Summer outfit - ice cream purse

Summer outfit - ice cream purse

Summer outfit - ice cream purse

summer outfit

Summer outfit - ice cream purse

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Fit and flare dress, sandals, sunglasses, novelty purse, umbrella…this is what I generally have had on every single day this summer. This “uniform” walks a fine line between casual and dressy…but above all, I feel comfortable wearing this type of outfit. Which is really important when it’s hotter than the depths of hell, and I have a lot of exploring to do!

I’ve already been over my love of fit and flare dresses and Salt Water Sandals (the comfiest sandals on planet Earth!)…millions of times. (Sorry!) But let’s take a second to appreciate my ice cream cone purse! I was a day late and a dollar short on featuring this…because over the weekend was Ice Cream Day in the United States. (Mona of Curls & Cakes had informed me of this with her delicious ice cream recipe!) I did eat my share of ice cream over the weekend, though, so I feel like I celebrated accordingly, haha. But anyways, this purse is just $10 and is so darn cute. It’s one of the few items in my wardrobe that gets compliments from strangers in Tokyo.

That actually brings up another topic that I’ll talk about more in depth at a later date…but I am no longer overdressed for anything. The ladies in Japan are always dressed to impress! And not in an over-the-top, look-at-me sort of way…but a very effortless, feminine and classy style that makes me swoon every time I step outside. (And also makes me want to run back inside to change!)

summer travel outfit

But anywho, I had worn this outfit for a day of adventures in Kyoto. We visited many famous landmarks (which I’ll be sharing more tomorrow)…and it rained out like crazy for a good portion of the day. (So, I apologize for my crazier than normal hair.) The photo above is of Kinkaku-ji, a.k.a The Golden Pavilion – so beautiful! But most of the photos were taken in the hallway of the Airbnb we were staying in, haha. It was so rainy (other than a brief moment at The Golden Pavilion). This was my first time using Airbnb, and I was impressed! If anyone else is looking to use Airbnb and you’ve never used it before, click here for $47 (or 5,000 yen) off your first stay! ๐Ÿ™‚

Also, bonus points to anyone who can spot the kitty spying on me in the 4th photo down, haha. He was watching me from the rooftop the whole time we were taking photos! It was too cute.

What’s your go-to summer outfit? And has anyone else tried Airbnb, and how did you like it? Let me know in the comments!

Where to find it:

Dress: c/o* Lilee Fashion (No longer available. Similar here and here.)
Sandals: ModCloth
Purse: c/o* NewChic
Sunglasses: Quay
Jewelry: Target
Umbrella: Gift from Shannon ๐Ÿ™‚

On a side note, thank you so much for all the love on yesterday’s Instagram photo, everyone! I’ve never had a photo on Instagram get so much attention in such a short amount of time! So, thank you very much, dear followers! (Click here to see the blog post it came from.)

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Nijo Castle + The Gold Pavilion in Kyoto
Wearing a Kimono
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24 thoughts on “My Summer Uniform

  1. Bryony Angell

    Ah yes, summer uniform, I have one too. A pair of tan cuffed shorts from Vince, a silver belt, red gladiator sandals, and whatever loose, drapey, neutral light-weight solid t-shirt I have depending on the occasion. And a summer weight fedora!


  2. Amanda Brezovsky

    I see the cat! I went back to check and it took me a second, but I found him haha! Too cute! You always look so amazing in dresses, especially fit and flare ones. My favorite! I definitely love the fact that women in Japan like to dress up. You don’t always see that around here.


  3. Mona

    Yes!!! Your uniform is perfect for a summer’s day! And you look so beautiful in it. My summer uniform is the same with the addition of a cardi.
    Love this outfit, and you are starting to convince me to get a pair of those sandals, even though I don’t wear sandals…
    Thank you so much for linking to my recipe also! One day maybe I can make this ice cream for us to enjoy together!
    Much love,


    1. haveclotheswilltravel Post author

      Aw, thank you so much, Mona! I would totally wear a cardi with this too…but Japan has brought a whole new meaning to the words “hot” and “humid.” Haha. And you should totally get these sandals – you won’t regret it! And that sounds so lovely! I hope we can have ice cream together one day too. ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. jenniferrzasa

    My summer uniform is practically the same as yours, except I typically don’t have the umbrella. I find that fit and flare dresses are MUCH more comfortable to wear, and it’s so much easier to pick an outfit when you don’t have to worry about separates.

    It’s so nice to hear that the ladies in Japan dress nicely! Such a change I’m sure from the American women who go out in sweats/pjs all the time…


    1. haveclotheswilltravel Post author

      Great minds think alike! Haha. Fit and flare dresses are the comfiest dresses ever! I don’t care what anyone says. ๐Ÿ™‚ And oh yes, it is a wonderfully refreshing change to see everyone dressed so nicely. ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. Monica@theRiteofAging

    I don’t even want to imagine the kind of looks I would get if I were in Japan — I run to the grocery store in shorts and a sweatshirt…Totally inappropriate in East Asia (My mom would probably not let me leave the house!)

    I really love this dress!! I am going to try and buy a couple in this style for the summer ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. haveclotheswilltravel Post author

      Haha, now that I’m back in the US that’s what I wear to the grocery store too. But oh yes, that would have been way inappropriate in Japan!

      And thank you so much! This is still my favorite style of dress. ๐Ÿ™‚


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