Look 1: Add a chambray button-down.
It serves a similar purpose as a denim jacket, but it's lightweight. Leave it open or tie it in a knot at the waist. Consider adding a little color with accessories, if your clothing palette is neutral.
Look 2: With a cargo vest.
I wore this combination yesterday! Is the cargo jacket becoming ubiquitous? Yes. Do I still love it? Yes. It just adds a casual layer of interest to the outfit without adding a lot of bulk or heat.
Look 3: Wear gingham.
Like the chambray top, this style can be worn open, over a camisole, or it can be buttoned, tied at the waist, and sleeves rolled. I think this is a great summery look, and the slightly edgier shoes and accessories keep it from looking too "Mary Ann." (You know, from Gilligan's Island.)
Look 4: It's ok to just wear a t-shirt.
There's nothing wrong with wearing a simple t-shirt, but an eye-catching design on the maxi skirt will make the outfit look more thoughtful. I am feeling this floral one!
Look 5: It speaks for itself.
If you find a stunner of a dress, don't worry too much about what to put with it. Let it do the talking by adding simple, understated neutrals.
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