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I use to dread Summer because, when Summer hit I wasn't ready for it. My kids were ready; I'd taken the time to make sure they had a summer wardrobe but, I hadn't planned ahead for me. I found myself stuck in the heat; not dressed for it. Sure, I got shorts but, they were the first ones I could find out of desperation; not shorts that I felt good in and loved. So, here's my short list of what you need and a few suggestions.


Think about what you've bought for your kids Summer wardrobe.


  1. Shorts

  2. Several easy Tees

  3. Swim Suit

  4. Sandals


Shorts


I got these camo shorts at GAP outlet. I wear them rolled up; not like this picture. They were on displayed in the store rolled up otherwise, I don't think I would've looked at them. They are super cute and comfortable. These denim shorts I got with a young client a couple weeks ago at Loft. She was not straight built like me, she needed a curvy fit. These fit so nicely. She was very pleased to find such a good fit from waist to hip.

















Tshirts


I prefer vnecks; most women do. This white vneck from Loft has smocking on the shoulders giving it a fresh look for Summer. This burnt orange tee is from Banana Republic. Banana Republic has the best (hands down) tshirts but, they sell out in sizes quickly. Check these out for color options and if you see one you are interested in, grab it quick!
















This striped tee is from Talbots. The stitching and contrasting stripes are flattering and fun. I like to always have a stripe option. And...Summer isn't Summer without a graphic tee. Anthropoligie has a fun assortment of graphic tees to choose from but, so does Target and Urban Outfitters.

















Swim Suits


Oh, the horrible search for a Summer swim suit! It truly can be torture! My favorite place to go is "Everything But the Water". They know body types and sizes and they will find you a suit that you feel GREAT in.


But, with that said, last year I was walking through Target and saw a swim suit I knew was the right cut for me and it became my go-to last Summer. The price points between "Everything But the Water" and Target are very different. You can find a good deal at Target but, if you need help, it's worth the price and quality to go to a store that specializes in fitting swimwear.


Sandals


When I was a little girl, my Aunt Kay would buy me a new pair of Sandals each Summer. It was exciting to see what she would get me!

Now, as an adult, I don't need a new pair every year but, I definitely want my sandals ready to go for casual outings. The pair I will be pulling out to wear again this Summer I found at Nordstrom two years ago. They'll probably last another two years. The brand is Olukai. They are comfortable and the brown leather goes with everything!




These are Summer basics. Mom's are taking care of the kiddos and making sure they have their wardrobe basics. You need to feel comfortable and good when you're out with your kids. You don't have to break the bank to have a cute summer wardrobe. And...you probably have some of these pieces but, need a few fresh additions. Here's where you start.


Wishing you a Happy Mother's Day!


Wardrobe Stylist Kathy Banta



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Updated: Apr 22

I am asked over and over where to find the perfect white tee. This is not an easy answer because, retail stores switch up their product lines from year to year. So, I ordered a half dozen tees to try.




I tried:

Zella athleisure crewneck from Nordstrom

The Madewell Vneck from Nordstrom

The Nordstrom brand Vneck

The Loft Crewneck "vintage soft"

The Loft Vneck "vintage soft"

The Banana Republic Supima Cotton Crewneck



Of all of these my favorite was the Banana Republic Supima Cotton Tee. Why I liked the BR Supima Cotton Tee was the studiness of the fabric. It's 100% supima cotton. I found that most of the tees were a bit too thin, sharing too many of my secrets. I don't want the fabric pattern of my bra to show through my tee. I would find myself self-conscious. But, the Banana Republic Tee wasn't sheer at all and yet, it was light weight and flexible.


The negative: I am not a fan of crewneck tees on me; the necks get too high and have an unflattering affect on my jawline (double chin). So, I prefer a vneck option. Banana Republic DOES have a vneck option in the Supima Cotton Tee but, it is so popular the size run is all but, sold out. I'll keep my eye on this in hopes that they re-stock.


What I ended up purchasing was the Nordstrom brand vneck tee. It just fit the best and was what I was looking for. The fabric is a little thinner than I wanted but, it looks perfect under a blazer. So, I found my white tee!


Looking forward to summer fashions!













Happy Wardrobing!


Twin Cities Personal Stylist/Wardrobe Consultant - Kathy Banta


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I have styled others in Kimonos but I, personally, had never worn one. In fact, I wasn't confident that I could pull it off. But, while I was sifting through Saver's last week, I came across this aqua floral print kimono with a macrame string fringe for $3.99. I have a great appreciate for unique details. And...for crying out loud, at that price it would be silly not to at least try it! When I put it on, the macrame fringe pulled in, gathering at my hips. It was cute!













I had envisioned pairing it with flared jeans giving it a more retro vibe but, when I put on my flared jeans, it was too much flowy fabrics and my figure was lost and looking frumpy. Pairing the kimono and this bright orange ruffled shirt my new sts blue skinny jeans gave me balance and my figure re-appeared!



Styling tip: Remember the rule of opposites


When wearing a flowy top, pair it with a tailor/fitted bottom, like skinny jeans or a pencil skirt.


When wearing a flowy bottom, like wide legged pants or a full skirt, pair them with tailored fitted tops.



Today, I am sitting hoping for warmer weather. They say, "it's coming!" When it does, I'll be ready with this outfit.



Stylist Kathy Banta


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