Happy Monday, and welcome back to my Summer Style Series with Cyndi Spivey! Every Monday in June, we’re sharing a summer trend and asking another over-40 blogger to join us. Today we’re teaming up with Dawn Parsons from Party Til Dawn, and we’re each styling a summer outfit featuring white jeans and sandals.
Dawn is a wife and mom of four, and she has a passion for fashion, decorating, creating tablescapes, and planning parties. She has a great sense of style, so be sure to check out her blog and give her a follow on Instagram!
I’ve styled these jeans several times before. They’ve become my favorite casual white jeans for summer. When I want a dressier look, I go for my skinnies, but I love the crop flare with the raw, step hem for a more laidback look and feel.
They’re nice and thick and not at all see-through, a substantial weight but with enough stretch to be comfortable. They hold their shape and never bag out, and they have a 10.25″ rise, so they hold in all the fluff.
Yes, they’re spendy, but on a cost per wear basis, I’m definitely getting my money’s worth. I also managed to snag mine on sale a while back. They run true to size and you can find them at Neimans, Bloomies, and Saks.
On top, I’m wearing this lightweight stripe sweater in the tan stripe. I love this subtle neutral pairing for summertime. This sweater is sheer with exposed seams, drop shoulders, and a relaxed, boxy fit. It definitely has that ultra-cool, beachy-chic thing going on.
I usually layer it over this white cami, for extra coverage. Both pieces run true to size; I have them in a small.
When selecting a pair of sandals go to with my white jeans, I rarely pick white because it feels a too matchy-matchy. I typically prefer a neutral taupe or beige — something close to skin color. The theory is, keeping your shoes close to your skin color helps elongate the line of the leg and generally makes you appear taller and slimmer.
I also love to wear metallics with white jeans; I just think they make a great summery combo. But I also take into consideration what I’m wearing on top. While a beige or metallic shoe would definitely look great with this sweater, I opted for these ivory and gold embellished slides with the brown croc embossed footbed.
I like how they bring a bit of bling into the casual look, and how the ivory and gold complement the white and beige of the sweater. Since they’re ivory and not a stark white, they’re not too matchy. As Stacy and Clinton used to say, “They don’t have to match; they have to go.”
I have to admit, I didn’t put much thought into my jewelry for this look. I tend to be a bit of a plain Jane when it come to accessories, and I just wore a pair of Kendra Scott filigree hoops and my Yurman silver link bracelet. But I definitely could have amped up the look with a larger, more whimsical pair of earrings.
One of the biggest fashion pitfalls women fall into is not completing a look with the best accessories, and I’m definitely guilty of that. Especially since I prefer higher quality classic pieces, I tend to wear the same few pieces all the time, and that’s fine for everyday.
But adding a bigger statement piece really helps to level up a casual look and make the outfit more intentional. Integrating a natural element like wood or raffia, or a shell motif would be well-suited to the casual, beachy vibe I’ve got going on here.
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photos: Alison Cornell