Monday, June 29, 2015

Nothing original, just all-American

It's hard not to dress the part of the holiday, especially when you're a fashion blogger and red, white, and blue are everywhere! I was going to come up with something super creative for the holiday, but I feel like the times that I do this, I end up looking ridiculous (like here and here.) Ok, I'm going to go ahead and put a padlock on that vault. *shivers* One thing I've learned over the couple years blogging is that I suck as an artsy, nonchalant poser. My traditional front view photos with some detail shots are way less awkward and distracting!

This year, I just wanted to keep it simple, and I was so excited that my favorite baseball tee was clean again (let's just say, it's been awhile…) because it creates the perfect all-American outfit, especially when you throw in some red Chuck Taylors to finish it off.

Sunnies: Ray Ban | Necklaces: Banana Republic layered over Express (option) | Bag: Kate Spade (option) | Top: from Amazon (similar here and here) | Bracelets: Tasha (option) and Nadri (similar) | Shorts: Express (last season) option here and here | Shoes: Converse

If this is too casual for you, you can pull the idea of color blocking from my look and translate it into something a little less sporty. I definitely felt less costume-y by doing pops of color and sparkle verses grabbing actual starred and striped pieces. I pulled items to build this inspirational outfit below from Farfetch as part of a 4th of July blogger style challenge! 

I always love to look back to see what I was doing this time last year. Ironically, I was wearing these exact shorts here - they're my favorite then, and they still are now! I was also already talking about the Nordstrom anniversary sale that week, and if you follow me on Snapchat (carylee07), you know I never ended up getting my catalog! The anniversary sale is a big deal in my world! I refuse to google what is in the catalog because I want to experience it for myself with my sticky notes and pen and without my opinions or wants being skewed by what everyone else is lusting after! So, if you have your catalog and your wish list ready, *lalalalalalalalala* I'm not listening!

Hope everyone has a great short week! I'm super excited for a long weekend!!!


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  1. This is a cute and comfortable casual outfit. I like your red Converse! I've been thinking about adding a third pair in a bright colour (I have black and white) and I stop by the outlet and try a few on but I've never committed to any yet. So hard picking the right colour. I really like your red ones though...

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    Away From The Blue

  2. I love this more casual take on a July 4th look. Its more my style rather than wearing stars and stripes! I love a great baseball tee! They can be worn so many ways! Have a great week, hope it goes fast.

  3. Love this look for the 4th! Casual but cool! :)


  4. I love this sporty chic look! This is perfect for a little casual 4th of July bbq fun. Love the Chucks. Your more dressy look is super cute as well. Have a great week, Carylee!

  5. Such a cute casual look for the 4th! Obsessing over that navy peplum top - it's gorgeous!
    Carrie and Stacy
    CS Gems

  6. Super cute casual 4th of July outfit and I love the outfit you pulled together for the style challenge!! That top is adorable. Also love the throwback posts and commentary on how you've found your posing groove! I have to imagine that takes a bit of practice for everyone!
    Gina || On the Daily Express

  7. I always have a soft spot for well done casual outfits, that are spiced up with details like a crystal statement necklace. Love it :) The Kate Spade bag is beautiful.

    Thanks for hosting & have a great day!

    Alex - Funky Jungle

  8. You crack me up. I just looked back at both of those old posts, and I think they are both cute. Today's look is all American and perfect for the holiday.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  9. I am all about casual outfits and I love this festive one for the weekend!

    Eleventh & Sixteenth

  10. This outfit is perfect for the July 4th holiday! Love your red Chucks!

    Doused In Pink

  11. Perfect casual fourth look! I totally love all the 4th of july looks I see but I am spending my day at the lake so a midi skirt plus heels combo (or something similar) is just too unrealistic for me haha!

  12. Love this all American look, and especially love the navy tank from your dressed up inspiration look!

    xo, Jasmin

  13. Cute look! Love the purse and shoes!

  14. This is so perfect! I love how casual and cute it is! The bag is my favorite part!

  15. SO cute! casual and classic!! How do you always get your tees in those dainty little knots?? I love it! XO

    1. Thanks! I've been asked that a lot about the knot! I did a little graphic at the end of this post here:

    2. OMG! Thank you!! All this time I thought you were actually TYING those knots!! LOL!!

    3. Ha! I do have some tees from Express that already come with the knotted look. But for all other tops, this is my method!

  16. Soo cute!! Love those red converses!! Perfect 4th of July look!

    xo, Erica
    Casually Styled

  17. You did a great job styling this! It still has some girly touches, which I love!
    xo Adri

  18. You may not be original but you are beyond cute and patriotic. Love the shoes and bag. =)

  19. This outfit is perfect! I haven't gotten my catalog either...got a small teaser flyer and know there has to be much, much more!!

  20. I think keeping it simple is always the best way to go! I love this look, your shirt ties really add something extra to your looks. Thanks for sharing the secret with us :)


  21. I love how you feminized your baseball tee with layered statement necklaces! You nail even the simplest of looks!

    Feel Great Fashion

  22. Love this sporty casual look.



  23. This is by far the cutest 4th of July outfit I have seen so far. Nothing too cheesy, just prefect for the holiday!

  24. Love your red white and blue outfit, I will probably wear something similar on saturday. Thanks for the inspo, you look super cute.


  25. Well you look adorable! I feel the same way about dressing for the 4th so I sort of did my own interpretation of it that will be up on my blog Wednesday;) I love how you made this look a bit more girly by adding a fun necklace and chic red bag!

  26. So cute! Love the shorts and sneakers. Perfect for any summer weekend!


  27. This is such a cute and simple outfit with the just the right sprinkle of red white and blue. I love your necklace! I hope you can check out my blog, as I did a similar post on how to wear the red,white,and blue with out looking too much like an American Flag.

  28. I love this look! I am going to a barbecue and I cannot imagine wearing anything too fancy for walking around in heat, watching parades, and cooking. I think this look nailed it perfectly!

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

  29. I'm loving your baseball tee & sneakers - a perfect all American look. =) I hope you enjoy the holiday weekend, Carylee!


    I hope you are having a great week so far!


  30. the perfect July 4th look! Especially the chucks!

  31. Love your July 4 looks - your Farfetch collage is so cute - I've been wanting that satchel for AGES - it's so pretty in red!

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