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For my first trip to Portugal, I opted for color and comfort. Color because it was summer time and comfort because Europe is very walkable (as opposed to the Caribbean, for example, where you’re mainly chillaxing by a beach/pool).
I visited Malaga, Spain a couple weeks prior and I knew the weather would be similar – hot during the day (low 90’s) and cool in the evenings (70s). Frankly, I pack clothes that I am comfortable sweating in. In other words – no sleeves, not overly fitted, and breathable.
The pink shorts are from Topshop (which has a pretty good, reasonably priced tall collection). They are high waisted and that’s key because, the older I get, the more I appreciate security in my clothes. No one likes having to tug, tuck, and fix themselves all day. The black tank was a random find from Urban Outfitters and the sunglasses are classic aviators by Ray-Ban.
The shoes are from a brand I like A LOT, Loeffler Randall. They seem to have accurately guessed any and every fashion-forward shoe that practical women like. I’ve been admiring this brand for a while…the moment they had a sample sale I was all over it like white on rice.
I like taking a basic design and adding unexpected elements, like the fray and the leather ties. Unfortunately, I learned the hard way that these are not the most comfy shoes to walk in all day. Pro Tip: Wear shoes that you’ve broken in and know are comfortable to walk in for long periods.
A remix of the summer time version of the Canadian tuxedo. These vintage Levi shorts are my favorites to wear in hot weather because they fit loosely. So I can move around comfortably without them sticking to me or absorbing any unruly streams of sweat.
The denim kimono was an interesting vintage find in Mexico City. As you can see, the textures and colors of the denim are different. That’s the fun part about Canadian tuxedos – the denims don’t have to match.
The glasses are by Quay Australia. Probably half of my sunglasses are from this brand. They have contemporary designs – and trendy ones as well – but are very affordable (less than $50). You don’t feel bad buying those super trendy glasses this season that you may not be that interested in next season because you didn’t invest too much money in them anyway.
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