Summer Time In The 6ix
It finally feels like summertime in the “six” and what goes perfectly hand-in-hand with summertime? You guessed it, BBQs! Who doesn’t love a summer time BBQ?! With the great company of family and friends and of course the delicious food, who can pass that up. Watch as the ladies of Fab Four Fashion show you what they’re wearing to their neighbourhood cook out in the 6ix!
When I think of summer BBQs the first thing that comes to mind is DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince song: Summer Time, Summer, Summer Time…Time to sit back and unwind! I remember the huge BBQ scene in that video LOL Aww good times!
All this to say that one of my favorite summer activities is to attend a nice hot summer BBQ. The perfect summer BBQ attire for me consists of anything that makes you feel comfortable and is light weight keeping you cool.
For my BBQ look, I opted for something simple and cute but more importantly I wore an outfit that I felt comfortable in. I chose a pair of cutoff jeans, a simple white tank top and this nice printed kimono that I found on sale at Zara a few weeks ago. I just love these cutoff jean shorts. They’re the perfect length for me and they give me appropriate coverage. I also like that they’re a little distressed.
This printed kimono is everything! I have so many outfits in mind that I can create with it, and scoring it at a discounted price for me was a big HELL YES! I also love that it has pockets.
Just to back track for a moment, I saw this kimono about 2 months ago at Zara for $99. I was heartbroken because I love the print but was not prepared to pay that price. So, when I checked their website and saw that they had it on sale for only $39 I quickly scooped that puppy up and made it mine! I must admit I was a bit concerned about the size particularly in the bust area because it was only available in sizes S and M, but I was pleasantly surprised that the medium fit like a dream.
To finish off my look I wore 2 large cuff bracelets from Forever 21 and my beige cage sandals.
Summer would not be summer without one quintessential trifecta: glorious sunshine, heavenly heat and the sizzle of something on the barbeque! Nothing beats the smell of hotdogs and hamburgers on the grill, or some juicy barbeque chicken and ribs or even some pork-chops and salmon. I could go on and on, but since I’m supposed to be discussing my look and not my lunch, let’s talk about what I like to wear to a good ol summertime barbeque!
Ahhh, nothing feels better than slipping into a pair of comfortable jeans and a crisp white tee! For my look I chose to rock my favourite pair of boyfriend jeans. I love the relaxed look and feel of a boyfriend jean and that they allow me to keep up with my little friends (i.e. cousins under 6 years old) at those family barbeques!
I love a graphic tee and this awesome t-shirt from Cotton Candy Playground is just “boss”! The cotton material of the tee is nice and thick and the fit is bang on which is always a concern for me. Add to that, my girl on the tee has a fro like me, I just couldn’t resist the lure of such a super cute tee!
To pull my look together I threw on a gray blazer, funky silver oxfords and some dangly silver earrings. I wanted to keep my look cool and simple, just like me! So now I’m ready to have a barbequed dog a cool bottle of Stella and in this look I’ll be ready to be the perfect horsey for the little ones.
Getting dressed for a BBQ is as much fun as attending it…. Ok, I lie, eating is the best part – always the best part… lol When getting dressed for a BBQ, I always opt for an outfit that is casual and cute. I also try to wear an outfit that allows for expansion in the abdomen area, if you catch my drift. LOL
In this case, I went for my trusty denim shorts. These high wasted, belted shorts offer an interesting twist on the classic denim shorts. Any time I get to flash the gams is a good time!
I paired my shorts with a scooped neck and deep scoop back bodysuit. I don’t think that I need to mention the fact that I love everything open back anymore… lol. I like to pair short shorts with tops that offer some more coverage.
When wearing a simple outfit, I like to play around with accessories. Therefore, I accessorized my look with these super cute earrings which my dear cousin Judy scored for me at the Politics of Black Hair event she attended some time ago. These were made by the very talented Toni Daley. She has a ton of super cool earrings. The ones I was rocking fit perfectly because I do love my puff! I rounded out my look with wooden bangles and brown strappy sandals.
Oh the summer BBQ/Cook out who can resist them? It’s a chance to get together with family and friends and catch up while enjoying ribs, burgers, hot dogs and of course potato salad.
Like Judy, any time I think of BBQs, strains of “Summer Time” by Will Smith drift through my mind. With all that in mind, my outfit centered on two things, style and comfort.
The “style” part of this look takes the form of this cotton & elastane black and cream bodycon dress. The cotton offers great breathability for those hot summer days and the stretch offers added comfort. I love this dress because it accentuates my curves beautifully if I do say so myself!
As I’ve mentioned before, I try not to subscribe to ideas of what full figured women are “supposed” to avoid so, of course you know I won’t be shying away from horizontal stripes.
I paired this dress with a faded cropped denim vest, pearl earrings and necklace. A black and silvered studded cross body purse is great for keeping my hands free to enjoy all the BBQ goodies.
The “comfort” portion of this outfit are these black and silver flats. Don’t get me wrong, I love the way my legs look in heels but my time in them is VERY LIMITED – right Leslie, Nancy and Judy?LOL So, flats are usually the way to go for me. 🙂
Dress: Forever 21 Plus // Denim vest: Old Navy Similar here // Flats: Michael Kors (old) Similar here //Cross body purse: Material Girl (old) Similar here // Pearl Earrings: H&M (old) // Pearl Necklace: H&M (old)
For my tall bombshells here is a dress option for you: Long Tall Sally
Well, we’re off to enjoy some summer time eats.
Tah Tah for now,