Longer Alternatives

I was recently asked by a reader for some longer alternatives to my super 'short' outfits, for a hot summer day. Here are some of my finds from Old Navy, GAP, and  for something a little bit longer. :)

If you're not really a short fan, Cropped Pants and Capris are perfect for those hot and humid summer days, they're easy to pair with and can be worn with heels and flats, depending on the look you're trying to achieve. I would recommend a light fabric that is breathable such as linen and twill. For the first look from Old Navy, I paired olive green cropped cargo pants with a coral crochet trimmed tank. Olive green and cargo styles are spot on for summer 2010 trends, and even better when paired with a colorful scoop neck tank. Scoop neck is great when you don't want to be too revealing and the crochet detailing that takes this plain tank to the next level. I finished the look with beaded earrings, gold bangles and a simple brown wedge. If you're not in favor of heels try an embellished sandal.

Twill Cargo Capris, Old Navy $29.50
Crochet Trim Jersey Tanks, Old Navy $12.50
Beaded Metallic Hoop Earrings, Old Navy $6.50
Metal Bangles, Old Navy $9.50
Faux Leather Cross Strap Wedge, Old Navy $19.99
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Another great alternative is mid length and Bermuda shorts, they are flattering and still show some leg. I picked this chambray boyfriend cut off and paired it with a belted  (tucked in) linen utility shirt. Added subtle glass jewelry and a floral t-strap sandal to complete the look. Simple, yet chic.

Linen Utility Shirt, GAP $34.99
Chambray Boyfriend Cut Offs, GAP $49.50
Glass Bead Necklace, GAP $16.99
Floral Leather Belt, GAP $29.50
Glass Bead Bracelet, GAP $10
Floral T-Strap Sandal, GAP $29.50
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Not into Shorts or Capris? Dresses are the perfect summer essential, they're no fuss and you don't have to worry about what you're going to wear on top. Summer dresses come in an array of shapes, colors, and lengths. I picked this cotton smocked waist dress from Target because it hits right above the knee, it's light, and has a great print that can be worn alone or topped with a cardigan. Dresses can always be dressed up or down with heels, flats and/or sandals. I chose two pairs of black sandals one with a heel and one flat, threw on a black belt (at the waist) and a textured layered necklace.

Mossimo Black Smocked Waist Dress, Target $24.99
Merona Stretch Belt - Black, Target $16.99
Long Beaded Floral Necklace, Target $39.99
Xhilaration Tanya Flat, Target $17.99
Mossimo Vivienne Gladiator Sandal, Target $29.99 ( Is it just me or do these look almost exactly like my Sam Edelman Sandals from Marshalls? )
Zirconite Black and Silvertone Stretch Bracelet, Target $19.99