For today’s post, I’ve taken my daytime look (see it here) and added heels and hat to turn it into something dressier. I wore this look on a date with my partner where we dined on a restaurant patio. I feel like the more elegant touches of the lace-up sandals and the floppy hat really add something to the casual outfit I wore throughout the day.
What I love about jeans and a short-sleeve blouse is that they ooze versatility. When you change up the accessories you get multiple looks in one. These are also the same jeans I wore in this outfit post. I tend to change out some of my darker denim for lighter shades in the summer months. These are new, and since they’re from the American Eagle Denim X line, they are incredibly comfortable.
I’m also wearing this Essie polish I talked about in my June Additions post. I was a huge OPI fan, but I’m finding the array of colors and accessibility of Essie too hard to pass up. Do you have any Essie polish recommendations? I’m on the hunt for some good summer colors!
Denim: American Eagle | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Blouse: Banana Republic (similar) | Sneakers: Tory Burch (similar) | Bag: Prada
When shopping for my wardrobe, I am constantly looking for wearability in my items. And because of this, simple pieces tend to get me the most excited.
As fun as it can be to wear bright colors and bold prints, a closet needs its staples. So when looking for key pieces to add to my wardrobe, I make sure they have the ability to be reworked as the seasons change. A plain blouse and simple pair of jeans can go a long way in your wardrobe if you style them correctly.
I find these Ray-Bans also ooze versatility. I’ve worn these sunnies with everything from cocktail dresses to sports-gear and they never feel out of place. I think this comes from a combination of the classic aviator style, as well as the black-on-black color that pairs well with my neutral wardrobe.
Because of this outfit’s versatile elements, it has the ability to work dressed up or dressed down. I went from a day in the city, walking for hours in sneakers and Ray-Bans, to a dinner date with more elevated accessories (see the dinner look here).
Find items that can work with everything, and you’ll never have to fight to make them work.
All I’m going to say about these Prada sunglasses is that I can’t put them down. I find they class up every outfit I pair them with, and I’m obsessed with their simple elegance.
I’ve also been loving this polka-dot dress lately. The A-line shape is effortlessly flattering, and the length hits me just right. The dress I’ve linked holds the same features. Though it looks a tad longer, so at 5’4 I’d probably order it in petite.
I’m using my Prada WOC, but I’ve taken off the chain for a clutch look. I absolutely love it for dressier looks like this. It holds my cards, keys, phone and a lipgloss. And sometimes that’s all you really need. I’ve had it for years and besides a few scruffs on the corners, it looks as good as new!
Finally, these heels are probably one of my most used pair of shoes. I think they’re the perfect height. High enough to elongate the leg and look flattering, yet short enough that my feet don’t ache the moment I put them on. I’m seriously considering adding a beige pair too.
No print says summer to me more than Damier Azur. The cream and blue mixed together seems so effortlessly summer, like it might blend right into a sandy beach.
Damier Azur is my favorite print from Louis Vuitton — yes, I might be in the minority — and it’s probably because it reminds me of this wonderful time of year. It’s warm and summery and nothing pairs better with this print than the simple Pochette NM. It’s light and easy and works effortlessly with summer colors.
The top from Loft and my American Eagle jeans are also go-tos for me this time of year. They’re the perfect combo and I constantly have some form of this look on repeat. You’ll noticed I rolled the jeans — they didn’t come that way. I tend to do this for lots of summer looks. I like the way it adds a cropped look to a regular pair of jeans.
Finally, unfortunately the wedges are old, but I’ve linked a great looking pair that are much less than I paid and they’re on sale! Honestly, I think beige wedges are a total summer staple, and there’s lots of options to choose from this time of year.