Summer Date Night Outfit: Red Off-the-Shoulder Top

I can’t believe it’s already time to launch my 22 Days of Summer Fashion style collab with Cyndi at Grace + Beauty! Summer is my favorite season of the year, so my excitement is off the charts. Plus, the weather actually FEELS like summer here in Philly. This is the first style collab we’ve done where the weather is cooperating.

For my first post in our summer fashion series, I’m sharing a summer date night outfit from my visit to the Hyatt Chesapeake a few weeks ago. I wore this out to dinner the first night we were there.

Summer Date Night Outfit: Embroidered Off the Shoulder Top with white distressed J.Brand jeans and Tory Burch Lexington Sandals

Velvet by Graham & Spencer Embroidered Challis Off the Shoulder Top // J. Brand Low Rise Crop Jeans (Demented White Distressed) // Tory Burch Lexington Wedge Sandals (similar)// Tory Burch Serif T Saddlebag (also at Nordstrom) // Stella & Dot Arabesque Chandelier Earrings

I have searched high and low for an off-the-shoulder top that I feel comfortable wearing outside of the house. This one cost more than I wanted to spend, but I have ordered at least a dozen (that is not an exaggeration!) off-the-shoulder tops, trying to find one I felt good in. I struck gold with this Embroidered Challis Off the Shoulder Top from Velvet by Graham & Spencer at Nordstrom.

Velvet by Graham & Spencer Embroidered Challis Off the Shoulder Top

One thing I really like about this top is that it can be worn on or off the shoulder. Most off-the-shoulder tops don’t look right when you put them up on the shoulders, but this one works both ways. I actually prefer the sleeve length when it is worn on the shoulder. When it is off, the sleeves are so long, you can hardly see my bracelet.

Summer Date Night Outfit: Red Off-the-Shoulder Top with White Jeans and Nude Wedge Sandals

I also really love the drape and how soft it is. So many off-the-shoulder tops are voluminous through the waist area and add visual weight. This top isn’t snug-fitting by any stretch, but it drapes nicely and is very flattering. The boho chic vibe is very on trend right now, but this top is still classic enough to fit my style aesthetic.

Velvet by Graham & Spencer Embroidered Challis Off the Shoulder Top with white jeans

I paired it with my favorite white distressed crop jeans, although I think I might prefer it with my regular full-length skinnies. I’ll probably wear it with them next time. Either way, it looks great with white jeans. I think it would also be cute with blue jeans for a more casual look — maybe a 4th of July event if it’s not super hot???

J. Brand Low Rise Crop Jeans (Demented White Distressed) with Tory Burch Lexington Wedge Sandals

I left the neckline open and wore my Stella & Dot Arabesque Chandelier Earrings. I wanted a large earring so they didn’t get lost in my hair. These are light and airy and not too dressy.

Velvet by Graham & Spencer Embroidered Challis Off the Shoulder Top

I kept the shoes and handbag neutral so the top is the focal point of the outfit. In case you’re wondering, I’m wearing this Fantasie strapless bra. I don’t think there is any such thing as a comfortable strapless bra, but it does the job and it comes in a nice range of sizes.


I pulled my hair back and secured it with a few bobby pins. Super easy, and that way I didn’t have to worry about it frizzing out in the humidity, plus I always feel like it’s flattering to have my hair pulled back from my face. I like it for a date night look.


The Choptank River at sunset provided the perfect backdrop to showcase this outfit! You can read more about our weekend at the Eastern Shore in this post. We’re going back with the family in a few weeks, and we can’t wait.

red off the shoulder top at the Eastern Shore

Be sure to visit Cyndi and see the summer outfit she’s styling today, and come back tomorrow for my next summer outfit! Cyndi and I will both be posting a new outfit every weekday this month!

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