updated style uniform summer 2021

whenever i’m short on time, i always reach for my style uniform. if you are new to the blog, you might be scratching your head wondering what a style uniform is all about. to put it simply, a style uniform consists of wardrobe staples that you can pull together at a moment’s notice and step out the door feeling confident and looking great. today, it’s all about my updated style uniform summer 2021.

updated style uniform summer 2021

everyone needs a great pair of jeans. my favorite brands are opens in a new windowJ.Crew, opens in a new windowTalbots, opens in a new windowSofia Vergara, opens in a new windowRalph Lauren, opens in a new windowWit & Wisdom, opens in a new windowMadewell, or opens in a new windowFrame. i do my best to share jeans from a variety of price points. if you haven’t found your perfect pair of jeans quite yet, devote an afternoon to try on every brand known to mankind. you’ll find one, i promise. here’s a hint. before heading to the dressing room, wrap the waist around your neck. if it fits nicely, then you’ve found the right size to try on. dark rinse is perfect for evening as it’s dressier than a light rinse. and a light rinse, as well as white denim, will visually add pounds. but i love wearing white denim year-round. black denim too. a lighter rinse is perfect come summer. take note that jeans this season are trending with a looser fit than years gone by. today, i’m wearing opens in a new windowvintage straight white denim from opens in a new windowMadewell with a raw hem. it’s modern and fresh and keeps my outfit firmly rooted in 2021.

next on my style uniform list is a go-to blazer. start with black or navy, then add any color to your heart’s content. personally, nothing beats a tweed blazer for instant elegance. it’s classic coco chanel. take heart; these days, you can find a tweed blazer at a price point that won’t break your bank. mid-priced brands typically trot out a tweed blazer every year. keep your eyes peeled ’til you find the one you love. today, i’m wearing the cutest cropped summer-weight blazer ( opens in a new windowsimilar here) from opens in a new windowTalbots. for summer, i look for a opens in a new windowwhite blazer.  opens in a new windownavy is a good choice too. but don’t forget to put some fun into your style uniform with a opens in a new windowplaid linen blazer or a opens in a new windowseersucker blazer. both just scream summer. a opens in a new windowpinstripe blazer can go from work to the weekend with ease. and a opens in a new windowdouble-breasted blazer looks fantastic with a dress, skirt, or even blue jeans.

a opens in a new windowsilk blouse or a cotton or poplin opens in a new window button-up in a neutral color is always part of my style uniform. it’s a hard-working wardrobe staple. start with black, navy, or ivory. a silk blouse is an investment piece, so don’t be afraid to splurge. look for quality that will give you longevity. for an updated style uniform summer 2021, i chose a white tee. but not just any white tee. this opens in a new windowcotton tee from opens in a new windowRalph Lauren has an American flag stitched with madras on top. it’s adorable! plus, i love the subtle infusion of color.

shoes and handbags make or break an outfit, so choose wisely. a variety of heel heights find a home in my closet. nude or black pumps or flats are the most versatile shoes. but look for neutrals in gray, brown, navy, gold, or silver. block heels are comfortable and add support, as do wedges. for summer, a slingback is sexy and comfy. that’s a win/win! but opens in a new windowwhite sneakers are a wardrobe staple that’s on repeat all summer long. they look fantastic with dresses or skirts as well as blue jeans. 

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it’s Wednesday, ladies, time to put a smile on someone’s face, including yours.

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20 Comments

  1. Eve wrote:

    Jeans, tee, tennis shoes. The all American girl look for as long as I can remember and I’m 79. Colors change with the season, I like light colors in summer, but it always works. Throw on a blazer if you can, we can’t, it’s too hot, but a lightweight button up can replace it here on the Coast. Sometimes sandals.
    You look great Beth and I do love your graphic tee.

    Posted 7.21.21 Reply
    • thanks sweet friend! i just thought the madras flag tee was the perfect summer tee.

      Posted 7.21.21 Reply
  2. Lori wrote:

    Wow! Now that’s an outfit!

    Posted 7.21.21 Reply
    • thanks so much! can’t beat a blazer and blue jeans!

      Posted 7.21.21 Reply
  3. Sandra wrote:

    Hi Beth
    It’s 101^ where I live in CA so your OOTD is refreshing! Clean, classic, fabulous. You always inspire and you always look like a Ralph Lauren model. Have a great day!

    Posted 7.21.21 Reply
    • thank you! there’s something crisp and clean about white during those hot summer months.

      Posted 7.21.21 Reply
  4. Beth, that combination is very pretty!!
    it looks super on you!!
    I am 5’2 and I think the white runners will
    not look that good.
    Thank you

    Posted 7.21.21 Reply
    • i think a pair of white sneakers look good in every size. and there are so many white sneakers to choose from.

      Posted 7.21.21 Reply
  5. Nancy Linkov wrote:

    Hi Beth, I love this outfit but the prices, not so much. What you are wearing totals up to more than $500! I really appreciated it when you showed some stylish but less expensive clothing a few weeks or so ago.

    Thanks for the inso even if i can’t afford most of the pieces you show.

    Nancy

    Posted 7.21.21 Reply
    • yes, i show a variety of price points on any given day. but the outfit totals $280. the sunglasses were my Nordstrom Anniversary splurge. but, honestly, when i prorate them out over their lifespan it’s truly pennies to the dollar. that’s how i view style and my shopping habits. sometimes, the bargain scored at Target only lasts a season or two then is thrown into the rubbish bin. but when i pay a bit more at a retailer with quality garments the item will last for years and years. blazers are also an investment piece to me so i’m happy to pay more. style is always about personal preference and what you feel comfortable with spending.

      Posted 7.21.21 Reply
  6. Julie wrote:

    Hi Beth,

    Just love this outfit! It is so fresh and cool. The flag tee is wonderful!

    You look great in your style uniform!

    Julie

    Posted 7.21.21 Reply
    • isn’t the flag tee adorable?! love the subtle color palette.

      Posted 7.21.21 Reply
      • Beth, I love this outfit! What size blazer and tee are you wearing? Do all of the items run true to size?
        Diane

        Posted 7.21.21 Reply
        • the blazer is a size 8 tts. the tee is a medium but it’s a slim cut. not much wiggle room but it’s a nice fit. beautiful fabric.

          Posted 7.21.21 Reply
  7. karen wrote:

    How do you wrap the waist of jeans around your neck? I can’t picture how to do it.

    Posted 7.21.21 Reply
  8. Judith wrote:

    Your “Style Uniform” is perfect for your trip across “Abbey Road” metaphorically speaking! The Beatles would love it too!

    Posted 7.21.21 Reply
    • what a cute reference! next time i walk across the street i’ll have to go barefoot.

      Posted 7.21.21 Reply
  9. Lyn wrote:

    This outfit it totally my style. Regarding the price point of clothing. Quality always pays for itself. When I was still working, I eyed a beautiful taupe blazer and pants for a few weeks before pulling the trigger. It was pricey, but I figured out how many ways I could wear it over a period of time and it came out to pennies! I bought a white Ralph Lauren blazer about 14 years ago, expensive, yes, but I still have it and wear it frequently. I worked with someone who hit the mall 2-3 times a week, buying whatever was on sale. Nothing worked and things were soon discarded. It was like she didn’t know what to wear to work the next day so she went out and bought something.

    Posted 7.22.21 Reply
    • thanks for sharing! yes, when we shop the sales or shop without a plan in place that’s when we stand in our closet and think “I’ve nothing to wear”there’s nothing worse than a closet full of clothes with that nagging thought.

      Posted 7.22.21 Reply
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