Summertime means a few things to me: catching up on reading, swimming, buckets of ice tea, visiting family and friends back home, picnics, and BBQs. We are headed to IN in a couple of weeks and will spend most of our evenings on my parents’ back porch grilling and eating with family and friends, watching the kids run around the backyard, and playing a rousing game of croquet. Of course, the perfect summer picnic or backyard BBQ requires an adorable frock that’s comfortable, easy to move in for all those fun backyard games, and appropriate for the occasion. When Shabby Apple sent me this gingham print dress I immediately thought of IN and all the meals and fun to be had outdoors!
I can’t resist a feminine cut dress and it doesn’t get much more feminine than a gingham wrap dress. The tie at the waistline adds definition and creates the illusion of a narrow waist while also making this a simple dress to throw on and head out the door. If the backyard festivities include a dip in the pool this dress would make a great coverup so you don’t have to waste precious time changing at the party. If you have little ones, you know how quickly you need to be pool ready once they see the water!
Stylish simplicity is the key to feeling unencumbered while enjoying those backyard games, so keep accessories to a minimum. Here I let the print take center stage and only added a belt at the waist for a little extra definition. The embellished slides add visual interest as well, but are also great shoes to kick off and take off running through the grass for a game of tag.
If you get a little steamy cooking over the grill or the competition gets a little fierce once the games begin, throwing a head wrap or headband in your hair, especially if you have shorter hair and can’t put it back in a ponytail, is a great way to stay cool and look chic. It’s also a great go-to accessory when getting out of a pool to look pulled together, even if your hair is a little limp!
Want a little more summertime fun inspiration? Check out my Pinterest board, Summertime Fun with Shabby Apple, for yummy recipe ideas, decor inspo, and of course, fabulous fashion!
Style Notes: Shabby Apple dress (c/0; spring 2015) / Target sandals (spring 2015) / Sunglasses (old; love) / Nordstrom headband via Last Chance (spring 2015; cute) / MAC Diva (spring 2015) / Essie Groove is in the Heart (spring 2015)
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