Summer outfits: Floral Peplum + Pink Pants, Navy Eyelet Lace Dress

colorful spring office outfit pink pants yellow shoes

Modcloth peplum top S (shoulders taken up), J.Crew pants 00p + pumps (similar)
Baublebar rose gold necklace, H&M; blazer sz 2 (sleeves shortened, similar)

Along with the heat of summer comes the struggle of dressing for two extremes – cool enough for sweltering outdoor temps, yet warm enough to withstand blasting AC indoors. Nick keeps the house pretty icy these days, so I made the poor decision of heading out in these lightweight wool pants and was met with a sauna. I definitely need to pick up a new pair in this same “Martie” cut, but in their more summer-friendly cotton material!
floral peplum top jcrew petite ankle pants
I got several questions on this eyelet lace dress from Snapchat so wanted to post a few more pics. It’s sturdily made in a thicker 100% cotton material, lined in the areas that need it, and has a flattering “Betty Draper” silhouette with two side pockets. It’s a difficult decision between the classic navy and sprightly orange!
ann taylor navy eyelet lace dress petite

Ann Taylor dress (2 colors!) c/o 00p, AT chain belt, Ferragamo flats (runs narrow)

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Measurements of a 00p: 15″ across the armpit, 12.5″ across the waist, 35″ total length. It’s labeled dry-clean only, but as it’s 100% cotton, I plan on washing this at home and just keeping it out of the dryer (if you need it to fit smaller, I’m guessing this will shrink a bit in the dryer if you watch it carefully). I agree with the online review that you can take this dress from work to date night, by un-doing a few buttons!
colorful spring office outfit pink pants white blazer
I finally got to try on this BR floral top mentioned in a prior post, and unfortunately the fit didn’t work out for me. The neckline was low on me, but didn’t look quite right with the straps taken up. I ended up keeping this similar one from Modcloth instead in size S, which I did get taken up at the shoulder straps (one of my favorite minor alterations – this effectively raises the neckline, makes the armholes smaller, and shortens the total length all at once). It’s hand-washable and is fully lined, so no worries about sheerness.
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Yellow pumps are one of those accessories that can definitely brighten up a simple outfit! I used them here to bring out very subtle pops of a similar shade in the centers of the printed flowers. My shoes are very old, but I found similar yellow suede pumps here starting in size 5 (I have the Carra pumps in another color, size 5.5) or here starting in a rare size 4 (nice to see Lord & Taylor starting to carry this size!).

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  1. Anonymous wrote:

    Hey Jean, the yellow pumps you have on are they the Elsie pumps from J Crew, 3.5 inch heel? they are gorgeous.

    Posted 7.13.16 Reply
  2. Camille wrote:
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  3. mybeautrip wrote:

    This floral top is just amazing!

    Posted 6.29.16 Reply
  4. rylie wrote:

    Jason Markk shoe cleaner is amazing. I think they've started selling their product at Nordstrom or you can buy directly from their website.

    Posted 6.29.16 Reply
  5. I really adore the lace dress. I've been looking for the perfect one for some time now.

    Posted 6.29.16 Reply
  6. Caitlin wrote:

    Gorgeous looks! I love those yellow pumps – they seem surprisingly easy to style! Love your polish and poise!

    Posted 6.29.16 Reply
  7. Love, love, love those pink pants. The outfit is adorable!

    Posted 6.29.16 Reply
  8. MODENOVA wrote:

    Beautiful outfits! We really like your pictures and style. Continue the great work!
    Best, MODENOVA I

    Posted 6.29.16 Reply
  9. That lilac and yellow is such a gorgeous combo!!

    Posted 6.28.16 Reply
  10. SIA FOCH wrote:

    You're so stylish, beautiful and elegant! Truly lady. And I'm in love with every look.
    -xx, Sia

    Posted 6.28.16 Reply
  11. Maria Abad wrote:

    Great looks Jean, the navy blue dress is so nautical paired with the straw hat!
    MariaOnPoint | Find me on IG

    Posted 6.28.16 Reply
  12. Sasa Zoe wrote:

    Love your peplum top and the eyelet lace dress:P

    Shall We Sasa

    Posted 6.28.16 Reply
  13. Love your outfit and the color combination! Works perfectly for summer 🙂


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  14. I love that navy eyelet dress! I'd definitely go with navy over orange (in keeping with Elle Wood's advice). I can totally related on struggling to dress for indoor and outdoor summer temps. My office is always freezing so I have to keep a lot of layers on hand.

    Lifestyle by Joules

    Posted 6.28.16 Reply
  15. Mel wrote:

    Love the mauve color of the jcrew pants! I have a very similar pair and I am obsessed with them 🙂

    Posted 6.28.16 Reply
  16. Beautiful! Love the shoes.
    Xoxo, Maggie

    Posted 6.28.16 Reply
  17. Love both these outfits, and you look gorgeous in them both! I also really like the pop of yellow from your shoes, really brings the whole look together! <3

    Tegan xx

    Posted 6.28.16 Reply
  18. Love the navy dress! So chic! Love it! Sophie x

    Posted 6.28.16 Reply
  19. yutzyjbear wrote:

    Hi Jean! I love that you are featuring that Gucci Disco bag – I almost bought a red one here in Vegas last week… (splurged for a cool new Chanel WOC instead), but still seemingly needing that Gucci but I can't decide on the neutral color you show here vs a bright red. Do you think it will get dirty easily? I have the same AT work tote in nude (thanks to your post a few years back) and I LOVE it! Best neutral purchase ever because the Vegan leather wipes clean. Wonder if the neutral Gucci will hold up as well or if I should go for something darker. Regardless, that bag is so darn practical/easy/happy! 🙂 Love your posts. Keep doing what you do!

    Posted 6.28.16 Reply
  20. The blue dress is so beautiful! X

    Posted 6.28.16 Reply
  21. Meghan wrote:

    I absolutely loved how you styled the Ann Taylor dress. I was debating on whether or not to purchase but now I really need it in my wardrobe. Amazing looks!

    Meghan |

    Posted 6.28.16 Reply
  22. These outfits are so cute! I especially love the navy blue one!

    xx, Diane ||

    Posted 6.28.16 Reply
  23. Love the look you put together for that dress and the peplum top! Even though it makes me slightly nervous, I also machine wash some of my dry clean only pieces depending on the fabric.

    Jen | affecionada

    Posted 6.28.16 Reply
  24. julycheee wrote:

    Loved your colour palette here. 🙂

    Posted 6.27.16 Reply
  25. Anonymous wrote:

    this looks are so elegant! just lovely 🙂
    Fash 'n' fudge
    Fash 'n' fudge

    Posted 6.27.16 Reply
  26. Jessica C wrote:

    I love how your outfits are always interesting. Every single one. They're always nice photos…but the composition of outfits themselves are just always on point. Can you share your secret??? Or is there a formula??

    Jessica || Cubicle Chic

    Posted 6.27.16 Reply

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