The Staple Dress Every Girl Needs for Summer

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Dress | Heels | Clutch | Watch

It’s only May, and we have already been having some scorchers in Texas, y’all. Any other Southern girls out there feeling the pain? While I love warm weather style, sometimes certain outfits aren’t always great for beating the heat, but I believe I found the perfect staple dress for those hot summer days that every girl needs in her closet.

If I know I’m going to be outside for a summer get-together, I always take note of the color I’m wearing. Everyone sweats, it’s just a part of life, but being mindful of choosing colors that won’t show it (like my navy dress here) is really important. Also, prints can mask evidence of sweat, too (and spills, lol). White is one of my favorite colors for summer because it doesn’t show sweat much, either, and it’s just so cool and breezy. However, I know I’m a spiller, so if I’m going to be drinking wine or eating anything messy, I won’t pick a white outfit. Seems obvious enough, but going through exactly what your day is going to look like before picking your outfit will help you make better choices with your outfit.

Another reason I love this dress is that it has a great price point. At only $26, it’s perfect to have in your closet because it can be worn for so many different occasions. I am guilty of wanting to spend my cash on unique pieces instead of staples, it’s something I’ve always been bad about, but picking out a staple dress like this one (or simple jeans and casual tops like this outfit) is really the way to go. It’s the perfect “nothing to wear” dress because it’s flattering with its shift style, trendy with its cold shoulders, and the material can be dressed up or down. I added some heels and a clutch to show how it can be worn for the evening, but swapping out the heels for flat sandals and a clutch for a tote would make it perfect for brunch or a day event.

Do you have a favorite staple dress?

Photos by: Brandon Hill

Victory Cup Polo Match: My Local Austin Derby Day Plans

Victory Cup Polo Match: My Local Austin Derby Day Plans | Kentucky Derby Day Style

Victory Cup Polo Match: My Local Austin Derby Day Plans | Kentucky Derby Day Style

Dress | Fascinator | Watch

As you might have heard me mention (or talk about constantly) I’m completely obsessed with Derby Day and everything that goes with it! It’s such a fun day! Between the fashion, the food, and the activities, there’s never a dull moment, even though the real Kentucky Derby race only lasts a few minutes.

I wanted to really get in the spirit, so I visited my friend’s barn to hang out with some gorgeous hunter/jumper horses! The mare in the photos is Claire, and she was the best model ever for our shoot. I used to have horses, I was a barrel racer, but every time I’m around horses again I forget how big and beautiful they are (and how hard it can be to lead them in heels, haha)!

I’ve prepped for Derby Day for some time now, and I’m so excited to attend the Victory Cup Polo Match again this year. I went last year with my roomie and we had such a great time that this year, we invited a whole big group of friends to come with us! We’ll be doing complimentary drink tastings, stomping divots, checking out the polo matches, eating all the yummy food, and people-watching to find the most outrageous outfits. I wore a more simple dress with a white hat last year, and I’m going all cobalt this year!

(Purchase tickets here victorycup.org/DerbyDay)

If you’re in the Austin area, you should come check it out as well! After the fun I had last year, I wouldn’t consider going anywhere else for Derby Day (unless I was actually heading to Churchill Downs). Be sure and watch my Instagram story on May 6, because I’ll be covering my experience on there all day beginning at 10am!

Thanks for reading, y’all!

PS: Did you catch my Derby Day style feature on Love, Reese?

Photos by: Alie Cline