How to Stay Cool in a Hot Weather Outfit – Commandress

When it is this hot outside, all I want to slip on is a casual, comfortable dress – one that works for running errands or puttering around the house. Given that the Nordstrom Annual Anniversary Sale ends this Sunday, August 2nd, I’m profiling the perfect casual dress plus coordinating accouterments on sale from Nordstrom for only three more days.

Womens Clothes on Sale Casual Summer Dress Leather Thong Sandals  Neutral HandbagDress: Gibson Stripe A-Line Dress in Heather Grey/Ivory | Sunglasses: Gucci 58mm Cat Eye Sunglasses | Handbag: Cole Haan Antonia Snake Print Crossbody Bag in Black/Ivory Snake | Earrings: Kendra Scott Dani Stone Drop Earrings in Gunmetal/Turquoise | Bracelet: Kendra Scott Arden Station Cuff Bracelet in Gunmetal Turquoise | Shoes: UGG Sadie Studded Flip Flop in White Leather

 A Hot Weather Casual Dress With Cool Summer Style

In this heat, wearing a loose jersey knit dress is more comfortable than a top with shorts. The Gibson Stripe A-Line Dress in Heather Grey/Ivory ($58, Made in USA) is perfect with its easygoing style. The shoulder pleats are a cute detail. It is also available in Heather Grey/Black and Navy/Ivory.


Casual Striped Dress on Sale Summer Knit Dress

Necessary Accoutrements Include the Perfect Shades, Jewerly, Handbag & Sandals

Since one of my dogs nibbled on my current pair of sunglasses, I’m considering the lovely Gucci 58mm Cat Eye Sunglasses. (Sale: $196.90, After Sale: $295)  A neutral, striped dress would look awesome with similarly hued print handbag. Cole Haan’s Antonia Snake Print Crossbody Bag in Black/Ivory Snake is my recommendation. (Sale: $145.90, After Sale: $218) It will look great with your fall and winter outfits too!

Cat Eye Sunglasses     Black and Grey Snake Skin Handbag
Because I love color, and I really love a pop of color with neutrals, great jewelry to wear with the dress are Kendra Scott’s Dani Stone Drop Earrings in Gunmetal/Turquoise (Sale: $33.90, After Sale: $52) and Kendra Scott Arden Station Cuff Bracelet in Gunmetal Turquoise. (Sale: $32.90, After Sale: $50) The earrings are also available in Gold/Amethyst Quartz and Rodium/Blue Cat Eyes. The bracelet is also available in Gold/Amethyst Quartz and Rhodium/Rose.

Blue and Gunmetal Earrings Kendra Scott Earrings     Blue Turquoise and Gunmetal Cuff Bracelet Kendra Scott Bracelet

I want as little as possible on my feet during summertime. A comfortable leather thong sandal is ideal. UGG’s Sadie Studded Flip Flop in White Leather is exactly that. (Sale: $59.90, After Sale: $84.95, Nordstrom Exclusive) It is also available in Ash Nubuck and Black Nubuck. Wearing UGGs is like walking on a cloud.

Ugg Leather Thong Sandal Leather Flip Flop


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Love Your Work Style – Talbots Geometric Print Dress & Work Top

Talbots has a brand new Go Graphic collection that is full of cute pieces in sophisticated yet office-friendly colors and prints.

I love this Talbots Geometric-Triangles Dress ($159 in regular and petite sizes), which features a bold print paired with a simple and classic silhouette.

Talbots Go Graphic Geometric-Triangles Print Dress - professional fashion | office style | work outfit

The pattern placement is designed to flatter – the lighter blue color creates a subtle vertical line down the center of the dress. (This would also be a perfect dress for a Mad Men style post – sniff.)

My other favorite piece is this Talbots Medallions & Stripes Foulard Blouse ($89.50-$99 in regular, petite, plus, and plus petite; washable). This fall top looks fantastic with jeans for an easy business casual look and could also be dressed up with suit separates.
Talbots Go Graphic Medallions & Stripes Foulard Top - business casual outfit |professional fashion | office style | print work top for fall

Abigail Signature with Feather

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Love Your Dressed Up Style – A Faux Wrap Dress Accessorized – Commandress

IMHO, the perfect business casual outfit starts with a wrap dress.  Dresses make getting dressed sooooooo easy! And, wrap dresses flatter everybody’s body. Specifically, today I have in mind Karen Kane’s Patchwork Faux Wrap Dress (Sale: $84.90; Regular: $128 from Nordstrom, Made in USA). Karen Kane is a quality brand you can depend on. This is the perfect dress for a networking lunch, a casual day at the office or an evening dinner. I love its patchwork print, fall color scheme and three quarter length sleeves.

Karen Kane Faux Wrap Dress Womens Work Dress Sale

Because I am always thinking about the shoes, jewelry and handbag I would wear with a new outfit, I spent some time selecting the perfect accessories for it. Below is a collage of the earrings, necklace, bracelet and pumps that coordinate perfectly with the dress.

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Earrings: Sonya Reese Drusy Teardrop Earrings in White (Sale: $49.90; Regular: $78 from Nordstrom, also available in Dark Pewter and Gold)
Necklace: Sonya Reese Oval Drusy Pendant Necklace in White (Sale: $37.90; Regular: $58 from Nordstrom, also available in Dark Pewter and Gold)
Bracelet: Kendra Scott Mystic Bazaar Chandler Bangles in Mixed Metals ($150 from Nordstrom)
Shoes: Bella Vita Willa Perforated Pump in Camel/Black ($89.95 from Nordstrom, Also in black and white/black patent leather)

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Drusy jewelry has captured my heart. I love its delicate flickering shimmer. Here is a closer look at the Sonya Reese earrings and necklace, as well as the Kendra Scott bangles, which are all so versatile you will find yourself wearing them all the time.

Gold Drusy Earrings Womens Earring Sale           Sonya Reese Drusy Necklace Womens Gold Necklace SaleMixed Metal Bangles Womens Bracelets

The bangles‘ varying texture and shine coordinate so well with the dress it is as if they were designed in tandem.

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The pumps appeal to me as much as the jewelry. I love Bella Vita’s fresh take on the spectator pump. This pointy toe pump with its kitten heel is sleek and mod.

Womens Work Pumps Womesn Work Shoes

The handbag I would wear with it is an easy choice: I would definitely carry the Brahmin West Lake Croc Embossed Satchel in Black profiled earlier this week.



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