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summer uniform 1

Fashion probably isn’t the first thing (or twentieth thing, for that matter) that comes to mind when you think of House*Tweaking. But I’ve had reader interest in sharing how my interior style translates to fashion and everyday wear so I’m gonna give it a whirl. Bear with me. I’m much more comfortable behind the camera than in front of it.

The past decade has been hard on my wardrobe. I’ve been bouncing from pregnancy to post-pregnancy to nursing and back again…three times. I was hesitant to invest in clothing because I was either gaining or losing weight. By the time it was all said and done, my entire wardrobe was outdated and ill-fitting and, yes, I owned way too many yoga pants. (Um, I’ve never done yoga.) Last year I finished up breastfeeding for good (we’re stopping at three kiddos) and I’ve kinda made it my mission to get my body and wardrobe back in shape.

You already know that my interior style is comfy casual and nothing too fussy. That’s pretty much how it goes for my wardrobe, too. My “fancy” isn’t all that fancy. I have a mix of high and low in my closet. I prefer to spend a little more on the basics like denim (Levi’s are my fave) and shoes to get the biggest bang for my buck. I also gravitate towards mostly neutrals. I like whites, heathered grays, pale peaches, denim and chambray for summer.

summer uniform 2

After a long and brutal winter, I was more than ready to ditch the leggings and jeans and outerwear. I snatched up some shorts and sandals. I opted for shorts with elastic waistbands to stay with the whole comfy casual vibe. (Let’s be honest, they just feel better.) I paired them with light and breezy tanks. It doesn’t show up well in the photos but the tops have appliqué and eyelet details. For strappy tanks, I swear by reusable, self-adhering backless bras. Also, a cute woven hat can be a mom’s best friend. There’s no need to “fix” your hair.

summer uniform 3

Printed shorts give a dressier look without sacrificing comfort. I love how the sandals can be dressed up or down. I don’t think they would be comfortable enough to wear on a day trip to the zoo with the kids but for running errands or a quick park outing they’re good. I’m not tall so I like summer shoes that are white, nude or tan. They help to make my bare legs look longer than they really are.

I guess you could say my summer uniform consists of: 1) breezy tanks with textural details 2) pull-on shorts and 3) strappy wedges.

Have you shopped the all new Nordstrom Rack yet? It features limited-time sales events and is powered by HauteLook. In fact, you can shop both sites from a single account and add items to a universal shopping cart from either site then check out in one easy process. If you already have a HauteLook account, just use it to log into Nordstorm Rack and shop both stores. (That’s what I did.) Items ship to the U.S., Canada and Australia. Orders over $100 ship free and 90-day returns are easy – by mail or in store. With brands at up to 70% off and 24/7 online shopping available, it’s practical and easy for busy parents to purchase clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories from women’s, men’s and children’s departments from the comfort of home. New merchandise is added weekly so check back often!

I rounded up a few pieces I would wear for a casual, cool look.

nordstrom rack casual

Sources: Three Dots linen dress // Yoki wedge sandal // Splendid colorblock racerback tank // Vince shiny scoop tee // Union Bay high waist denim short

And a few somethings special…

nordstrom rack special


Sources: BLVD floral print romper // Dr. Scholl’s brilliant wedge loafer // J Brand linen blend short // Ella Moss printed pull-on short // BB Dakota sleeveless fit & flare dress

What about you? How has your wardrobe changed (or not changed) over the past decade? And I’d love to know what your go-to pieces are for summertime. Please share!

This post was sponsored in part by Nordstrom Rack. All featured products were chosen by me. Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog!

images: Dana Miller for House*Tweaking



I don’t shop department stores often, but I do like Nordstrom (too many choices in one place!). A friend of mine used to work for them and she said they treat their employees very well.


do you have a link for the blue shorts in the top photo? the current one is not working.


Do you get compensated for any purchases made through the links you’ve included?


I absolutely love this style. The Union Bay shorts are gorgeous. :)


Love the printed shots – you do well in front of the camera!


Comfy casual is the way to go! I’ve not done much shopping at Nordstrom Rack since the closest location is in Cincy, but I suspect that will change with the new location opening up at The Greene!


What?! I had no idea they are coming to The Greene!


No, I am not paid for any purchases made through the links. The links do contain tracking codes so the sponsor can see traffic that comes their way via House*Tweaking but I don’t earn any commission.


They are no longer available :( so the link directs you to the brand’s page. They are chambray from Splendid if that helps you google for them. They are super comfy. I’ve worn them four days in the past week alone.


Thanks for the update!


You’re welcome! xo


I love that you are doing fashion posts! You have great taste and that translates not only into your home decor but also your wardrobe. It’s not always easy for a mom over 30 to have a nice looking summer wardrobe but you have inspired me. Keep ’em coming! :)


A decade ago I had just finished my junior year of high school. I was NOT a stylish teenager, so my wardrobe consisted of jeans and fitted T-shirts. Now, 10 years later, I have a toddler and a nursing infant, and my wardrobe is mostly… jeans and fitted T-shirts. Cue the sad trombone. My style is definitely more refined than it was back then, but there’s only so much you can do when every outfit is guaranteed to get spit up on. ;)


I enjoy these fashion posts from home bloggers as well—-while I’m sure is unnerving getting in front of the camera, I know I as a reader enjoy them. I’d also be interested in a post about diet/exercise. You look fantastic, and I’d love to hear what works for you!


Hi Dana,

I know you are a levi girl…Can you share what style you like best. There are so many to choose from online and I have no idea where to start. I have noticed you in them before and have been meaning to inquire.

Hope all is well on your end, keep up all the wonderful posts!


Levi’s 535 denim leggings are my favorite (I have two pair) but I also have the 524 and like them too.


Just FYI – I think that is Japanese honeysuckle in the background of one of your photos. It is an invasive plant and you may want to think about eradicating it if it is on your property. Best! http://www.nps.gov/plants/alien/fact/loja1.htm


Another off topic subject. Would love love love to know how you got your body back… exercise&food. You have an amazing figure and loved your tip to the book your husband was reading in one of your previous posts.


I just took (very awkward) pics for an upcoming post about my workout routine. Stay tuned…


There is a Rack across from my job and I love it. Whenever I need a break from work, I head over there and browse. I almost always leave with some great steals.