It seems that every summer I add a new pair of sandals to my wardrobe that I end up wearing on repeat throughout the season. Last year it was these Ancient Greek sandals, which I’m still obsessed with. This year brought a pandemic and with it a renewed interest in comfort clothing. After a couple of months of wearing Birkenstocks and Pandemic Pants (yoga pants for those of you not in the know), I realized that I shouldn’t totally just give up on my look and opted for upgraded takes on those cozy favorites, persuading me to purchase Tory Burch’s take on classic Birks. Are they the cutest thing in my wardrobe? No, not by a long shot. Do I love them? Absolutely. Given how happy a new pair of sandals made me in the midst of this COVID-19 crisis, I thought I’d roundup 10 of my favorite flat sandals in the slideshow below. Just click on the photo to be taken to the retailer!
It feels a little early to share a recap of monthly purchases with nine days left in July, but I feel confident this is it. We’re going on a social-distanced jaunt to northern Wisconsin to get away for a few days next weekend and everything was purchased in anticipation of that mini escape.
See all of this year’s sartorial additions here.
- J.Crew t-shirt – Northern Wisconsin is hardly the place to wear a tropical beach cover up after a few hours at the lake. This, however, is perfect. It’s incredibly soft and runs true to size.
- J.Crew sweatshorts – I’ve stopped wearing Pandemic Pants (a.k.a. yoga pants) every single day while staying at home, but I still can’t resist the siren song of cute loungewear. These are great for hanging out at home, but the length is still appropriate to wear in public on your deck/balcony or for neighborhood walks. They do stretch out, so you might want to try your regular size and a size smaller to see which is best.
- Tory Burch ‘Selby’ espadrille slide (also here) – Okay, a few cocktails may have swayed my decision to order Tory Burch’s take on Birkenstock’s classic Arizona slide, but I’m so glad I did! They’re not conventionally cute, but they look adorable with easy summer dresses and with the aforementioned sweatshorts and a Breton-striped top. They’re incredibly comfortable out of the box and run true to size. If you’re between sizes, though, go down a half size.
- Paravel ‘Cabana’ tote in shandy – This actually hasn’t made its way here yet and I’m hopeful it’ll come by the time we set out next week. I’ve wanted an oversize carryall for road trips for awhile now, but I didn’t want something in canvas that would scuff easily. I love my Paravel products because the coated material resists stains and repels water. So, may as well add the tote to my collection. I’ll let you know if it doesn’t meet up to expectations!
I know this is the epitome of first-world problems (and I’m grateful I can even complain about this because I’ve been healthy), but one of the most difficult things about the global pandemic is not being able to travel. In a typical year, we would have already had at least one getaway by now. And while we were able to do long weekends in Chicago and Milwaukee before the world was turned upside down, it’s not nearly the same as our usual spring jaunts that Facebook is so helpfully reminding me of almost daily. (Yes, I know we were in Portugal one year ago … yep, I know Austin was two years ago … please stop.) These May trips are largely because my birthday is at the end of the month (tomorrow, in fact!) and I like to plan a jaunt to celebrate another trip around the sun. This year is just as memorable, of course, but not for the right reasons! Below, you’ll find a roundup of the things I bought during my birthday month.
I did order a couple of dresses (this and this) from Shopbop yesterday that are scheduled to arrive today (one of the perks of living in the same city as its warehouse!). Fingers crossed that I’ll be celebrating my birthday in one of them!
PURCHASED – FOR ME
See all of this year’s sartorial additions here.
- J.Crew seaside short in chambray – I’m all about easy, pull-on shorts for summer bike rides when I don’t want to wear athletic clothes. These run true to size, but they get a bit stretched out at the end of the day. I just ordered a size smaller to have on hand, too, since I’ve been shedding some of this COVID weight — finally.
- Halogen x Atlantic-Pacific polka dot utility jacket – This is a great pairing of a classic silhouette and a whimsical twist. I’ve gotten so many compliments on it! It runs true to size.
- Madewell pull-on shorts in black – For the same reasons as above, I snagged this pair of shorts from Madewell. It’s hard to find shorts to accommodate an ample rear end and thighs, and these fit the bill. These also run true to size.
PURCHASED – FOR HOME
- Schoolhouse Electric ‘Blooming Field’ duvet cover – I can’t even tell you how much I love this! I bought the pillow shams last year after falling head-over-heels for the pattern. Twelve months later, still obsessed with the design, I ordered the matching duvet cover. It’s such a great print that brings in a floral that isn’t too feminine.
- Target self-watering planters – This isn’t very exciting, which is why I didn’t include them in the photo above. However, if you’re looking for inexpensive, lightweight planters for your patio garden, these are great options!
DIDN’T WORK OUT
Things I tried and didn’t love.
- J.Crew seaside short in stripe – Unlike the chambray pair, this one fits a bit tighter and just didn’t look as cute. It kind of reminds me of the stripes a stereotypical train conductor wears.
- En Saison striped tiered babydoll dress – Kudos to the brand for having a lining in a loose dress that isn’t tighter than the dress itself! However, the dress ran large and the ruffled sleeves made me look wide on top.
- Luv Aj mother-of-pearl circle hoops – These are so pretty, so I was disappointed to see that the pearl design is only on one side of the earring. The back is all gold, which is easily seen when worn. There are better earrings out there for the price point.
I never would have expected that I’d be doing a resource roundup for stylish face masks, but here we are. After weeks of scrounging for masks and doing DIY versions out of scarves, brands are now helping us out and manufacturing [non-medical-grade] face masks that are more stylish than our cobbled-together alternatives to get us through the foreseeable future. I just placed an order for a set of these from Madewell in “angel blue” and I’m going to treat myself to a luxe version from Eugenia Kim. It’s paramount that you stay on top of cleaning your face masks and I love this detergent for hand-washing them.
I’ll continue to add to this list as I come across stylish masks over the next few weeks!
Clare V. – I love these whimsical masks (pictured above) with the brand’s signature lip print.
Madewell – Madewell has three-packs for $20 made from their signature gingham and plaid fabrics.
Vida – Available in nine colors, this mask comes with a multi-layer PM2.5 filter and an opening to replace it.
Christine Alcalay – With 16 patterns to choose from, you’ll find something to work with your outfit here.
Citizens of Humanity – For all of you denim lovers, Citizens of Humanity has five-packs of masks for $25 in a variety of washes.
Lele Sadoughi – This accessory queen has masks available for pre-order that feature her brand’s eye-catching embellished fabrics.
Nili Loton – If your aesthetic is a bit more low key, how about this cute striped number?
Cece DuPraz – For whimsical masks, look no further! The masks are embellished with lips, mustaches, and chill pills.
Amandi – Available at Anthropologie, these are the prettiest pastel plaids for spring.
Sid & Ann Mashburn – Available in a selection of pinstripes and Liberty fabrics.
JCRT x Stubbs & Wootton – Screw COVID-19, indeed!