What to Wear Wednesday: Summer Event Staples

It’s been a while since I posted a fashion oriented post, I’ve been busy. It seems like every time I turn around there is another event to either plan or attend this summer. The kids are wrapping up school, warm weather is here and folks just wanna get together and have fun. Summer events are even more enjoyable if you look and feel great at all of those June weddings, graduations, birthdays and evenings on the town. True, there is a time and a place when it doesn’t matter if fashion is comfortable or not, but when it’s hot and sticky outside you just want to be cool, comfortable and collected. Here are a few of my favorite staples for easy summer event style.

First Up, the cotton maxi dress. You can’t get much more comfortable than something that feels like you’re in cotton PJs. These are so versatile, you can dress them up for a party with strappy heels and some bold jewelry or tone them down with flip flops and a straw hat for the beach. I am loving the olive green on the first one. Olive and white are my favorite summer clothing colors because they look phenomenal with a tan (and I happen to be one of those awful people that tans easily, even under a coat of sunscreen… don’t hate me).

cotton maxi dresses


  1. Lulus Lost in Paradise Cotton Maxi Dress     $54
  2. ANGL Floral Waves maxi Dress    $65
  3. Cosabella Rimini Racer Maxi Dress     $72
  4. Forever 21 Crochet Maxi Dress  $48
  5. Felicity and Coco Striped Maxi Dress        $88 

Next, the summer night out / wedding appropriate short dress.  The more casual polka dot Banana Republic number would be perfect for an evening barbeque while the black off the shoulder dress is fitting for a hot date.

summer cocktail dress


  1. Calvin Klein Placed Sheath Dress       $108
  2. Lulu’s Never Enough Black Off the Shoulder Dress         $49
  3. Banana Republic Swiss Dot Off-Shoulder Dress       $98
  4. J McLaughlin Nicola Sleeveless Dress in Radiowaves         $205 
  5. Forever 21 Stripe Twist-Front Dress  $35 

While socially acceptable to pair a nice dress with bare toes at the beach or even at a pool party, virtually everywhere else it’s a faux pas.  Here’s a selection of adorable heel sandals that could pair with a number of the dress selections above.

summer event sandals



  1. Louis et Cie Hilio    $129   
  2. Bandolino Armory     $53 
  3. Vince Camuto  Lorrana       $95
  4. Lucky Brand Jaleela  $89
  5. Calvin Klein Valene     $72

And while we’re at it why not add a few more necessary essentials.  Pick one or two of these to complete the perfect summer event look.

summer accessories staples


  1. Bowtie Choker Necklace      $8  
  2. Pink Aviators      $15
  3. Tortoise Charm Bangle       $25
  4. Beaded Ball Earrings  $65 
  5. Cha Cha Tassle Block Earrings     $48
  6. Sparkling Leaf Headband    $8 



What to Wear Wednesday: Distressed Jeans

I hadn’t been keeping up with posting last week because I was out of the country, visiting Colombia!  We made our first trek to South America because my son was selected to play in a soccer tournament there.  I wasn’t sure what to expect in Colombia, but we thoroughly enjoyed it!  The landscape is uniquely tropical and mountainous, the food was delicious and the people were welcoming. For sure, many of the fashion trends in Colombia don’t speak to my particular style, as it’s muy sexy, muy tight, leaving nada to the imagination type of style.   Think of a more casual version of Sophia Vergara and that describes how about 80% of women in the 18 to 55 year old range dress there.  One of the big trends I saw in Colombia is also hot here is the US, it’s the distressed jean.  This is a wardrobe staple I can definitely embrace for fall.  Here’s a selection of some of my favorites, all under $80!



1. Arizona Distressed Medium Wash Ankle Skinny Jeans $60

2. Dollhouse Women’s Mid Rise Rolled Cuff Destructed Jeans $32.99

3. AEO Denim X4 Jegging $59.94

4. Miss Me Ripped Gray Wash Skinny Jeans $67.99

5. Old Navy Mid-Rise Raw-Edge Rockstar Jeans for Women $36.94

6. Express Low Rise Distressed Skinny Jean $79.90

7. Piper Deconstructed Skinny Jeans $48.00

8. H&M Boyfriend Low Ripped Jean $39.99

Here’s how I’d style the distressed jeans for fall.  How will you wear them?