OOTD :: of summer, hats, and being subversively casual




So I guess we managed to fast forward from spring into summer in the span of mere days, eh?

Because let’s face it: this is a decidedly summery ensemble. Long sleeves notwithstanding, I can totally see myself wearing this for a leisurely day of malling and errand running in the upcoming weeks. (Weeks! Is it really only mere weeks left? I can’t wait for the holidays!)

I think the cheeky hat is what really tips the scales into vacation territory, which is a shame because y’all know I won’t be wearing it in the classroom. Without it, the full effect of the outfit will be somewhat diminished but I’m still linking up with Style Crone’s Hat Attack because I think Judith’ll forgive me even if I don’t sport the outfit in all its full chapeau-ed glory.

I’m a bit apprehensive about wearing this look to work, even without the hat, though. It’s way below my usual level of formality, and it must be a testament to my current frame of mind that I even created something so relaxed, let alone dared wear it. Call this my nod to Casual Friday and my wishful thinking for summer break to start already. And hey, at least I’ve got yellow covered, haven’t I?

Now if I could just decide whether to wear my hair up or down…

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – Prabal Gurung @ Target
Vest – Old Navy
Skirt – H&M
Flats – Mossimo @ Target

:: Linking ::
Hat Attack @ Style Crone
Fashion Informant @ The Life of the Party

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14 thoughts on “OOTD :: of summer, hats, and being subversively casual

  1. stylecrone says:

    Love the wide brimmed hat! So happy to see you and your gorgeous chapeau on Hat Attack!

  2. Love it! The top was made to pair with that skirt. Too funny…you and I are complete opposites in regard to getting dressed for work. I take my outfits as far into casual territory as I can get away with!

    • mtsedwards says:

      Yes, but you do casual so well, Debbie! I think it’s your hair – the cut and color are the perfect accessory to anything you wear, elevating any look you’ve got from ordinary to extraordinary.

  3. Tiina L says:

    I think this outfit is OK for the classroom. I don’t know what your school is like, but teaching doesn’t require very formal wear, does it? As a teacher in a Nordic country, I can wear just about anything I want, and I often find that I am a bit overdressed, compared to collegues or students (I teach adults), as I tend to wear dresses instaed of jeans…

    • mtsedwards says:

      No, you’re right, Tina. Teaching doesn’t require formal wear. Funny you bring this up because Patti and I have an ongoing conversation about proper outfits for our respective professions (she’s a therapist) and I never thought to consult people in same profession but different part of the world. I was once told by an acquaintance from England that I’d be considered eccentric if I were to teach there though. :/ Perhaps I’d fit in better in a Nordic country?

  4. Hat + Denim vest + lemon yellow swirly skirt = summer perfection. Frock on, gorgeous creature.

    • mtsedwards says:

      fangirl squeee!

      So I lurk on your blog all the time but I never thought in a million years that you knew about mine. Thanks so much for stopping by; you don’t even know how ecstatic I was when I found your comment in my inbox. 😀 I will definitely frock on!

  5. jenortega says:

    The hat really does complete the ensemble. There is something so nostalgic about it.

  6. Oh heavens! You’re adorable! Love the addition of the denim vest!

    • mtsedwards says:

      That vest was a moment of inspired genius. I love the tee but it’s that paper-thin cotton that hugs every curve and therefore needed a completer piece. But I didn’t want to do blazer (too stuffy) or cardi (would cover up too much of the print) and was resigned to sucking in all day when I remembered the vest. Denim vests may be teetering perilously toward “teacher uniform” but I’m hoping the sassiness of the yellow skirt mitigates that.

  7. While I agree that the denim vest and flats make this more casual than your usual outfits, it’s still pretty dressed up! I think it’s perfect for Friday! I have a top that’s very similar – I might have to try it with my yellow shorts!

    • mtsedwards says:

      I must say, without the hat and with a sleek hairdo (I went with no bangs and hair up in a modest pony), the outfit does pass muster for work. I just have to make sure my slip doesn’t show.

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