May 20, 2013 - Easy Outfits, Style

Weekend Wear | The Long and Short of It

Hey pretties!  I hope you all had a great weekend.  We transitioned from spring to summer really quickly with highs in the 90’s.

This is what I wore on Saturday for a little shopping followed by some Mexican food on a patio.  Actually we took these pics between shopping and dinner, just before we saw our son and his date off to junior prom.  He’s growing up too fast!

Plaid Button Down Shorts Full

There’s something so easy about a button-down, shorts and sandals.  Throw on a hat and there you have it.

A perfectly easy weekend outfit.

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Oh and by the way, you NEED a white purse.  Trust me on this.  I bought this one last week and it hasn’t left my arm since.  It’s the perfect summer bag, roomy, yet lightweight.  And it goes with everything.

Plaid Button Down White Purse

[Satchel:  Steve Madden]

I couldn’t find my exact bag online but here’s a very similar one.

Steve Madden White Satchel [Steve Madden White Satchel]

The cutout detail on this Jessica Simpson satchel is so cute.

Jessica Simpson Purse [Jessica Simpson Perforated Satchel]

This chic white bag from Aldo is a steal!

ALDO Purse

[Aldo Satchel]

It’s Your Turn:   What’s your weekend uniform?  Tell me in the comments!

Getting my pretty on with Friday’s FanciesTres ChicThe Pleated Poppy, ShannaAnything & Everything, Real Girl Style, Style Elixir, Jessi, My Style, Visible Monday, YOLO Monday and Monday Mingle.

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  • I love, love, love this look! A plaid button down with shorts is totally my thing. Happy Monday Alison!

  • I totally thought of Shay when I saw this. A long sleeve button down with short shorts is her signature look! You look great!

  • I love your weekend outfit! So easy and comfortable! And I just bought a new white bag for summer!

  • What a great weekend look! I love the plaid top and your hat especially. I am not much of a shorts person because they are either too short or too long, but your shorts are a great length. Super cute 🙂 Heather

  • We aren’t even into spring temperatures yet… 9C and pouring rain with an even worse forecast (what ever that means!). Therefore I am really jealous about your summer outfit. … dreaming of it!
    And you are so right, I need a white purse!! Yours is gorgeous. Thanks for the reminder 😉

    Lady of Style

  • You look awesome! I love that button down – but I’m a sucker for all things button down and plaid or madras or just plain patterned! Great satchel recommendations, too – I’m on the hunt for one big enough to fit all my stuff and my camera stuff that still looks like a cute bag and not a duffel bag 🙂

  • Happy Monday, Alison!
    Your son going to a Prom… actually, you look like you should be going to a prom! I know I’ve said this before, but you are the most youthful looking mom I know!

  • Love the easy weekend look and the white bag! I’ve been tempted to get one but who am I kidding-I’m a total slob and could never keep that clean hehe!

  • Saxon

    Love your outfit. I bought a hat a few weeks ago and was just to self conscious to wear it. Last Monday, I boarded a plane to New Mexico to spend time with my daughter who is expecting a baby any day. I rocked that hat on the trip down and nearly every day since .(These people don’t know me, right? I can be anybody I want! lol) It is so WINDY here in Hobbs! The hat helps contain my hair and protects from the sun. (Temps in the upper 90s.) I’ve been wanting a madras plaid shirt. While we’re waiting for our “little miss” to make her appearance, maybe we can get a little shopping in. 😉

  • This outfit It’s great and this blog It’s wonderful!!! Do you follow me on bloglovin???

  • Perfect weekend look!

  • Katie

    You are rocking that fedora! I have yet to try one but it seems like the perfect spring/summer accessory 🙂

    Style Diary

  • Love that neutral tote! I’m dying to finally wear shorts, I wish the weather would cooperate!

  • LOVE that look! I’ve paired my plaid button downs with shorts before and I just feel so much more put together than when wearing a tank top with shorts. But when it’s super hot like it has been, I almost have no choice! Your white purse is gorgeous, too!

  • Love a juicy plaid:-) I saw a cute white-ish satchel at TJ Maxx the other day and i think I am going to have a second look at it now!! You look beautiful as always! Hope you are having a wonderful day!
    Style Delights Blog

  • I’m sorry, you have a son going to junior prom??! WHAT! You don’t look a day over 20! 🙂

    Cute outfit!


  • Such a cute simple/chic outfit!

  • Jenny

    Hi Alison,

    You look great in those shorts! Shorts are hard for me since my bottom half is bigger than my top. I always struggle with how long/short they should be. I never think my legs look good in them. Any tips on shorts?

    • Alison

      Hi Jenny! I have the same issue, so I feel your pain. Old Navy has some really good choices. They offer three different lengths and I usually have success with their shorts. Gap does the same thing. The shorts I’m wearing today are from Forever 21. They are a little shorter than what I would normally wear but the wider leg makes me feel more comfortable in them.

  • My Greatest Hits

    Great ouftit, you look so summery! I’d love for you to link up to My Style Monday.

  • I was rocking a j crew button down and toms all at our cookout last weekend. so glad I found your blog!

  • Ani

    Alison before we come to your cute go to weekend uniform, junior son? you are in your end 20’s right? so when did you raise a junior? hehehehe. At the weekend I usually go for a laid back look like sth your wear here. A plaid checked button down is such a versatile piece that can dressed up and down and really like your casual yet stylish ensemble.
    Have a great monday dear 🙂


  • I def spend the weekend in my white distressed jeans, a military green tee, and nude flats. I agree with you in that you need a white bag! You look great, as usual!

    Stilettos & Sequins

  • Alison, you look adorable. I’d be looking all limp haired and sweaty in 90 degree weather, not that I would complain if we had it, LOL. Anyways, you look fresh, and cool, and very smartly put together. And short shorts! Wow, you have awesome legs.

    Sue xo

  • Your bag is so pretty!!!

  • SO cute! Now I need a white bag. gah! haha!

  • LOVE the hat!

  • love! i’m so all about a white bag all year but it’s so perfect for right now. love how the cami makes this button down a bit more feminine. pretty!!


  • I love your bag! You look great!

  • Van

    Pretty summer outfit. I clicked on your link from Along Abbey Road’s summer link up. I was drawn by the green plaid. And you do not look old enough to have a son in junior high.

  • Loving your weekend look. My weekend look is boyfriend jeans, t-shirt and a cardigan for now. I’m hoping to transition to more Summer clothes. Stop by my blog and enter my stella & dot giveaway.


  • You look so casual and young! Last week I was wearing a pair of shorts with a jacket to go out and my son was asking if I was going to the beach. I was like ??? I must fashion educate him more 😉

    MRS JACK OF ALL TRADES (a fashion and life-style blog)

  • Hey, Alison the Adorable.
    If that’s your uniform, most of the guys in the world will definitely want to join your army! So completely summer- perfect.
    I linked to a fairly recent post of yours in the intro to my Visible Monday post. You’ll just have to pop over and see it … but once again, you inspire!

  • this is basically my summer go to!
    i need to stack up on some new satchels

    xo the egg out west.

  • what a fun outfit! love the hat and purse! white purses are so awesome and go with everything!

  • A button-up and shorts are my summer go-tos as well! Love the color scheme of your outfit! I found your blog via #YOLOMONDAYS and can’t wait to follow along! Have a great week!

  • Awesome outfit! I actually wore a very similar outfit (plaid top and shorts) on Saturday. I’ll be posting those pictures tomorrow. =) You look totally gorgeous!!

  • I love a cute fedora to complete a fun casual summer look!

  • You look so cute…that fedora is the perfect addition to your look!! I have the same one but haven’t found the right ensemble for it yet.

  • Ada

    Your Fedora is great as is your colorful, Plaid Button-down. A Fun, Summery Look.

    On my recent Week’s Best Post that I run weekly, I featured you so please check it out when you can. Also I would love for you to support my blog by following it. Thanks a lot, Ada. =)

    Here it is:

  • Cute outfit! I love the colors in that plaid shirt, and that white bag is gorgeous!

  • You are always looking so adorable Alison…..the straw fedora is actually the icing on the cake to this casual chic look. My weekend uniform is my favorite maxi…’s just so easy breezy & can be dressed up or down depending on my mood!


  • Awwwwww! You are adorable, like a little Rachael Bilson. This is a perfect summer look and I love the hat and the white bag! Gah! Found you on the link up. Very nice indeed.

  • You always have the cutest looks! The colors in that shirt are sooo cute! White shorts//denim are a closet staple for spring//summer for me!
    If only my head weren’t so big, I may be able to fit into a cute hat like that!

  • Oh I could just wear those hats everyday!! I love how flirty and cool they look!

  • great summer look. the hat is adorable on you.

  • I love the purse! So pretty. And this totally is the perfect weekend outfit, especially with the cute hat 🙂 Sounds like a fun weekend! I could go for shopping and Mexican food anytime!
    Thanks for linking up 🙂

  • the fedora is ALWAYS on my head come June and much easier than doing my hair and CHIC to boot….you look adorable. Love the easy feel of the outfits.
    I think I need to add a few pairs of shorts to my summer wardrobe….thinking Bermudas might be the way to go…
    Hope you had a great weekend.

  • Love that fedora on you! Super cute!! : )


  • love this look
    long sleeve button up with shorts, a favorite look of mine
    gotta get my white bag out of the closet and put it to use

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  • annie

    You look so cute! Love the plaid shirt and that hat is adorable on you 🙂

    The Other Side of Gray

  • You’re looking so preety! I must say your fashion sense is very good and the purses you have taken is making you more attractive! Loved your purses!

  • Great reminder to get my summer hats out. You look adorable.

  • Love, love the bracelet!! What a cute look you put together!


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  • Karely

    I absolutely fell in love with that bag. Could you by any chance share where you bought it with me?

    • It’s Steve Madden and I got it off the website years ago.

      • Karely

        Oh okay I’ve been obsessing ever since I saw it yesterday. I’ve looked almost everywhere for it and can’t find it. My sister messes with me about not wearing purses and “dressing like a boy” all of the time. haha. So the one time I try to be a girl and get a purse it ends up being a failed attempt. Well anyways you look great! Thanks for sharing.

        • If I see one that’s similar, I will let you know. It’s a beautiful purse.

          • Karely

            Thank you so much! I really appreciate that.