Dressing for Summer

STRIPED LACE-UP MAXI DRESS

The Steele Maiden: Striped Lace-Up Maxi Dress

As evidenced here – I’ve been really into simple summer style lately. And most of it involves stripes. Because when life gets busy I like to have a closet of classics to fall back on. And it’s exactly pieces like this striped lace-up maxi dress that make getting ready in 5 minutes totally possible.

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SIMPLE SUMMER STYLE

The Steele Maiden: Simple Summer Style in Madewell Wrap Skirt and Straw Bag

Summer is all about keeping it simple. It goes by fast enough without overcomplicating things, right? So this look is simple – a striped tee I’ve had forever, blue sunglasses and heels I wear at least once a week and a straw market tote that I carry to work, the beach and everywhere in between.

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CASUAL SUMMER STYLE: TALBOTS SEASHELL T-SHIRT AND BOYFRIEND JEANS

The Steele Maiden: Casual Summer Style - Talbots Seashell T-shirt and boyfriend jeans

In a fantasy life, I live at the beach and take long walks every morning collecting seashells. In my fantasy life I am not the type of person that feels compelled to work 7 days a week. In my fantasy life, I’m apparently a retiree. Until then? This pretty little beaded seashell t-shirt and boyfriend jeans make me pretty relaxed. And I can settle for that.

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WHERE MY SEBAGOS TAKE ME

The Steele Maiden: Sebago Shoes at the Lake

While life in the city typically means heels on the go, life at the lake calls for shoes that feel more laid back and comfortable. Shoes that I can kick my feet up in or toss off into the boat. But that doesn’t mean I don’t want them to still be cute. Which is wear Sebago comes in. I actually first wore the brand last summer at the lake (in this post) and fell in love with their easy going attitude and comfy fit. So this summer, I knew I wanted to stock my lake wardrobe with a few more pairs. Here – exactly where my Sebagos take me when I escape the city hustle for some peace and quiet by the lake.

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SUMMER IN THE COUNTRY: OLD NAVY FLORAL MAXI DRESS AND LACE-UP SANDALS

The Steele Maiden: Summer in the Country - Old Navy Floral Maxi Dress and Lace-Up Sandals

Anyone else still struggling after that longggg weekend?! We spent the holiday at the lake and I’m almost never as relaxed as I am when I’m there. This barn and open field are just a short drive from the lake house and we drove over early our first morning there to take in the utter silence and fresh air. I wore this floral maxi dress and lace-up sandals – an outfit that I ended up wearing twice while we were there. Was the weekend that long or is this outfit that good? A little of both perhaps.

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