The biggest void in many women’s wardrobes this time of year is a simple, but cute and pretty top.
Something more substantial than a tee-shirt, but not overly complicated, that you can pair with simple bottoms to create a complete outfit.
So I wasn’t surprised when this affordable navy and white v-neck top with a subtle puff sleeve from our J.Crew Factory round-up was our best seller.
Smocked Crinkle Puff-Sleeve Top
Smocked Crinkle Puff-Sleeve Top, $39.50
Let’s talk about the top.
Done in a tight navy and white floral pattern, with a flattering-for-everyone v-neck, you can pick this up in XXS – 3X. If you are between sizes, go up one.
Don’t let the puff sleeve freak you out. It’s subtle adding more shape than dramatic flare. So it will build your shoulders out a bit, but the v neck will pull the eye back in.
How to Wear It
In today’s How to Wear it, we’re highlighting three looks for different occasions.
Some of these items will look familiar since they are reader favorites. And we’re introducing new, seasonal finds to help you organically build out your wardrobe with super wearable pieces.
Stretch Twill Shorts, $78 | Leather Slide Sandals, $125 | Rattan Shoulder Bag, $35 | Cat Eye Sunglasses, $180
Take this pretty little top and a pair of crisp white shorts for an easy and chic casual summer look.
Above I’m using the SPANX Stretch Twill Shorts. On the more expensive end of the shorts we’ve featured this season, but worth it if you have the budget. I’ve been happy with every purchase I’ve made from SPANX this year.
These are pull on (but don’t look it) and available in XS – 3X, running true to size.
Another option is any short from Talbots (similar in price). Our petite readers in particular love their fit.
Finally, if you prefer a more conservative cut, you can absolutely pair the top with a Bermuda short. J.Crew has a nice pair, also loved by our readers, on sale right now for 15% off.
Related: How to Wear Bermuda Shorts
Next, I wanted a lightweight, navy shoe and was happy to come across these Bernardo leather sandals. They are better than a flip flop but give the same feeling.
You could also wear the Jack Rodger Sandals we featured earlier this month.
Then, this faux leather and rattan shoulder bag adds some interest and texture to the outfit. You can pick it up for only $35 at New York and Co.
Finally, elevate the whole look with a pair of designer sunglasses, but don’t pay full price. In Sunday Sales we featured these Tom Ford Cat Eye Sunnies, at OFF Fifth -they have the BEST selection of discounted sunglasses.
With Navy Ankle Pants
Ankle Pants, $89 | Slingback Pump, $130 | Ear Jacket Studs, $148 | Leather tote, $278
Heading to work?
Dressing professionally in the heat is the worst, even if it’s just for a few days a week.
Tops like this are great because you don’t need a layer to feel finished. Put it on, and you’re done.
I’m pairing it with the Ann Taylor Ankle Pants in navy here. We always feature these because they are under $100, come in various sizes and cuts (regular, petite, curvy, and tall), and work for many readers.
Then, a sling-back heel is pretty classic, but with a block heel, they look modern too. We like this option from Sam Edelman.
For accessories, we’re going simple and classic with a twist.
These pearl jacket studs are divine. I love it when a pearl earring is done in a modern way. If you picked up the Julie Vos Penelope Studs, they would be lovely here too.
For a bag, I just discovered the “System Tote” from one of our favorite brands, Cuyana. It’s sleek, versatile, and customizable. This would be my go-to if I were in an office a few days a week.
With White Jeans
High Waisted Jeans, $40 | Wedge Sandals, $145 | Mini Crossbody Bag, $118
Last, we can’t have a How to Wear it without reminding you that EVERYTHING works with white jeans.
Here, I’m using the Old Navy High-Waisted, Well-Dressed Life wardrobe staple. But don’t forget, we have a couple of favorites for all sizes.
For shoes, these wedge sandals were super popular last week. Available in white (above) and tan.
And then this easy mini crossbody from Madewell.
But you can make this your own with any shoe and bag combination. For example, a. lovely combination would be if you picked up this leather slide from Tuckernuck and paired it with this woven crossbody from Madewell.
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