What to wear: Spring in Maui
Some people lean more toward comfort and some toward style when they dress. And while there are certainly times when I'm perfectly content grunging around in uggs, sweats, and a puffer vest sans make-up (and dare so say it, even a shower), most of the time I'd prefer something comfortable AND fashion forward, or at the very least, on trend. This is especially true when I know I'm going to be out shopping. There is nothing worse than trying to peel out of layers of perfectly tucked, buttoned, zipped, and poured clothes in a hurry, not to mention repeatedly. So on a recent girls shopping trip in Maui, I was glad I packed the perfect balance of cute and comfortable for a day spent in Kaanapali and Lahaina!
These shorts are what makes this outfit. I love them because they're loose fitting, thin material with (gasp) an elastic waist band! In the heat and humidity of the Hawaiian islands, this combination made for a perfect fit. The color and print make these shorts easy to pair--I've done gray, white, green, striped, solid, and on this occasion, yes, even purple. Basically, my advice is to treat these almost as a neutral option that goes with *just about* everything.
On this occasion, I opted for the sleeveless mocked turtle in the aforementioned muted purple because of the shirt length. It wasn't so long that the hem would be peeking out of my shorts or adding bulk to my frame with unnecessary layers of fabric. Plus, the fit was perfect for tucking in to showcase the high waist of these shorts (ok ok, and mine too)!
Comfortable but trendy sandals completed the basics of this outfit. In truth I would've preferred my strappy ankle-wrap black sandals but ahem, see introduction. These alone would've stopped me from trying any other shoes and if there's one wardrobe item I truly love, it's shoes. I was not to be undone! This second option went perfectly due to the slightly berry hue of the leather, which played up the purple in my tank without taking away from the outfit.
I completed the look with my camera bag as I usually cannot be bothered with a handbag. After years of focusing on paying off student loans, I got very used to going without a bag when I couldn't afford to keep up with the latest trends in the quality I wanted. Even after paying off all my student loans, I still usually opt for only my phone and my wallet (even then I'm super minimalist--I use a wristlet that holds about five cards). Thankfully I was able able to swap out lenses and interchangeable compartments so these would fit perfectly.
Ready to go!