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Jun 19, 2020

Fashion Over Forty: Summer Basics and a New Straw Bag

Hello and welcome! It's Friday, that means it's time for my weekly stylepost, as always thank you so much for taking the time to visit!

Today's look is all about Summer basics, and I don't think it can get any more basic than this. After all it's just a white t-shirt and a pair of lighter wash jeans.

Please note, this post does include some affiliate links, meaning I may earn a small commission if you purchase something through the links, as always this is at no cost to you. Thanks so much for supporting my blog.

While my go-to tops are not usually white (I love color!) a white colored t- shirt is something I like to have in my closet. White reflects heat and therefore a white t-shirt will keep you cooler on a hot summer day. This t-shirt was purchased at Marshall's and I love everything about it - the flattering v-neck, feminine cap sleeves and perfect thickness. I wish I could link to it, but I haven't found it anywhere online. It's by Cynthia Rowley and maybe you can find it at your local Marshall's store.

Otherwise, this v neck t-shirt from Banana Republic has good reviews and is currently marked down to under $15 when added to your cart. By the way now until Monday 6/22 everything is 40% off at Banana Republic.    

If you're looking for a thicker option, this pima cotton t-shirt from Talbots would be a good choice.

1. White Cotton-Modal T Shirt from Banana Republic
(currently 40% off everything!!)
2. Pima Cotton T Shirt from Talbots

Light wash ankle or crop jeans are another summer basic. While I wear shorts often in the summer, I reach for blue jeans when I know I'll be spending time in an air conditioned setting, which was the case on this day after a few hours of hiking. As you can tell in the photos, I folded them up once, a few times and not folded up at all - my least favorite is the look above folded up once when we were taking the photos for the blog before heading out the door, but I love being able to get different looks from one pair of jeans. 

These jeans are a few years old  (by GAP), and while I can't link to this specific pair, they do have some good choices if you're looking for a new pair. I like these girlfriend jeans in an even lighter wash than mine and I also like these mid rise jeans from Old Navy. Several other styles to choose from too!

(these are also available in Petite and Tall)

Casual sneakers are another spring and summer basic in my closet, and while I usually reach for my Sandals or slides in the summer, I do like to wear these when hiking on an easy trail or forested area. 

These sneakers by Taos come with a removable footbed with great arch support and are super comfortable, although definitely not recommended for moderate or hard hiking trails, which would require hiking shoes or at least trail sneakers. But these casual sneakers are perfect for easy trails, a visit to the zoo or an amusement park.

I'm wearing the "Retro Star" which is being discontinued by Taos, but some colors including this khaki suede is still available on Amazon. Please note, it is recommended to go up 1/2 size. I usually wear size 8 in sneakers and have these in 8.5 which is a perfect fit.

Otherwise there several other styles and colors to choose from directly at Taos Footwear  and Zappos also carries a good variety. Mine were purchased at Zappos a couple of years ago. I wish I had a pair in a lighter color but thought this color would be the most versatile for spring, summer and fall. 

A straw bag is another summer basic, and while this one might not be the perfect bag for hiking, the crossbody option makes it very practical and at the same time it's perfect for a stop at the restaurant. This bag can also be carried as a shoulder bag and it's even small enough to be used as a clutch as the straps are removable. It was a recent purchase (I had my previous straw bag for a long time and it was time for an update). I love so many of the Sakroots designs and this one caught my eye, I think it's perfect for summer, especially when pairing with solid colored clothes. 

You might also like some of the straw bag options below....

My coin pendant necklace is part of a layer necklace by Lucky Brand (old). This pave disc pendant necklace would be a great alternative option to add just a little bit of bling to your casual summer outfit. 

A few more pictures below with a pretty landscape as a backdrop, taken in eastern Iowa ... we had such beautiful weather last weekend, full of sunshine and low humidity, a perfect day to spend outdoors! Many years ago, while trying to pose for a photo I almost fell off a cliff in this park, because I stepped on a (tiny) snake. No snakes in sight this time, thank goodness!!!

Thanks again for stopping by! Hope you're having a good weekend. Thunderstorms are in our forecast....


I'm linking up with these wonderful blogs:
Fancy Friday hosted by Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style // Lizzie in Lace //  Friday Favorites at Penny's Passion // A Little Bit of Everything // Friday Favorites // A Fireman’s Wife // Shelbee on the Edge //  Friendship Friday Blog Hop //  Fabulous Friday Link Up with Lucy // A Morning Cup of Joe @ The Cottage Market

Saturday: Dare to Share

Sunday: Style Splash linkup

Monday: Away From Blue // The Queen In Between (first Monday) // Claire Justine Creative Mondays // Glass of Glam // Mutton Style // Inspire Me Monday // Ageless Style Linkup (1st Monday) // Hello Monday // Random-osity Good, Random, Fun // You're The Star Blog Hop Link Party @Stonecottage Adventures // 
 Anything Goes with your Hosts (Mondays)

Tuesday: The Fashion Canvas // Shelbee On the Edge Spread the Kindness // I Do deClaire // Elegantly Dressed and Stylish // Myriad Musings // Jenerally Informed Happy Now Blog Link // Style Splash linkup // Tuesday with a Twist @Stonecottage Adventures

Wednesday: What's Up Wednesday? (last wed. of month) // The Queen in Between Style Six // Straight A Style // Jersey Girl, Texan Heart // Fashion Frenzy at Seeking Sunshine and Rosy Outlook // Is This Mutton? Wow on Wednesday // Effortlessly Sophisticated // Wonderful Wednesday // 
 Welcome Wednesdays


Jennifer said...

You look so chic!!

Effortlessly Sophisticated

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Great outfit and loving the location!!! Loving the purse too!!!!!

the 4 M's said...

Great pictures: love the scenery! I actually do not have a pair of light wash jeans. They do look more summery than dark wash, don't they? Nice choice for your new purse! Very cute!

Ellibelle said...

Thanks Jennifer!

Ellibelle said...

Thanks Julie! It's a beautiful area!

Ellibelle said...

Thanks Mireille! I love light wash jeans in summer for a very casual look. I don't usually wear them in the colder months.


You look so nice and the jeans so well.
Thank you for sharing, have a lovely weekend

Elizabeth Walker said...

Love basic clothes! You look so elegant!

Reidland Family said...

Love you simple style!

Joanne said...

What beautiful scenery! I like a simple basic white tee in the summer too plus it goes with just about everything and anything.

Mica said...

Such a cute bag and jeans and a tee is a classic I think - I've been wearing that a lot lately with the cooler winter weather (too hot in summer for jeans here, ha!). Looks like a beautiful walk too, such nice greenery in your pics :)
Hope that you are having a nice weekend :)

Away From Blue

Ellibelle said...

Thanks so much, Melody!

Ellibelle said...

Thank you!

Ellibelle said...

Thanks so much!

Ellibelle said...

Thank you! I agree it's so versatile!

Ellibelle said...

Thanks Mica. We usually have such hot and humid summers too, but it hasn't gotten here yet since it was still spring technically. But I'm sure the humidity will be here soon! Yes, it's such a beautiful area to spend a few hours at.

Shelbee on the Edge said...

Ellie, you look so adorable! You really never can go wrong with a white top and denim. It is classically summertime! Your new bag is so pretty, too! And I am loving all of your fun hiking photos. Thanks for linking up!


Trista @ The Classy Chaos said...

I so love the Gap and I am adding those jeans to my next spree. Love the straw crossbody too.

Ellibelle said...

Thanks so much, Shelbee! I'm loving by new bag!!

Ellibelle said...

Thanks Trista!

Kim Carberry said...

You look fabulous! Keeping it simple is great.
I love white t-shirts too but rarely wear them as I seem to attract dirt. lol

Life's a shoe said...

I love this look - a white t-shirt and jeans is always my go-to look because it always looks so chic and effortless! You look great!

Life is a Shoe

Claire said...

Looks like a great place to go walking. Love your outfit :)

Doused in Pink | Chicago Style Blog said...

What a beautiful location for your photos! Love this easy summer look!

Jill - Doused in Pink

Jessica Jannenga said...

What a pretty area! I would love to explore that! These are great basics on you! I have a few white tees I wear in the summer. Looks great!
thanks for linking
jess xx