Go-To Summer Outfit

Here in the Midwest, we’ve come to appreciate the (usually) nice, warm summer months – we’re lucky if we have three months out of the year that we don’t have to worry about cold temperatures or other plans that Mother Nature has in store, so we typically like to get outside and take advantage of what spring and summer has to offer while we can.

That being said, there is nothing worse than standing in the closet on a hot, sunny day deciding what to wear. I’d rather be outside soaking up the sun rays! That’s why I’ve developed a foolproof go-to outfit that works for me for nearly any situation or occasion during the summer.

maxi dress: Dorothy Perkins | jean jacket: Sonoma Life & Style | wishbone necklace: Overstock | silver hoop earrings: Dana Buchman | tote: Target | sandals: LC Lauren Conrad | messy bun tutorial: The Small Things Blog

My black and white striped maxi is one of my favorite pieces of clothing in my closet – it’s versatile, and I tend to feel most confident when I wear it. This version is great since it has cap sleeves for cooler days, but you never can go wrong with throwing a jean jacket over a dress just in case you get the chills. I like to keep the color palette pretty muted, mostly sterling silver jewelry and simple black flip flops, and then I save any color for my purse or tote, which I usually opt for a brighter pastel shade. There’s also nothing worse (to me) than having a ton of heavy hair on my neck when it’s hot out, so this messy bun tutorial is how I keep cool while still looking put-together. 
What’s your go-to summer outfit?

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36 Comments

  1. Stephanie Chalk wrote:

    I love every detail of this outfit! That bun is lovely, I will have to check out the tutorial! Xo, Stephanie

    Posted 6.22.15 Reply
  2. Erica Wells wrote:

    Love this outfit – that dress is perfect!! My go to outfit nowadays involves a maxi skirt and a flowy top or tank with flip flops. Oh and I've never heard of Dorothy Perkins before – there are some awesome finds in that store! I will be bookmarking this for future shopping!

    Erica
    http://www.pumpsandpushups.com

    Posted 6.18.15 Reply
  3. Right?! Thank you once again, Target. πŸ™‚

    Posted 6.17.15 Reply
  4. I agree!

    Posted 6.17.15 Reply
  5. Thanks, mom!

    Posted 6.17.15 Reply
  6. Thanks, girl!

    Posted 6.17.15 Reply
  7. We need to find you a maxi dress!

    Posted 6.17.15 Reply
  8. Ha! I figured I wasn't the only one that loves this type of outfit for summer.

    Posted 6.17.15 Reply
  9. You and me both, girl!

    Posted 6.17.15 Reply
  10. I'm with you! I'm glad that I finally found a denim jacket that I love – I can't stop wearing it.

    Posted 6.17.15 Reply
  11. Woohoo Hawks! I'm sure it was a madhouse by you the other night.

    Posted 6.17.15 Reply
  12. Thanks, lady!

    Posted 6.17.15 Reply
  13. Right?! Even though my hair isn't quite as long as it was anymore, I still feel the need to put it up pretty often – I just hate it sticking to my neck!

    Posted 6.17.15 Reply
  14. I agree, it's so easy to just throw on and go!

    Posted 6.17.15 Reply
  15. Thanks, girl!

    Posted 6.17.15 Reply
  16. I'm obsessed with that mint tote – I have a blush one, but I just may need to add that one to my collection, too.

    Posted 6.17.15 Reply
  17. I agree!

    Posted 6.17.15 Reply
  18. Haha, I figured I wasn't alone in having these as staple pieces for summer. πŸ™‚

    Posted 6.17.15 Reply
  19. Thanks, girl – I love both, too!

    Posted 6.17.15 Reply
  20. Love this classic look, it really is the perfect go to summer outfit. And I love love that mint tote, the fact that it's from Target – even better!

    Posted 6.17.15 Reply
  21. LOVE that maxi! This is the perfect look for summer.

    xo Southern Style

    Posted 6.17.15 Reply
  22. Debra Stachelski wrote:

    I can totally see you in this outfit! So cute and so you!

    Posted 6.17.15 Reply
  23. Christina Sotherden wrote:

    Stripes, maxis and a messy bun are such a go to for me! Love it!

    Posted 6.16.15 Reply
  24. Nadia wrote:

    I still haven't found a maxi dress yet that I liked, but I'm determined to this summer! Perfect easy breezy summer outfit – you know I've been loving my denim jacket recently!

    Posted 6.16.15 Reply
  25. Mia- MakeMeUpMia wrote:

    I just so happen to be wearing a tank, maxi skirt and denim shirt with the sleeves rolled up today πŸ˜‰ My summer go to! It's always freezing in my office but gets warmer in the afternoon, it's perfect. I love adding a pretty statement necklace!

    Posted 6.16.15 Reply
  26. Loving that striped maxi! I live in maxi dresses during the summer!
    xo Emily
    http://www.fashioncolumntwins.com

    Posted 6.16.15 Reply
  27. Looove that dress! And you know how obsessed I am with my denim jacket – it's the most versatile piece. Hooray for warmer temps!

    Posted 6.16.15 Reply
  28. My kind of summer outfit too lady!! I wear my denim jacket all of the time too, its a great layering piece during the summer. Thanks for sharing and YAY Hawks!!!! πŸ™‚

    Posted 6.16.15 Reply
  29. Great picks! Loving that mint colored tote!
    ~Samantha
    http://goldcoastgirlblog.com

    Posted 6.16.15 Reply
  30. That maxi could definitely be accessorized so many different ways, so I can totally see why it's your go-to! Also, I'm with you on the hair thing – mine basically lives in a pony or bun all summer, it's just too hot otherwise!

    Posted 6.16.15 Reply
  31. Jenn wrote:

    Love this casual look! Perfect for this time of year as a go-to!

    Posted 6.16.15 Reply
  32. The same. I've been wearing so many black and white stripe ensembles lately and I just love this maxi dress you've featured. the bag is perfect too! And of course the denim jacket for the evenings or a cold room… love it!

    Posted 6.16.15 Reply
  33. Biana Perez wrote:

    Definitely my go-to as well, especially the jean jacket!!! I love the light blue color of the tote!! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

    Posted 6.16.15 Reply
  34. Pinky wrote:

    That dress and bag is summer perfection!

    Posted 6.16.15 Reply
  35. Pamela wrote:

    Haha not even going to lie, that's totally exactly what my go-to summer outfit is too! Love the black and white striped maxi and the jean jacket is just the icing on the cake!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

    Posted 6.16.15 Reply
  36. I love that dress! And that mint green bag!

    Her Heartland Soul
    http://herheartlandsoul.com

    Posted 6.16.15 Reply

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