Dressing for Summer

WHAT TO PACK: FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND

The Steele Maiden: What to Pack 4th of July Weekend Getaway

We’re headed to the lake for 4th of July weekend and I couldn’t be more excited for a few days of relaxing on the dock, hanging on the boat and soaking up sun (here’s hoping the weather cooperates!). No matter where you’re going, I’m guessing some of the above pieces will work. I keep it pretty casual at the lake, which means plenty of easy cotton tops or dresses (who cares if they get a little wrinkled), bright bikinis, comfy slip-on shoes and maybe a starry accessory or two for the big fireworks show over the water.

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CLASSIC SUMMER STYLE: DENIM MIDI SKIRT AND LINEN OFF THE SHOULDER TOP

The Steele Maiden: Classic Summer Style - Denim Midi Skirt and Linen Off the Shoulder Top

Summer always seems to be one of the busiest times of year for me. Between hectic long work days (we work long hours Monday-Thursday and have off for Summer Fridays at my office) and heading out of town many weekends, I want clothes that I don’t have to think too much about and work just as well in the city as they would at the lake. This outfit checks all the boxes.

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SUMMER FAVORITES UNDER $100 PLUS – A $1,000 NORDSTROM GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY!

The Steele Maiden: Summer Favorites Under $100

After such a cold and gloomy spring, you won’t hear me complaining about a hot and humid day this summer. But you will see you shed a few layers. This outfit is a mix of old staples and new summer favorites, but all of them are well under $100. Because who wants to sweat through an expensive new dress?

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SEERSUCKER OFF THE SHOULDER DRESS

The Steele Maiden: Seersucker Off the Shoulder Dress

This past weekend it finally felt like summer. 90 degrees and endless sun. It’s the kind of weather that makes you want to pack a picnic, or throw a backyard party. And so naturally.. you’ll need something to wear. This seersucker off the shoulder dress is it. I’ve deemed it my ‘summer occasion dress‘. And if that occasion ends up being just a walk to the corner ice cream truck.. I won’t mind.

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BLACK AND WHITE FOR SUMMER WITH OLD NAVY

The Steele Maiden: Black and White for Summer with Old Navy - Fringe Tote and Palm Print Sneakers

Out of all the seasons, I wear the most color in the summer; cherry reds, ocean blue, sunflower yellow. But no one can argue that the easiest colors to wear – no matter the season – are black and white. And denim.. which is basically a neutral right? The trick is making them still feel fun and summer-y. A fringe tote, palm print sneakers or lightweight tank sweater are just the things.

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