and just like that, we bid adieu to June! it’s been a glorious month with the first blush of summer delivering the perfect temps even here in Georgia. the 4th of July is upon us with a backyard barbecue and fireworks on the agenda. i don’t know about you, but i can’t wait to twirl a sparkler and dish up some homemade ice cream. stay tuned! and i also have you covered for a cute outfit or two. but when it comes to bang for your buck, versatile separates to mix and match are the ticket.
yes, a summer dress is perfect for a hot summer day. and July loves to give us those in spades. dresses are one and done and take the guesswork out of getting ready in the morning. the only decision left is what shoes or handbags to wear. but we all want our wardrobes to work for us day in and day out. that’s when versatile separates to mix and match come in handy. a beautiful summer top or bottom can be mixed and matched, layered, or dressed up or down. and if you’re lucky, that top or bottom can even match, creating the look of a dress or jumpsuit.
many of you might remember this feminine and flirty top and skirt from Ann Taylor. in the above photo, the two separates are worn together, creating a dress. but that’s only the beginning. when i purchased both items, i knew they would be on summer repeat, pairing the top with jeans, pants, or shorts. and the skirt? it can be worn with tees or a linen or cotton blouse. so let’s see how i mixed and matched both items.
first up is the drop waist skirt. the weather was actually cool this particular day, so i layered a white linen blouse from J.Crew over a white tank top from Banana Republic for a casual outfit. since the linen blouse acted as a third layer, i tied it loosely with a front knot. a wicker handbag (old, similar here) is always at my beck and call this time of year. and my favorite Jack Rogers white sandals are in action. it’s an easy peasy outfit to throw together at a moment’s notice since it’s grounded in wardrobe basics (white tee, white blouse, and white sandals).
the top is on-trend this year with a square neck and puff sleeves. adding a trend or two into my classic wardrobe keeps it from becoming stale and stodgy. this lightweight blouse goes well with a pair of white denim a front tuck is added for good measure. but black pants would be a good choice too. i added a black handbag (old, similar here) and belt (old, similar here) to give a little oomph to the outfit and kept the accessories minimal. silver hoops (old similar here) and a silver heart long pendant necklace. guess what? my Jack Rogers sandals are back in action to polish off this casual chic outfit. if you want a bang for your buck, versatile separates to mix and match are the way to go.
happy Wednesday, ladies. time to put a smile on someone’s face, including yours. stay tuned to tomorrow’s post where i will mix and match a top and pants.