As the weather warms up, I've been thinking more on how to utilize my warm weather pieces. My wardrobe for spring and summer has been a bit more limited than usual due to my weight loss after the cancer diagnosis. Of course I am a shopaholic and have tried to remedy that situation, but I also am practical and acknowledge that warm weather here doesn't last very long.
Still, I've spent the last couple of springs and summers adding to my warmer weather wardrobe beyond t-shirts, denim capris, and shrugs to go with every dress. I've also started to push my comfort zone more in the warmer weather with shorter sleeves and shorts! Prior to 2014 I hadn't worn shorts since middle school. I even bought a new swimsuit that I love. (Mainly, it is for Hawaii later in the year, but if you invite me to your pool party I will wear it.)
Today's post features a crochet top I picked up on clearance last summer. I find them a great go-to and a cooling alternative to something without holes all over it. haha Read on for my review and why I love them....
Earlier last year, I picked up a colorful crochet top from Dressbarn. I loved the deep v-neck, looser sleeves, and more a-line body of the top. Plus, it had tons of bright, summery colors. I got a lot of use out of it in the hot days last summer because the crochet provides a breeze, but still offers a bit of coverage to the parts I am a bit more self-conscious about. It also takes on a different vibe depending on what color tank I pair it with. For some reason that really excites me and makes it a bit more unique to my closet.
So when I found this sparkly champagne gold crochet top on clearance at Lane Bryant, I snatched it up. It has a higher neckline and an asymmetric hem, making it a bit different from my usual silhouette. Again, changing the tank and accessories really change the feel of it. In these photos, I paired it with a burgundy tank and colorful stone necklace for an earthier vibe. My flats match the top perfectly, so it was an easy pairing for a simple rainy summer look. If you need cooler tops but want arm coverage, I recommend trying out a crochet top like this. The colorful Dressbarn one is my favorite with all the colors involved. I know I will be wearing these often again this year. Lace tops, ponchos, and crocheted over-pieces are very popular this season. This provides ample opportunity to find similar pieces that function in the same way.
Burgundy Lace Tank - Catherines (similar)
Colorful Stone Necklace - Charming Charlie (similar, similar)
Virtual Stretch Legging Jean - Avenue
Allito Ballet Flats - Lifestride via Amazon
Umbrella - Totes Rihanna Collection circa 2008 (similar)
Need more spring and summer shorts-piration? I bought a couple more pairs of Lane Bryant bermuda shorts, but take a look at how I've worn my dark wash pair:
Have you tried a new style or silhouette in the last few years that you just love? What comfort zone have you pushed recently, with positive or negative results?