RAIDING MY SISTERS CLOSET: DRESSING UP FOR SUMMER NIGHTS

merrick’s art for golden tote top, unavailable — similar here | skirt made by me, similar here | guess sandals | laser cut clutch | sunglasses | necklace | midi ring
During the summer months, I live in skirts and dresses. They’re such a comfortable and easy option, and by throwing them on you can instantly look put together, and like you put a lot more thought an effort into your outfit than you really did (and that’s always a win in my book). 
This polka dot top and A-line skirt are easy day time pieces, but can also be transitioned to evening with a few little additions. 
1. Switch out your bag. During the day time, I choose a larger bag that can tote around water bottles and diapers. But in the evening if you’re going out with friends, your husband, or to a nicer dinner with your family, I always like to switch to a more dressy bag. Clutches, like this pretty white laser cut one, and small crossbody bags are the best option! 
2. Add a heel. Switching out your flip flops or flat sandals for something a little taller instantly adds a nicer, night time feel to your look. When it’s warm and the evening includes some walking (which we always love to do after dinner), I like a heeled sandal with a lower heel, like these lace up sandals
3. Don’t forget layers. You’ll regret it if you don’t have a warm layer to throw on after the sun goes down! For summer layers, I prefer a jacket with a little more structure, like a blazer or leather jacket, because it creates a great contrast when paired with a more casual and summery outfit. Also, military inspired jackets look great for summer time! 
4. Jewelry. During the day, tiny delicate necklaces are my staple. They add a little bit of sparkle to my neck, but don’t get in the way. But at night time, I love to add a statement necklace to my look, like this fringe pendant necklace I recently picked up (and is on sale!) A bright outfit like this doesn’t need much, but a slightly larger necklace takes an outfit from day to night. 
Now go check out my sister’s, Janssen and Landen’s dressy summer outfits (and today is Landen’s 26th birthday, so go give her some extra love!)