Whiskey Bar

Printed dress with brown clutch and black clogs | Shades of Sarah

Oh hey, it’s my face! It’s only been like a few months since my last outfit post, no biggie. This is what happens when your life is all over the place/you use your computer to stream the Olympics. Also, can we give a round of applause to the American women for bringing home some serious hardware? #girlpower

Printed dress with brown clutch and black clogs | Shades of Sarah

This dress was definitely the best $9.99 I ever spent on an impulse purchase. It works for so many occasions and for every season. This time I dressed it up a little for a nice dinner out (at Lloyd Whiskey Bar for my Philly people) and emphasized the neutral colors with a faux leather clutch and my new t-strap clogs (!!). I almost never get to take my clutches out for a spin (how do you fit everything in them??), so this was a big occasion.

Printed dress with brown clutch and black clogs | Shades of Sarah

Also, I never mix brown and black accessories and shoes, but I don’t hate it! I know it seems everyone is super into neutrals lately, but it’s usually not my style. For now, this is the best I can do: black, with brown and green and orange and tan and teal… and so on. Hey, at least this dress matches almost everything?

~ Sarah

P.S. Full disclosure: My clutch is actually an e-reader case from Five Below. Don’t be afraid to get creative when you shop. I still don’t think that’s why I can’t fit everything in it.

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Dress: Ross (similar style)
Clogs: Old Navy
Clutch: Five Below (similar from F21)

All That

Denim Jacket, Skater Dress, Clogs | Shades of Sarah

There are a few things about this outfit that feel classically Sarah, with a bit of ’90s revival for good measure. The denim jacket with flair, the skater dress, the clogs, the saddle bag, the brownish matte lip…okay, it’s pretty ’90s.

Denim Jacket, Skater Dress, Clogs | Shades of Sarah

Is it weird that this outfit came together around my pin? It was a free gift that came with my new Chewbacca camera bag, and I love it (close up here). Turns out that BB-8 makes for a great conversation starter, and fashion inspiration. Pining it on my denim jacket seemed like common sense, and then the orange led me to my peach dress, and here we are.

Denim Jacket, Skater Dress, Clogs | Shades of Sarah

I felt super myself in this outfit. It’s comfy and casual, but still feminine. My clogs are my favorite shoes and always make me feel extra confident. There’s a lot of color — the dress, the denim, the moss green bag, the turquoise earrings — but it’s not overwhelming. Hopefully it’s modern enough, and not a total ripoff on my first decade.

Denim Jacket, Skater Dress, Clogs | Shades of Sarah

Anyone else playing around with the ’90s “trend”? I don’t think I’m ready to pull out a choker just yet, but any excuse to rock my pin and clogs is okay with me!

~ Sarah

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Jacket: Easy Pickins (similar)
Pin: ThinkGeek
Dress: Target (similar)
Clogs: Old Navy (similar)
Bag: Target

Photos by Melissa

Bright White & Earth Tones

Little White Dress with Utility Jacket | Shades of Sarah

Is there a more quintessential summer piece than a little white dress? It’s the perfect blank canvas for sunny days and accessories to match, but the day I wore this it actually wasn’t that summery outside! Instead, I used the weather as a good excuse to take my new jacket out for a spin. (I’ll save the more colorful interpretation for a warmer day.)

Little White Dress with Utility Jacket | Shades of Sarah

When shopping for a LWD, it’s all in the details. The jacket covers some of it up, but I love the pintucking on the bodice, and the tiny eyelet on the bottom. Also, it’s super comfy (thanks, elastic waist!) which really goes with that carefree vibe that summer dressing is all about.

Little White Dress with Utility Jacket | Shades of Sarah

To keep up the carefree vibe, I added some turquoise earrings (natural stone jewelry is trending this summer). I love them paired with the forest green of the jacket and the warm brown of my sandals (which admittedly have seen better days, but are broken in perfectly).

Can’t get enough of little white dresses? Visit Chelsea over at Organized Mess and see how she styled her lace number — how chic and cheerful does she look?

Little White Dress | Organized Mess

If you are looking for the most stylish jewelry, check out this website. My engagement ring is absolutely perfect, so I usually recommend it.

Any other fun ways you style your white sundresses?

~ Sarah

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Jacket: Forever 21 (similar)
Dress: Old Navy (this year’s)
Earrings: gift (similar)
Flats: Ross (similar)