Dressing for Summer

A SUMMER SWEATER AND DENIM MINISKIRT

The Steele Maiden: Summer Sweater and Denim Miniskirt

Okay, okay… so technically these pictures were taken beside the East River and not the ‘Sea’ but it leads into the Atlantic Ocean so let’s count it? Also – you guys, two blog posts in two consecutive days! I told you I was going to be back! Ha.

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Now back to this ‘summer sweater‘ which is basically my new favorite thing. How cute for the 4th of July fireworks at the beach? Or just any chilly evening or cool morning this season. I’m also that person that practically shivers when I even hear A/C being turned on.. so it’s good for a freezing office too. This denim miniskirt meanwhile goes with absolutely everything (evidenced by the fact that if you’ve seen me IRL in the past couple of months I’ve likely been wearing it). Plus my favorite flat leather sandals and straw bag (from this post) that I’m still getting tons of wear out of. That’s the thing about getting just a few quality items at the beginning of the season – they don’t fall to shreds by Labor Day.

Loft ‘Sea’ Sweater | Urban Outfitters Denim Miniskirt | Talbots Straw Bag and Leather Sandals c/o

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BLACK MINIDRESS AND STRAW TOTE

The Steele Maiden: Summer Style - Black Minidress and Straw Tote

We’ve only had a couple of really warm days so far (you’re welcome to arrive any day now Summer…), but in those few instances I’ve already determined my staples of the season.

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The formula is as follows: easy knit, button down dress (that can be worn on or off the shoulder, and dressed up or down), simple leather sandals that are walk-everywhere comfy and a fun straw tote (I love the neutral stripe and round handle on this one). Wear and repeat. Also – these photos remind me of Charleston instead of New York and it makes me desperately want to go back. And not just for the guaranteed summer weather (see my full travel guide to the city here). I think it’s time I plan a Summer getaway, since I already know what I’ll be packing.

Urban Outfitters Knit Minidress | Talbots Leather Sandals and Straw Tote c/o | Statement Earrings – similar

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SPRING STYLE WITH TALBOTS

The Steele Maiden: Spring Style with Talbots

Is there anything better than a warm, sunny day after a week of straight rain? Or for that matter after months of cold? For my money – no. Although these green gingham heels may be a close second.

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In New York we seemed to have skipped straight from an endless winter to full out Summer with not a whole lot of Spring in between. And my wardrobe feels ill prepared. That’s why these fun slides and a cheery scarf (that I’ve already worn tied around a handbag strap, around my neck and around a loose ponytail) are easy updates to an otherwise simple Spring (or Summer?) wardrobe. This navy t-shirt and white eyelet skirt can be worn a million different ways which is precisely why I love them. I had another white eyelet skirt that I’d worn constantly for the past couple of years and when I pulled it down from storage this year, I knew it had seen better days and donated it to a local charity shop. This fit and flare version (which also comes in navy) is my new update and I think we’ll get along just fine.

Side note: The Flatiron Building is one of my favorite spots in New York but I’ve never shot pictures here because I always thought it was too hard to capture (the height of the building makes it hard plus it’s an impossibly busy intersection – you can see what I mean in the 3rd shot down). We got lucky with an early Sunday morning lull there, backing up fairly far away from the building itself and, as always, Adam being willing to basically be on the ground to get the shot. All in all I love how they turned out – especially the last picture.

Madewell Scarf | Straw Bag – Similar | Navy T-Shirt c/o Amazon Fashion | Talbots Eyelet Fit and Flare Skirt and Gingham Knot Slides c/o  | ZeroUV Sunglasses c/o

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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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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.

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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.

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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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