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Indian Summer Style

I've had the weirdest season of my blogging life ever!  Between travel and illness I've had a record low number of posts, plus very few free standing outfit documentations on Instagram (meaning just an outfit pic without a corresponding blog post).  Well, summer (my favorite outfit season so missing so much of it blog-wise makes me wanna cry!!) is over, but for a lot of states in the US it stays in the 80s until close to Halloween.  Denver can be like that some years (it certainly was today!), so I thought I'd recap some freestanding outfits from the summer and showcase why they could work for balmier fall days!

Tee shirt with maxi skirts!
Sunglasses- Gap
Shirt- Amazon Find
Skirt- Ann Taylor
Flip Flops- Old Navy

I talked about this skirt back in the spring, and months later I'm still madly in love with it!  Because it's so bold and vibrant, it's easy to dress down for a pseudo casual outfit.  The above photo is from a hot day that was going to threaten to cool down, plus I was going to be indoors often in the AC.  I was comfortable, relatively casual, but still felt like myself with a novelty print plus rock tee.  This is a great end of summer/into fall look because maxi's are versatile season wise.  They are summery but if the temperature drops they can keep you warm  because your legs aren't bare!
Summer separates...with a pop of red!
Sandals- Forever 21

Guys, I need a minute to mourn that I didn't get to do my usual staple crop top with midi skirts summer look more than maybe 3x this year!!  ::sigh:: But at least this outfit was captured!  This skirt was one of my only PUG purchases from this year (because I'm obsessed with elephants) and I insisted on wearing it the day before my big trip because it was slightly cooler out.  Packing and running errands may not scream "appropriate" in this outfit, but it actually kind of was!  It was hot and I was more or less covered.  Plus I was in flats.  I've decided (right or wrong) that red goes with everything, so I did an experiment with this outfit and put red sandals on with this non-red outfit.  Since red is basically the mascot color of fall, I recommend trying it this season!  And, you may as well keep the summery looks if the temperatures are still hot--it may not last!!
Darker hued florals combined with sporting events!
Sunglasses- Forever 21
Necklace- Punky Pins
Dress- Bernie Dexter via Zulily
Flip flops- Old Navy

Maybe florals don't scream fall...fair!  But darker hued ones, like purples, greens, and navys aren't terrible for fall either.  I wore this to the only baseball game I went to this summer because I couldn't find any of my Colorado Rockies tees.   Some of us will still have baseball season into the fall (depending on playoffs and the World Series).  Dresses for baseball games definitely keep you cool, and bonus points if it's in your teams colors!
Rock sundresses to keep the breezy days of summer alive!
Dress- Bernie Dexter via Zulily

Admittedly, this isn't a "true" outfit pic, but rather a pic of me being ridiculous holding up a slew of 1990s teen romance VHS tapes while waiting for a table at brunch.  This picture was solely taken so I could Instagram that my "brunch place's VHS tape game was really on point today,"  because I thought the fact that there was a VHS tape library at the 1950s diner I frequent to be hilariously ridiculous.  REGARDLESS, you can see the bare bones of what I'm wearing.  It's a colorful sundress and I'm not wearing much else in terms of accessories, hair, or make-up.  I'm not saying I look my absolute best, but some days just a sundress is all you need if you want to be low maintenance but somewhat pop.  If the weather is still warm out near you, enjoy it!!  Wear those sundresses while you still can!  
Play with prints and colors that are fall based with shorter dresses!
Dress- Folter via ModCloth
Brooch- Deer Arrow

If you're itching to be in Halloween mode already, go for darker prints, black and white prints, or both in your summer dresses!  I wore this to a show and largely consider this an all-seasons dress, but obviously it works for the weeks leading up to Halloween!  Dressing for fall doesn't always mean covering up (especially when it's still hot out); think about playing with different colors and prints while keeping cool temperature wise!
It's a great time to wear vintage!!
Brooch- Erstwilder
Skirt- Vintage (Jumblelaya)
Shoes- Nine West via Marshalls

Being a skirt and dress queen means that I put up a fight during the colder months when it's straight up impractical to wear such articles!  But whether you're immediately experiencing crisper temperatures or it's still effectively summer weather wise, vintage is a great fall staple.  It can be airy, heavy, and sometimes a cover-up for chillier days.  Plus, I try to avoid wearing vintage in the summer as much as possible (I don't want to sweat in those garments), so fall is a time to rejoice and whip these bad boys out of my closet!  

I hope everyone is off to a great start to their fall!  What's the weather like near you?  Crisp and cooling down or virtually no change in temperature??  XO
~Lauren-Blair Donovan



  1. You have had a busy summer! I love the outfit recap. The first look might be my fav. I just think that skirt looks so cool with the tee.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  2. Dear Lauren Blair, I noticed that you weren't posting much, I thought probably because of your busy schedule, of course. I hope you are feeling fine, better! I left an answer to what you told me earlier, I am so afraid of misunderstandings as well, I hope I had explained later in a better way :) Anyway, I know you like summer, or rather love it :) And I like your pictures very much! The Bernie Dexter dresses are amaaaaazing! I loved the Nine West shoes (last picture) with the Kate Spade green bag! I think you look great in every picture, also the one with the video cassestes, that inspired me to a party I'm throwing, the decoration with cassestes would be cool! Hope you are having a nice day and I hope that the weather treats you well, maybe not that cold for at least one more month! Hugs and regards!

  3. Love this post Lauren! I've missed seeing your post this summer so it's great to get so many outfits at once to kick off fall. I love reading your advice some that I already do such as playing with shorter dresses that are fall based colors and some that I've never really thought of before like darker hued florals for fall. I hope all is going well! Its good to see you back! :)

  4. Welcome back! I am glad that you are feeling better!

  5. Very cool idea of a styling post. The occurrence of an Indian summer is pretty rare around these Canadian parts - though I do always secretly hope for one. :)

    Each of these outfits is such a delight! Bowie + pineapples in particular really made me smile.

    Big hugs & happy start of autumn wishes,
    ♥ Jessica

  6. The outfit I love the most on you is the skull print dress!

    Joanne at Urhappybunnie

  7. You look gorgeous in all of these looks, beauty, and I love how you've explained how they can all be appropriate for fall weather, too! I can definitely relate, this summer was so crazy for me, too, since we moved, which is incredibly stressful and time consuming! I hope everything starts to settle down for you and that you're feeling better health wise, too. Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you're having the best week so far!



  8. Haha that really is odd that had VHS tapes in a 1950s eatery. Love the skull dress and the first look is my fave! It's really bold and I can 100% see myself wearing something like that.


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  9. Lauren I'm so sorry you weren't feeling well!!! You look adorable. I missed seeing your posts- glad to have you back on the blogosphere :)
    xx Belle

  10. Oh my goodness, that purple dress! That's stunning! And honestly, don't feel you need to apologise for being ill, I hope you are better!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

  11. i;m totally loving your bowie shirt and not to mention, all your looks!!! :) as usual, your blog is a ray of sunshine! :) thanks for the sunshine! hihi!

  12. You look so gorgeous and fun in all of these looks! And I agree they definitely work for fall too!
    xoxo, Vanessa

  13. I love a tee with a maxi- and the Bowie + pineapple combo is too cute, doll!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  14. This is making me miss summer and warm weather! Its freezing over here in PA. 40-50 degrees. **Sad face** I love that pineapple skirt and all of these beautiful fit and flare dresses.

  15. Ms Lauren-Blair, you officially have the quirkiest, kookiest, most whimsical style I've seen in a very long time. How cool are you :) especially the Bowie tee with that pineapple skirt. Glorious.


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