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Emily’s Easy, Throw On And Go Summer Outfits That Still Make Her Feel Put Together

I didn’t really have an intention to do a summer fashion post so this isn’t a big curated outfit situation. But as I was packing for our month at the mountain house, I tried to pull together more of a capsule collection that was super easy (and packed light). Nothing too curated or exceptional, but clothes that are easy to wear, cute, comfortable, and good for hot weather.

Dress | Sandals | Bag | Bag Strap (similar) | Hat

This dress kinda bored me when I saw it online, TBH, but that’s because the details are hard to see and you can never understand the fit/drape in still photos on models. I posted this one stories (and will re-post it today) so you can see how it moves because it moves really well. It’s linen but not stiff and just falls really well. Now that the kids are fully out of the toddler phase I’m curious if I can handle a white dress, we’ll see! The only thing I have yet to test is if you need to steam it after washing (which I’m historically bad about). Oh, and it’s thick enough to not need a slip (which I also tend to avoid). I have a feeling I’m going to be wearing this A LOT this summer, over suits, at BBQs – it’s just very flattering and easy to wear. The shoes in this shot are the lug sole sandals which are super comfortable and grippy on the bottom, can be dressed up and down, but they are on the heavier side in case that bugs you. The hat is SO GOOD. You can see it in one of the other photos below, but it looks really utilitarian and classic – not tending towards any style and the leather strap keeps it on despite any breeze.

The cute purse is from Madewell and I ended up returning it after the shoot because I realized that I already have this one that I love and don’t need both. I put it with that patterned strap (which I love) but it comes with a thin brown leather strap that I think looks better with it, actually (scale-wise).

Striped T-Shirt | Shorts | Sandals

Here we have a super forgiving, soft, and stretchy (but not clingy) scoop neck tee that is slightly on the crop side, but not SUPER cropped. LOVE. The shorts will be known as “the ones without holes or frayed edges” as I mostly wear ripped Levi’s or the below jean shorts. However, sometimes you want to look slightly less disheveled. I’m wearing a small in the shirt (I’m a 6 right now).

Denim Shacket | Shorts | Sandals

If you are in the market, this shacket is GOOD. Not too stiff/heavy, not too floppy/wrinkly – with a good amount of structure and layer ability. I’m wearing a small here. Please note both styles of pockets.

Sweater | Shorts | Sandals | Hat

I am already surprised at how much I’ve worn this “summer sweater”. It’s lightweight because of the open stitch but heavy enough to fall well (not clingy). This is year three with those shorts and they are still available (sadly I don’t know if they are the longer length or the shorter one, sorry!). They used to be more oversized and now they fit more snug 🙂 (If you usually size down with Madewell, make sure you do with these – they run big and are meant to sit on hips, but if you buy your true size they might fall off). The fisherman sandals are excellent – cute white soles, super comfortable, and great for hiding a bunion should you also be blessed with one! Oh and I’ve worn that hat A TON since I bought it. It’s cute and not overly branded.

Shorts | Striped T-Shirt | Button-Up | Sandals | Hat

Same outfit as above, with a slightly more park ranger vibe (I wore this the other day with hiking boots and really nailed the look). I’m wearing so many button-ups this summer (less blousy, more menswear I suppose) and this is a good one. I haven’t washed it yet to find out the wrinklability (which is important to me) but the shape, drape, and the style are good. The sandals I bought last year and they are going strong. Super comfortable, with enough of a lift, and just very “everyday”.

Sandals | Shorts | Jacket

Another shirt jacket (but with a cute railroad stripe) although I tend to wear this one more, with more heft since it’s easier to layer. The striped one is lighter weight – more like a thick shirt, which is good over a thin shirt or a tank top but doesn’t layer as well over a thicker shirt or a sweatshirt. The hat I’m wearing there is my favorite local merch from Arrowhead – from Skypark, you know the year-round Christmas-themed adventure park that I’m obsessed with.

Button-Up | Shorts | Sneakers

I’m living in those sneakers right now. I lost one of my checkered Vans but these are solid summer sneakers, that feel graphic and cool and better for long walks than the Vans are anyway. And here you can see the loose breezy button-up worn as a shirt (not layered).

This linen shirt is EXCELLENT. It drapes so well (check stories), is extremely lightweight, so easy to wear and layer even on hot days. If I grab it straight out of the dryer it’s wrinkle-free. It’s a splurge but if you are looking to just buy one and wear it for work and on days off, I think it’s a solid buy.

Here’s a closer look.

Shorts | Clogs

As far as I can tell Target isn’t selling these button-ups anymore, which is a bummer (I have this one in white and this pink stripe). It’s good because of the collar (little buttons!) and the menswear pocket. While trying to find it on their site I did find this one which is SUPER cute, but I don’t need another denim shirt. The clogs are a good mid-height. I can NOT seem to bring myself to wear heels very often since lockdown so while my Rachel Comeys from three years ago are still my favorites for dressing up, for every day these are far more comfortable.

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Ally
1 month ago

Hi Emily- I’m wondering why you have avoided talking about Roe v Wade on any of your media platforms. Your blog used to be a place to go for thoughts on current issues as well as design.

Susan
1 month ago
Reply to  Ally

Maybe she doesn’t want to. And it’s her platform to use as she pleases. Not all public figures have a responsibility to respond to every inflammatory issue that comes down the pike. I for one am glad it’s NOT here because it’s EVERYWHERE and I need a BREAK from it all. Surely you can find that content all over the web and if you are disappointed she isn’t discussing it, I’m sure one fewer reader isn’t going to hurt her.

Susan
1 month ago
Reply to  Susan

What if she is *gasp* prolife and her team isn’t? What if the team has a huge variation in how they approach the issue and don’t want to wade into it publicly? There could be many valid reasons and we aren’t owed anything from a free content provider.

Kelly
1 month ago
Reply to  Susan

Susan, with respect, I can’t imagine there’s anyone on Emily’s team who doesn’t believe in body autonomy. I don’t really have an opinion in whether she should or shouldn’t have commented, but I’m offended on behalf of Emily’s team (all of whom seem smart and engaging) that you would suggest anyone on her team who be happy to support recessive policies that disproportionately affect WOC and send us back 50 years.

Reply to  Susan

Personally, I’m glad to not have to hear about it here. I’m here for the mental break.

Alice
1 month ago
Reply to  Ally

Apparently Emily addressed it on her Instagram, which is one of her media platforms, so no need to complain here, move along.

Kelly
1 month ago
Reply to  Ally

I have been thinking about this question a lot lately and I’m disappointed to see folks continuing to ask Emily to share her thoughts and feelings on this issue. When tragedies occur, it’s never on the marginalized group to speak up. Were you demanding bloggers of color to comment on George Floyd or the engrained structural racism around the world? Should parents of mass shooting victims all have to update the public on their thoughts about guns? Emily is a women – like most of us – whose rights have been ripped away. She has a daughter. She employs women. We don’t know her experiences or her life, but it’s been changed – we don’t get to dictate if and when she’s ready to talk about this.

🥰 Rusty
1 month ago
Reply to  Ally

Without pressure … I’m keenly interested in Emily’s views on this topic.
Particularly given her upbringing in the Mormon Church.

I’m interested in all respectful and fact-checked opinions on this.

We even have protests happening in Australia, where it’s reasonably straight-forward to access an abortion, with the exception of the more remote locations of our ‘someplaces’, sparsely populated island continent.

Nora
1 month ago
Reply to  Ally

I could certainly be wrong, but I assumed (unfortunately) it’s this: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/24/business/abortion-roe-wade-companies.html

mallory
1 month ago
Reply to  Ally

Emily’s pro-choice reaction was all over her IG.
Let’s go make these comments on men’s outlets. I hear drastically fewer male voices on this topic. It feels to me like it’s just women screaming into the void.

Alice
1 month ago

I love all these outfits. Summer perfection. I have a serious question because I’m totally out of the loop. I see all these short but wide gauzy dresses like the first one that look like they would billow upwards with the least breeze. What do you wear underneath?

Lori
1 month ago
Reply to  Alice

I always wear nude bike shorts. I hate summer chub rub anyway.

🥰 Rusty
1 month ago

Emily! I love the whole capsule mix n match wardrobe!❤
You’re looking so lovely, calm and peaceful, youthful….me thinks it’s returning to your beloved Mountain House?

I tell ya, I’d buy those Fisherman’s sandals in a heartbeat if they weren’t AU$220! 😳
Hoping Aussie (fabulous) Kmart will have a cheapie version I can afford since leaving my relationship has left me verrry cash-poor.

“wrinklability” is a thing for me too. I basically avoid ironing if at all possible. Anyway, after wearing linen for 5 mins, it’s wrinkled. I don’t care about it that Much! 🤣

S
1 month ago

Thank you Emily. I love when you “style” your person in addition to styling homes. 🙏

I used to buy so much from these kind of posts. In fact, they were my favorites!
I’m wondering if I’ve changed, what’s in fashion has gone away from me, or I’d bring in a new ecosystem (Oregan) as changed your personal style. I miss the flair. The Ulla Johnson blouses and a pair of earrings, for example. I want to feel pretty and casual.

Ellie
1 month ago
Reply to  S

And I especially LOVE these posts since you moved to Portland, Emily. I love how you put together your cool casual layered looks. Comfortable, functional, cool, edgy and pretty – perfect for an outdoorsy indoorsy active mixed-weather life!

Stacia
1 month ago
Reply to  Ellie

I agree Ellie! I know it’s a personal-style thing I know, but being from the “other” Portland (Maine!), Emily’s Oregon vibe is more in line with the East Coast casual look that I lean toward. Much easier for me to relate to (and sometimes even purchase!) than the L/A looks we get from the other team members. I guess I appreciate the expanded style(s) posts that we get now…

Monica
1 month ago

I love these posts! Also, Madewell should sponsor you and make you a model on their site. I am more of a J. Crew person but you’ve got me considering many of the Madewell items!

I love all of these outfits! And i especially love the jeans cutoffs. I’m dying to get a pair that looks good on me. Looks like I’m going to have to head over to madewell cuz these are so good. I’m such a fan of the button down + cutoffs + leather sandals. Super casual, but not hobo casual.

1 month ago

Lovely summer combines !!

Anne
1 month ago

Hi! I’m probably not alone in not being able to click on any of the links, as my phone and computer say it’s a dangerous site and won’t open it. would it be possible to list the names of all the mentioned items as well as the link? There’s a lot i’d love to look for if I could! Many thanks!

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