The One Top You Need This Summer

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I’m sorry for being completely absent the past couple of months! April was wedding central for me and, by the time May rolled around, I was in desperate need of a breather. I felt completely exhausted! The second half of May I caught the flu, followed by a nasty cold which meant I had to cancel all of my birthday plans and made zero progress on blogging. It was a really rough month to say the least! When the time came to write again, I had the worst case of writer’s block. I, then, realized that I had been pouring out all my thoughts and creativity into blogging, but I had not continued to refuel and keep that creative part of me inspired to keep growing and moving forward. After my small revelation, I took a step back, took time to figure out how I’m inspired, and take note of the things that I can do to keep my creative game strong. I’ve missed you all and I’m beyond excited to reconnect. Now time for clothes!

So, I’m sure by this point in time, everyone has crossed paths with an off the shoulder top. If not, I’m just not sure what to say to you (kidding, kidding). Off the shoulder tops pretty much took things over this spring season and have continued to dominate for the summer season. I have been such a big fan since I first started seeing more of them last year. As with most trends, I had to wait till I could find it in my niche before purchasing. The style of off the shoulder tops generally have a really soft and feminine feel to them which is fabulous on most women but, typically, just not right for me. I just had to wait and keep an eye out for one that made sense for my style. Then the day came, I felt like the heavens opened and the angels began to sing the song, “My Type” by Saint Motel when I saw this denim off the shoulder beauty at Zara! The denim gives the top a more structured, minimal look which still allows it to be true to its’ flowy roots without being overly girly. I love that it creates a different take on what’s becoming a wardrobe staple for this year– I’m a happy gal! I styled the denim top with my favorite pair of highwaisted cutoffs to keep things casual and cool in this Sacramento heat. I purchased these shorts a couple years ago from H&M. That store is probably my favorite spot for inexpensive shorts and pants. I finished off my look with my black lace-up flats. They have become one of my go-to pairs shoes! I wear them all the time since they go with just about everything and are incredibly comfortable. I secretly like styling them with shorts because they give the illusion that my legs are longer than they actually are. I’m not fooled though… I know that they’re still short! Anyways, thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading and are inspired to try out one of my favorite summer trends!

Meaghan xx

 

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Photos by: Matt Jones Photography & Design

Top: Zara

Shorts: H&M

Flats: Zara

Sunnies: Urban Outfitters

Neckace: Anthropologie

23 Comments

  1. Gail on June 16, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    Love this top on you girl. It’s adorable. I’ve been looking for new shorts so I’m going to check out H&M because I like the ones you’re wearing. Welcome back and I hope you’ll keep those creatives juices flowing. I totally understand the need to take a break. We’re not machines for goodness’ sake! Xoxo

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on June 18, 2016 at 1:17 pm

      Thank you so much Gail! Yes, check them out, they usually have a pretty good selection. I really want to start thrifting for high-waisted shorts–2016 goal!! Haha Thank you for the kind words and encouragement, it means a lot. Hope you have a great weekend xx

  2. Angelle Marix on June 17, 2016 at 6:49 am

    SO happy that you are feeling better and rejuvenated!! You look fabulous. I love OTS and this top is PERFECT. I also love H&M for shorts and really everything. Ha!! Happy weekend, babe!!

    Xoxo,
    Angelle
    http://www.dashingdarlin.com

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on June 18, 2016 at 1:23 pm

      Thank you Angelle!! I’m definitely feeling rejuvenated and ready to go again which is a wonderful feeling. I’m the same way with H&M, I pretty much love everything there!! Have a fab weekend xx

  3. Nicole Fuentes on June 17, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    What a great outfit. I’m a big fan of off-the-shoulder tops and this one is awesome. I’m also loving the tone of your pictures. Really beautiful images. Glad you’re feeling rested after a busy month!

    Xo,
    N.
    Nicole Sometimes

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on June 18, 2016 at 1:31 pm

      Aww thank you Nicole!! I just had to have it when I saw it. I can’t take any credit for the beautiful photos, that’s all my photographer. I was extremely happy with how the photos came together, he’s such a gem. Hope you’re well and enjoying your weekend xx

  4. Tiffani at Breton Bay on June 17, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    I actually love how you paired the OTS top with edgy black cut offs. It makes me wanna go a more edgy route (since I’m always so feminine). Thanks for inspiration !!

    Tiffani
    xoxo
    http://www.tiffaniatbretonbay.com

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on June 18, 2016 at 1:45 pm

      You are so sweet, thank you Tiffani!! I’m not very feminine in general, so I hadn’t even thought about pairing my top with these kind of shorts being edgy! Haha That’s what I love about style, we all have natural inclinations that make us unique and beautiful. I love your style, it’s so chic and fabulous!! Xx

  5. Emily on June 17, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    I love everything about this outfit! Definitely understand the need to take a break and step back. And I love the look of the crop top with the high waisted shorts- it really does elongate your legs!
    Emily
    http://darlingdearestblog.com

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on June 18, 2016 at 1:49 pm

      Thank you Emily!! I feel ready and excited to jump back into everything. I’m really liking the combo of the two pieces for summer–I have a feeling I’ll be wearing this outfit a lot : ) Have a beautiful Saturday xx

  6. Madeleine on June 17, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    Love this top! Welcome back, so glad you are feeling better!

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on June 18, 2016 at 1:51 pm

      Thank you so much Madeleine!! It’s great to be back : ) Thank you for reading xx

  7. Jo on June 18, 2016 at 1:01 am

    I love the way you styled this! Welcome back from your break. We all need a break sometimes.
    Jo
    http://www.lefabchic.com

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on June 18, 2016 at 1:54 pm

      Thank you so much Jo : ) I felt guilty taking a break, but it was much needed, and I’m realizing that it’s not such an odd thing to need. Thank you for reading! Happy Saturday xx

  8. Nicole Leffew on June 18, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    I love this top! It is so cute and those Zara flats are to die for! Great post xo

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on June 22, 2016 at 4:29 am

      Aww thank you so much Nicole!! They are definitely a couple of my faves : ) I appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to comment! Hope you’re having a lovely week xx

  9. haley on June 18, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    Couldn’t agree more on needing to take a break! My boyfriend and I always talk about how tv shows take breaks and that’s what makes them some alluring for the next season.

    You look so lovely in all these shots <3

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on June 22, 2016 at 4:32 am

      Haley! Yes, I love that analogy❤️ I felt guilty about it for a while, but realized it was important for me to do. I haven’t forgotten about our much needed coffee hang! Have a beautiful week xx

  10. madison on June 18, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    Love Zara!! This top is so cute on you! and perfect for Summer!

    Madison
    http://www.madisononmadisonave.com

  11. pear on June 19, 2016 at 2:30 am

    Simply gorgeous! I LOVE this top and totally agree with you that it is the one top I need for summer. Off the shoulder top pretty much defines this season! <3

    XO
    StyleByPear

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on June 22, 2016 at 4:36 am

      You are so sweet, thank you!! I just can’t get enough of it right now. I have a feeling I’m going to wear this one to death haha. Thank you for stopping by Pear, I hope you have a fabulous week xx

  12. Ruthie on June 19, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    So glad you’re feeling better. So sorry May and your birthday was so rough!! Only up from here my dear! You look amazing in this top. I love the wash and the cut and how you styled it. Always on point!!

    • Meaghan Gonzalez on June 22, 2016 at 4:39 am

      Thank you for all the sweet words Ruthie!! I’m excited to be back at it : ) I hope the last few hours of your birthday are special ones xx

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