Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Likers Gonna Like: The Casual Street Outfit

Sometimes, a girl just wants to be casual for a change. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely adore dressing up, but when given the opportunity to dress down I take it! I was just away on vacation with my family and I lived in these black lacy shorts from Pink Slate Boutique. I wore them for a relaxed dinner on the bay (accompanied by live music and fruity cocktails), and to the beach the next day with a large chevron wrap. They really are so versatile and the subtle tribal print details adds a lot to the look. 

 My inspiration for this outfit comes from Blake Lively. She's been rocking the laid back bohemian style lately and I admire her passion for style. She always manages to look ultra chic, even when she's dressed down. For this look, I decided to pair a fun tank tee with simple layered necklaces. Statement necklaces are of course a go-to of mine, but sometimes all you need is a dainty necklace to add personality and drama to an outfit. This gold double chevron necklace by Accessories IN Style is simple, yet fashion forward.  A lot of my favorite looks are derived from layered necklaces and this one does the trick because there are two pendants connected to one chain!

More casual styles that I adore:
  • Plaid smock dress. Yes, a smock dress. I have two of them that help me embrace my inner boho girl.
  • Chambray shirt dress. Chambray tops will make you feel polished, but convert the style into a shirt dress and you will feel effortlessly chic.
  • Tunic dress. I love light and billowy dresses in the summertime. They add that perfect earthy feel when paired with chunky shoes and handmade jewelry. 
  • The maxi skirt. Maxi skirts are a wardrobe staple piece. They are drapey and casual, but yet they still add some structure in a relaxed way.
Shop the look:
Tank: Zara
Shoes: Vince Camuto 
Ooh La Lacy Shorts : Pink Slate Boutique (use code DRESSEDBYJESS for 20% off expires 8/5)
Wrap Button Down: Zara (similar here)
Clutch: gift from Italy (similar style here)
Double Chevron Necklace & Earrings: Accessories IN Style (use code JESS15 to receive 15% expires 8/5)

As a side note, after I was done shooting some pics I had to throw my hair into a side braid. The wind was unreal and no bottle of hairspray could tame this mane! There was a storm passing through so the air was also super sticky and muggy. I can't complain about the weather though, we had a great time regardless of the four hours of rain. Besides, look at this beautiful sunset it brought to us!