My closet doesn’t need to know that there’s a global pandemic afoot. I find that the quickest way to lift my spirits is to dress in ways that still feel like me, and still feel like summer. A classic print, and classic shapes, do the trick. Ice cream helps too, just sayin’.
Madras From Ann Taylor
Here, I’m wearing Ann Taylor’s Madras Plaid Smocked Hem Top and Madras Plaid Button Maxi Skirt, aka summer in a matching set. I know, you thought a dress was happening here. But the fact that they’re separates is actually a big win. You’re looking at three outfits in one because you better believe this top will be worn with shorts (preferably these ones). And this midi skirt will be paired with a white top when I’m (hopefully?) back in the office next summer. The smocking around the top’s waist makes it super comfortable. And I deeply appreciate that this fabric is lightweight and easy to care for. I happen to live with a ten-month-old who doesn’t leave me with much time to hand-wash.
You knew there would be a pearl moment, and I don’t want to disappoint you. So these earrings are bringing forth pearl perfection via Ann Taylor’s Circle Drops. They’re elegant and classic. You really can’t go wrong with having these in your collection year-round. But the pearl hoop drop situation makes them particularly suited for summer.
Even if it doesn’t feel like our standard version of summertime, we can still dress like it. Take a break from endless comfy pants and slouchy tees (though, I love them both dearly) in favor of a madras moment from Ann Taylor that will brighten your day, and certainly your selfies, this summer.
Thanks to Ann Taylor and ShopStyle for partnering on this post!