Keep it Simple

Sometimes it just feels right to practice the ol’ KISS method and Keep It Simple. Not too fussy, just classic. My usual “uniform” always revolves around some form of button-front shirt and as summer (slowly but surely) starts to roll around, nothing feels more relaxed than a great pair of white jeans and a crisp, but super lightweight, shirt! This combination is merely a blank canvas to start accessorizing. From a pop of color in your handbag, to a funky scarf, to a metallic sandal, the options are endless.

I think my pent up wishes for a beachy vacay started to shine through when I got dressed last weekend… lots of nautical inspiration! A striped shirt, boat shoes, sea-life jewelry, etc.

I’ve been lusting over shark tooth jewelry ever since I saw those oversized shark teethΒ pendants walk down the Givenchy S/S 2012 runway! (Ready to wear version here.) I’ve kept my eyes peeled for affordable versions and was beyond thrilled when I saw the Coral Reef collection from one of my favorite jewelry companies, Sequin! This lovely shark tooth pendant is a mere $38.. Too good to pass up!

gifted Old Navy Shirt / gifted Old Navy White Denim (on sale!) / J.Crew Clutch / Sperry Top-Siders (on sale!) / Michael Kors Watch (similar) / J.Crew Bracelet / gifted Sequin Necklace / gifted Sequin Coral Cuff

Tell me, what’s your summer uniform?!

Photos: Hallie Wilson


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  1. 5.14.13
    stephanie commented:

    cute outfit!
    xx Stephanie (

  2. 5.14.13
    Kimberly commented:

    Love this – I literally wore the exact same outfit over the weekend but with different flats. Perfect mix!

    • 5.14.13
      Jessica Sturdy commented:

      Great minds πŸ˜‰

  3. 5.14.13
    Mary commented:

    you finally got your pink clutch! πŸ™‚

    • 5.14.13
      Jessica Sturdy commented:

      I did, I did!! Got this when it was 30% off at J.Crew Factory! Major score πŸ™‚

  4. 5.14.13
    Lauren commented:

    I could not agree more – sometimes simple is the best! Love your necklace and gold Sperrys!

    Fizz and Frosting

  5. 5.14.13
    Rachelle commented:

    Cute laid back look.


  6. 5.14.13
    Olivia commented:

    This is the perfect simple look! Sometimes simple is the best way to go. Adding metallic Sperry’s and some jewelry really jazzes it up!

  7. 5.14.13
    Chelsea commented:

    Such a cute, simple look! Thanks for the tip on those Sperry’s too πŸ™‚

    • 5.14.13
      Jessica Sturdy commented:

      These Sperrys are a must have! Don’t miss that 30+% off price πŸ™‚

      • 5.16.13
        Chelsea commented:

        Ordered them today! Can’t wait to style them πŸ™‚

  8. 5.14.13
    dacy commented:

    When in doubt, simple is always best. My summer uniform is similar, white silky blouse, rolled up skinny denim and ballet flats. It’s amazing how many people will compliment you and you’re like “I’m just wearing a top and jeans, people!”

    • 5.14.13
      Jessica Sturdy commented:

      Ha! I totally agree. Those are always the types of outfits that people compliment!

  9. 5.14.13
    Shira commented:

    Loving the pop of color clutch!

  10. 5.15.13
    anngelik commented:

    Keeping it simple is the way to go! You look gorgeous with that striped blouse.


  11. 5.15.13

    KISS method – why have I never heard that before?? Brilliant. πŸ™‚

    Summer uniform = neutrals, a lightweight jacket, blouse’y top and sunglasses! Love your ON jeans.

  12. 5.15.13
    Agi commented:

    Love the idea of keeping it simple. Great outfit today πŸ™‚ My favorite summer outfit is a maxi skirt with a white t-shirt and sandals.


  13. 5.15.13
    Kayla commented:

    Love this Jessica! Love the metallic Sperrys and the coral clutch!


  14. 5.15.13
    Meg commented:

    Simple, but stylish. Love!

  15. 5.15.13
    Chelsea commented:

    Simple looks are the best! I love the seersucker top with easy white pants and your cool boat shoes.

    My Summer uniform definitely involves denim shorts and an easy button-up!

    Chelsea & The City

  16. 5.15.13
    Ellen Landgren commented:

    Adorable outfit, Jessie! LOVE the necklace and clutch!

  17. 5.15.13
    Rachel commented:

    This is so adorable and definitely a great summer uniform! Love those boat shoes!

  18. 5.15.13
    Trendy Mondays commented:

    Love your pops of color, especially your coral clutch. This is the perfect go-to outfit – so versatile!

    Trendy Mondays – your online destination for Indie European designs.

  19. 5.15.13
    Aida commented:

    Casual cool!