One of my favorite places to grab some casual, basic pieces at the beginning of the seasons are Gap and Old Navy. (I also love Athleta – just didn’t find much this time). All three stores are owned by the same company so the nice thing is that shipping can be combined, along with a easy returns by mail! I find that the sales are best online versus in store, but they do vary so keep an eye out for the best prices.
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Ideally, the clothes I’m wearing out and about with my kids on a regular day would be outfits that transition easily from home to out in public. Some days, we may start with a grocery store run, then a hike or bike ride with the family, and finish with grabbing dinner and drinks on the way home – so I like to be dressed for it all. The pieces below are interchangeable and most can be dressed up somewhat with a jean jacket, some jewelry, a good handbag and some nicer shoes.
For size reference, I’m 5’8″ — I love ordering from Gap, Old Navy, and Athleta because many styles come in a “tall version” which I will list underneath the photo. At times, their tops tend to run shorter than I like, so the “tall” option gives me the longer torso length I need and feel comfortable in.
Favorite Mix & Match Casual Pieces
The two pairs of shorts below are my absolute favorite versatile short from Old Navy. I’ll wear them hiking, over a swimsuit on the beach, or on a Target run. The top photo are the 3″ inseam, but the bottom photo shows the 5″ inseam for a little extra length. I find these shorts to fit true to size in a small (I’m anywhere from a small-medium). These shorts are thin and lightweight, quick-drying and feature functional pockets. No matter how many times I wear these, my husband says “are those new? I like them”. 🙂
Next up, these shorts come in a close second! A similar material to the above shorts, they’re also thin and lightweight with a nice drawstring waist and zippered pockets. The dolphin-hem detail adds a little extra too. This is an outfit I’d easily be able to wear all day for nearly any activity!
When you’d prefer some lightweight pants, these joggers are a perfect option! They’re actually the same material as my favorite maroon 3″ and 5″ Old Navy shorts above. They’re so light and comfortable.
Lastly, leggings are a staple in my wardrobe. Everyone has their favorite brands and styles of leggings – I like to have affordable options since my style preferences change often! When I’m on the go, a side pocket is important to stash a phone and this slim wallet. A basic tee or tank is easy to throw on, along with a long-sleeve layer if needed.
Thanks for bearing with me on this newbie try-on session! If something is out of stock or not on sale, check back frequently as I find that sizes are often being added or promotions vary. Below are some of our other favorite summer items for adventuring out: