It’s hard to feel confident if we’re not comfortable in our clothes. And by that, I mean both physically and emotionally comfortable. I’ve been leaning into more relaxed styles this season, but I still want/need to feel neat and pulled together. Today’s outfit features a lightweight pair of drawstring cargo “jeans.”

In Monday’s post, I showed these drawstring cargo jeans in the Regular length, and wore them cuffed. The pair I’m wearing today is the Petite length. They’re still long enough to cuff, but I wanted to show you the full length fit here. (Availability in Petites still seems to be spotty, but the Regular length is still available in all sizes.)

👉 Style tip: the stripes and pushed up sleeves on the cardigan add visual structure to the look, to balance the more relaxed pieces. Showing skin with the “barely there” sandals also adds structure.

More striped cardigans

Susan B. wears a rag & bone striped cardigan, tortoise-look station necklace, silk shell, Eileen Fisher drawstring cargo jeans, and gold strappy sandals.Susan B. wears a rag & bone striped cardigan, tortoise-look station necklace, silk shell, Eileen Fisher drawstring cargo jeans, and gold strappy sandals.

The organic cotton twill fabric is very lightweight and doesn’t cling, so is a nice denim alternative for summer. The side cargo pockets lie flat against the leg and don’t add bulk. While drawstring jeans and pants are on-trend this season, you could easily remove the drawstring on this style if you don’t like it, as the waist is elastic. Or just tuck the strings (untied) inside the waistband if you want to wear your top untucked.

Hope you have a lovely, relaxed, and stylish weekend! But before you go….

A gentle reminder…

The internet can be a wonderful place to connect with diverse people from all over the world. (Some of my best friends are people I met online, usually through our blogs.) It can be a tool to find a like-minded community and support.

BUT it’s also rife with scammers. Earlier this week I received a DM on Instagram notifying me that someone was using my images to scam for money. This isn’t the first time it’s happened, but thanks to AI, the level of deception has ratcheted up several notches. The scammer had created various images of identification (phony drivers’ licenses, employee badges, etc.) using several different photos of me from a few years back. AND, they’d created a “deep fake” video (also using a years’ old image) with *my voice* somehow cloned and manipulated according to a script. It was really unnerving how much it sounded like me.

There’s nothing I can do about it, unfortunately; many people have their images stolen and used without permission, and they rarely become aware of it. The social media companies won’t do anything about it. And (also unfortunately), there’s little that law enforcement can or will do, as these criminals and con artists often cover their tracks very well, and operate outside of the country.

What you can do

So my caution is this: assume that anyone who contacts you directly online, even if you think it’s someone you know (or know of ), is not who they say they are. Double check everyone. Please, don’t send money to someone you’ve never met *in person.* Some of these scammers spend months establishing online relationships before they start asking for money or other “favors.” You can use Google Image Reverse Search to find image sources. Some sites that have access to public records like may also be helpful.

In general (especially in an election year) it’s a good idea to be skeptical about ANY videos you see posted online. Please don’t share unless you’ve confirmed the source and veracity. Thanks to easily accessible AI tools, unscrupulous people can create videos of Candidate X saying they practice cannibalism. With a good Chianti. Be skeptical, be careful out there.

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