Well gosh, I really took my sweet time with this didn’t I? Just as it happens every year, this summer has been absolutely jam packed and it has been hard finding the time to get a summer fashion post together. I couldn’t let the opportunity pass by though, since summer is the best time for fun clothes (in my opinion). Let’s do this!

I love this bright and simple look for a night out with my friends. It’s cute without being too dressy and, like all of my favorite outfits, involves my super comfy jeans that I wear every chance I get. (Past season top from J.Crew, jeans, heels, earrings, necklace.)

This is the dress I wore in my photo for the recent Mamuye tote giveaway and when I posted the photo on Instagram, I got quite a few questions about the dress. For good reason – it’s fabulous! It is so comfortable and breezy, making it ideal for hot summer days when you are required to wear more than a bathing suit. (Dress, past season J.Crew belt, very old Target sandals, vintage filigree and pearl earrings, necklace. Remember, these earrings are 30% off with promo code annieseats!)

A couple of months ago I shared my love of these lace racerback bralettes for layering with other tops, and since then I have had a few requests to show how I wear them. This outfit is one good example. I tend to prefer them with wide neck or scoop neck tops in a contrasting color. Loving the gorgeous red striped top as well – if you like this and the next couple of tops, keep your eyes peeled for an awesome giveaway from Krochet Kids being posted tomorrow! (Top, bralette, jeans, sandals.)

You can’t go wrong with a basic white tee and jeans, and I love mine layered with a pretty colored bralette.  (Tee, bralette, jeanssandals, vintage filigree and pearl earringsnecklace.) More about this tee in tomorrow’s giveaway!

Another lovely and incredibly comfortable top from Krochet Kids. I especially love the cut out back on this one. It takes an otherwise plain tee to the next level! (Top, jeans, vintage filigree and pearl earrings.)

I tried to rephotograph this outfit specifically for this post, but it was impossible to recapture the happiness from the photo above so I gave up. A couple of weeks ago two readers took a road trip to Indy for a weekend full of good food and fun. I was thrilled to have the chance to meet up with them and chat for a while. Alyssa and Erin, you are two of the sweetest souls I’m sure I’ll ever meet and I hope we see each other again soon! The outfit seems kind of irrelevant with such great fun involved but nevertheless, I like this combo as an easy summer staple. Cute for parties, casual dinner out, etc. (Past season peplum top from Madewell, shorts, sandals.)

This look is definitely not summer specific, but I made this simple pullover top (Akita from Seamwork) in Purl Soho’s linen grid. It is a lovely light top that works well for this season, but I’m sure I’ll be experimenting with this same pattern in other prints and fabrics for fall and winter as well.

I adore this crisp popover top for practically any occasion. I wore it here paired with my fave chino shorts (I have them in many colors) for a wine tour in the Napa area. I also love it for work paired with white skinny jeans and a pair of heels (and no bra peeking – oops!) (Top, shorts, sandalsnecklace.)

This may be more appropriate for late summer when evenings start to have a chill to them, but depending on where you live, a lightweight cardigan may be a year round staple…or if you work in a freezing cold building, like I do. I have had my sights set on knitting this sweater for years and not that I have made one, I want several more! It’s so simple and versatile. What color should I make next? (Featherweight cardigan in Knit Picks gloss fingering in color way honey, shorts, past season J.Crew tank, vintage filigree and pearl earrings.)

One thing I have really enjoyed about writing these fashion posts is when I get great recommendations from you guys! A lovely reader Erika recommended this dress that she has in multiple colors and wears so often that her friends call it her uniform. After trying it out for myself, I can totally see why! This dress is simple, flattering, and SO incredibly comfortable. I’m now toying with the idea of trying to recreate a homemade version using this one as a template…we shall see. (Dress, past season shoes from Sole Society, necklace, earrings.)

I am always looking for well made flattering dresses for work, and this is one thing that J.Crew does very well. I have had my eye on this dress for several months. I was hoping for a sale but it was excluded from each and every one of their daily promotions. Finally I had some rewards dollars so I decided to go for it. I adore this dress. If it weren’t so pricey, I would be stocking up. Also, how great are these green heels?! I can’t believe they didn’t get more play in this post considering that I wear them all the time but either way, I think they were made for me! (Dress, heels.)

Another great dress for work, and this one I managed to get at a nice discount with sales and such. If it wouldn’t seem weird, I would probably wear it more than once a week. But alas, that would be weird. (Dress, heels, necklace.)

When I first conceived of this outfit in my mind, I honestly wasn’t sure how it would work put into practice. The lace crop top was the top part of my bridesmaid dress for my brother’s wedding back in June. The top itself is so cute, I have been dying to incorporate it into some other outfit. A night out on the town while on vacation seemed like the perfect opportunity. I loved the look of the mostly neutral clothes combined with my signature pops of bright red. (Lace top, jeans, heels.)

I’ll be sharing all the details about our trip to California very soon but for now, I’ll just share this photo of me positively bursting with excitement because it was taken minutes before dining at The French Laundry. What an incredible experience! This dress seemed like the perfect choice, being simultaneously sexy and classy. As predictable as ever, I paired with red heels and a red lip. (Dressheels, earrings.)

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