Easy Outfit Ideas for Your Fourth of July Weekend

Easy Outfit Ideas for Your Fourth of July Weekend

Over in our Private Facebook Group, we had a fun discussion about what to wear on the Fourth of July. So I thought I would create a few looks to inspire whatever your plans may be with a subtle and chic nod to patriotic dressing.

As usual, today’s post is filled with wearable, mix and match pieces, in a wide range of sizes. Some items you may already have, since my goal is to help you build out a wearable wardrobe, other pieces you can pick up to further expand your outfit options.  

Easy Outfit Ideas for Your Fourth of July Weekend

Easy Outfit Ideas for Your Fourth of July Weekend

I know this summer looks different.

Many of us are not doing anything the way we are used to. I was supposed to be in Santorini on the 4th for my 40th Birthday trip. We have been planning, saving, and hoarding airline miles for years. After talking to our readers, it sounds like many of you had to cancel or reschedule a much-anticipated trip too.

It’s disappointing, for sure, but it’s hard to be too upset. We’ll go next summer; it will still be amazing. I don’t know about you, but after the last four months, I’m just grateful for all the little things I took for granted before now.

So this weekend, I’ve stocked up on wine, did a Trader Joes run on snacks and apps, and if all I do is sit outside under a tree and hang out with friends for a bit, I’ll be happy. And we’ll toast the fact that it’s July, and we’re halfway through this ridiculous year.

 

Long and Flowy 

Easy Outfit Ideas for Your Fourth of July WeekendDress, $188  |  Hoops, $30  |  Sandal, $248  |  Clutch, $30

If you are embracing the dress this summer, like I am, this one, by J. Crew, is so sweet. It’s just the perfect print for a mid-summer gathering. And can I say that I am hoping J.Crew pulls through their bankruptcy because we need this kind of size-inclusive brand as we head into the new world of retail. (P.S. the dress is currently 40% off.)

With the bold print, you want to keep your accessories elevated but simple. These bamboo-style hoop earrings on sale for $30 are perfect, and add some texture with this woven clutch – a total score from DSW.

Finally, the Tory Burch Patos sandals are an investment (and my favorite summer shoe of all time), but quickly climbing up our reader favorites list, so I want you to see all the easy ways to wear them to get the most out of your purchase.

Skorts!!!

Easy Outfit Ideas for Your Fourth of July WeekendSkort, $88  |  Top, $27  |  Sandal, $50  |  Ray Bans, $169

Are you headed to a pool party or outdoor BBQ? In many parts of the country, it is super hot out. The trick to looking pulled together and staying cool is thoughtful details on summer basics.

I used this popular sleeveless top from Banana Republic, finished with lace trim, and paired it with this fun skort from Lilly Pulitzer. I love the idea of a skort; you get the look of a skirt and the ease of a short.

Another cute skort to consider is this equally vibrant print from Talbots, in a full range of sizes, including petite and plus on sale for $25. 

Then, these white Sam Edelman sandals are simple like a flip flop but feel more dressed and I added my favorite summer sunglasses by Ray-Ban.

White Jeans

Easy Outfit Ideas for Your Fourth of July WeekendTop, $41  |  Pants, $34  |  Sandals, $100  |  Hoops, $48

We’ve talked a lot about white jeans this season, so I wanted to give you another option. These skinny ankle jeans from Wit & Wisdom have a TON of petite sizes and are available in “regular” sizes up to an 18, and in plus size up to a 24 here. They run big so size down. 

Then, this comfortable and lightweight chambray top. It’s sleeveless with a slight domain cut so that it will drape nicely. 

Finally, our go-to sandals from Sam Edelman, available in a zillion color and print options, and these bold pearl hoops from Tuckernuck – be sure to see them on the model before ordering. They are bigger than you would think. 


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5 Must Have Shoes for Summer

5 Must Have Shoes for Summer

This summer is going to be different, depending on where you live in the US and around the globe. For me, after four extremely long months of some of the strictest stay at home orders, I’m grateful that my state is starting to reopen.

There is still not much to do.

But this experience has certainly made me appreciate the small luxuries we have more than ever before. The kids can play sports, the pool is open, and the weather has been so beautiful I’d want to eat outside regardless. 

Aside from a few drives to the beach, we’re staying close to home and supporting our local economy as much as possible.

Getting dressed also looks different. Many of us are going to be working from home for the rest of the year, so we likely don’t need a new pair of heels or dress shoes.

So for today’s roundup of must-have summer shoes, I focused on versatile pairs you can pick up and wear now to dress up small moments, and summers to come, when things get back to normal.

5 Must Have Shoes for Summer 2020

 

5 Must Have Shoes for Summer

I have all of these and can say with confidence that they have made getting dressed so easy. Think of this like a summer capsule collection. If you asked me what shoes you need so you can always put an outfit together, these would be it. 

Block Heel

Via Spiga Opal Leather Block Heel Sandal

Block Heel, $98.00

I paid full price for these, $275.00, a few summers ago. They are, by far, my most favorite pair of summer shoes. Right now they are on sale for under $100 at Nordstrom Rack. If you have the need and budget, scoop these up. Every time I slip into them, I’m so happy I have them. They are extremely comfortable and work with just about everything. The only thing I don’t wear them with is shorts, because I’m tall enough as it is. Other than that, they go with everything and if we’re traveling somewhere, they are the first shoe I pack. 

Available in limited sizes, in black, mink and tan. 

 

Flat Sandals

SAM EDELMAN Bay Cutout Slide SandalFlat Sandal, $100: 

A simple flat sandal is a great choice for everyday. They work with shorts, dresses, even summer jeans. Many of you already of this option by Sam Edelman, as they have been featured on the blog for the last few weeks. Sam Edelman just makes a solid, well priced, modern shoe. 

Available in almond, jute, black, white, and saddle. 

Strappy Sandal

Sam Edelman Women's Judy Strappy SandalsStrappy Sandal, $110

With so many breezy dresses trending, you need something equally lightweight to maintain balance. Look for a strappy sandal with a heel you can manage. These days, this 2.25″ heel (another Sam Edelman find) is about as high as I can handle. It’s slightly higher than a traditional kitten heel. Pair it with dresses or flowy pants for a dressed-up-but-still-casual look. 

“Better”Flip Flops

TKEES Lily metallic suede flip flops

“Better” Flip Flop, $55:

At my core I am a beach girl. I love the casualness and ease of every part of beach life. The truth is you can wear whatever kind of flip flop you want and it will make no difference. I do, however, love these TKEES. They are made of a gorgeous leather, with a rubber sole and are so comfortable. They feel like a grown up flops. You can certainly were these to the pool, but I save them for sun dresses and shorts while walking around our favorite beach town. 

Summer Sneakers

 

Superga 2750 COTU CLASSIC SNEAKERSummer Sneaker, $68

The fact that it is now acceptable to wear sneakers with anything is a win for all of us. But to pull it off remember you can’t just wear any sneaker. Keep your athletic sneakers for your work outs and go with a slim profile, crisp white option, like these by Superga. A favorite of classic style icon, Kate Middleton, they are affordable, well made, and comfortable. 


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Back to Basics: Classic Mid-Rise Chambray Shorts

Chambray Shorts from Old Navy

One of the challenges I’m having, as I create content this summer, is finding recommendations that meet my standards. In all my years in and around retail, I’ve never seen such low inventory levels.

With the lack of inventory comes a void of size options. 

For example, I’ll find a great pair of shorts, but there will be almost no sizes available, or they don’t offer an inclusive size range. Which means I can’t feature them.

As much as I want to do one comprehensive round-up of shorts that is size-inclusive and offers a variety of lengths, there aren’t enough options to do a full post.

Instead, I’m going to dedicate a few posts to specific options within our Back to Basics series. Doing so will allow me to post quickly, and you can act fast. I am starting with these mid-rise chambray shorts, at an astonishingly low price from Old Navy. 

Old Navy Classic Mid-Rise Chambray Shorts

Chambray Shorts from Old NavySizes:  0 – 20  $13.50 and Sizes 16 – 30, $16.00

These have an almost 5-star review from customers. The fabric is soft and light – not a ton of stretch, with a 5″ inseam or a 7″ inseam here

Thank you, Old Navy, for offering one of the most inclusive size ranges in retail. I know they are not the highest quality, but for shorts that you are going to wear a handful of months, you don’t need to pay exorbitant prices. 

I like chambray as a more polished alternative to denim. You can wear them the same way; the fabric is just a little more elevated.

They are an easy short to pair with tops you already own. This poplin top from Banana Republic (featured here) would be super cute, so would this sweet and simple white top from Boden (featured here), or this popular eyelet top from LOFT – on sale for $22 (featured here.)

Of course, my favorite way to wear these is paired with my Breton Stripped Top from Boden.

Chambray Shorts from Old Navy

Sizes:  0 – 20  $13.50 and Sizes 16 – 30, $16.00


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How to Wear Wide Leg Pants

How to Wear Wide Leg Pants

Wide-leg, lightweight pants are a fabulous option in the summer if you want an alternative to shorts or capris.

BUT, they are one of the trickiest bottoms to pull off because the success of the look is entirely dependent on balancing proportions.

You can’t just throw on any top. 

So today, I’m breaking down how to wear wide leg pants, with three outfits that can take you pretty much anywhere this summer. 

How to Wear Wide Leg Pants

How to Wear Wide Leg Pants

First, let’s talk about what you should look for in the pant. 

For this post, I went with these navy crepe trousers from 1.STATE. They are on sale at Nordstrom for $59 in sizes XXS – XXL in navy and white, and black for $39 here

Plus size? This option from Lane Bryant in a similar crepe looks perfect.

As an alternative, Lands End has a simpler pair, also in crepe, also a pull on with less fabric. Available in all sizes, plus here

Like many wide leg pants, these are high waisted. That’s important to note because it comes into play with the featured tops. 

Regarding length, you have options. If you want a length, they need to be hemmed perfectly for your height, meaning that when you’re in a shoe, they need to just skim the ground. This look works best if you are tall.

In the summer, many of these pants come in some kind of crop. Generally, the area around the top of your ankle to the bottom of your calf is ideal. Once you start cutting through the calf, you enter capri territory, and we all know how I feel about that.

Depending on your frame, the width of the pant may be overwhelming. If that happens, remember, you can have these easily altered. If you try these (or any pair) on and you the fit of the waist and rear, have them hemmed to your most flattering length and ask to take a little bit of fullness out. It’s an easy fix. 

How are you wearing these? 

The outfits below are ideal for the office, a date, or a small get-together. As always, you can shop this post full of practical recommendations OR use it as inspiration so you can see how the components work together. 

Related: Why I Hate Capris and What to Wear Instead

Simple Structure

How to Wear Wide Leg Pants

Wide Leg Pants, $60  |  Shirt, $28  |  Sandals, $150  |  Bag, $30  |  Necklace, $13

This is one of my favorite looks because it’s elegant and has structure. Because the pants are so full, you need a top that will help create balance. This simple white jersey top from COS brings a lovely drape and feel.

They are calling it a “crop” top, but it’s not, it’s just short, and that’s what you want. You won’t show your mid-drift. Instead, this will sit over the high waistband, and you can leave it out, full or half tuck it. I LOVE it.

For the shoe, I used these reader favorites from Sam Edelman in bright white. A flat sandal works well here, so would a block heel. Avoid a delicate shoe because the fullness of the pant will overwhelm it.

Keep accessories simple with this long necklace ($13 on sale at Nordstrom Rack) to give a subtle layer that drapes against the fabric of the top, and a round straw bag from H&M provides texture.

Pretty Pattern

How to Wear Wide Leg Pants

Wide Leg Pants, $60  |  Top, $69.50  |  Sandal, $248  |  Clutch, $25  |  Earrings, $45 

Next, this patterned sleeveless top (from Banana Republic) is another lovely option because it gathers at the waist, creating a beautiful shape to the outfit. It’s a great top for the summer and available in several prints and colors. All are on sale for under $50, in regular and petite up to and XXL. 

I used these sweet earrings from Gorjana that mimic the top’s pattern, my favorite, splurge-worthy Tory Burch sandals, and this fantastic $25 woven clutch to add depth with texture

Monochromatic

How to Wear Wide Leg Pants

Wide Leg Pants, $60  |  Top, $39.50  |  Sandals, $120  |  Clutch, $17  |  Earrings, $68 

Finally, a monochromatic navy look. This is important because wearing one color can help you look taller (and slimmer!)  so if you are on the petite side, and want to try out a wide leg pant, this is a way to do it. 

This navy top has subtle lace trim on the sleeve – another easy-to-wear summer piece from Banana Republic. It also comes in white, light blue, and olive in regular and petite up to an XXL for under $40. 

Tuck the top in to show off the detail on the waistband. 

The sandals are the block heel version of the flat Sam Edleman sandals in the first outfit. Remember, you can add a heel, but keep the balance by using a block heel. 

Then the accessories are effortless. For earrings, my new favorite Soho studs from Julie Vos, and this $17 clutch, again, from DSW. 


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How to Wear a Romper: Three Easy Looks for Real Life

How to wear a Romper 3 Ways

When rompers first became popular a few seasons ago, I quickly associated them with the cute little outfits my kids wore and ignored the idea for grown-ups.

In my defense, the first round of rompers as a category in women’s fashion were either strapless or off the shoulder, and the shorts were short, short, short. Most were skimpy, like something I would have worn to a bachelorette party in my twenties – ah, youth.

Happily, trends evolve, and while I wouldn’t call a romper a “staple,” it has expanded its style to make more sense for the average woman – myself included. 

So right before we left for the beach, I ordered this romper from Amazon. It’s by Daily Ritual, an Amazon brand known for quality casual pieces at affordable prices. I have a few items from the line and have always been pleased with them. 

Let me tell you; this is the coziest thing I have worn all year. (See it in real life at the bottom of the post.)

Three Easy Ways to Wear a Romper

 

How to wear a Romper 3 Ways

Romper, $31 Available in sizes XS (0-2) – XXL (20 – 22) in olive (above), black, navy and stripe

While we were away last week, I spent mornings on the beach, and around lunchtime brought the baby back to the condo for a nap. I slipped into this and sat out on our balcony, reading and enjoying a glass of wine; it was divine.

There is no better feeling than washing the sand and sunscreen off your body and wrapping yourself up in something soft. So if you are beach-bound, consider having this on hand.

I barely styled it. Instead I pulled my hair back and wore flip flops. Now that we are back home, with a restrictions almost completely lifted, there is more opportunity to leave the house. 

Below are some ways to bring it into your everyday life, using pieces I’ve featured over the last month.

Errand Running

Three Easy Ways to Wear a Romper

 

Romper, $31  |  Sneakers, $50  |  Baseball Hat, $15  |  Studs, $55

After almost four months of being cooped up at home, I am SO HAPPY to feel busy again. For days of running errands or picking up and dropping off kids, this is perfect. I have and love these chic sneakers from Dolce Vita at DSW for under $50. They add a fun pop of print to so many outfits.

Then a simple baseball hat. This one I have in pink, but white feels fresh and will go with more in your wardrobe—finally, these studs from QVC. I’ve highlighted them a few times this month. They are just comfortable, everyday earrings you can wear with anything.

Low Key Date 

Three Easy Ways to Wear a Romper

 

Romper, $31  |  Sandal, $198  |  Clutch, $48  |  Studs, $35

I love the casualness of the beach. At least in the shore towns we frequent, everything is so wonderfully relaxed. In normal times I was always found it a welcomed break from how intense life on the east coast can feel. 

For a night meeting up with friends at the beach, I’d throw this on and then add some elevated basics. 

These Tory Burch “Miller” sandals are a step up from a flip flop. I’m crazy about this color called “make up.” You can also find an array of colors that will work as a neutral-to-you over on Zappos

Then I added this gorgeous clutch from Tuckernuck, it’s my favorite leopard clutch ever – and you know I have a million of them 🙂 If it’s your first purchase, be sure to sign up for their mailing list and get an additional 20% off. 

Finally, you don’t want to over do it on the accessories, so I used these simple studs from Gorjana that I know many of you already own. 

Work from Home 

Three Easy Ways to Wear a Romper

 

Romper, $31  |  Sandals, $100 |  Headband, $10

Lastly, many of us will be working from home for at least the rest of the year. While it’s so convenient, I suspect that for many, the novelty is wearing off a bit.

It’s too easy to stay in loungewear all day, but if the loungewear looks like an outfit – you have a win-win.

Here, I added a real shoe. This sandal slide from Sam Edelman has been popular with readers this month, it comes in a ton of color options. Sometimes wearing an actual shoe while working from home can help you focus.

And then I added a pretty headband to quickly create a Zoom -ready hairstyle with little to no effort.

After a Day at the Pool … How to Wear a Romper In Real Life


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Striped Top Outfits: How to Wear a Striped Top Three Ways

Striped Top Outfits: How to Wear a Striped Top Three Ways

One of the most important staples in a classic wardrobe is the striped top. You can wear it all year long, but the summer is the season it really shines. 

You can wear it so many ways and it’s simple to pair with the items you already own.

Today, I’m showing three options that you can alter to fit your body type and budget. Every item featured, I’ve either showcased before (so you may already own it) or I recommend.

But remember, you can also use this as a guide and find something similar that fits your specific needs. 

These posts are designed to both inspire your own creativity and help provide product recommendations. 

How to Wear a Striped Top Three Ways

Striped Top Outfits: How to Wear a Striped Top Three Ways

For the striped top I am featuring the popular Boden striped boatneck top. This lady sells out all the time but is currently available so scoop it up. It’s under $40 and runs true to size. 

For other options be sure to check out our post from last month rounding up striped tops in all sizes

I created three looks including one with shorts, one with a white jean and then a fun skirt outfit that will help you understand how to mix pattern and shapes together. 

Let’s get started.

 

Shorts

Striped Top Outfits: How to Wear a Striped Top Three Ways

Striped Top, $38  |  Shorts, $49.50 (ON SALE FOR $20)  |  Sandals, $100  |   Crossbody, $22  |  Earrings, $56 

This look is something I live in all summer.

Whenever I wear shorts, I always pair them with a 3/4 sleeve top. It brings a sense of balance to the outfit.

These shorts by LOFT are available in missy and petite. They have a mid-rise cut, with a 4″ inseam and front pleats – which makes them feel a little bit dressier. If you want to try these, go for it, they are currently on sale for $20 and go up to an XXL which is about a size 18. 

Plus size? Inventory is limited, but these chambray shorts from Old Navy are fantastic. They’re a similar mid-rise, from a size 16 – 30 for only $16.

Then I added these simple Sam Edelman slides in white ( available in lots of other great colors).

This $22 crossbody bag I found at Target is a steal and these fantastic studs from QVC that look like the real deal for under $60.

White Jeans

Striped Top Outfits: How to Wear a Striped Top Three WaysStriped Top, $38  |  Jeans, $31  |  Clutch, $48  |  Sandals, $59  |  Earrings, $68

We’ve established that white jeans go with everything. Above, I used a pair by Wit & Wisdom, but I also highly recommend NYDJ (see my top picks here)

Generally, a white jean looks best in either a skinny or straight leg that hits at the ankle or is full length and slightly breaks on top of your foot. I used this comfortable wedge slide from Aerosoles in a go-with-everything tan for under $60. 

For earrings, these Soho “X” earrings by Julie Vos are under $70 and are a fresh interpretation of a classic stud. I ordered a pair for myself. 

Finally, a leopard print clutch because I love an animal print and a stripe together. This one from Turkernuck is under $50. It’s a beautiful piece to familiarize yourself with the brand. I ordered it too because I plan to be extra social the second half of 2020 to make up for lost time. 

Full Skirt 

Striped Top Outfits: How to Wear a Striped Top Three WaysStriped Top, $38  |  Skirt, $128  |  Sandal, $70  |  Clutch, $27  |  Earrings, $28

Finally,  a striped top, when styled correctly, can be used as a neutral. If you have ever wanted to learn how to mix and match patterns, the easiest place to start is to pair the stripe with a floral or floral-like pattern.

Because we completely skipped over the spring season, we missed the forecasted trend of fuller skirts. These were meant to balance out all the maxi lengths we’ve been seeing. It’s safe to say they aren’t going anywhere, so if this lady like style is for you there are tons of options out there. 

I found this cheerful yellow daisy print skirt, with deep pleats around the waist, at Nordstrom. It’s available in an XXS – XXL or about a size 18. There is also a plus size option here

To pull of the look you have to fully tuck the top in, so keep that in mind, it won’t work for every body type. 

I used a simple, white block heel sandal I found at DSW (all sizes still available). To play off the whimsy of the look, I used these oversized pearl drop earrings for under $30

But the real steal of the outfit is this straw circle clutch from Nordstrom marked down to under $30. 


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6 Tops to Kick off Your Summer Wardrobe

6 Tops to Kick off Your Summer Wardrobe

Maybe your days are filled with Zoom calls, you’re headed back into an office, or you’re venturing out to see people for the first time in what feels like forever.

Whatever your schedule, after months of being cooped up at home making do with what you have, you probably have some voids in your wardrobe.

This time every summer, I stand in my closet and say, “I just need a few tops.”

You would think finding some tops that make easy outfits would be a breeze. But with so many options that are too bare, or so sheer you require an additional layer underneath, it’s quite time-consuming.

Today I thought I’d save us some time and I’d start the week with a roundup of pretty tops, with a real sleeve that can work double and triple duty in a variety of sizes.

6 Tops to Kick off Your Summer Wardrobe

 

 

6 Tops to Kick off Your Summer Wardrobe

 

Poplin Puff-Sleeve Blouse by BR

6 Tops to Kick off Your Summer Wardrobe

One, $63

This crisp poplin top from Banana Republic is perfect to pair with white jeans, or navy ankle pants. Take it to work with a simple ballet flat or add a wedge sandal for much needed night out. 

Available in regular and tall sizes, in XXS – XXL. It’s also on sale for 40% off and then an additional 20%, so if my advanced math skills are correct, it’s around $30 right now. 

Summer Dot Boatneck Top from Ann Taylor 

6 Tops to Kick off Your Summer Wardrobe

Two, $70

With a universally flattering neckline, this polka dot blouse works with any bottom. I would pair it with either summer white jeans, or a navy bottoms like an ankle pant or skirt. 

Available in regular and tall, in size XS – XL. This is also on a crazy sale, use the code CYBER60 and get it for under $30 

Puff Sleeve Knit Top at Nordstrom 

6 Tops to Kick off Your Summer Wardrobe

Three, $49

Maybe you need a solid basic, that you can pair with any kind of bottom and jazz up with accessories. I love this option from Halogen, a private label brand found at Nordstrom. The slight puff at the sleeve elevates it, and the knit fabric let’s it breath while not being transparent. 

It’s available in black, green, navy and cobalt blue (above) in XS (0-2) – XXL (18).

Carey Top by Boden

6 Tops to Kick off Your Summer WardrobeFour, $59

Boden is a much-loved brand for our readers, and this one, available at Nordstrom for 30% off, is a great basic. When I look for white tops, I try to find ones with a little something extra. Here, the ruching around the neckline creates interest and a lovely drape.
You can full tuck, or half tuck this top into any bottom; it’s especially lovely with a colorful pant or print skirt.

Available in white only in sizes 2 – 16.

Gibson Drape Blouse at Nordstrom

6 Tops to Kick off Your Summer Wardrobe

Five, $18

By far the best deal on the list is this drapey blouse from Gibson at Nordstrom. This top will fall away from your body, It’s under $20! You can wear it out with slim lined bottom, or tuck it into a high waisted pair of paints. 

I’m featuring it in what they are calling “navy abstract cheetah), but it’s also available in basics black, aqua, cobalt blue and a pretty peachy rose. Available in petite and regular from an XXS – XXL. 

 

Scatter Dot Belted Top by 1. State

6 Tops to Kick off Your Summer Wardrobe

Six, $79

Finally, I absolutely love this tie wasted top by 1. State (also at Nordstrom) for plus size. It’s an incredibly flattering cut, with the stitch detail in the front helping to pull the eye in and the tie waist designed to show off your shape. It’s important to pair this with a slim cut bottom to keep the look proportional.

Available in 1X – 3X here. 


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