I think they look like the best fitting denim shorts. I love that black top in your first look! The ruffle hem is so fun.

    Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

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  20. I love the first look, casual elegance. You look so pretty!

    besos,
    M
    The Flower Duet

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  21. Totally wish I could rock the head scarf look. You look amazing. I was def not on my shorts game last summer after having the baby. I felt so awkward all the time. Since I've lost nearly 30 lbs since then, I should be a little more comfortable this time around. Thank you for the tips! (:

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    1. Worth giving the scarf a try! :) I know what you mean, body changes so much after baby it takes you a while to warm back up to things in your wardrobe. But you look incredible, hope you get the shorts out this summer! :)

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  22. Love the second look - the floral and denim is perfect together, and the hat is a fantastic touch.
    Chic on the Cheap

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  23. Love your peplum top! So missing summer right now! ;)

    - Che

    www.style-che.com

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  24. I've been having the same challenges, trying to find different ways to wear and style shorts. I feel like I've been using tanks and white tees far too much lately.

    Sxx
    www.daringcoco.com

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    1. I'm trying to make an effort not to wear them all the time...but they are just so easy for summer! Got to try be a little different at least when I do wear them :)

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  25. I love these looks! You look so cute!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  26. wow.. you are all summer ready!!! so jealous.. i can use some warmth right now!! :D

    Animated Confessions

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  27. I love that headscarf. You should also tie it around the handles of your handbag! That would be so beautiful too!

    Clare
    Understated Classics

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  28. Cute! I love the idea of making denim shorts look different! I just came from the What I Wore Link Up. You should come link up over at my style & beauty link up! The Style Files Link-Up

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  29. Both looks are adorable! I am so jealous it is warm enough for you to wear that right now! :) Thanks for joining the Celebrate Southern Linkup last week!

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  30. Thank you all for your kind comments!

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