Summer Style Staples

old navy striped dress

It’s FINALLY feeling like the summertime that Chicago is known for and I couldn’t be happier! It’s good timing, too, as this has been my first week jumping back into meetings, events, and a regular work schedule since I moved. It’s been great not feeling like I’m in limbo for the first time in months. I’m still waiting on furniture I’ve ordered and all of that, but outside of my actual apartment, I’m feeling a lot more settled overall!

old navy halter dress

Since the warmer weather is seemingly here to stay (crossing my fingers and knocking on wood!), I’ve been relying on summer staples to take me from day to night. Airy sundresses, neutral prints, denim jackets, and fun, flat sandals that make exploring my new city much easier! I popped in to Old Navy on State Street last week and picked up this dress and I’ve worn in a handful of times already. It’s made an appearance at lunch, a breakfast meeting, and even as a swim coverup! As we transition to fall, I know I’ll be wearing it with suede, fringe, or leather cross-body bags, and cute sneakers or booties.

loeffler randall fringe sandals

Like I mentioned, it felt so nice to get back into the swing of things this week. I’ve met with a few amazing companies in Chicago and also discovered a handful of new restaurants, shops, etc. I spent Tuesday night on the Odyssey Chicago catching up with some fellow Chicago bloggers, cruising along the lakefront with the most beautiful views of the skyline at sunset.

kate spade make a splash

I had lunch at the Cherry Circle Room at the new Chicago Athletic Hotel and it was so, so good. Definitely get the lobster roll (and old bay fries) if you go! After lunch, I discovered the new Madison Hall shop in the hotel and I already know it’s going to be a must-visit boutique for me. There’s a mens and a women side, both complete with the perfect gifts. It’s the curation that makes it a must-do, though. There are pieces you won’t find anywhere else in the city! And naturally, the decor is on point, too. I now want a vintage gold metal trunk for my living room coffee table.

loeffler randall saffron fringe sandals

striped sundress

summer style staples

Last night, I was back at the Chicago Athletic Hotel, but this time it was on the 13th floor rooftop restaurant, Cindy’s. The views and the food were both amazing! Highly recommend. I was there for a dinner with Veuve Clicquot, as they just launched their #ClicquotMail in Chicago! So if you see a giant orange mailbox cruising around the city this weekend, stop by for a little pick-me-up.

au revoir clutch

Tomorrow night, Hallie and I (and our +1s) are heading to The Shedd Aquarium’s annual BLU event. I’ve never been before, but apparently it’s a great crowd, fireworks, over 20 food/drink vendors from all around Chicago including Luke’s Lobster, Sunda, Honey Butter Fried Chicken, KOVAL and Stan’s Donuts.. Yum! (You can still buy tickets here and be sure to say hi if you’re going and see us there!)

denim jacket and sundress

Get the Look…

Old Navy Dress
Denim Jacket
Loeffler Randall Tassel Sandals via Zappos
Karen Walker Sunglasses
LOFT Clutch (similar style at Old Navy)
Kate Spade Make a Splash Bangle
Bauble Bar Bracelet
Lele Sadoughi Pearl Cuff
Michael Kors Watch

au revoir parisian clutch stripes french blue

A special Thank You to Old Navy for partnering on this post!

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  1. 7.24.15
    Courtney commented:

    I love your clutch! Adorable outfit! 🙂

  2. 7.24.15
    Natali commented:

    Such a pretty and girly summertime outfit! I like your dress and sandals very much. 🙂

  3. 7.24.15
    Kate commented:

    I love the way your shoes tie!

  4. 7.24.15

    I love that loft clutch! Very cute!

    Her Heartland Soul

  5. 7.24.15
    melissa commented:

    Love those sandals!

  6. 7.24.15
    Eleni commented:

    Your whole outfit is adorable, but I especially love that jacket and your bracelets! The perfect list of summer staples 🙂

  7. 7.24.15
    Liv commented:

    Denim jacket is my summer staple. It goes great with any dress or skirt.


  8. 7.24.15
    Mandie commented:

    I am loving everything about this outfit! My staple white dress and denim jacket is always my favorite thing to throw on when it’s spring/summer/fall seasons. That clutch is so adorable- I may have to buy it 🙂


  9. 7.24.15
    Emma commented:

    Love the white dress with light denim

  10. 7.24.15
    Vera Sawicki commented:

    Cute dress. I love your outfit!!

    Blonde in Cashmere

  11. 7.26.15

    I’d love to wear an outfit like this during the summer. But down in here in Arkansas it’s too hot to even consider wearing a jacket! I reserve my denim jacket for the fall.

  12. 7.26.15
    Alexis & Ariana commented:

    Those sandals are perfect!

  13. 7.27.15
    Bella Bucchiotti commented:

    That bag is just adorable!

  14. 7.27.15

    the shoes are amazing! so cute!

  15. 7.27.15
    DJ commented:

    Especially the jean jacket! I believe its the perfect layering piece right now


  16. 7.27.15

    Can’t go wrong with a white + denim jacket combo!

    Josh | The Kentucky Gent

  17. 7.27.15
    DJ commented:

    So cute! I used to live near Chicago and would go to Shedd all the time. Have fun!

  18. 7.27.15
    Ellen Borza commented:

    This is basically my summer time look right here! Love this on you, Jess. Hope Chicago continues to stay warm.

    Ellen | A Pop of Pink

  19. 10.22.15
    prepster commented:

    The white dress is superb.