Loft Striped Swing Dress

 Details: Loft Dress (Similar) / Madewell Flats (Similar) / J.Crew Scarf 
Every summer my social calendar fills up with dressy occasions faster than a Target collab sells out. It’s usually a mix of bridal/baby showers, graduation parties, and rehearsal dinners. And every year, I inevitably want a new dress or two to wear to all of these soirees. This year, I gravitated to this simple, but classic navy blue and white striped swing dress from Loft. Its timeless yet has a really flattering and modern fit. The nautical theme fits with the various events I have lined up, from dressed-up dinner at the beach to bridal shower brunch. And with my red flats, it definitely has potential for the fourth of July. What are you excited to wear this summer?¬†

Patriotic Peplum

Every year, I go back and forth between wearing something very patriotic and more subtle for the 4th of July. This year, I feel like I want to take the more laid back subtle approach. It is a holiday after all and my birthday is the day after. So there will be plenty of chances to wear dresses and look fancy this weekend.

I feel like this outfit still feels appropriately patriotic with its nautical stripes and a little bit fancier because of the peplum. Also, these shorts that I scored at J.Crew Factory for $19 have been my go-tos this summer. I can’t believe I ever doubted the need for green shorts in my life. J.Crew Factory has marked down their shorts again until July 8. You can shop for them here.

Details: J.Crew Factory shorts / Old Navy top and necklace / Tommy Hilfiger shoes / J.Crew purse

Tomboy Work Outfit

Thrifted Evan Piccone blazer / Old Navy top / Charming Charlie necklace / Thrifted Old Navy pants / Nine West shoes / Ray Ban wayfarers (purchased with Amazon gift card)

As girly as I am, even I get sick of the skirts and dresses sometimes. I tried out this tomboy look to change things up. Cropped, wide leg khaki pants are a real departure for me as this is a style I have never liked. For some reason, when they are turned into a nautical look with a striped shirt I can get on board. I wanted to mix up the classic elements so I threw on this jagged necklace and topped off the look with my leopard print heels. What do you think? I sort of like the change of pace.

Beachside town

With all of the nautical-inspired fashion right now, I am surprised to not see a resurgence in this style of skirt. I used Google to search key words such as nautical-print skirt, beach-print skirt, and even, French Riviera print skirt. Nothing came up like this. If I had to guess, I would say stores like Talbots and Ann Taylor used to carry skirts like this one in the 90s. It’s certainly for a more “mature” woman. Even still, I am obsessed with this style skirt. I can’t help but love the depiction of a beachside town in heavy paint-like strokes. And even better, I picked this one up at the thrift store for $3.50. The tag on this skirt reads Bernardo, a brand I never heard of until I Googled it.
Ralph Lauren top; Thrifted skirt; Nine West shoes; H&M trench coat