Five Wardrobe Essentials for Summer 2021

Five Wardrobe Essentials for Summer 2021

This weekend is affectionately referred to as “May Long” in our part of the world. This unofficial start to summer might have you thinking about what five wardrobe essentials for Summer 2021 you should add to your closet…

Of course, where we live, quite often “May Long” can bring snow, sleet, rain, vicious wind, or perhaps even a little sun 🙂 It still serves as the gateway to expectations of long summer days and nice weather.

A change of seasons always gives me the itch to add to – improve – or update my closet. Over the past several years I have taken a different approach to my wardrobe. My basics are as high a quality as I can afford, but my trend pieces are just that – trend pieces that I won’t probably be wearing more than one season.

I think this approach comes with time. My daughter currently has a plethora of cringe-worthy thread bare “trendy” items that are – as I fondly refer to “cheap and cheerful.” Her drawers are overflowing with items that barely last a first wash – let alone a second season and she likes it that way. As I’ve gotten older, quality has become more important and I like to buy pieces I know I will get a lot of wear out of!

There are many “basics” a person could add and improve on – but let’s dive into Mojo and Moxie’s five wardrobe essentials for Summer 2021!

The Pull-On Skirt

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The Riley Skirt – available at Era Style Loft

I can’t quite explain my love for a good pull on skirt and this FOR SURE should be one of your five wardrobe essentials for Summer 2021.

Somewhat like an elevated sweat pant, the pull on skirt is my go-to for anything and everything. You NEED this in your suitcase when you travel.

I am lusting after the skirt pictured above, because it is a soft, silky, stretchy material. It doesn’t need an iron. It comes out of the suitcase ready to wear and can be dressed up or down.

Picture this skirt with a pair of white sneakers, and a sweatshirt at the mall. Picture it also with a white tee and a pair of wedges out for lunch. Then picture it with a silk tank and a belt with a little sparkle and paired with a strappy sandal for a night out. YUM!

The best thing about these skirts is that they are EVERYWHERE, in every price range. I always suggest buying the best your budget can afford – because this is a basic you can have in your wardrobe for years.

This skirt is everything you need this summer. Get one!

The Sport Sandal

I’m not gonna lie – in general – this is not my favorite trend of Summer 2021. Part of me thinks these semi-ugly sport sandals should stay hidden in the back of the closet. Many of the styles are not for me and favour perhaps, ahem, a younger fan base 🙂 But I am a firm believer in finding a version of the trend that works for me and midlife women like me.

If you wore Tevas in the 90’s – you will no doubt raise an eyebrow at this “new” wardrobe essential – but I can tell you one thing – this trend works for us. Guess why? Comfort, ladies!!! I’m always on board with a shoe I can wear all day and I have yet to meet someone my age who isn’t. This is why I included it in our summer wardrobe essentials – that – and this shoe can be found in all price ranges. Every brand is on board with this trend, so it is accessible to everyone.

I did a little searching and found “my” version of the trend – I’m sure you can too…

Check out the new TEVA SPORT SANDAL

Anything Crocheted

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These cuties can be found at ANTHROPOLOGIE

Yup – you read it right. Anything crocheted is a hot trend this year and a must-have to add to your wardrobe. This is not your grandma’s crochet…

I know you are thinking that everything crocheted in the stores right now are tiny little short sets with matching cropped tops – but let’s think out of the box a little.

Why not a cute crocheted crossbody bag? What about a funky hat? If you love a crop top – go for it – but for me, once I turned 40 I kinda felt showing my belly was not gonna happen. Why not a funky light cardigan as a throw over? Works for jean shorts or a dress…

There are still a ton of ways you can wear the trend.

The Perfect Jean Short

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jean shorts

Finding the perfect jean short has changed for me over time. In my younger years, jean shorts were my “go-to” – something I wore to the grocery store, the pub, or for a night out paired with cowboy boots and a crop top (yikes! – but don’t deny – you did it too!!)

These days, in general – I avoid wearing shorts for much more than golf and to throw over my bathing suit when I visit friends at the lake. It’s weird how this has changed for me. I can’t actually explain it. However, I am an advocate of having the perfect jean short in your wardrobe no matter what.

Jean shorts are the staple that never really goes out of style – but what works for you is totally personal. Take the time to find the shorts you love, work for your lifestyle, and a length you feel comfy with. Do you want a clean hem, something distressed, high/low, super casual or clean looking?

You can pair these with something as simple as a white tank, a tunic style pull over blouse, tucked in the front, or layered with a casual tee and light cardigan or sleeveless vest.

Of course, if you’re like me – you are just pairing them with your swim suit and flip flops 🙂

The Quintessential White Tank, Tee and Shirt and a BONUS…

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The Channing Shirt – Available HERE

Ok – so I said FIVE wardrobe essentials for Summer 2021, but lets be realistic – this girl loves to shop and who can stop at just 5??

That being said I’m combining these to create one simple word WHITE.

It’s not rocket science or particularly innovative to talk about basic white shirt but you would be surprised how often I run into people who have yet to find THEIR perfect version.

Your basic summer wardrobe is not complete without a perfect white Tee, a throw -on white button down, and a great white tank. There are no excuses people – find these and add them to your wardrobe!

Over the past month, I have worn a white or black tank with everything from silk cargo pants, a crocheted skirt (see what I did there?) and of course a pair of cropped sweats. This staple will serve you well.

Of course, you will find these in all price ranges. My personal favourite tank is available at Banana Republic – it is fitted, with just the right amount to detail and inexpensive so I can replace it every year to keep it fresh. You can find it HERE

As a bonus and I know you don’t need to hear this – but get yourself some WHITE SNEAKERS already!!

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Steve Madden White Sneakers found HERE

Nothing fancy – but something you love and something you will wear with everything in your closet. I wear mine with skirts, jeans, dress pants, throw on dresses and of course my slip on skirt! 🙂

So there you have it ladies, some shopping inspiration for our foray into Summer. This year – we MAY actually have somewhere to go – so get out there and enjoy finding some pieces you love.

Don’t forget to keep us posted on your finds…

mojo and moxie



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Five Spring Trends for over 40 and fabulous women – High / Low looks for every budget

We heard you! Women are asking us… what are the Spring and Summer trends for over 40 women this year? Well, it was just our luck that our friends at Holt Renfrew held a “Trends Week” at the end of March and we got the scoop for you AND some time to style our fav looks with a few of their personal shoppers. Now, while most of us can’t shop off the runway, there are a few ways to get that over 40 and fabulous look, at the price you want. High / low dressing WORKS! Pair an investment piece with a more budget friendly piece – or find that perfect “look a like” in one of the trendy stores in the mall. Everyone can ROCK these new trends at any price point. Lucky us, Holt Renfrew showed us their beautiful, high end goods. Feeling super inspired, here is the scoop!

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Your FALL FIVE – 5 trends to check out this Fall

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Fall is in the air – chilly mornings, changing leaves and of course, everything pumpkin spice.   As much as I hate seeing “plaid and cozy sweaters” coming in to the stores in July,  at the beginning of September – you have to admit – there is a bit of a thrill in seeing all the fun new fall fashions and trends hitting the stores.  It makes the anticipation of cooler weather somewhat more bearable.  In anticipation of the season, Danni and I recently visited one of the cool local boutiques in Calgary to bring you the FALL FIVE!  Stacey and the amazing staff at Bamboo Ballroom pulled together some fun fall looks to show some of the trends we are seeing this fall – and ways to wear the trend if you are “not 20 anymore!” Continue reading “Your FALL FIVE – 5 trends to check out this Fall”

WHAT TO WEAR??? It’s GRAD SEASON and we’ve got you covered…

So – UPDATE, as this article was posted as a page on the blog when we first debuted.  THIS is one of the dresses I tried on at SAKS in YYC to prepare for Z’s grad.  I tried on a few dozen…

My oldest is graduating from high school this year and with the big day only days away, I have been spending some time thinking (ok, maybe panicking) about what to wear on the big day of the dinner and dance (which is an entirely different and separate event from the ceremony (ugh). I consider myself a mildly fashionable person – on the edgier side of classic but aware of the trends that work and don’t with my body as well as my age. The age thing has been a difficult one to grasp in recent years. Man, would I love to wear the high waisted pants and a short midriff top with some fun accessories out for dinner. But I refer to my famous saying, “just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.” I’m having trouble accepting this, but truth is, I hate trashy more than I hate getting older so I am slowly getting used to looking at certain things in the stores and recognizing that it may not be age appropriate anymore. Shorty rompers – I’m looking at you…

So for graduation, my search had to have a few parameters. Something comfy – meaning I feel good in it, classy and current – oh – and probably I should pick something that meets the approval of my son – because just the fact that he will be eating and drinking with his parents is mortifying enough, he may as well think I look “decent.”

SO – in the search for my own outfit as mother of the graduate (wow, that is crazy) I have put together 5 looks for you to check out. Maybe one of these will inspire you for the upcoming graduation, shower, wedding, garden party season! Make sure you let me know what you think in the comments below! When the big day comes, I will be sure to post my outfit on our Instagram story…


The Wrap Dress

Perennial fav for most women – and I love that you can pretty much get this dress in any price range. From the “original” from Diane Von Furstenberg at the higher end, to some of our “old standby” retailers like The Gap, a wrap dress is pretty perfect for all body types and for all budgets. Hugs the curves, shapes the booty and something you can wear again. Go into your fav store and I bet you find one! I love the high / low detail in this one. Don’t forget your spanx for this dress – smoothes everything out and keeps you looking your best.


The Suit

Ok – so here’s the thing – if you are going to wear a suit (can you say COMFORT!) in my opinion it needs to be special. It can’t be the suit you wear to the office – or should I say, it can’t be worn the way you wear it to the office. Add a silky camosole, a gorgeous statement jewelry piece, a killer pair of shoes – make it special with a funky clutch / bag. I am loving the vibrant pinks in the stores this year, and that mustard colour you keep seeing – to die for. Nothing like a pink suit to make a statement. If you go for a vibrant colour, keep your accessories to a minimum…let the suit do the talking. However, I wouldn’t say no to the addition of a white pump (the shoe of the Summer).  I guarantee it will be a hit.





Shop the Look:

Suit Jacket (Ted Baker)

Suit Pants (Ted Baker)

Shoes (DSW)

Earrings (Kate Spade)

Bag:  (DSW)


The “Almost” Jumpsuit – my ultimate fav

Who doesn’t love a jumpsuit – so flattering and classy.  In a jumpsuit, you never have to worry about being uncomfortable.  Until you have to use the bathroom – then its a whole different story – you are naked in the stall, trying to figure out how to get re-dressed and put it all back together in suitable fashion to return to your function. If you have noticed – one of the latest trends these days is the matching two piece top and bottom. Looks remarkably like the jumpsuit but with the ease of a pant suit. Pajama inspired, these “almost jumpsuits” are a great option for grad. Check out the one I found below from Ted Baker… I love the Bardot neckline.  Universally flattering and has a dressy feel to it.  You might just see me in this one at my son’s grad in May..


The Shift Re-visited

Not too flashy, just above the knee – the key to this dress will be in the added details – that is what will take it from something you might wear to the office to something special. Find one you love with a flutter sleeve, a little lace, or subtle button or exposed zipper detail. I love this one because the bell sleeve just takes it up a notch. Add a choker or a large pair of earrings (not both!) and some shoes you plan to stand in for more than a few hours! Hint – if you are not fond of your legs – the higher the heel, the better they look…


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