How to Style an Eyelet Top for Summer

Happy Monday, friends! I’m teaming up with Cyndi Spivey for another summer style series, but this year we’re doing it a little bit differently. Every Monday in June, Cyndi and I will be teaming up with another over-40 blogger to style an item for Summer, and today we’re joined by Lisa at Coast to Coast.

Lisa is a southerner living in California, and she has a great sense of style. I think you’ll enjoy following her. And you probably already know Cyndi! She lives in Kentucky with her husband and new puppy Gunner. Be sure to visit them both to see how they put their looks together.

To kick off the series, we’re each styling an eyelet top. (And it was totally NOT planned that we all wore white bottoms. Great minds!) You may remember, I styled this red eyelet ruffle-strap button-up tank from Madewell a few weeks ago with denim shorts.

I thought it might be nice to show a different way to style it, since I’m always preaching about cost per wear. After all, the more different ways you can wear something, the more like you will be to get your money’s worth!

If you like eyelet, but you’re afraid of looking like a doily (LOL!), try a top with eyelet details rather than an all-over eyelet lace fabric. My personal style is more classic than romantic, and I like how this top incorporates feminine details such as ruffles and eyelet without being too frilly for my comfort level.

The square neckline is trendy at the moment, and this one is especially nice because it’s regular-bra friendly. It has a slightly boxy silhouette, and it runs true to size. I’m wearing my usual size small.

The length of this top is only 23″, so you’ll want to keep that in mind when pairing it with shorts or pants. It works best with a higher rise, such as these Mother Insider crop flares.

White jeans are one of my summertime wardrobe essentials, and the crisp white offsets the light and airy red top beautifully. The overall look is classy and fresh.

I’ve shared these jeans before, as well. They’re spendy, but I find myself reaching for them several times a week, so the cost per wear will average out. White denim can be unforgiving, but these are very thick and soft with no show-through whatsoever.

Pairing a girly fabric with a tough one balances the two out, so I like how the raw step hem toughens up the outfit just a bit and keeps it from being too precious. I also went with sandals that have a silver studs, for a slightly edgy vibe.

For accessories, I opted to leave the neckline open, and I wore these Kendra Scott filigree drop earrings. They’re large enough to show up in my dark hair, but not so oversized as to overwhelm the delicate eyelet details. I also feel like the filigree pattern complements the feminine top.

And I wore a coordinating mixed metal filigree bangle. I don’t like my jewelry to be too matchy-matchy, but these work well together.

I particularly like how the bracelet has both gold and silver toned metals, as does my ring. I’ve had this ring for years, and I still wear it several times a week; it was a Christmas gift from Paul a while back.

The final look is fresh and feminine but not too sweet. I can see wearing this out to lunch with friends or to a casual event like a graduation party or 4th of July cookout this summer. Of course, white shorts are another good option if it’s too hot for jeans.

Madewell eyelet ruffle-strap button-up tank (also at Nordstrom) //  Mother Insider crop flares // Dolce Vita studded slide sandals // Kendra Scott filigree drop earringsmixed metal filigree bangle // Yurman ring // Tory Burch McGraw Hobo

Don’t forget to visit Cyndi and Lisa to see how they’re styling eyelet tops for summer! Also, if you’re not already a member, I’d love for you to join my JLS Insiders Facebook Group. It’s a positive place to share outfits, get style advice, and chat about all things fashion and beauty!

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24 thoughts on “How to Style an Eyelet Top for Summer

  1. Pretty outfit! What size are you wearing in these flared jeans? I’ve heard that Mother jeans are sized sometimes differently according to the different styles.

      1. I have two of the Mother flares, including the white ones Jo-Lynne is wearing, and one Mother Looker (skinny) and I wear 27 in all of them. I’m usually 27 in Paige but often 26 in AG and Rag & Bone. I find the jeans to stretch after a bit, but not much. I think a 28 would probably be more comfortable around the waist, but I like my jeans to be on the fitted side to keep me accountable to my weight maintenance. 😉

  2. I love this! I’m such a huge fan of eyelet and that color is so summery. Those white jeans look really good too and I love the straight leg with the raw hem. I wanted those sandals, but my size sold out before I was ready to commit. Womp-womp! Thanks so much for asking me to join y’all today! I am so excited! Have a great week. XO

  3. What a great summer outfit!
    I am sure that everyone enjoyed the party, and it was a great success!
    What color nail polish are you wearing? I am looking for a whitish color for the summer.
    Thanks! Arna

  4. Love this look and that top is so cute without going overboard! I follow both Cyndi and Lisa so this will be fun. Have a great day! Hot weather back again today 🙌🏻

  5. Gorgeous outfit – you look great!! But not too precious (made me laugh truly out loud). Thanks for all you do. I rarely if ever comment but this outfit was perfection so felt I had to. Congratulations on your daughters graduation – I enjoy hearing about all the going’s on. My son went to Gordon and still lives in Beverly four years after graduating 😢 so I feel an extra connection to you and your posts – also I live in Virginia – another connection ;). Keep up the good work!! I love your style and personality.

  6. You look great. The white and red together is so pretty but doesn’t scream 4th of July. I have those sandals, thanks to your recommendation. I know what you mean about a lot of work putting on a party. Its always nice when it is over and everyone had a fun time. Now just this week and all your kids will be on break. 🙂 That is when I could really go on Summer mode back in the days when my 3 were home. I still miss those days. Its going to be fun to see the other bloggers you and Cyndi feature with you. I only follow you 2. Have a great day.

  7. PS I’m sure we’d all be fine with a featured post on your party with pictures. 🙂 Will be fun to see them.

  8. What a great look! I love eyelot details in summer. This would Be a great look for July 1st Canada Day 🇨🇦
    We are starting to open up here in stages: HALLELUJAH!! It has been a long haul. Hosting a party is a lot of work: the prep and clean up after wards….. but glad you could have a celebration for Caroline. Sounds like a good time.

  9. You look so cute in that outfit. I would like for you to address longer sleeves for us ladies that dont have nice toned arms (I’m 80). Thanks for all your hard work!

  10. So pretty – you look great in red! You three are the only bloggers I follow – fun that you all got together!

  11. I really like this outfit on you! And I like how you kept the eyelet top from looking like something a little girl would wear!

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