I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the weather so far this summer – it’s been warm for pretty much all of June, which never happens in PA. We’ve been able to do tons of fun summery things already, and it’s only been “officially” summer for a week, so I’m excited to see With summer now in full swing, I wanted to put together a quick list of all the things I consider to be my “summer essentials”. From swimsuits to beauty products to water bottles, these are all the things I made sure to have for summer! I’ve linked a few products in each category in a variety of price ranges, so you can pick something that works for you.
There are a couple reasons why I love dresses, especially in the summer. First of all, they’re a nice way to keep cool and still look put-together. But mostly, I love dresses because there is no matching involved – just throw one on and your outfit planning for the day is done. I recently bought this striped swing dress from Old Navy and I’ve been loving it. It’s really easy to just throw on, it’s super comfortable, and I think it makes a really nice “everyday” dress.
I paired the swing dress with a floral necklace, some chambray slip-on sneakers, and a floral shirt tied around my waist for an easy, summery outfit. I love to have a shirt tied around my waist, especially for swingy dresses like this, since it can give my waist a little more shape. It also comes in handy if you’re going to be out in the evenings when it may get a little cooler and you might want some long sleeves!
These are the exact shoes I’m wearing – they do run small, so if you go between sizes, I’d suggest ordering the larger size! (I ordered my normal size and they were small, but I was able to stretch them out by wearing them with a pair of wool socks for awhile.)
You can shop everything I’m wearing below, as well as similar options for things that aren’t available anymore. (I also linked a similar dress that’s on sale, comes in tons of colors and patterns, AND has pockets! It’s going to be hard for me to resist buying it, to be honest.)
I’ve found that it’s surprisingly hard to find business casual style inspiration online; I’m really not sure why (people seem to think it’s more boring than casual clothes? I definitely don’t think that’s the case). I’m just about to start a job, and I wanted to gather some inspiration for things I can wear to work. My plan is to create a work “capsule wardrobe” with about 30 pieces that are really easy to mix and match (and I’m about 2/3 of the way there). These outfits show some good ways to use simple pieces, and gave me a good idea of what other items of clothing I should include in my workwear wardrobe. Business casual definitely doesn’t have to be boring!
Business Casual Style Inspiration
Shop some of my favorite work essentials below!