Summertime Staples

by Jessica Sturdy on May 28, 2014

As I’m sitting down to write about some of my summertime staples, I’m realizing that I just wore and posted this same shirt yesterday on the blog. Oh, and I also paired it with white denim bottoms. I guess it really doesn’t get much staple-worthy than that. Whoops! At least I practice what I preach?!

A chambray shirt is a must-have, no matter the season. It’s great for layering in the fall and winter and it’s the perfect compliment for all of your white and colorful bottoms in the spring and summer! I’ve worn a chambray shirt with just about everything — polka dot jeans, denim shorts, leather shorts, a ballerina skirt, a black flared skirt, a black maxi, a sequin skirt, hot pink pants, leopard print jeans, a printed mini, over a tee shirt — it’s the most versatile shirt in my closet by a landslide.

And then we have white denim. I’ve long been a proponent for year-round white denim, but I know not everyone feels comfortable wearing winter white. Now that we’ve gotten past Memorial Day, it’s time for everyone to bust out the white shorts, white crops, and white jeans! I love these white jeans for a few reasons — I love the fit, they are very slenderizing (I rarely feel comfortable in white pants!), and you just can’t beat the price. They’re $30! With my luck with white clothing (as evidenced here..), I need a wallet-friendly staple because I always have to buy multiple pairs.

Leopard is a neutral, and thus, always a staple in my book, too. However, sometimes traditional leopard print can look a bit heavy in the warmer months. I love the print of this scarf because it’s a bit more subtle and the pattern is more gray-based for spring and summer! Oh, and white nail polish. You can’t go wrong with a bright white mani in the summer!

And of course, bows are always a staple! 😉

J.Crew Chambray Shirt | J.Crew Leopard Scarf (old, similar here) | Old Navy White Denim (only $30!) | Red Valentino Bow Wedges (similar here) | Kate Spade Bow Ring | Michael Kors Watch | Banana Republic Sunglasses c/o | Essie ‘Blanc’

Lydia Hudgens Photography

{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

Rachelle May 28, 2014 at 7:22 am

your shoes are killer , love love love!!!



Vera Sawicki May 28, 2014 at 7:56 am

What an amazing outfit!!


Christina Storm May 28, 2014 at 7:58 am

Love everything about this look!!

The Style Storm
<3, Christina


Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl May 28, 2014 at 8:14 am

Those bow wedges are just too cute!! LOVE!

Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl


Courtney May 28, 2014 at 8:25 am

Such a cute outfit!



Ashley May 28, 2014 at 8:30 am

I love this top paired with both the white denim AND the white shorts; you can never go wrong with that combo and there are just so many ways to make it unique! Looking fab, as always. xx


Natali May 28, 2014 at 9:48 am

Fantastic denim shirt and chic scarf! You look great in this outfit!


Agi May 28, 2014 at 9:50 am

Love it and I couldn’t agree with you more.



amanda May 28, 2014 at 10:24 am

these shoes are too perfect for words.


Dana May 28, 2014 at 11:07 am

Definitely all staples for this summer. I also have an oversized cashmere sweater as a summer staple – justttt for chilly summer nights;)

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Olivia May 28, 2014 at 11:17 am

Love love love pairing white jeans with chambray! It’s my go-to this time of year because it’s so easy. I can’t put into words how much I want those shoes/everything from the Red Valentino line!


Caroline May 28, 2014 at 11:21 am

So cute! White denim and my chambray top is always on repeat in the summer for me as well. I also love wearing the top open with a light sleeveless blouse underneath for hot afternoons!



Melissa May 28, 2014 at 11:48 am

Love this look! btw red lipstick is amazing on you Jess! :)


Kristin of Living In Color Print May 28, 2014 at 12:17 pm

Those bow wedges are stunning! Really brings the outfit together!

Kristin of


Heidi May 28, 2014 at 12:43 pm

Your style is so effortless!


Lindsay May 28, 2014 at 12:47 pm

Cute shoes!


Andrea May 28, 2014 at 1:55 pm

I too love white jeans during warmer months. I’ve never tried the Old Navy version, but I got mine at Target a couple of years back and they are the best fitting pair that I own! Love finding bargain deals like that!



Joules May 28, 2014 at 2:44 pm

I looove the bow flats. So cute!

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Meagan May 28, 2014 at 2:51 pm
Kayla May 28, 2014 at 3:12 pm

Love it! And love that you wore it yesterday too.. shows how to mix pieces you own! : )



Courtney May 28, 2014 at 3:42 pm

Love this outfit! Staples always make the best outfits, and i love those shoes :)


Judy May 28, 2014 at 9:07 pm

I love this chambray top but cannot afford it at the moment. Which others do you recommend? I would want something “soft” like the one from JCrew appears to be.


Bets May 28, 2014 at 9:23 pm

Just wish I could find a great fitting white pair that aren’t see through exposing panty lives and/or hems of the shirt you tucked in. That’s my issue/dilemma with white. :(


Bets May 28, 2014 at 9:24 pm

lines* typo


Kelly in the City May 28, 2014 at 11:15 pm

Adoring your shoes! Hope you had a great Staycation :)



Liz || Shopping My Closet May 29, 2014 at 2:00 am

Love the bows on your toes!

Liz @


Haley Valerie May 29, 2014 at 10:46 am

Your shoes are amazing!



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