Floral Ruffle Neck Shell Two Ways

Greetings, friends, and welcome back to 22 Days of Summer Fashion! Today I’m partnering with Ann Taylor to style this floral ruffle neck shell two ways.

I absolutely adore this top! It’s such a fresh and pretty floral pattern for summer, and it has the perfect fitted-but-not-tight silhouette.

The v-neckline is flattering but modest, the straps are wide enough to be bra-friendly, and it’s cut nice and high under the arms. Plus, the ruffle detail around the neckline is so feminine and pretty.

This top is 100% linen, so be sure to wash on the delicate cycle and lay flat to dry, but that makes it super lightweight and breathable — perfect for the hottest summer days.

The 24” length is great too, so you can tuck it in or leave it out. It runs true to size; I’m wearing my usual size small.

Now that most of our dining is happening al fresco, I’ve been looking for some dressier shorts.

It’s too hot to wear my go-to white jeans if we’re dining out in the middle of the day, so these linen/rayon sailor shorts are the perfect solution.

The button-front pockets give off a nautical vibe, and they’re dressier than my typical denim or chino shorts. Plus, they’re lightweight and breathable. They’re also fully lined, so there’s no show-through.

These shorts have a 4″ inseam, and they run true to size; I’m wearing my usual size 6.

Unfortunately, sizes have already been depleted, but I’m hoping they restock. I’ll keep an eye out for you!

To keep the outfit comfortable yet classy, I opted for a flat sandal. These sandals have a padded footbed and adjustable ankle strap, and they’re such a fun neutral.

I love how the cork adds texture to the outfit, and the gold detail on the heel is an extra special touch. These are TTS; I have the 8.

This outfit is perfect for dining out, get-togethers with friends, or anytime you want a leveled-up summer look that will keep you cool and comfortable.

I went with a front-tuck to keep my proportions in check, and also to show off the buttons on the shorts; but in the next look, I’ll show this top untucked as well.

For my second look, I swapped out the shorts for these white frayed hem skinny crop jeans.

When I’m going to be outside in the evening or indoors in the A/C, white jeans are generally my go-to choice of bottoms, although you do run the risk of looking like everyone else in your dinner party.

If I’m meeting friends, I usually check to see what they’re wearing. Yes, I am that friend!

The frayed hem on these jeans is right on-trend, and these are the perfect crop length with a 26″ inseam.

I also swapped out my flat sandals for these gold embossed leather block heel sandals.

The croc-embossed leather adds texture and shine to the look, and the 2 1/4″ heel gives you a little extra height while keeping them walkable. Plus, I love the cylindrical shape for added interest.

They also have the square toe that is trending right now.

I accessorized both looks with this straw clutch and a gold embossed cuff bracelet that repeats the texture in the sandals..

A straw bag is a great summer neutral that goes with everything, but unfortunately it just sold out. I’ll keep an eye on it for restocks.

I also wore these pearl and shell drop earrings. I like how they’re understated, but also unique.

Unfortunately, we didn’t get a good close-up of them, but at least you can get a good idea of their size. I was actually was expecting them to be larger, but I like them fine. You can see their up-close details better on the website.

With my dark hair, I like earrings that are light colored and have enough shine to be visible, especially when they’re on a smaller scale, and these are perfect.

I decided to leave the top untucked with this second look, although it would work either way. Because of the 24″ length, I still get that desirable 2:1 ratio, even with the crop jeans.

Also, the gold sandals are low contrast against my skin, so that helps elongate the lower body and make me look longer and leaner. #yesplease

Outfit Details:

ruffle neck shell // sailor shorts // cork sandals // frayed hem jeans // gold sandals // earrings // bracelet // straw clutch

Be sure to check out Ann Taylor for all their newest summer arrivals, and then hop on over and visit Cyndi to see the summer look she’s styling today!

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photos: Alison Cornell