One of my favorite local shops in the East Bay, Social Studies, just opened a new store with menswear options. It's everything you expect from this hyper-cool curated shop, full of urban minimalist pieces like jeans and t-shirts, but also some charming home goods and apothecary items. I stopped by the men's shop this weekend to check it out, but ended up spending most of my time in the original shop for women on the corner. Social Studies now has the cutest little vintage section and I couldn't wait to put on this vintage letterman jacket. Was it a little warm to wear it that day? Yes. But just like an eager kid I decided to wear it anyway while Nick and I enjoyed a post-hike beer at a local biergarten.
The truth of the matter is that I'm not very comfortable in short shorts, nor have I ever been. Even in high school, when I was at school for a solid 13 hours a day doing extra curricular things, like running my four track events, being the tennis team captain, AP classes, SAT this and that, and my legs were crazy fit, I still didn't feel like the short skirt/shorts vibe was ever me. It's not so much a self confidence thing so much as I don't think the entire world needs to see me in that light. That fleshy sexy light.
Yikes. I guess it's more of a control freak thing then, and maybe a proportion thing that I've always known to not work with my pear shaped body. Summer months have never been my favorite anyway. My entire childhood growing up in Los Angeles when it was hot as hell most of the year meant that I had two choices in the morning: what tank top, what pair of shorts. It was a boring combination that probably explains why I dislike summer so much when it comes to fashion and style. Ever since I moved to the Bay Area after college, I always enjoyed the chill of Karl the Fog and seemingly endless fall weather.
I digress! Anyway, short shorts and super mini things are always going to be a past road I never ventured down. Why? Because with my twenties in the rear view mirror I'm thinking it will never be a good time for me to wear hot shorts and feel like, "dayum, the world needs to see me in this outfit. Nick take a picture of me in this right now." Sure, I choose to have those moments privately, like when I'm on vacation or in the company of my closest friends, but on abnormally hot days in the Bay Area, where it's freakishly 90˚ for a couple weeks now, I need to be able to wear an outfit that is made for the heat and still feel polished. This (above) is that for me. I'm still wearing the jorts, but in a way that makes me feel more at ease, and honestly, kind of minimalist modern.
I admit my outfit is not a textbook summer looks you'll find in slideshows with "Outfits to OMG Copy Right Now," but I'm sure you'll agree that when it comes to summer and heat waves you just have to do what feels good to you until cooler weather comes around again. But hey, I'm not hatin'. If short shorts happen to be your thing and you feel like a million bucks in them, then dude, wear the short shorts. Life is but a blink.
mansur gavriel lady bag (large) | madewell jeans (size 29) | zara dress (small) | Newbark shoes (8) | pomwum bag charms | clyde hat | elva fields earrings | céline caty sunglasses