R is joining me today, and we’re teaming up with Nordstrom to share a few summer dining-out looks.
Most of my outings these days consist of the grocery store, physical therapy, or doctor appointments. The only time we have a reason to get dressed up beyond jean shorts and a t-shirt is when we go to church or out to eat — socially distanced, of course — so I usually take full advantage.
When we go to a restaurant, we always opt for the outdoor dining to be on the safe side, so I often wear shorts because it’s been so hot lately. But if we get a mild day or go out later in the evening, white jeans are my go-to.
These Madewell high waist crop skinnies are my current favorites. They fit great, they’re not see-through at all, and the cropped length is perfect for summer.
For this look, I paired them with a silky black tank and jazzed up the look with some fun accessories.
This raw edge tank is so good, I also have it in the ivory and a deep red. It makes a great layering piece, but it’s also nice on its own.
The hemline dips in the back, giving a nice shape to the hips, and the raw edge chiffon details and double v-neck are flattering and add interest to the look.
This top runs true to size; I’m wearing the small.
The key to making a black and white look chic and not boring is all about the accessories.
I found this bag at Nordstrom last week, and these pictures don’t do it justice. It’s such a gorgeous print, and the envelope style is classic. I’ll have it for years.
It also comes with a removable crossbody strap for hands-free convenience.
I’ve worn these shoes before, and I love how they add texture to the look, while the neutral color elongates the leg and doesn’t compete with the colors in the clutch.
Slides are on trend right now, and the low wedge keeps them walkable.
And don’t forget your sunnies! Especially when dining outside, you may find you need them at the table, but they also elevate the look and add another element of interest.
If I want to take it down a notch, I can wear this same black tank with jean shorts and flat sandals.
In this case, I did a front-tuck to keep my proportions in check.
I love these cagey studded slide sandals to keep the look casual but a little edgy and fun.
These are sooo comfortable. The leather feels super soft against the foot, and the footbed is smooth and lightly cushioned.
I kept my accessories simpler this time, with a pair of silver hoops and a single pendant necklace.
Either look works for casual dinners out, but it’s fun to dress up a bit more when the occasion (and weather) allows.
R is 14, and she likes to wear casual dresses for dining out.
I recently ordered this Madewell jersey tank dress to try, but it was too small for me, so I asked her if she wanted it.
Turns out, it fit her perfectly!
She could maybe size down to her normal XS, but we agreed that it might be too short and the small fits just fine.
This swingy striped tank dress is made of a supersoft jersey with a touch of stretch, and it’s lightweight and comfortable. In fact, she wore it the other night when we were eating outside in 90° heat.
She wore simple stud earrings and added a small necklace, similar to this one.
And she wore her white Converse Shoreline sneakers to keep the look casual and sporty.
I love that both my girls like to wear dresses, and I think this is the perfect summer dinner-out look for a young teen.
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photos: Alison Cornell