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 earrings & mixed 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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photos: Alison Cornell