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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  1. 6.22.15
    Stephanie Chalk said:

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

  2. 6.18.15
    Erica Wells said:

    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!


  3. 6.17.15

    Right?! Thank you once again, Target. πŸ™‚

  4. 6.17.15

    I agree!

  5. 6.17.15

    Thanks, mom!

  6. 6.17.15

    Thanks, girl!

  7. 6.17.15

    We need to find you a maxi dress!

  8. 6.17.15

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

  9. 6.17.15

    You and me both, girl!

  10. 6.17.15

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

  11. 6.17.15

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

  12. 6.17.15

    Thanks, lady!

  13. 6.17.15

    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!

  14. 6.17.15

    I agree, it's so easy to just throw on and go!

  15. 6.17.15

    Thanks, girl!

  16. 6.17.15

    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.

  17. 6.17.15

    I agree!

  18. 6.17.15

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

  19. 6.17.15

    Thanks, girl – I love both, too!

  20. 6.17.15

    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!

  21. 6.17.15

    LOVE that maxi! This is the perfect look for summer.

    xo Southern Style

  22. 6.17.15
    Debra Stachelski said:

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

  23. 6.16.15
    Christina Sotherden said:

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

  24. 6.16.15
    Nadia said:

    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!

  25. 6.16.15
    Mia- MakeMeUpMia said:

    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!

  26. 6.16.15

    Loving that striped maxi! I live in maxi dresses during the summer!
    xo Emily

  27. 6.16.15

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

  28. 6.16.15

    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™‚

  29. 6.16.15

    Great picks! Loving that mint colored tote!

  30. 6.16.15

    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!

  31. 6.16.15
    Jenn said:

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

  32. 6.16.15

    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!

  33. 6.16.15
    Biana Perez said:

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

  34. 6.16.15
    Pinky said:

    That dress and bag is summer perfection!

  35. 6.16.15
    Pamela said:

    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

  36. 6.16.15

    I love that dress! And that mint green bag!

    Her Heartland Soul