If there’s one little accessory that’s making me happy this summer, it’s the bandana.
For some reason, this tiny scrap of cloth makes me feel like I’ve got my life together and like I’m so cool I just don’t even care about having my life together.
Last time we looked at the bandana, we styled it in a basic way, so we could get used to it and not feel like we were trying too hard.
Since then, I’ve gotten so comfortable with it that I’ll wear it with just about anything — but one of my favorite combinations is a patterned bandana and a striped shirt.
To me, the key to a successful pattern mix is when it’s both playful and pulled together at the same time.
One easy way to achieve both is to mix patterns within a monochromatic color scheme.
For example, this look — two different patterns, but all in blue, just how I like it.
I’m excited to let this concept keep evolving — especially since it was one of my goals in my summer style series post –possibly even trying to mix different patterns with different colors. I know! Who am I? :) Miss Neutrals over here venturing into uncharted territory.
But in the meantime, it’s monochromatic blues all the way because I have plenty of blues to work with in my wardrobe, and I’m all about using what I already have.
If I’m being honest, I’ve realized I have more than enough clothes for the summer. More than enough. In fact, possibly too much this time around. Not because of some obligatory rule or “should” — but because I’m actually noticing that I’m not wearing all the clothes in my closet.
So for me, it’s time to course correct a few degrees.
Isn’t that what life is? Constant, small course corrections?
So, right now my course correction looks like simply not buying any more summer clothes this year. Instead, looking at what I already have in my closet. Playing with it. Remixing it. And enjoying it to the max.
Maybe it’s the lazy summertime, but I’ve noticed a need for quite a few little course corrections in life lately.
Less TV. More conversations. Less mindless snacking. More mindful snacking. Less time sitting on my bum. More time walking around the neighborhood or doing yoga.
Nothing extreme. No guilt. Just noticing where something’s off and making a small adjustment. Moving forward, enjoying life.
Do you have any little course corrections on your mind? I’d love to hear about them.
04 / Bandana by Madewell
06 / Bag by Meyelo (made responsibly — also, my sis-in-law owns this shop)