Dressy Summer Outfits: stripes and pink

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I took a closer look at my summer wardrobe, and although my closet was full of beautiful and fun clothes, it dawned on me that on most days I was wearing the same old denim cutoffs and a simple tee. I needed a wardrobe intervention STAT! The main reason I got stuck in that shorts plus a t-shirt combo routine was the crazy high temperatures. I simply gave up on dressing up in this heat and humidity and settled for the convenience of the old and comfy shorts.

Everything changed when I received this amazing 100% cotton dress from SheIn, and it was the perfect puzzle piece to solve my summer wardrobe dilemma. I got a much needed break from shorts and could feel a little bit more put-together and feminine wearing an actual dress while also feeling comfortable in breathable cotton. Plus, I loved the asymmetrical design and the super fun details like the side button closure, the collar, and the dolman sleeves.

 

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Sometimes it helps 

to establish a few reliable wardrobe shortcuts that simply work: a super simple outfit that gets you out the door in minutes and makes you feel great. I have a few of those trusted outfit formulas in my closet and I have a feeling this dress will definitely become my go-to summer piece since it is so easy to style, versatile, and appropriate for many occasions either dressed up with strappy heels or down with a pair of white Converse.

Step it up for a night on the town

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Dress it down for a cool street chic vibe

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Related: Mix feminine plus tomboy: How do you Converse?

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There a few factors that I consider when becoming a new customer of a certain brand.

Style compatibility

How many pieces are directly in line with my personal sense of style? I go through my closet and take note of what really works (style, quality, versatility) and most importantly, makes me feel good. These quick inspections help me realize what brands proved themselves time and time again, so I just stay loyal to them.

Affordability

Obviously I can like a lot of things, but the most important factor is what can I afford and how to build a great look without breaking the bank. In this case SheIn always seemed very tempting in terms of pricing but I was very skeptical of what I will be getting for prices lower than Forever 21, which brings me to the next important criterion.

Quality

Quality is very important to me, and I always try to consider how a garment will hold up after a few washes. The quality of this dress was another pleasant surprise when I inspected all seams and fabric, overall it exceeded my expectations, and I am partial to natural fabrics.

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I was always curious to try SheIn 

and now I can definitely see myself finding a lot more hidden gems with very affordable price tags. I really like that SheIn lists garment measurements, mentions whether fabric has any stretch to it, and also lists model’s measurements and the size she is wearing on the stock photo. It really makes ordering the right size much easier. In my case I am 5’4” wearing size S. I wanted a longer dress so I went with a small. I also saw it worn as a tunic, but I prefer a dress version.

Overall, I am very pleased with my new addition and can’t wait to shop for more! Right now you can get 40% off your first order and shipping is FREE, no minimum.

 

 

 

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Outfit details

Dress: c/o Shein

Bag: Lauren by Ralph Lauren, similar  

Shoes: Target

Earrings: c/o Micha Store 

Necklace: J. Crew Factory  

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40 comments

Jenniffer | Life is Messy and Brilliant August 2, 2016 at 5:06 pm

I love the details and how elegant the dress looks! <3

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Tanya August 2, 2016 at 5:13 pm

Thank you so much Jennifer 🙂 Definitely great especially for the price!

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Ludi August 3, 2016 at 11:56 am

I love it! I wanted to order it, but they have not plus sizes! 🙁

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Renee Davis August 3, 2016 at 12:33 pm

Such beautiful photos! I really love the pink bag with the dress!

http://www.mamabear.love

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Tanya August 10, 2016 at 7:45 pm

Thanks Renee 🙂

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Courtney Bentley August 3, 2016 at 2:09 pm

Great finds, I’ve ordered a few pieces on she in and although they take forever to ship they turn out to be decent! Thanks for the picks I love the colorful dress

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Tanya August 10, 2016 at 7:44 pm

Thanks Courtney!
My dress took only 3 days to get here, but I guess it was already stocked in the US somehow.

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Sarah August 3, 2016 at 4:09 pm

While it isn’t my style or a flattering fit for me, I have to say that it looks super cute on you! And I love the pop of color that the bag brings.

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Tanya August 10, 2016 at 7:44 pm

Thank you Sarah!

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Qazi Fabia Hoq August 3, 2016 at 6:08 pm

In love with your cotton dress! Perfect for summer! Love how u styled it with pink bag!!! I love your picks for top as well
http://www.afashionholicslife.blogspot.com

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Tanya August 10, 2016 at 7:43 pm

Thanks so much Qazi!

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Marsha Maxwell August 3, 2016 at 6:21 pm

That summer dress really is perfect! I love a great dress in summer. But what I’m really in love with is the pink purse!

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Tanya August 10, 2016 at 7:43 pm

Thanks Marsha, it sure is fun!

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Susana August 3, 2016 at 9:45 pm

That bag!!! I want!!!! The dress is so perfect for summer and will continue to work well in spring and autumn (your fall). Great suggestions/picks on the dresses and tops.

http://www.susanalopessnarey.com

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Tanya August 10, 2016 at 7:43 pm

Thank you Susana! Pink is not my typical color but in this case it just felt so right!

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Ida Zongo August 4, 2016 at 12:16 am

That is a great choice Sharon, the dress looks very nice on you and I love how you accessorized the outfit with that bold pink purse. You look amazing ❤️❤️

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Ida Zongo August 4, 2016 at 12:17 am

Oops I meant to type Tanya, but my auto correct is playing games with me today. So sorry

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Tanya August 10, 2016 at 7:42 pm

Thank you Ida 🙂

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Jadie August 4, 2016 at 5:11 am

I love simple dresses in the summer. People always ask why I’m so “dressed up,” but really I’m just lazy! This dress is the perfect combination of rock star style with lazy effort. And I am totally with you on the dress vs tunic – the femininity of the belt really styles it up. Thanks for modeling this for us!

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Tanya August 10, 2016 at 7:42 pm

Thanks so much Jadie! 🙂 Dresses rock!

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Jessica August 4, 2016 at 5:32 am

I saw this dress on shein and really liked it! It has such a different cut to it, so unique!
– Jessica
Miss Moore Style

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Tanya August 10, 2016 at 7:41 pm

Thanks Jessica! It really caught my eye right away!

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Travel Pockets August 4, 2016 at 3:37 pm

I love how this dress can easily be dressed up or down. I tend to lean towards the dress-up side, but I’m loving the way you have it styled casual for the cool street chic vibe 🙂

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Tanya August 10, 2016 at 7:41 pm

Thanks Candy! I love versatile easy-to-wear clothes!

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Clarissa August 4, 2016 at 4:54 pm

I love the casual dress paired with the pop of pink! You could totally wear that dress with sneakers too!

-Clarissa @ The View From Here

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Tanya August 10, 2016 at 7:40 pm

Exactly, Clarissa, that’s what I plan to do next time!

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Zinga Hart August 4, 2016 at 8:28 pm

That dress is gorgeous and I love your article design!

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Tanya August 10, 2016 at 7:40 pm

Thank you so much Zinga!

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Lisa August 4, 2016 at 8:52 pm

Casual but dressy, will work for different venues! Love the pink bag too!

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Tanya August 10, 2016 at 7:39 pm

Thanks Lisa! Versatility is very important!

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Sarah August 4, 2016 at 8:58 pm

That dress is perfection! It is so unique and fabulous! Love it!

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Tanya August 10, 2016 at 7:39 pm

Thank you so much Sarah!

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Ref J August 4, 2016 at 10:43 pm

I like the versatility of this dress and I love those earrings! I haven’t shopped on SheIn yet, but will have to give it a try.

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Tanya August 10, 2016 at 7:39 pm

Thanks Ref J, definitely you should give it a try!

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Candace August 5, 2016 at 1:56 am

SheIn has some really quality pieces for great prices. I love the way you styled that dress!

http://www.thebeautybeau.com

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Tanya August 10, 2016 at 7:38 pm

Thanks Candace, I can’t wait to see what else I can find there!

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Aurora James August 5, 2016 at 1:57 pm

What a great post. I love the different ways you styled the dress. I’ve never heard of SheIn, but I will definitely go check them out.

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Tanya August 10, 2016 at 7:38 pm

Definitely, it’s a great place to find trendy clothes on a budget, and free shipping is always a plus in my book!

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Diana August 7, 2016 at 12:39 pm

I love how detailed and informative this post is! I agree with what you said. It’s kinda hard to stay in style when the weather is not cooperating. But anyway, I’m glad that you were able to work on that and find that one great dress! 🙂 – Diana

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Tanya August 10, 2016 at 7:37 pm

Thanks Diana! lol definitely it’s a challenge to dress up in the heat 🙂

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