One Ingredient

One ingredient is essential to most of my summer outfits: a great high-waisted short. Whether you’re into denim cut-offs like the pair below or something lighter, patterned or more athletic, few items are as flattering or easy to work with. Today, I styled mine with an airy blouse, but I’m partial to slouchy tees and beachy sweaters as well.

How to Style High Waisted Cutoffs

How to Style High Waisted Cutoffs

How to Style High Waisted Cutoffs

These Nadri faux pearl studs—so affordable and classic!—are a new purchase. They come in two sizes—5mm (shown here) and 8mm—making them ideal for layering if you have multiple piercings.

How to Style High Waisted Cutoffs

How to Style High Waisted Cutoffs

These Nine West sneakers have become my go-to summer shoe. They’re comfortable and convenient; perfect for slipping on in a pinch. It’s nice not having to buckle into a sandal or lace something up before heading out the door. And even though their flats, the pointed toe elongates the legs. Be sure to order one half size up!

Zara blouse (similar style on sale!; fun off-the-shoulder style here), BDG high-waisted cut-offs (similar style on sale!; more similar styles here and here), Nadri faux pearl studs, A.J. Morgan sunnies (similar style here and here), BDG clutch and Nine West ‘Domnick’ sneakers (on sale!).

Match Point

This set by Leith—one of my all-time favorite affordable brands available at Nordstrom—is the definition is easy. The pants and top break apart into amazing separates, and paired together, they create an eye-catching instant outfit. I love a complete look I don’t have to think about!

I was drawn to the bright color and tribal vibe—I’m trying to integrate more color into my closet (gasp!)—and the airy, comfortable fabric is perfect for summer days and nights.

Leith Matching Pant and Top Set Tribal Blue Nordstrom

Leith Matching Pant and Top Set Tribal Blue Nordstrom

Leith Matching Pant and Top Set Tribal Blue Nordstrom

Leith Matching Pant and Top Set Tribal Blue Nordstrom

These sunnies are one of the best throw-them-in-your-purse-and-don’t-think-about-it pairs. They’re only $14 and come in seven different colors at Urban Outfitters.

Leith Matching Pant and Top Set Tribal Blue Nordstrom

I usually stick to tiny studs, but I’m obsessed with these Kate Spade earrings. I bought them as an option for my bridal shower, and I’ve been wearing them more than I ever expected over the past few weeks.

They’re affordable—only $38!—and come in five different colors. I’m wearing the mother of pearl version, but I think the light-green amazonite would be spectacular for summer.

Leith Matching Pant and Top Set Tribal Blue Nordstrom

I can’t rave enough about this Halogen clutch. The sharp angles make it special, and it’s one of my top accessory staples. The leather has a slight pebbled texture to it, so it never looks scratched or worse for wear. Black bags always go on sale in the summer months, and this baby is currently 50% off! It’s available in three lighter colors for full price here.

Leith Matching Pant and Top Set Tribal Blue Nordstrom

I’m typing this from my favorite place on Earth—my family’s beach house in Avalon—and couldn’t feel more excited for the long weekend. I hope you all have an amazing, relaxing 4th of July! And make sure not to miss out on all the shopping sales!

Leith set (not as colorful, but just as special Leith wrap top and maxi skirt set; another chic Leith top and cropped pant set), TNA bralette (on sale!; a great staple to wear under sheer tops), Urban Outfitters aviators (only $14!), Kate Spade mother of pearl studs, Halogen clutch (50% off!) and 424 Fifth sandals (similar style 20% off! with code FOURTH).

The Summer Skirt

Today, I’m showcasing some of my favorite new pieces for summer, among them this Zimmerman maxi skirt. Aside from the fun but neutral paisley pattern—the perfect in-between for minimalist me!—I love the double slits that make it easy to maneuver and sit in.

I’ve already worn it to a few meetings, but the airy fabric makes it just as great for outdoor events like barbecues and picnics. It’s a splurge, but I wanted to treat myself to something special and couldn’t be happier with my choice. In my opinion, you can’t go wrong with the Zimmermann brand. Have you seen their latest swimwear collection? It’s to-die-for.

Zimmermann Paisley Maxi Skirt

Zimmermann Paisley Maxi Skirt

This ribbed bodysuit is another new obsession. I own it in black and grey. I like that it’s high in the front, so it’s appropriate for work or formal settings with a jacket or sweater worn on top, but it’s low in the back for a bit of sexy edge. This comfortable piece is key for creating instant outfits when I’m in a rush. Try pairing it with high-waisted shorts and flats or boyfriend jeans and pumps. I swear you’ll find yourself reaching for it on the regular like me!

Zimmermann Paisley Maxi Skirt

Zimmermann Paisley Maxi Skirt

Zimmermann Paisley Maxi Skirt

Danielle Nicole’s ‘Emi’ satchel is another summer favorite. The texture and neutral faux snakeskin are gorgeous in person. It comes with an attachable crossbody strap for convenience, and the size is the perfect happy medium for everyday. It fits all my essentials, and at $68, it’s also insanely affordable.

Zimmermann Paisley Maxi Skirt

Out from Under ribbed bodysuit (wearing size S), Zimmerman maxi skirt (wearing size 0; affordable similar style here and here), Ray-Ban aviators, Danielle Nicole ‘Emi’ satchel, Steve Madden ‘Sammba’ pumps (same style in leather here; similar style here), Bing Bang spike studs and Madewell ring (similar styles on sale! here, here and here).