Playing It Cool :: white button-up + slides

Monday, July 13, 2015

When the summertime swelter settles in, finding a stylish way to beat the heat can be tricky. I usually gravitate towards loose-fitting dresses so for this look I wanted to step a bit out of my comfort zone and pull together an outfit that's hot-weather approved, comfy, and of course chic. Now that's playing it cool!
Playing it cool means much more than keeping a heatwave at bay. Playing it cool is an attitude, a way you present yourself that extends beyond your appearance and style. To me, playing it cool means exuding confidence but in an inviting, non-intimidating way that attracts people to you instead of away from you.
This is a look that I feel completely comfortable and 100% me in! Once you hone in on your true personal style, playing it cool will become effortless - and people will take notice!
Whenever I think of a "cool" look, it's impossible to forget the shades. Is it just me or does wearing sunglasses seem to instantly increase the wearer's cool factor? Here I'm wearing classic Ray-Ban sunnies - you just can't go wrong with them. Ever. 
A simple necklace is all this look needs to remain classically modern and polished. The pendant features a cursive "K" on it, which I love because it adds such a personal touch.  
Could this Kate Spade watch and Oak73 clutch compliment each other anymore perfectly? The watch is so fun and these pics don't even do its gorgeous lilac color justice - it's my new go-to watch for casual wear. And this clutch is one of my most prized pieces. The metallic swirls make it super unique.
I'm clearly an offender of outfit repeating because yes, these are the same chiffon boyfriend shorts that I wore in this post just a few weeks ago. But I'm not ashamed! I wear these shorts proudly just about every week. Their laid-back feel totally vibes with my new favorite sandals too. I mean, how amazing are these slides? Ps. They're 60% off right now
I have Drybar to thank for this fantastic blowout. As much as I wish I could take credit for it, I really can't. I don't think I'll ever be able to master my own hair quite this well. The blowout I chose is called "The Cosmo" and it included some curl, which I thought would work perfectly with my natural curly hair. I think it's time for me to start watching YouTube tutorials on how to give myself a killer blowout. I could totally get used to my hair looking this fabulous every day!
These beauties are back on the blog for the second time in a row. They go with so much that it's hard not to repeat :) Wearing them with a neutral outfit like this is when they truly shine. 
[blouse: Ann Taylor (old but similar here), shorts: Loft, slides: Ann Taylor, clutch: Oak73 (here's a great silver one), sunglasses: Ray-Ban, watch: Kate Spade, necklace: Tiffany & Co., earrings: Kendra Scott, spike bracelet: Stella & Dot, amethyst bangle: David Yurman, heart bracelet: Tiffany & Co.]

These photos were taken in Union Square Park, which is where I'm currently living. I am literally a three minute walk from this very spot, which is both convenient and super fun. Union Square is always bustling and there's tons of great shops and restaurants in every direction. Bonus - Trader Joe's is just down the block (insert thumbs-up emoji). 

If you're in the city and looking for a cool place to chill (see what I did there?), I highly recommend this gem of a location! 
SHOP ::


54 comments:

  1. Yes! Completely agree with your definition of playing it cool; you look amazing! If sunnies make anything look cool, then I so need to invest in a pair; I can't believe I don't own one!

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  2. Simple yet chic!
    I really liked how you effortlessly mixed and match your accessories !!

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  3. Your hairstyle is so sophisticated and chic, I really like the way it looks! At the beginning I thought you've created this hairdo yourself, but it doesn't really matter. It looks great!
    The outfit is also chic, effortless and cosy;)

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  5. Cool look kiss

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  6. You look so pretty ! Love your hair.
    xoxo,

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  7. beautiful! those shorts are so versatile, so I don't blame you for wearing them again! I totally would.
    This whole look is lovely <3

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  8. I'm loving your casual yet put together vibe and your hair looks fantastic! Union Square market is the best, I haven't been in a while but this reminded me I should head down again!

    xx,
    Susie

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  9. Such a crisp look! Love those shorts. The length is perfect!

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  10. I fell in love with your hair! And the look is so chic! Love it!
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  11. These pictures are stunning, and your hair looks amazing!

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  12. Ah, we are on the same wave length! This looks is so perfectly effortless and chic for summer, and comfortable! I ordered a pair of shoes similar to these but with a small platform, still waiting for them to arrive.

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  13. I love this look Kat! I also love pairing my shorts with button-downs to make them look a bit more dressed up than usual. Those flats look comfortable as hell, on top of being adorable!!

    xo,
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  14. These shorts are such a great casual piece! Love the length! And ur hair is so crisp and perfect.
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  15. You look great girl! Love the chic and simple outfit and those sandals are really pretty.

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  16. You are so cute! I love this look entirely, it's perfect and oh so chic!

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  17. What a nice outfit! You are very sweet!
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  18. I love how funky slides instantly make an outfit look cool!

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  19. Love a good laid back look Kat and this one is perfection! I might need to get those shoes soon <3

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  20. so so so pretty! It's crazy how good just a white shirt tucked into some plain shorts can look! Stunning! x

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  21. Such an amazing blog with some beautiful pictures.
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  22. This is definitely a cool look. I love the accessories. Those sandal slip ones are the perfect touch.
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  23. You are so beautiful! Love this outfit dear

    XX

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  24. Great outfit! So stylish and comfy!
    Love your hair! So beautiful!

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  25. Those are the perfect curls Kat! You look absolutely stunning in those pictures!
    And love, love, love this outfit! So simple, yet so chic at the same time! I love wearing white, especially in summer and you did a great job with styling the blouse together with those cool shorts!
    P.S.
    Love the location! Looks fantastic!

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  26. In love with this summer look! the clutch is adorable :)
    XOXO

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  27. Beautiful look!

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  28. Great outfit, love the pants together with this cute blouse!
    xo Kristina
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  29. You look gorgeous, your hair is beautiful and very stylish outfit!
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  30. Adorable look :)

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  31. you are one classy lady kathleen! i love your style x

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  32. Nice post:-)
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  33. You look so beautiful! I really like your shorts :)

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  34. Amazing look <3

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  35. Beautiful :)

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  36. Wonderful post :)
    Have a great week !

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  37. You cannot beat a white button up! I love your slides too. You definitely look cool.

    Amy Ann
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  38. Loving this casual look dear! So comfy and cute, Loving also the whole blog post! x Mary

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  39. How come your hair always looks perfect?? Great outfit by the way!

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  40. That clutch is so beautiful
    You look awesome

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  41. Hey gorgeous!! OMG!! What can I say about this look and these photos!! All of them are amazing!! The outfit looks so cool and fresh and stylish!! It's soo simple yet so stunning!! You are so beautiful dear!! Perfect photos!! :)

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  42. You look absolutely gorgeous! The pictures are all so amazing.
    June

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  43. You're so beautiful! I love your curls

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  44. A lovely look and really like your fairy like curls :) www.shehearts.net

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