Wrap dress: Similar dress, Love this shorter one, this tulip hem dress, this tank wrap dress and this longer sleeveless wrap dress. // Sandals: Target, These also come in black and are 10% off until tomorrow if you use the code SHOES10 at checkout. These are so comfy so be sure to grab them in both colors, Similar Steve Madden pair. // Initial necklace: Kate Spade // Kate Spade bracelet stack: Gold, silver and rose gold
Ruffle top: Forever 21 (Limited sizes available), but this sleeveless shirt is similar. // Shorts: Express, Currently on sale for under $20!! // Espadrilles: Target, These also come in black and are 10% off until tomorrow if you use the code SHOES10 at checkout. // Sunglasses: Ray Ban // Silver watch: Kate Spade // Bag: Le Sportsac (c/o)
Like much of the world, it get's hot in Italy in the summer. Luckily, it wasn't nearly as terrible as it was the day we where in Athens...but still, it was hot. As I was thinking about what to pack, I wanted pieces that would be light, comfortable and of course cool that I could wear during the day or at night. Another thing I had to keep in mind was that some attractions in Rome do have dress codes which include no bare shoulders or shorts. So today I wanted to give you some end of summer outfit ideas that you can wear even if you're not headed to Italy and the best part is that it all fits in a carry on!
One really great thing about this floral wrap dress is the tulip hem. It's not a very common style, but it's really flattering for petite sizes. It gives the allusion of a long dress without weighing you down by a lot of fabric. Just be careful when it's really windy though. Speaking from experience, the hem can catch the wind and next thing you know you're having your own Marilyn Monroe moment trying to keep your dress down.
But other than that, this floral wrap dress is a great lightweight piece and I love the little cap sleeve. For the day, I paired it with a cognac sandal (PS these come in rose gold and are so pretty!) and then at night I wore a nude strappy heel. The slightly darker color of the floral pattern is great because you can wear it into the fall with a pair of Converse and a denim jacket for a sporty look or a long cardigan and some lace up flats.
This ruffle top is awesome for a casual weekend look with shorts or to the office with a pair of navy pants and an embroidered cardigan. It doesn't wrinkle at all, so you'll still look as polished when you go to happy hour after work as you did in the morning. Since it doesn't wrinkle, it's a great choice for traveling because you don't have to worry about ironing. You can also style it for a date night look with a tulle midi skirt and a pair of pumps.
And then there are these darling $20 scallop shorts...I love the edging and the heavier fabric makes them perfect for transitioning between seasons. They're cool enough to wear in the summer, but heavy enough that you can wear them with tights and booties in the fall. And it's a bonus outfit choice for the fall when you don't feel like wearing jeans.
When it comes to dresses, I love them all! I will almost always pick a midi skirt or a dress over pants and when I find a dress for only $35 that I can wear for at least 3 different occasions it's a done deal. And it also comes in 2 other colors...so I might be another one...or two.
I bought the polka doted one and love the flirty little ruffle sleeve. For the summer, I love pairing this dress with espadrilles or wedges and a fun straw hat. You can style it for the office with a black blazer and bow flats or for the fall with a leather jacket and some over the knee boots.
I guess the one good thing about living in a climate that never really gets cold is that you really can transition more of your clothes between seasons. I do appreciate being able to wear my clothes for more than just a season and it's easier to do than you think. So I hope today's post gave you some outfit inspo for now and later and that you have a fabulous Monday!
What other ways do you style pieces to create transitional looks?