Stripes & Straw for Spring & Summer

kate spade shirtdress

Updating your wardrobe for spring and summer always calls for an abundance of stripes, flirty dresses, bright colors, and quirky accessories. Kate Spade is one of my favorite brands year-round, but especially in the spring and summer! My style is pretty cyclical throughout the year… When the weather feels cold and dreary, I tend to gravitate towards a more neutral color palette. But when I’m packing for a vacation, or when the weather starts to warm up, I love wearing prints, brighter colors, and always have a bit more fun accessorizing. Fun and feminine is the name of the game!

womens trench coat

While it may technically be spring, we’re not quite there yet in Chicago. One day, it will be 65 and sunny and snowing and sleeting the next. (Truly, it’s snowing as I type this!) But as you can see from these photos, last week we had a beautiful sunshine-filled day that called for a striped shirt dress, embellished sandals, and my new-for-summer straw satchel!

Spring and summer dresses are pretty much the same, but it’s all about how you layer during the up-and-down spring months! Jackets are a major key during springtime. I’ve been on the hunt for a thick trench coat that’s actually warm, and not just meant for lighter rain showers. This Kate Spade coat from Nordstrom is exactly what I was looking for… The slightly flared shape, the fun little message in the collar, and the navy striped lining sealed the deal!

summer sunglasses pink blue stripes

My sunglass collection is pretty standard.. Aviators, wayfarers, mirrored lenses, tortoiseshell, and thick black frames. When I saw these candy-colored striped sunglasses, I couldn’t resist! They’re too fun and perfect for the warmer months ahead. 😎

summer handbag, dune london sandals, kate spade striped dress

I have a few wicker totes and clutches that I use in the spring and summer, but I’ve been searching high and low for a straw handbag that’s perfect for everyday during the spring and summer and on vacation. I have a straw tote that’s more of a beach or farmers market bag, but I wanted something that felt super summery that also worked for everyday. Not too big, not too small. I just about fell over when I saw this Kate Spade bag at Nordstrom… It’s exactly what I had in mind! I don’t remember seeing any straw bags at the KSNY presentation at fashion week, and even though I constantly refresh the Kate Spade new arrivals, this bag somehow slipped through my radar. Buying it was a no brainer.. I know I’ll wear this bag pretty much every day now through September! I love how the crossbody strap can be removed so you can use the bag two ways — hands-free or as a cute little satchel.

striped sunglasses, straw handbag

striped shirtdress

striped shirt dress

nude ankle strap sandal open toe crystal block heel dune london

These crystal-heeled sandals remind me so much of the Miu Miu pairs that I’m always lusting after, like these and these. So when I saw these at a fraction of the designer shoe price, I jumped at bringing them home with me! They’re a bit more glitzy than your average ankle-strap sandal, but they’re perfect for adding a little bit of pizazz to your outfit in a somewhat subtle way. Business in the front, party in the back, you know? 😉

Weddings, date night, bridal events, baby showers… You really can’t go wrong since their such an easy height! Dress them up with a fancy dress, or dress them down and pair with your favorite boyfriend jeans. Options are limitless!

I also love these, these, and these!

stripe dress with bow and ruffles

spring striped stress trench coat sandals

shirt dress

nordstrom kate spade

blue striped dress with bow

This Kate Spade shirtdress combines everything I love… Stripes, tiny ruffles, a slightly flared shape, a little bit of a drop waist, a bow-tie, and even sleeves. It really is the perfect shirtdress if you’re on the hunt! Wear a cropped, boxy jacket on top, or pair with your favorite white denim jacket… Wear it to work, or toss it on for weekend brunch with the girls. Styling options are endless!

kate spade blue striped dress

Get the Look…

Kate Spade Striped Shirtdress
Kate Spade Straw Handbag
Kate Spade Trench Coat
Lancome ‘Drive to Pink’ Lip Crayon
Dune London Embellished Heel Sandals (similar here, here, & here)
Kate Spade Candy Striped Sunglasses
Kate Spade Bow Watch
Lele Sadoughi Pearl Cuff (similar here)

kate spade striped sunglasses

kate spade straw handbag

A few more Kate Spade favorites…

kate spade handbags

blue striped shirt dress

blue striped dress

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  1. 3.25.16

    My fave look on you I think!!! ADORABLE!

  2. 3.25.16
    Shira said:

    I love every single piece here so major outfit envy right now!

  3. 3.25.16

    Kate Spade has so much cute stuff!

  4. 3.25.16
    Rose said:

    This look is cute and so you!

  5. 3.25.16

    This outfit is the prettiest ever! I love every single piece so much and it fits you so well!

  6. 3.25.16
    Natali said:

    Love your chic, glamorous and ladylike outfit! You’re looking breathtaking and so unique!

  7. 3.25.16

    You remind me of Wendy Peffercorn here! These pictures are too cute.

  8. 3.25.16
    Emily said:

    Love all things Kate Spade! You made some great spring choices. Loving that dress and the sunnies so much!


  9. 3.25.16
    Shannon said:

    This outfit is so adorable from head to toe. Love the sunnies especially.

  10. 3.26.16
    Paula said:

    Such a gorgeous outfit! I love Kate Spade!


  11. 3.26.16
    Maggie said:

    This is so cute and classic!! I love that trench 🙂

  12. 3.26.16
    emily said:

    i need these shoes in my life! xo

  13. 3.26.16

    Nice outfit! It looks adorable! 🙂


  14. 3.27.16

    These photos are so super cute. Love your sunnies!!

    Blonde in Cashmere

  15. 3.30.16
    Jane said:

    I love this look! Fabulous.

  16. 3.30.16
    Lauren said:

    Umm… I might need to buy those sandals <3 They look just like the Miu Mius!!
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