Variation on a Theme: summer tank + shorts + sandals

June 23, 2009

Hi all, I’ve been meaning to do a post like this: easy-breezy, relaxed, pretty summer dressing. When I think of this idea, I think of a comfy tank, shorts and some flat sandals. My default summer outfit! It’s easy to dress this style up or down, and it can go girl-next-door or bizarro or very posh lady. Shorts + tanks + sandals for all! Here are some of my favorite tanks, shorts and sandals to get you started!

I could have really gone off on some tangents here, but I tried (as much as my little rebel heart could) to stay on track with mostly all denim shorts and tanks that were white or close to. Some of my favorite tanks don’t come in white, which is why there are some other ones mixed in. Why only flat sandals? Well, you try walking in heels in the sand! >.< It’s about as fun and graceful as getting your teeth pulled! I love collecting basics irl and isl, and I have accumulated a good collection of well-made basics. I’ve tried to include all my favorites, but some just didn’t make it in this time. I’m also curious if there are some favorite basics that I may not be aware of. Do you have a favorite basic I don’t have listed here? Feel free to leave your input in the comments!

=one= Blowpop‘s Elizabeth N2 skin is rocking my world! I didn’t think I could love it more than the original, but apparently sequels can be better! (Read below for more of my Elizabeth review.) What can I say? I’m still gushing over Garage RH‘s tanks, which have great bordering on the bottom and a really realistic texture. A little bit dirty too. League‘s Booty Shorts, with the pockets all hanging out, perfectly compliment the slightly disheveled look of the tank. I’m a big fan of Lamb‘s Mister Sister hair, which adds the right amount of polish and edge to an outfit. Surf Couture‘s Freedom Flops are 2009’s it sandal. If you can’t decide amongst colors, get gold and silver- the sheen makes them special and they go with e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g.
=two= Another favorite new skin, Misty, by League. League’s first skin release (along with the equally gorgeous Kate). I’m so absolutely enamored with this face, this body, this skin tone…and, and, and. ;)) Foam‘s the Valerie in this particular shade of brown, seems to both meld with and enhance the glow of this skin. Surf Couture‘s driftwood tanks are the thinnest, sexiest tanks around. If you don’t own at least one yet, I question your wardrobe’s intergrity…if only jokingly. Tres Blah’s freebie shorts at the Starlust are, imho, some of the best shorts ever- free or not free. And yes, I love the faux cameltoe.  I’m not sure how, it’s just complete tonal harmony. I dig these hippie chic Kalnins sandals!! A little bit masculine, definitely a pinch of hippie and in white, they ever-so-gracefully balance on the edge of feminine and rustic.
=three= Rockberry‘s Willow in freckles…arguably one of the most adorable faces on the grid. If this skin doesn’t make you look cute, come and see me and I will make you a new shape! lol. I really do hope you followed my advice and went to Miriel‘s closing day, the other day. If you don’t own Gibson Girl, I cry for you, as this style is such a fav of mine…in every color, with everything… The original perfect, goes with everything, basic tank- MichaMi‘s glam tank. Just as timeless and well made as ever, it rides the line of masculine and feminine like an acrobat. I love the play of Yui’s Favorite Things‘ shorts with the glam tank vs. the cuteness of Willow’s face. A perfect tomboy dichotomy!

I want to make mention of two of the most exciting new skins out there imho. First is Blowpop‘s Elizabeth N2. As you know, I’ve been a huge fan of Infinity by Blowpop’s line since Elizabeth’s first release. Now Annkya has redone the Blowpop faces (+ a new face, Maya) and the new version is stunning. Creamy, softly sculpted, glowy, well-toned skins, with sophisticated-yet-adorable faces, and the best red lip ever, imho. I’m so, so loving this new release and I hope you do check it out soon. It’ll be at your own expense if you wait! ps. There’s a current group gift in the Blowpop group, so clear out a space & join. And stay joined at that!

The second new skin release I’d like to gush about is League‘s skin release debut. I am so taken aback by how beautiful these faces are; they are seriously stunning. The body is well contoured while staying soft and dewy and the skin tones are perfect for summer and for our darker skinned sisters. There are two faces: Kate & Misty and they are equally beautiful, imho. Kate’s features are a little more mature than Misty’s, but as you see, depending on the shape of your ‘bones,’ both skins can leave you with quite a baby face. (Which is something I love. irl I have a baby face, so there you go.) I’m so deeply impressed with Nena’s work and really hope you get out to the shop to try on the demos. Breathe deep, shortness of breath is just a symptom when trying these on…

=four= My sophisticated, exotic, sexy earth mama look. Again, I bring out the ‘I swear I’d never wear it’ Vive9 skin in Belle. Hey, it just goes to show all of us that any piece of fashion, so long as it’s well made, has a place in a stylish warddrobe. You never know where you’re going to be, or who you’re going to be from day to day…fashion helps facilitate it. I love Belle’s slightly asian look. It could go both ways, maybe I’m a hapa here? Not new, but DejaVu‘s Yuria hair is some of the sexiest weekend hair in my closet. EnSvale‘s macho tanks are the closest you can come to stealing your boyfriend’s…Miel makes good of rolled denim shorts! Such a well done classic, you can dress this pair up or down. Yabusaka‘s sandals are some of the prettiest slip-ons out there and they are so versatile! I won mine in fishing too, lol.
=five= League‘s second face, Kate. Just as dewy, sexy, stunning and sun-kissed as Misty. I can’t get over these skins…Anya made some tank tops (inspired by the one and only Umaaaz!) and I’m on the edge of my seat, waiting for more of her creations! Anya, I love them!!! Let’s root her on ok? &bean‘s shorts are some of my favorite, though I will give you a little tip. If you’re a lil girl like I am, have patience when adjusting the prim cuffs. It takes time to get them right, but when you do, you’ll have a roll cuff that’s unique unto itself. I haven’t seen this style anywhere else. BP* just sent out a group gift! A V2 of an old freebie ‘sprig’- this time in 3 versons and with a new, better texture. Seriously though, can Bettiepage do any wrong?! DP*yumyum‘s flip flops have a matching bikini and hat if you like to go matchy-matchy, if not, the flowers will sure sweeten up your toes!
=six= Beauty Avatar Couture‘s Ziva skin has either not really been covered on blogs or I have missed the coverage, but I hope more people discover this face as it’s really quite pretty. I love the pouty, rose-bud shaped lips! yum yum! Glitter‘s Polly hair is a new favorite of mine, especially since I got the pink pack. You’d be surprised how versatile this more ‘extreme color’ is. SUGARCUBE‘s milky tank is seamless in it’s tuck in and has enough detail to it to make it one of those ‘special basics,’ which goes to show you that grandma was always right- a little well placed lace goes a long, long way. Surf Couture….ok, you can do noooo wrong shopping here for summer. Another essential basic, the roll-top shorts, are perfectly executed in their laid-back versitility. Emma is brilliant. End of story. Lotta‘s frilly sandals match my hair and add a little interest to this gettup. Equally pretty with a long skirt or dolly dress…
=seven= Hehe, this is my fav quirky look atm! The lovely December of !Tarnished has made a perfectly tongue-in-cheek skin that’s both gorgeous and hilarious. Her newest line of skins is called Dot, and the face is so unique and the lips are so smoochable!! Another Lamb hair…I am smitten…this was the first group gift ‘way back when’ and I still love it. I love the color and I love the beret and if you don’t love berets, well, you should! Whippet & Buck‘s Hykova tank has three little buttons and comes in a million and one colors and layers. Think of it as an updated verson of MichaMi‘s glam tank. I love the Hykova…I just wish there were a fatty fat pack!!! Decoy’s Stevens shorts are basic and yet so sophisticated! It’s the big buttons in the front. You could easily dress them up with a belted tunic and heels and hit the clubs. And more prim feet! I know, I know, I am hooked. AOHARU‘s ethnic bijou sandals have the cutest lil feet and anything jeweled + a flat sole = heaven for me!
=eight= Curio’s June skin was a follow-up to the ultra-successful and uber-cute April release and I was durn skeptical about it, actually! Not that I’d ever doubt Gala’s work (read: genius), but I thought to myself, “how can you top April?!” Well, she did in my book. A bit more mature of a face, a little more glamourous. Although I love April to bits, I actually am leaning towards June atm. June has a little of that je ne sais quoi magic that only certain faces posess.. Hal*Hina‘s hair is so cute, sometimes I cannot handle it and only with this subdued brown. The longest, cutest pigtails around… more Tres Blah love, this time the plain tanks. The texture speaks to my mind as a soft, worn in cotton-knit. You can wear it under a blazer for sure, or layered up with a silk shirt…but you know how I wear mine… ;)) If you like denim cuffed shorts and want a little more character and decoration to them, En Svale‘s version has a little patchwork in the back and leather loops on the sides. Each pair comes with two versions and the small details really make them exciting for me. Not the newest kids on the block, but Detour‘s flip flops are classic, unisex and more beachy than most. At least to me! It’s the rubber texture…
=nine= Ok did I say that I was leaning towards June?! Really, really now, how can I decide?! That was a silly statement to begin with. Curio does no wrong in my book, never everrrr. If tomorrow God washed all the Curio out of my closet, I think Jesus would be talking to one sad little kitten named Abra. This Redbud makeup is crazy and on first glance would seem unwearable to many people, but trust me, I’ve paired it with everything!! Irollic‘s Mew ‘do is another obsession at the moment! I love these braids and the fact that each color comes with two different style options. The texture is really unique too, lots of colors blended into the base to create an ultra-hilighted look. You wouldn’t think it works, but it really does. Detour‘s abstract tank adds the perfect amount of visual interest, Milk Motion‘s rolled cuff shorts are a more worn in, loved style. (As you can see, I can’t get enough.) And Fashionably Dead‘s jelly sandals are a throwback to summers in elementary school. I’d wear them on the playground for recess in June, and then have to pick the gravel out of their soles when we got back to class. But there was fun in that too!
=ten= My boho romantic look. Had to be Surf Couture‘s beachy-keen skin, with it’s perfectly smudged red lips (it’s from kissing!) and soot rimmed eyes. Lamb‘s Dog Roses hair…I’ll save the gushing for below but <333 to it. Tart‘s half tank is just sweet/tart enough and basic enough to wear with anything. Gigi Courture‘s hippie shorts are probably my favorite on the grid, if only for their fantastic embroidery which reminds me of this Portuguese one. (I want it irl!!! Also, props to my Portuguese bunny friend Umaaz.) And Kookie‘s prim feet goodness!! Kiss my cute, chubby toes, pls!

I’ve been avoiding too much Hair Fair talk on here, since I know you’re already overloaded, but it would be a durn shame if I didn’t express how dumfounded I was when I first laid eyes on Lamb‘s new Dog Roses hair. I know everyone is talking about this style- how could you not?!- and I am no different. Bravo x 1,000 Lamb!!! Check out the Lamb booth at hair fair, for some of the most sexy/laid-back/long/hippie mama hair on the grid.

Hope you’re having a good week! <333Love, Abra

Details Below!

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!lamb mister sister in granny
Blowpop Elizabeth in B Twilight 2
Garage RH camisole in gray
League booty shorts in black
Surf Couture freedom flops in silver

hair.Foam the Valerie in brown b
League Misty in medium
Surf Couture Driftwood tank in white
Tres Blah Starlust freebie, wannabe cameltoe classy
Kalnins Earthshine in preset 10

hair.Miriel Gibson Girl hair in Fox
Rockberry Willow B natural Fr
MichaMi glam tank in white
Yui’s Favorite Things De Ni Mu
Skin e Liciouz french glitter (my all-time favorite manicure)
Zero Number Flip Flops CSR (2008 gift)

hair.DejaVu Yuria in black
Vive9 Belle Light pre-release (previous group gift)
En Svale macho tank in gray
Miel Denim shorts
nails.AltaModa spring enchantment in salmon
Yabusaka Simple Gem Sandal (available to buy, I won mine fishing @ store)

hair.docomo mannish_pure (old hunt gift)
League Kate Original BT
!Ohmai Umalicious in Hai Toasties (hopefully out soon! <3)
&bean Back in your head in vivid
Love Magic french-White*Pink (no longer available)
DP*yumyum Candy Sandals in green
BP* (current group gift)

hair.Glitter Hair Polly in pink
Beauty Avatar Couture Ziva natural 04
SUGARCUBE milky ribbon tank (previous gift)
Surf Couture rolled denim shorts in blue
Swallowtail in purple/black
Lotta Anne Marie in salmon

hair.!lamb bonjour operator in restaurant ketchup (1st group gift!)
!Tarnished Dot in Frenchie
Whippet & Buck Hykova tank in Alabaster
Decoy Stevens shorts in black
Candy Nail jelly beans #024 red
AOHARU ethnic bijou sandals in onyx

hair.Hal*Hina Jody in black
skin.Curio June Petal Doe 1
tank.Tres Blah plain & tidy in white
shorts.En Svale denim hotpants in light gray
shoes.Detour layback flip flops in white

hair.Irollic Mew in black
skin.Curio april Petal dark redbud 2
tank.Detour wooster tank #12
shorts. Milk Motion my jean shorts in blue
nails.gisele in princess pink (free)
sandals.Fashionably Dead jelly in fuschia

hair.!lamb Dog Roses in butterfinger
skin.Surf Couture zinc oxide in haunted house
tank. Tart short tank in white
shorts.Gigi Couture Hippie shorts
sandals.Kookie Sand sandals in creme

11 Responses to “Variation on a Theme: summer tank + shorts + sandals”

  1. ohmyohmai Says:

    <3 you for your support!!! *hugs*
    But only you can make such basic wear look so darn right adorable — you did a splendid job showcasing some of sl's greatest basics; and I'm utterly in love with some of the pieces that you shown.

    Surf Co. in my opinion made some of the greatest basics so far in 09 — great tanks, great sandals; all so unique to their brand. <3 the looks and I wanna squish you for being so cute!

  2. Hallie Galli Says:

    Love all the summer looks Abra!!

  3. this is one EPIC post! wow! love it!

  4. zalawonder Says:

    Thank you for such a wonderful post. It is very useful to many. Ya…summer…

  5. isanna Says:

    i want to thank you for posting this!!!! there’s only so many tanks i know of and this helps me get perpared for the summer on sl!!! and… the jelly shoes!!! gah!! thank you SOO MUCHHH for posting those!!!! i remember wearing those as a kid, LOVE EM!!!

  6. I love the fact you’re wearing the Pink Jellies from (FD). I swear, last year I bought a pair and I went back this spring to complete the set. They have to be by far one of my favorite shoes. I wish I could wear them IRL. *tear*

  7. Hehe, I agrees with everything up there *nods*. You made basic wear not so basic after all! <3

  8. December Says:

    Woooo! Abra is the bestest!! :D

  9. […] to wear. XD They simply look extremely comfy! I totally agree with what Abra said in one of her last posts. Surf Couture definitely win the “SL Fashion” award for creating the best […]

  10. […] to wear. XD They simply look extremely comfy! I totally agree with what Abra said in one of her last posts. Surf Couture definitely win the “SL Fashion” award for creating the best summer basics […]

  11. LnddMiles Says:

    Great post! I’ll subscribe right now wth my feedreader software!

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