From Mini to Maxi to Midi

Who would have guessed that midi lengths skirts and dresses would have been in style this summer? Not me, that’s for sure, but I’m glad they are. For so long, it’s been all about short dresses and short skirts – the shorter, the better. And then maxi dresses and maxi skirts came back on the scene a few years ago and have stuck around. And now this year has brought a refreshing new length that is in the middle of the spectrum: the Midi. More refined than miniskirts and less volumnuous than maxi skirts, the mini is classic, feminine, and flattering on women of all heights. Below I’ve chosen a few of my favorites, mostly dresses, all of which are midi length. Crossed legs not necessary here.

 

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In this post:

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Sports Stars Style

It’s no secret that I love sports almost as much as I love fashion. In fact, in this post I discussed some of the new jerseys the NFL debuted this past season. With the Super Bowl happening a few months ago and now the NBA playoffs (and soon to be finals) in full swing, we’ve all been seeing a lot of professional sports players in their street clothing, whether it’s footage of them walking into the stadium/arena, or clips of them from post-game press conferences. Some players go for normal, classic suits, some go for edgy, modern suits, and some just go off the deep end completely (hello, Cam Newton). From my observances, it appears to me that most sports players actually don’t have any sense of style – but that doesn’t stop us from watching what they wear. Here are five of the craziest ones I’ve seen recently (notice that I said craziest, not my favorite).

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  1. Tyrod Taylor

 

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2. Kevin Durant

 

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3. Russell Westbrook

 

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4. Cam Newton

 

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5. Ezekiel Elliott

 

6 Things I Like This Week

At first I was going to use this post as a reason (excuse) to do some online window shopping and share a few things that I liked, but the more I thought about it, the more I thought how much I already have that I like. By this point, if you’ve read my blog previously, you probably already know that I’m not the type of style blogger who has a new outfit (or outfits) to share every post (or even daily, as some do!). I love shopping but at the same time, I also like making do with what I have. And even when I do shop it’s not all the time and I don’t go crazy – I’m trying not to fall into the trap that is materialism. So today I’m just sharing a few things that I already own, most of which are not new, and all of which I’ve appreciated in one way or another this past week.

 

1) Kate Spade Travel Mug. It holds just the right amount of coffee and keeps my coffee hot long enough for me to drink it but not long enough that I have to wait for it to cool down.

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2) Lilly Pulitzer for Target clutch. It’s the perfect size to keep in my larger purse for things like makeup, gum, etc. I use it daily.

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3) Basil Leaf Candle. Not only does it smell so fresh and full of spring, it’s also in a pretty container.

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4) Waistline darts. This might seem odd to you, but as a seamstress I appreciate quality construction and clothing that fits well – and darts help with that.

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5) New sandals. My mom found these for me, and not only are they cute but they also fit me just right.

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6) New fabric. I really like both the pattern and the bright turquoise on this fabric and can’t wait to make something with it – I’m thinking it’s going to become a pillow.

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The Better Price

Besides blogging myself, I enjoy following other style bloggers- there’s a million out there, in case you hadn’t noticed. One of my favorite blogs that I follow and that I’ve mentioned on here before is Extra Petite – I love her classic style and practical clothing reviews. A few weeks back, she had a top on her blog that was from an online store based out the UK called Boohoo. I very rarely purchase any apparel online but Boohoo’s site caught my eye because of the enormous amount of styles they have plus their reasonable and even cheap prices – think H&M level. This combined with the fact that they were having a 30% off sale and they offer $5 shipping caused me to purchase the top (and a dress too). Shortly after ordering these pieces, I was browsing a different style blog that I occasionally follow and I saw a very similar top featured on there. It looked so familiar, in fact, that I clicked through to the online store and, from what I can tell, it is the exact same top. Now, I can’t completely be sure of this because I only purchased the first top, but as far as I can tell, the two are the same in every way (material, sizing, construction) except for two things: the colors offered and the price. The top is $20 (or less if on sale) if purchased from Boohoo. The top is $60 if purchased from Nordstrom. Crazy, right?! For me, it’s an easy decision. And it’s also a reminder to know what you’re paying for – just because something is expensive doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s a brand name or that it’s even high quality.

Here’s a few photos of the top I chose. (Side note: It definitely needs to be ironed!)

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And here’s the $60 top:

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