This is what I'd dress like...

...if I ever went shopping.

Rather, I think I'm shopping in the wrong stores. I prefer a futuristic, space age, modern look like shown above, but I rarely accomplish that in my day-to-day dress. That is to say, I don't really have a set "style". I've harped on this before, so I don't want to get too into detail with this again, but I think I'm getting better with time. (Disclaimer: I don't think it's necessary to have a set style, but I would like to have a trademark, y'know?)

On a side note, I'm getting into Polyvore again. I got sick of it for a while, but I think I've been bitten by the bug again.
Anyway, the reason I said I think I'm getting better is that I feel that most of what I own, I really like. There's nothing that makes me feel or look fat/lumpy/frumpy, most of it fits me well, and it's pretty! By pretty, I don't mean girly and flowery -- though I do have some of that stuff -- I mean that it's all visually appealing to me. Some of it is edgy like in the photo above (loose shirts a la A.Wang, rugged wedge heels, etc.), some of it is decidedly more girly (lace dresses from the Target x Rodarte collection, a few skirts*)... but I think it's all falling together, finally.

*And I mean a few. I own, like, 5 skirts max. 2 of which fit me.

What about you guys? Do you ever struggle with your "look"? Am I overthinking it (the true sign of a Virgo)? What is your wardrobe like?

My Yearly Dilemma, In Pictures

Jeans - Kohl's | Plaid shirt - Kohl's | Feather earrings - Forever 21 | Ivory bracelets - Gift from mommy | Boy scout belt - "Gift" from a friend

This is how I usually like to dress. I'm not a big fan of shorts or skirts, especially not in the summer time, because my thighs get all sweaty, etc. If I do wear shorts or skirts, I usually have tights, stockings or leggings underneath.

But when it's 102 degrees F out, as it is today, you can see why wearing a fuzzy dress shirt and jeans might not be a good idea.

And yet, I own very little that can keep me cool. How did this happen? How did I end up with a wardrobe that is pretty much only fall/winter appropriate?

I have a solution -- I'm going to start spending my summers in the southern hemisphere. Perfect, right! Now all I have to do is find a way to get a plane ticket and accommodations for $5.

Photos: Me!

Workwear...for the summer... in the city.

The title's a variation on "Summer in the City" by The Lovin' Spoonful, which is seriously one of the best songs I've ever heard.

Keep it casualFashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore

Anyway, I had to dress up for my group's presentation in class... I won't bore you with the details of the project, but we did it as a newscast and people really liked it! But back to my point -- dressing in a manner that's both work-appropriate and cool (temperature-wise, not in a "street cred" way) can be hard.

I also hate typical work clothes -- uber uncomfortable and not always stylish or unique.

The above would probably be most appropriate for an office that isn't too strict, obviously. Still, there are some general rules that would work in all office settings.

  • If you want to stay cool, wear pants that are either loose fitting or not too snug. Having your legs encased in some fabric is not a good look when you're already sweating buckets.
  • Try to wear lightweight fabrics. I'm not a big fan of linen, but it can be a life saver. Personally, I try to find shirts that are made of either silk or silk-like fabrics. Cotton is also your friend!
  • Sandals are probably best, but they're not always acceptable, so... I think we may sometimes just have to suffer through the heat in closed toe shoes.

Any more tips for not dissolving into a sweaty mess? I'd love to know.

And now for your enjoyment...

Stay cool!

Herve Leger, Max Azria, Erin Fetherston

First Herve Leger collection I've liked in a little while. I've never been a huge fan of the bandage dress thing. Here, though, the geometric patterns add so much more interest. Here, the Herve Leger bandage dress is no longer just a tight, short... thing. This collection has taken the stark geo prints from Givenchy (the ones that are in H&M now) and made them much less masculine and far more sexy.

I don't really know why I love this collection so much. Is it the drapey fabrics? Probably. And the rich colors. And that weird sloppy, yet cool jacket (4th outfit).

A lot more masculine than usual, but still recognizably Fetherston through the color choice. I'm liking the platform heels chosen to go with the clothes, the slim pants, and the sweetheart necklines.