A Casual Drawstring Dress for Summer

Happy hump day, friends. Welcome back to 22 Days of Summer Fashion, a stylish collaboration with Cyndi Spivey! Today I’m styling a tweedknit drawstring dress from LOFT.

It’s been going in and out of stock, so I wanted to get this out to you while there is still a good selection of sizes left. It’s also 40% off with code SUNNY.

This dress is another good alternative to shorts for casual events, running errands, or just hanging out at home.

I love a dress with an elasticized drawstring waist because it helps shape the waist area, and it stays in place. Plus, you can set it where you want it to get the proper proportions.

This one is Lou & Grey for LOFT, and it’s made of a nubby textured fabric in a creamy ivory that’s reminds me of vanilla ice cream.

I personally think vanilla ice cream is severely underrated. What about you?

People get all excited about different flavors with all sorts of mix-ins, but there’s nothing quite like a bowl of plain vanilla ice cream on a hot summer day. Plus, it’s the perfect accompaniment to fruit pies and crisps.

But I digress… back to this dress!

The dolman cuffed sleeves are a nice touch, and it also has a slightly rounded hemline. The skirt fits straight without flaring or clinging, and best of all, it has pockets!

This dress measures 37″ from shoulder to hem, so it falls a few inches above the knee on my 5’5″ frame. It runs true to size; I’m wearing the small, for reference.

I paired it with these snake print thong sandals. These are the Gigi by Sam Edelman, and they’re one of his most popular styles. They’ve been around for years.

The snake print picks up the beige tones from the dress and brings a nice texture and pattern to the look. I also like this style for a less expensive option.

If you’re not a fan of snake, brown or gold sandals would also look great with this dress.

FYI, I recommend sizing up half in these sandals. I’m wearing the 8 1/2, and they just fit.

Because this dress is rather plain, I wanted to jazz it up with some fun accessories. I added a Victoria Emerson boho cuff and a pair of acrylic hoop earrings.

Unfortunately both styles are sold out, but Victoria Emerson has tons of other great pieces. This Bilboa cuff is similar to mine.

As for the earrings, I’ve actually had good luck on Amazon. I love this pair of tortoiseshell hoops, and they’re under $10!

I also carried that straw hobo that I shared on Monday. It’s also sold out, but you can shop a lot more straw bags at Nordstrom, and I also love this Brighton one at Zappo’s, but it’s more expensive.

My Rag & Bone sunnies have a brown base to their tortoiseshell frames, so they seemed like the perfect choice. This pair is similar and on sale, and this pair is a similar style for under $100.

This outfit is perfect for casual get togethers with friends, dining out, or whatever else you might be up to this summer. It would also be great for travel days because the dress is stretchy and and comfortable and doesn’t wrinkle.

Outfit Details:

dress // sandals // bag // sunnies (option) // similar earrings // similar bracelet

Be sure to visit Cyndi and see the summer look she’s styling today!

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photos: Alison Cornell