When temperatures rise and days grow longer, I find it increasingly easy to fall into a “shorts and a tee” rut. You know the one I’m talking about… that habit of grabbing the first clean tank top and pair of shorts you see in an effort to stay cool. But summer style can (and should!) be so much more than that, and today I’m so excited to partner with Banana Republic to show you how easily it can be achieved!
DRESS deep blue boho dress (currently on sale for under $100) | SHOES blue leather sandals | CARDIGAN merino wool cardigan | BAG white tassel crossbody | SUNGLASSES tortoise rimmed sunglasses (old, similar linked)
It can be easy to mentally consign dresses to formal events, while forgetting the polished ease and effortless femininity they readily provide the wearer! When you think about it, a breezy, bright dress provides comfort and fresh style… there’s absolutely no need to sacrifice one for the sake of the other.
This beautiful cobalt blue piece showcases that combination beautifully. The cinched waist and skirted hemline make for a flirty and feminine silhouette, perfectly accented by the beautifully billowy nature of the sleeves and skirt.
What I especially love about this dress is it’s versatility! I threw it on with fun blue sandals for a quick, put-together look perfectly appropriate for a trip to my favorite coffee spot. Lather that evening, however, I merely swapped the cardigan for a leather belt and added wedges for a date night look. A summery, sweet ensemble for Tex-Mex with the cowboy!
Besides their array of darling summer pieces, what I really appreciate about Banana Republic is the plethora of sizes they offer. As I always struggle with dresses running too long on me, I was thrilled to see they offered this style in Petite – a XXS was just the ticket. For those of you with a few more inches on me, they have tall sizes as well!
If you’re looking to add a few other summer dresses to your repertoire, you’ll love this flared dress, this navy striped number, and ruffled aqua frock. Happy spinning! (Because I bet you can’t help it once you get one of these on…)
Love from Texas,
Photography by Hilary Rattikin