eight favorite outfits for summer


Summer fashion means light-weight, fresh, easy and casual. I’m a Pacific Northwest girl and our summer temperatures typically max out around the high 80’s, so I switch between jeans (forever my favorite), shorts (not my fave, but I’m learning to embrace them), basic dresses (always an easy go-to) and a few simple tees + tanks to round things out.

Since we can all use a few new outfit ideas, I’ve put together 8 favorite outfits for summer. The concise color palette of these eight looks was totally unintentional but it just goes to show how much I’m drawn to blues, grays, denim and white! For most of the looks, I just shopped my closet, but I’ve linked to everything that is currently available as well as a few similar items if you’re wanting to re-create any of the looks for you.


8 favorite outfits for summer - white jeans, gray linen tee + wedges / jones design company

White jeans + a boxy tee feels light and airy and summery. This shirt is more expensive than I normally go for, but it is a true staple and totally worth the price.

(PS. I just bought a curling wand and did my hair with it for the first time in this photo. I like!)

8 favorite outfits for summer - white jeans, gray linen tee + wedges / jones design company

white jeans / linen tee / wedges / sunglasses (similar) / watch (similar)



8 favorite outfits for summer - jersey dress, sandals + bright necklace / jones design company

A simple cotton jersey dress is the perfect throw-on-and-look-somewhat-put-together choice for summer. This basic dress is great for throwing over a swim suit or dressing up with a necklace. Plus, it has pockets and pockets in dresses make me happy.

8 favorite outfits for summer - jersey dress, sandals + bright necklace / jones design company

dress / sandals (similar) / necklace (similar)



8 favorite outfits for summer - denim shirt, cropped denim jeans, flats + light weight scarf / jones design company

Okay, so for all of you southern/mid-western/east coast dwellers, this outfit probably doesn’t look all that summery. But on this particular day, I was headed to my 9 year old’s end of the year field trip and the sun wasn’t going to make it’s appearance until later in the day. At which I removed the scarf and denim shirt and switched into a tee. On the days when it’s a little on the chilly side, a denim shirt is a great option for layering. And light-weight scarves are great, too. (Especially this one that my mom + dad brought back from Italy. It makes me feel fancy).

8 favorite outfits for summer - denim shirt, cropped denim jeans, flats + light weight scarf / jones design company

denim shirt / jeans (I bought mine at Nordstrom Rack, but don’t see a link) / scarf (similar – and a great cause!) / ballet flats (similar) / sunglasses (similar)



8 favorite outfits for summer - striped shirt, shorts + wedge sandals / jones design company

This shirt. I wear it all the time. Usually with jeans, but I like it with these chambray shorts, too. It’s super baggy so you have to do a little side tuck to make it less tent-like, but it is soft and light-weight and striped. And the wedges. Totally a stray for me, but I’m kinda in to them. I bought them at Nordstrom Rack and you know how that goes – they are last year’s style and impossible to track down. Sorry. There’s a link below to an ebay shop with a few sizes available.

8 favorite outfits for summer - striped shirt, shorts + wedge sandals / jones design company

striped tee / chambray shorts (similar) / wedges / necklace (similar) / watch (similar)



8 favorite outfits for summer - eyelet shorts, white shirt + striped flats / jones design company

More shorts. I’m telling you, my pale legs don’t find themselves in shorts very often, but I do like these navy eyelet ones (old, from gap, but there is a cute pair linked below). Pair them with a basic white tee or tank for a more casual look, or a class white button up for a more dressed-up feel.

8 favorite outfits for summer - eyelet shorts, white shirt + striped flats / jones design company

eyelet shorts (similar) / white button-up / striped flats (similar) / sunglasses (similar) / watch (similar)



8 favorite outfits for summer - dress + jeans  / jones design company

Dress + jeans. Kinda different, but it turns those too-short dresses into tunics and allows me to feel like I’m wearing a dress, but still move around like a mom.

8 favorite outfits for summer - dress + jeans  / jones design company

jeans (similar or these) / dress (similar) / sandals (similar)



8 favorite outfits for summer - jeans, gray tee, hat + flip flops / jones design company

Let’s be honest. This is my most often throw-on outfit. Jeans, v-neck t-shirt, flip flops. The hat (from the boy’s section at old navy – no longer available, but check the link below for another super cute option) makes a great coverup for extra dirty hair.

8 favorite outfits for summer - jeans, gray tee, hat + flip flops / jones design company

v-neck t-shirt / jeans(similar or these) / flip flops / hat (similar) / sunglasses (similar)



8 favorite outfits for summer - linen pants, tank + flip flops / jones design company

I bought these white linen pants for our beach vacation this spring, but I see myself wearing them a lot this summer. They are thicker than I expected and not see-through.

8 favorite outfits for summer - linen pants, tank + flip flops / jones design company

tank / linen pants /flip flops / sunglasses (similar)




So there are 8 favorite outfits for summer. Do you have a favorite?!

8 Favorite Outfits for Summer (with links for sources!) / jones design company

49 Responses to eight favorite outfits for summer

  1. Ginger August 6, 2015 at 4:09 pm #

    I’m not sure if I’ve ever commented, but I’ve been following/loving/buying/downloading from JDC for ages now. I love every single one of these outfits, but I feel like you should know you started a monster with me and those linen pants…

    I bought the light blue, loved them so much, and got so many compliments, that I then bought the white and the black. I wear them constantly! :)

  2. Leeanne July 20, 2015 at 2:25 pm #

    HELP! Bought the Madewell Linen tee shirt and saw it’s handwash only—do you hand wash?? Will it ruin it to throw in washing machine?? Thanks for the recs—bought Vince Camuto wedges too and they are my favorite wedge ever!

  3. Ashley July 1, 2015 at 11:41 am #

    Thank you so much for this post! I found you and your blog from your interview on the podcast “Inspired to Action” and I am hooked! I love your design style and fashion sense and especially loved this post. I struggled to find my fashion sense after having two babies in 18 months and this post helped me figure out a summer wardrobe! I am wearing the Madewell t-shirt from outfit #1 as I type this- thanks to you! I hope to see another post like this in the fall!

  4. Chelsea June 30, 2015 at 6:44 pm #

    I love your style and this post! Ordered the Madewell T and it is awesome. My son is 16 months and into everything, so I don’t really have time to shop anymore and your post is super helpful. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Lisa June 28, 2015 at 4:59 pm #

    Thanks for this!! I love these posts, you are like my personal shopper! I bought the 1st grey top right now and its on sale and if you use the coupon code META20, its only $23.99! Code good till 6/29. I thought I’d share on here just in case someone else wanted to buy today!
    Thanks again!!

  6. Mercedes June 25, 2015 at 9:48 pm #

    You are so cute!! I like your style very much! and your hair is so pretty!!

    • emily June 29, 2015 at 10:37 am #

      Thank you!

  7. Lisa June 25, 2015 at 6:26 pm #

    Thank you so much for this awesome post! I love your style and you look adorable in each outfit!! I’m going to be copying all of these ideas asap!

  8. Linda/makedoanddiy.com June 25, 2015 at 1:26 pm #

    Love this post, I’ve been putting off getting some summer stuff for the last few weeks (no matter how much I wish I don’t think I’m going to wake up at my pre-pregnancy size in time to be back in my old clothes this year!) and this has given me some great ideas. I especially love the white jeans, gotta get me some of those…and then only put them on after I’ve left the house and am a safe distance away from the babies!

  9. Nicole Ward June 25, 2015 at 12:44 pm #

    I can’t believe you don’t have any maxi dresses on there! There are so many options in terms of weight/fabric/color/style – and it’s fun to layer with them. My new fav look is taking a chambray shirt and tying it over a maxi or just wearing it open if it’s a bit cooler.

  10. Rachel June 25, 2015 at 11:05 am #

    Love this post! Do you mind sharing what size you got in the white linen pants? I feel like I remember the Roxy brand runs more like juniors? But I love them on you!! They look so cute!!

    • emily June 25, 2015 at 12:12 pm #

      I bought a small and they fit perfectly. I know how jr sizing goes, but these were great!

  11. Wendy June 25, 2015 at 7:43 am #

    I love your style, it’s classic and timeless! I tried the work-out video you recommended (Tracy Anderson) and am seeing great results after a month! Thank you. Would love to see a post on what your typical day is like as a busy, working mom; diet and activity? I am also a busy mom and always looking for ways to keep in shape..

    • emily June 25, 2015 at 12:13 pm #

      Great job!!! I need to keep going with the videos …

      And, yes. I’d love to do a typical day post. Thanks for the suggestion!

  12. Kappy June 25, 2015 at 7:42 am #

    You are the cutest!!!

    • emily June 25, 2015 at 12:13 pm #

      ah, thanks :)

  13. Kappy June 25, 2015 at 7:41 am #

    You are the cutest!!!!

  14. Carrie June 25, 2015 at 6:37 am #

    I love all of these cute outfits! Our style must be very similar, and my pocketbook loves how many of the items came from Target or H&M. Thanks for putting these links together. :)

  15. Jennifer June 25, 2015 at 6:08 am #

    Thank you so much for sharing such pretty things with us! I bought a pair of boots last Fall that you had shared, and I wore them constantly! These outfits are great but most of them would be more Fall outfits for me. I am in Charlotte, NC and our temps are staying right around 100 everyday right now. ? That said, I’m in love with that H&M dress, but am afraid to drag my kids with me to the store to find it. We have three large H&M’s nearby but they all three carry a variety of the same and also different items. I am going to order online to be safe. I am about your size, maybe a little shorter (I am 5’4″ 115lbs). I was wondering if you bought the small or the medium in that dress. It looks so much better on you than on the models on their website. I love how it drapes a little on you. Sorry to be so wordy just to ask what size! Lol. Thank you!

  16. Andrea June 25, 2015 at 5:05 am #

    hi Emily, I love the first outfit, but am on the fence as to what size to go with in the linen tee. I am 5’8, do you think the xs would be too short? Do you feel like the small is very roomy?

    • emily June 25, 2015 at 12:14 pm #

      I am 5’7 and bought a small. I have a pretty long torso and so length is always an issue for me :) The small is just right for me.

  17. Dannis June 25, 2015 at 4:20 am #

    Super cute! I was recently in Seattle and there was a store called evereve. Cutest. Stuff. Ever. You may shop there already but they had a great range of prices and styles.

    • emily June 25, 2015 at 12:14 pm #

      Thanks for the suggestion! I’ve never been, but I will look it up!

  18. Melle Blanche June 24, 2015 at 11:39 pm #

    You’re so lovely !

  19. Jeanette @ Snazzy Little Things June 24, 2015 at 9:47 pm #

    What gorgeous outfits, I used to plan my wardrobe using Polyvore, but now I’ll have to come here for inspiration! Love your blog, so many ideas…thinking about taking your classes this fall.

  20. Erin June 24, 2015 at 7:56 pm #

    I love the dress paired with jeans!!! Darling and fun! And completely agree with you on fashion bloggers. Boden has the prettiest summer clothes this season, if I wasn’t in maternity clothes I could have bought their entire summer line! For now, I am living in maxi dresses! ;) – Erin @ rare and beautiful treasures

  21. Wendy June 24, 2015 at 6:10 pm #

    First off….I love your blog! This post was really fun and I love getting inspiration for new outfits. Just bought the curling iron – was it easy to use? I’m impressed that your curls looked so great the first time you tried it! Any tips?

    • emily June 24, 2015 at 9:26 pm #

      I’ll do a video tutorial as I get a little more practice. Best tip is to twirl your hair around the wand with the largest size at the roots and go away from your face.

  22. Jessica June 24, 2015 at 5:49 pm #

    Target also has a cute Chambray Short and Eyelet Short for the budget conscious out there!

    • emily June 24, 2015 at 9:26 pm #

      oooh, thanks for the suggestion!

  23. Sarah June 24, 2015 at 5:20 pm #

    I love all your outfits! The perfect clothes for a mom. I’m a bit envious of your northwest summer wardrobe though. Some of these are more winter outfits where I live. Haha!

  24. Keli B. June 24, 2015 at 5:11 pm #

    I’m loving that striped tee. But that online store makes me nervous because I’ve read tons of scathing reviews. What was your ordering experience? Obviously you got the product and you love it. And $11.50? It just seems too way too good to be true!

    I really enjoy your outfit posts!

    • emily June 24, 2015 at 9:27 pm #

      I know – it seems sketchy. I ordered three shirts, two I didn’t like at all but it was less effort to just give them away than to return :) You never know what the quality will be like, but I do really like the striped one!

  25. Lauren June 24, 2015 at 4:10 pm #

    I love them all ~ you look fabulous! I especially like outfit #1. Can you tell me what size your heather tshirt is? I’d like to order one ~ does it run big?

    • emily June 24, 2015 at 4:34 pm #

      I bought size small.

  26. Amy K June 24, 2015 at 3:37 pm #

    Love these posts! Such cute outfits. I have been wanting to try a curling wand, but I can’t get the link to yours to work…

    • emily June 24, 2015 at 4:35 pm #

      Sorry, just fixed the link :)

  27. erin p June 24, 2015 at 2:22 pm #

    I love outfits 1, 7 and 8 the best! Probably because they are the types of outfits I wear on a daily basis ;). I totally just ordered that boxy heather T and the linen pants! Thanks for the post.

  28. Tammy June 24, 2015 at 1:13 pm #

    You are my hero. Last fall when you did a similar series, I snapped up almost everything you featured and it made my life with 3 little kids SO much easier! If I had to choose my favorites of this round, I’d say the first (gray & white combo) or the second (navy dress), but they are all great!! Love your style! And your hair is AMAZING.

    • emily June 24, 2015 at 4:36 pm #

      Thanks Tammy! It does help to get ideas from other moms, doesn’t it?! It seems like many of the fashion bloggers wear clothes I can’t do my normal life in, so I like showing more ideas for everyday. Glad it’s helpful!

  29. Renee June 24, 2015 at 12:57 pm #

    I like them all on you – except the dress/jeans. I think that dress is a little long for the look. But you are thin and look good in anything – even the shorts!

    I love bright colors – year round – mixed in with black and in warmer weather I mix brights more with white, khaki/tan, navy, etc. I have not had on jeans since we got so warm although I do have a pair of trim, shorter length that I might break out. Cropped pants, capris, are my go-tos here in the hot south. The tank/linen pants would work well here. I had to laugh at your long sleeves and scarf, because I would die in that here in our heat. I also like skirts with an easy top. And sandals, absolutely sandals. I cannot stand my feet covered when it’s hot.

    Your hair looks great!

  30. Jess June 24, 2015 at 11:16 am #

    yay! I’ve been wondering what my style guru was wearing this summer and have been hoping for an outfit post from you. ;)

    my favorite is the dress and jeans! what a sweet look on you! i think i may be too short for it but i’m going to try.

    i’m also kind of curious about your office now. what is on the wall we don’t usually get to see?

    • emily June 24, 2015 at 4:37 pm #

      ha! I’m flattered :)

      I’ll take photos of my office soon – Ryan just moved in with me, so it’s all a mess, but I’ll get things put together soon for an update.

  31. Kelly June 24, 2015 at 11:03 am #

    Thank you for the inspiration! I just ordered the grey linen tee and was thrilled to find it is on sale for 20.00 today!

    • emily June 24, 2015 at 4:37 pm #

      I know! What a deal! I just ordered the white one before it’s gone.

  32. Lindsay June 24, 2015 at 10:46 am #

    I, too, have an obsession for blues, greys but not white for me, moreso black. Those are my signature colours, however, I am trying to add pops of colour.

    But I LOVE navy. It’s so classic and sharp looking.


  33. Amber S. June 24, 2015 at 7:58 am #

    Great outfits! I love how put-together but non-fussy & actually wearable they are! My favorites are the 1st 2 outfits.. the one with white jeans & the blue jersey dress.

  34. Brooklynn June 24, 2015 at 4:44 am #

    LOVE all of these. I am ordering the striped shirt right now!

    On outfit no.5, where are the eyelet shorts from?

    • emily June 24, 2015 at 4:37 pm #

      Sorry, just fixed the link. They are super old from Gap, but I liked to cute ones from Ann Taylor Loft.

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