Summer Staple: Neutral Dress + 4 Ways to Accessorize

4 ways to style a neutral summer dress

My daily outfit choices these days are driven by practicality, so I especially appreciate pieces that work as well with sneakers and flats as they do with heels! And for additional points on the practicality scale, being compatible with a regular bra, machine washable, and stretchy + nursing friendly is always a bonus for me.

Cybex Gazelle S stroller with Nuna pipa car seat

Vero Moda dress xs, Quay sunglasses, Veja sneakers 35, baseball cap from this post, Polene bag (similar)
Cybex single-to-double stroller (on sale; see my review) c/o + Nuna Pipa infant carseat

I’m partnering with Nordstrom to share this little cotton dress that checks all the boxes, and a few ways I’d change up the accessories for a different look! Since I’m working with all neutrals here, these combos can be applied to pretty much any similar dress in your closet.

Brixton straw sun hat bucket bag polene dupe
affordable camel bucket bag

The dress is a great petite-friendly basic with a little feminine flair, thanks to the lightly puffed sleeves, squared neckline, and gently swinging A line skirt. It’s TTS and light in weight but not too thin, made of 100% organic cotton with a slight slub textured print on the fabric. The elastic sleeves and smocking have plenty of stretch to it, making this nursing friendly and also early bump friendly (note: the dress length might become too short for late pregnancy).

For fellow bucket bag lovers, I also wanted to mention this purse above as a similar option to one in my collection. The pebbled faux leather is nice quality in person, it comes with an adjustable shoulder strap, and also has a removable canvas liner bag!

Look 1

Try a chunkier slide sandal like these fun white Birkenstocks and a netted tote bag for an on-trend outfit that works for a trip to the beach or farmer’s market! This pairing is actually my favorite here since the shoes are a little different than my usual.

smocked dress white birkenstocks

Look 2

Dress it up with a ladylike mini bag and low heeled sandals for brunch or a dinner date.

summer straw bags tan slide sandals

Look 3

Tie an extra layer around your waist, and throw on chic sneakers and a neutral baseball cap for a casual, laid back look. This has been my go-to for trips to the playground (add a pair of bike shorts underneath if blending over a lot) or longer walks around the city!

veja esplar sneakers 47 carhartt hat womens

Vero Moda dress xs,Veja sneakers 35, baseball hat from this post, Polene bag (similar)

Look 4

For a lunch meeting or a more casual work setting, add a knit blazer and mules (swap in closed-back flats or shoes for business casual offices).

business casual Gucci loafer outfit

Gibson blazer xxs petite (similar), Gucci mules 35.5 (my review)

casual neutral summer dress

Thank you to Nordstrom for partnering on this post. Which of these pairings is your favorite?

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