Real Outfit Roundup: Dog Days of Summer

by - August 10, 2021


Do you guys follow me on Instagram? Yesterday I shared a screenshot of our weekly forecast. It's a pretty typical pattern for this time of year in the deep South - 90s across the board with a chance of afternoon storms. And it's one that will hold until at least mid-October. So while all my favorite bloggers are busy sharing tips for transitioning your wardrobe into cooler weather, I'll be here sharing extended summer looks, because in LA (lower Alabama), fall is still a long way away...if we even get to experience it at all.

We are officially in the Dog Days of Summer in my neck of the woods, aka the hottest days of the year. And don't let people fool you into thinking it's the humidity's fault. The heat is most definitely deserving of a good portion of the blame. Yesterday, our heat index was over 100 degrees!

Plus, summer isn't officially over until after Labor Day weekend, anyway. But everyone knows that it won't get truly cold here until the week of the Peanut Festival. It's science.

On to the outfits!

If you're new to the blog, welcome! Real Outfit Roundup is exactly what it says - a roundup of outfits I wore in real life. I'll tell you what I did when I wore them, do quick reviews of anything new, and link to the exact or similar item.

Sizing Note: I'm 5'2" and wear size 6/M in most clothing and size 7 in shoes.

Swimsuit / Sandals (similar)

We're going to start with this swimsuit. I mentioned it briefly in my July favorite things post, but didn't have a picture to share. The last week of July, we went to our local water park, and since I've been feeling more accepting of my body these days, I decided to wear it. Like I said in the aforementioned post, I received this swimsuit in exchange for posting about it on social media, and honestly I wasn't expecting much. I was pleasantly surprised. It's probably the most comfortable swimsuit I own, and I'm impressed with the quality. It did take awhile to ship to me, but that could have been because it was gifted and not purchased.

Shirt (similar) / Shorts (similar) / Sandals (similar)

Skipping ahead to last Tuesday. I had an appointment to do a health assessment for our insurance, so I put a little more effort into getting dressed than I probably would have otherwise. You really can't go wrong with stripes. These are navy blue and it's a thicker material so a step up from a t-shirt. I also like the tie-waist and wooden buttons. All of these pieces are from last year, but I'll link to similar.

Shirt / Skirt (similar) / Shoes

The next day, I had to drop my car off to get a crack in the windshield fixed. Then we had a late breakfast at Cracker Barrel. I picked my car up after and came back to the office for a pretty full day of work. Have you taken advantage of the muscle tank trend? I'll be honest, I'm not the biggest fan because they tend to make my shoulders look really wide, but I couldn't resist this vintage Coke design. The tank itself is loose enough to do pretty much anything with, so I decided to knot it to add a fun summer feel. My skirt is really old from Forever 21, and my sneakers are still available.


I legit stayed in my workout clothes all day Thursday. I don't do that often, but we had no other plans. This is one of my more recent sets from Fabletics. You can't see in the picture, but it came with a matching sports bra. I will say that the waist band on the leggings does have an annoying habit of rolling but it doesn't bother me enough to stop wearing them. This tank is actually probably my favorite workout top.

Dress (similar) / Vest (similar) / Shoes

If you've been around for awhile, this outfit probably looks familiar. I wear this a lot, actually. So here's your not-so-subtle nudge to invest in a striped dress and denim vest. My sneakers are new. This was the first full day I wore them, and they got broken in nicely distributing magazines. They come in quite a few color/pattern combos but I went with the more neutral taupe/silver so I'd be able to wear them with more.

Now for a bit of an outfit evolution... This black plaid dress has been in my closet for a couple years now, but I haven't worn it recently. It can be worn off or on the shoulder, so I tried it a couple different ways before I settled.

So, I originally grabbed my new sneakers because they go with everything, and they worked, but I felt like they kind of stole the show from the dress. I really wanted to wear it off-the-shoulder but sneakers felt like they detracted from that too much.

Dress (similar) / Shoes

So I changed into my trusty black sneakers, pulled the straps onto my shoulders, and called it a day.

Shirt (similar) / Shorts (similar)

And we'll end with a typical summer outfit for me - my favorite denim shorts and a graphic t-shirt. As much as I love dresses, and I really really do, my daily go-to is usually shorts and a t-shirt.

Well that's it for this real outfit roundup. Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday, friends!

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