I live for a good al fresco lunch on a breezy summer afternoon. It’s one of my favorite things to do with the hubs on weekends we have nothing going on. It helps us slow things down and just chat about things we’ve individually got going on.
On these days, I like to dress up my normal summer uniform. I’m typically in a t-shirt dress or jeans and a top when running errands so it’s nice to spruce up my look, even if it is for a casual lunch date. For me, that little extra effort translates into acknowledging that a lunch date with my husband is special and helps set the tone for the date.
In my world, there are levels of “causal” wear. There’s the leggings and go look, the basic shorts and tank outfit, the flirty summer dress, and then there’s what I’m talking about today – the weekend chic. This outfit is still effortless and easy to throw on but it might have some sort of trend element, textured fabric, or simply a cool style vibe you can’t deny. It really plays on the ordinary go-to weekend look but takes it up a few levels, enough to get some heads to turn.
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When I want to dress summer weekend chic, I look for twists on classic styles. Quite literally the skirt I’m wearing has a fun tie-knot in the front that enhances the overall feel of the skirt. I think it gives it a tropical vibe and the horizontal pleats are not only different and fun, they’re flattering too. The color screams summer and against a nice tan really brings out a nice golden hue.
The top, though simple, is a must in any wardrobe. I love a good square neckline but they’re a bit difficult to find. This is actually a crop top which is even better for summer. In my book, the square neckline is one of the most flattering because it creates the illusion of a nice bust area and really holds everything in place, if you know what I mean. I also think it’s the chic-est neckline and completely underrated.
This summer weekend look would not have been complete without the accessories. The fun, reflective sunnies and the circle straw bag really play up the summer vibe but they also keep the look on-trend and light. I went for flats to keep it no fuss but you can easily chic-it-up even more and throw on some simple wedges that don’t compete with the texture of the skirt.
Tell me, are you also like me and think there are levels to casual wear? I would love to know which level you are on a regular basis and what you do to spruce up your weekend look?
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