Different Location, Different Rules?

Coming from England, where a winter wardrobe equals a summer wardrobe, and vice versa depending on the somewhat temperamental climate in the UK, I’ve always been pretty hopeless dressing for humidity.  I’m spending the week back in one of my favourite places in the US; Austin, Texas so this kind of dressing is something I need to get use to, fast.

At the weekend I spent the day at Barton Springs natural pool in the city, a gorgeous hideaway frequented by families, students and tourists alike.  A great place to soak up the atmosphere, do some sunbathing and go swimming (diving too if that takes your fancy!)  There is a lovely retro feel to the place…

Urban Outfitters is not a place I shop at often but when I have popped in I’ve found a few gems. This Silence & Noise High Waist Ponte Mini Skirt is currently on sale and is pretty cute for throwing on over a bathing suit for a day at the pool.  My tank tee here is from Zara - one of my current go-to labels for essential basics.

There are days when I think I am too old for a mini skirt, then there are days when I don’t care too much about that…  I’m on holiday folks – different rules, right??

Where do you go to stock up on basics?  Does your holiday wardrobe also equal different styles and rules (even those that are non-weather-dependent?)

Wearing: Tank tee from Zara; Wedges from ALDO (old season, my current favorites from the brand here and here); Ponte skirt from Silence & Noise at Urban Outfitters; Sunglasses, GUESS.

6th Street Blues

I am more than a little obsessed with Gap since my move to New York City.  I love my feminine dresses, but I return to Gap every time I want denim that perfectly fits my shape, like these super lightweight legging jeans here. I wore this outfit for a night out in 6th Street in Austin last week: dinner at The Iron Cactus and drinks at Maggie Mae’s.

I know you might shy away from the fit of the legging jean, Blog Reader, but before you make up your mind watch this video from Gap that illustrates the thought process behind this new design for Autumn/Winter:

Gap really do have some amazing denim colours in store right now, for Fall.  I have my eye on these shades – green and brilliant blue:

Before you ask, Blog Reader, yes of course I own the legging jeans in black.

Gap have thrown some amazing offers out there recently.  In the US (though slightly affected by hurricane Irene), they offered 50% off denim.  It really was just as well I was forced to stay indoors! Do check out their facebook page (US and international) as I often find offers advertised there first.

Anyone thinking of investing in coloured denim right now?

Wearing: legging jeans and crewneck tee from GAP.  Wedges from ALDO.  Belt from Dorothy Perkins.