- Shirt – Gap
- Dress – J Crew
- Flats – Target
- Earrings – Aldo
I promised there would be more blue and white stripes to come! I wore this nautical (/patriotic?) ensemble on a much-needed date this past weekend. We just went up to our local brewery for a casual dinner and some delicious beer and most people (including A2) were in shorts and a t-shirt. But, when a much-needed date comes around, you better believe I’m going to spruce it up a bit more than that.
I love summer dresses! They are perfect for many of my favorite summer activities: casual date nights, summer parties, outdoor brunch, picnics, BBQs, music in the park, and so on. I don’t have nearly enough casual summer dresses (I now have a decent selection for summer weddings), but also don’t have the money for any new ones at the moment. So, I decided to revisit my closet.
I have been particularly pining over summer shirt dresses with cap sleeves and popped collars – preferably in blue and white stripe pattern. I’ve long loved this dress from Shabby Apple and for some reason this weekend the inspiration struck to try and recreate a similar look with pieces in my closet. So I pulled out a very old strapless white seersucker dress from J. Crew and this blue and white striped button-down shirt and started playing around with it. I’m really happy with how the look came together and I think it approximates the Shabby Apple dress – full skirt, shirt collar, breast pockets, a tie at the waist, and of course, blue and white stripes.
I’m already thinking about other shirt + dress/skirt combinations that will give me a similar silhouette. How are you creatively working with a summer budget? A.