Dressing for Summer

SUMMER TO FALL TRANSITIONAL STYLE WITH OLD NAVY

The Steele Maiden: Summer to Fall Transitional Style with Old Navy

August is that tricky time when I never want to give up Summer weather, but I’m also starting to crave a Fall wardrobe. Which is why I try to find pieces that can bridge that gap (even better when they’re super affordable from Old Navy). A lightweight polka dot dress and cute ruffled sleeve floral top are both pieces that can easily be worn now and later. Here, two ways to wear both pieces.

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The Steele Maiden: Summer to Fall Transitional Style with Old Navy The Steele Maiden: Summer to Fall Transitional Style with Old Navy

For now, I’ll be tossing this polka dot dress on, grabbing a straw tote and sandals and soaking up the last of that summer sun. This would make for a cute Labor Day weekend backyard barbecue outfit too! And in a few more weeks when the morning’s start to turn cool, I’ll add this light cardigan (love the little fringe detail on this one) and switch to suede booties and a wine-stained lipstick to match.

The Steele Maiden: Summer to Fall Transitional Style with Old Navy The Steele Maiden: Summer to Fall Transitional Style with Old Navy The Steele Maiden: Summer to Fall Transitional Style with Old Navy

LOOK 2:

The Steele Maiden: Summer to Fall Transitional Style with Old Navy The Steele Maiden: Summer to Fall Transitional Style with Old Navy The Steele Maiden: Summer to Fall Transitional Style with Old Navy

I talked about it earlier this week – but the ‘statement top’ trend isn’t going anywhere for Fall and florals are going to be a major trend too (not mad about it). I love that this top is long sleeved so it transitions easily, but has that cute cut-out and ruffle detail. For now, I played up the summer whites for an easy weekend brunch look. But come Fall, I’ll be wearing it with this suede moto jacket (looks 3x as expensive as it actually is) and these cropped dark jeans. I like that they’re really clean but have a subtle little flare at the ends and a raw hem. They’ll go with everything I tell ya.

The Steele Maiden: Summer to Fall Transitional Style with Old Navy The Steele Maiden: Summer to Fall Transitional Style with Old Navy The Steele Maiden: Summer to Fall Transitional Style with Old Navy The Steele Maiden: Summer to Fall Transitional Style with Old Navy

BRB going to enjoy the last few weeks of Summer and simultaneously dream of Fall fashion.

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DATE NIGHT STYLE IN A RUFFLE ONE SHOULDER TOP

The Steele Maiden: Date Night Style with Parker New York

A lot of my wardrobe translates pretty easily from work to weekend. But sometimes, an article of clothing comes along that says – date night or bust baby. This pink, ruffled, one shoulder top does exactly that. And who am I to deny it?

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POLKA DOT MAXI DRESS

The Steele Maiden: Polka Dot Maxi Dress

I meant to post these photos (from our family weekend down in Lewes Beach, DE) last week.. but then another weekend got in the way. Summer has a way of doing that, right?

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SUMMER SEPARATES WITH SAKS OFF 5TH

The Steele Maiden: Floral Mini Skirt and Denim Jacket

While I’m naturally more drawn to dresses, I always find that the separates in my closet are the ones that get the most wear. A denim jacket, a printed floral mini skirt and a white sweater tank are all pieces that can be mixed and matched with just about everything else I own. And worn from season to season. Which is perfect because it felt like October yesterday?!

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CLASSIC NAVY SATCHEL HANDBAG

The Steele Maiden: Classic Navy Handbag

Generally speaking, I find myself drawn to smaller crossbody bags most of the time. Easier to keep my hands free and only tote around the necessities. But every once in awhile you just really need a classic satchel handbag. You know the kind. Grown-up women carry them. They’re for job interviews and meeting the parents and – in this case – strolling the Upper East Side. Even if the inside of that thing is a total mess – someone looks at you carrying that bag and they think you’ve got your shit together. It feels nice to have a bag like that in your arsenal.

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