Top 10 Summer Style Challenge

Meet Shannan Monson, dietician and founder of Nutrition Simply. We gave her 10 of our summer-must-have items and challenged her to style them over her weekend getaway to Charleston, South Carolina. Read on to learn how she wore all the pieces on her adventure.

Between chasing after two little ones, running my nutrition business, and squeezing in as much pool time as possible, summer is pretty busy around here. But when the opportunity came to meet my best friend in Charleston, South Carolina, I couldn’t say yes fast enough and started packing! I knew I needed really comfortable and stylish outfits that were versatile enough for whatever spur-of-the-moment activity we did — whether it was running around from the beach to brunch to shopping and beyond. I threw my Athleta Top Ten Summer Style Challenge Wardrobe in a bag and headed for a weekend at the beach!

I knew I was either crazy or crazy awesome for road tripping by myself with a 2 and 4-year old.

But the kids had the movie, Moana, and snacks. I had my podcasts and my trusty go-to travel outfit that I’m shamelessly obsessed with: the Soho Jogger+ Criss Cross Sweatshirt combo. I’ve given up “real pants” in exchange for these joggers, and the sweatshirt is one of my faves because it’s so soft and flattering. It’s the perfect outfit for the car ride and also great to wear if it gets chilly at night.

On our first day in Charleston, we got acai bowls at Beech. I wore the Printed Inhale Bra and Blossom Intuition 7/8 Tight and can’t say enough good things about both. The bra is stunning and supportive, and the matching tights just pulled the entire look together. It’s pretty much the trendiest I’ve ever felt in my life!

The Hudson Shortie is the perfect beach cover-up. They’re my wear-with-anything shorts because I love the loose-fit and how the fabric dries out so quickly. The Polynesia Halter One Piece was perfect for keeping up with my little kids. The ruching is really flattering and the halter top gave me good support to splash and play for hours.

Since I needed to get ready fast before the kids passed out, I easily transitioned to the Avenues Dress. This dress is a mom’s dream. It’s tight in all the right places and loose just where you want it. We went out for tapas at the cutest bar and I felt like a million bucks–even all sandy and post-beach.

It wouldn’t be right to do Charleston without doing yoga at the park, so we started our last day with a little yoga flow along the waterfront. Thanks to the new Powervita Intuition 7/8 Tight, I’m never wearing regular yoga pants ever again. As soon as I slipped these on I couldn’t believe how soft the fabric is. They feel so much more like my second skin, and the print is just really beautiful. I threw on the Stripe Mesh High Neck Chi Tank on top because it’s lighter than air and so perfect for hot summer yoga. I also really love the see-through stripes, so flirty and fun.

And finally, no girls trip is complete without shopping. King Street shopping is a shopaholic’s DREAM. It has all of my favorite stores in one place, the cutest southern boutiques, and an old-fashioned candy store with lollipops that bought me a solid 40 extra minutes of shopping! I wore this blush Threadlight Tank all around town. I love how perfect it is for summer. It’s sheer, sexy, and flowy. The high-slit up the side creates beautiful angles that are really flattering and feminine to my body.
We had the most amazing trip and got to explore one of the most charming cities in America. I can’t wait to go back and do it all over again. Thank you, Athleta, for making this tired mama look and *feel* so good! I hope you all enjoyed my Top 10 Summer Style Challenge. Get all the looks here and let us know what you’ve added to your summer wardrobe in the comments below!

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