We are having a rather hot summer here in Chicago. In fact, later this week it is supposed to hit the triple digits. Now for those of you who live in super hot climates, you'll probably think, oh boo hoo ;), but we are just not accustomed to the heat and it's not unusual for homes to be without air conditioning. Thankfully, I do.
Staying cool and looking great can be a challenge. I always enjoy doing a little people watching when the temperatures soar as the outfits get rather inventive and sadly, far too skimpy.
I especially enjoy wearing dresses in the summer. Dresses are the coolest thing you can possibly put on your body, as long as they aren't tight fitting.
I came across a lovely blog entitled Living In Yellow. The author is Erin and she has a great sense of style. She did not make the dresses, but I loved the color block aspect and the combination of prints.
This maxi is so cute with the surprise in the back. Easy to do with a basic t-shirt pattern.
Love this little dress. Great idea for a patterned fabric that has a stripe. Turn the stripe and create a border.
Another cute idea. Take a simple dress with a v-neck and add a band to create a loose tie. It will naturally drape at center back.
Here's another incredibly easy dress to create. It's very similar to THIS sleeve tutorial I did a few summers ago.
It seems like everyone has embraced the bare shoulder, or cold shoulder look. A simple idea for a breezy top is leave slits at center front, center back and the side seams.
I don't find shorts to be all that cool, but a cute short is still fun to wear. I love the pattern combination on the left and the applied trim on the right is super cute.
Wrap shorts make a comeback every few years. I wore these when I was in high school...and that was not yesterday!!! But, a cute idea then and a cute idea now.
There are so many patterns that you can find for similar shorts. And if you don't want a short, then make a pant, or a longer culotte style. I found the pattern below HERE on Etsy.
This is the pattern that I purchased when I was in high school and still love. You can find it HERE, HERE, and HERE on Etsy.
And finally, for a little Monday fun, I came across this picture and thought, "you have got to be kidding!" It was labeled, "a great idea." Really? All they did was take a shirt and twist it to the side and use the opposite sleeve to tie it together. Great shoes though!!!