How To Look Cute On Hot Summer Days

How To Look Cute On Hot Summer Days

How To Look Cute On Hot Summer Days

hot, Hot, HOT!

Summer is in FULL swing, am I right?! It’s times like these when you want to just live in shorts & a tank top to at least be “comfortable”, right? I’m totally with you. So what happens when you want to look cute for a party, a lunch, a trip to the grocery store, or whatever the occasion may be? Let me share with you my tips on how to dress cute on hot summer days without compromising on the comfort level.


How To Look Cute On Hot Summer Days
How To Look Cute On Hot Summer Days

What I’m Wearing

Gingham Top // Zimmermann Dupe Shorts // Mules // Bag // Heart Sunnies // Hat // Strawberry Earrings // Bracelet


How To Look Cute On Hot Summer Days
How To Look Cute On Hot Summer Days


How To Look Cute On Hot Summer Days

The Sweet Details

Let’s go back to that original, hot day outfit of shorts & a tank top. Seriously the best & most comfortable thing to wear in the heat besides a bikini. To boost the cute factor but maintain the comfort, let’s re-imagine this look just a bit.

Shorts

Instead of a pair of athletic shorts or denim shorts, why not try a pair of high waisted, loose fitting shorts in another color or print. Adding some detail, or something out of the ordinary really elevates the entire look. These white shorts I’m wearing are a total Zimmermann dupe & are under $20! Not only are they cute & affordable, but the material is light & super breathable making them super comfortable to wear on even the hottest of days.

Tank Top

If you’re wearing a great high waisted pair of shorts, I recommend pairing it with a cropped tank top. Don’t shy away from cropped tops too quickly because just because they are cropped, doesn’t mean you have to show any skin. Cropped just means it’s shorter than the usual tops, but if you’re wearing high-waisted shorts, the cropped top can meet the shorts perfectly at the waist.

To take it up a notch on the cute scale, find a tank top with interesting design details. This gingham top (similar here) has a classic square neck with ruffled straps & a lovely tie in the back. Tie back tops are so cute & fun to wear this time of year. Whether you go with a tie back top or not, finding a top with details such as ruffles, buttons, bows, etc. will totally up your fashion game.

Don’t Forget The Accessories!

On hot summer days, the last thing I want to wear is a cross body bag. Maybe it’s just me, but I start to feel trapped under there, plus the added sweat. Pass. I tend to gravitate towards top handle or satchel bags for that very reason. This bamboo bag has gotten so much love over the past couple of years & I still just love the way it goes with outfits & is a great conversation piece. The structure & lines of this bag bring so much texture & depth to a look.

Earrings are a great & easy way to look cute on hot days. I’m totally obsessed with these strawberry earrings I found for under $10! I mean how perfect for summer are they?! If not these, then you know I love a good pair of floral earrings. Also, I’m loving this heart pair at the moment. (I can’t stop wearing them!)

Don’t be afraid to have a bit of fun with your sunglasses. Try a fun new color or shape & just rock them.

Lastly, wear a hat. Most likely, if it’s hot & you’re outside, that means the sun is out. Look cute & protect your face with a nice straw hat. If it’s too hot to wear your hair down, wear it in a low pony with the hat like I did here.


How To Look Cute On Hot Summer Days

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The Easiest Dress To Re-Style

The Easiest Dress To Re-Style

Versatility: The Easiest Dress To Re-Style

My Two Favorite Blairs

Feeling very much like Blair in this outfit. Which Blair you might ask? Well, two of them actually, & both are fashion icons. The first being Blair Waldorf from one of the best shows ever, Gossip Girl. Her feminine, preppy style is nodded to in this look along with her go-to accessory: the headband. I had to shoot this look on steps because what queen of the upper east side doesn’t each lunch on the steps of the Met everyday?

The other beautiful Blair I’m referencing in this post is Blair Eadie, fellow blogger, designer, & creator of Atlantic-Pacific. She is one of the most fearless fashionistas I know. Her outfits are a work of art. & a source of endless inspiration. I’m drawn to her bold color mixing, her dramatic silhouettes, & her love of cat eye sunglasses (a favorite of mine as well). She always seems to make even her most flashy outfits look casual & totally wearable, somehow. One of the ways she does this is by pairing her looks with oxfords which is why I’ve done just that here. Such a fun & comfortable way to mix up a look & dress it down a bit.


Versatility: The Easiest Dress To Re-Style
Versatility: The Easiest Dress To Re-Style

The Best Dress To Invest In

This fun outfit inspired by the Blairs features my jacquard midi dress (seen here & here) from Chicwish. Let me tell you a little secret…a dress like this is the very best dress to invest in solely based on how versatile it is. As I continue to curate my wardrobe, I find that a classic sleeveless, crew neck dress is beyond valuable. It’s the perfect piece for both layering under & over. I’m loving layering different fun tops underneath, particularly ones with statement sleeves, high necks, & pussy bows (like the one I’m wearing). A silhouette like this also works perfectly with a belt added around the waist. Mrs. Maisel has given me major belt envy. (If you have not watched that show, you are missing out!) But honestly, next time you’re shopping & you see a dress with this shape, snatch it up! You’ll wear it, & re-style it constantly!

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Time To Accessorize!

No look is ever complete without the proper accessories. These super sweet heart earrings are under $5 & make quite the statement. They would also be perfect for Valentine’s Day which is right around the corner. Another key piece to this look, which was mentioned before, is my burgundy headband. I’m so into this trend that’s making a comeback at the moment. A headband has a way of completing any outfit. (See some headband inspo here & here) To finish off my look, I added a super affordable pair of cat eye sunglasses, & a floral embroidered crossbody bag.


Versatility: The Easiest Dress To Re-Style


Versatility: The Easiest Dress To Re-Style
Versatility: The Easiest Dress To Re-Style

What are your thoughts on this Blair inspired look? Do you like these “inspired” looks? Leave your thoughts & comments below! xx


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Put it in the grave // Brought it back to life

I have witnessed a beautiful display of the Lord’s great pursuit of our hearts over the past several months. Because God presented Himself so faithfully in many ways in her life, my sweet roommate has rededicated her heart to trust and follow Him. PRAISE THE LORD! 
A couple of days ago, we went down to the James River where she boldly took the next step of faith in baptism.
Romans 6:3-11
Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk innewness of life.
For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.


Pure joy:)
Getting positioned in the water (thankfully not cold, but squishy)
Repeating the confession of faith.
Buried with Christ
Raised to walk a new life.
YAY! You receive ALL the glory!
Take up our cross daily. We choose to be in love with You.
“Fancy” champagne to celebrate!
Praise the Lord for His unstoppable love and relentless pursuit of our hearts! 
Soli deo gloria!