Summer Pops of Color with Banana Republic

Thursday, May 26, 2016

It's summertime and that means it's time to add those pops of color back into outfits! If you're like me, you've been living in black and neutrals since Fall. With the weather heating up and the sun out (hopefully) all day everyday, an all black outfit might mean overheating and sweating through uncomfortable situations. It's super easy to incorporate color for Summer into your wardrobe, even if you tend towards neutrals like I do. Today I'm sharing two ways to add some pops of color and lighten up for Summer with colorful cropped pants and floral midi dresses from Banana Republic.

As someone who is a bit scared of color (seriously, my wardrobe is all neutrals), I find a great way to incorporate color during the warmer months is to pick just one item in an outfit to be colorful (like these Avery Crop Pants from Banana Republic) and leave the rest as neutrals (or black in this OOTD). It gives that color pop and doesn't require a commitment to color matching or too much brightness. The tee I'm wearing is linen, which is a perfect lightweight fabric for Summer if you absolutely must (like me) continue to wear black year round.

The Banana Republic Avery-Fit Crop in light blue is my go-to crop and pop of color this Summer. Super lightweight and fitted through hip and thigh for an effortless chic tailored silhouette. Perfect for work with heels and fitted shirt or for packing in a suitcase alongside sandals and a linen tee. These will definitely be on rotation til Fall!

Outfit 1 Details:
Banana Republic Avery-Fit Crop c/o
Banana Republic Black Pumps (similar)
Who What Wear x Target Black Linen Tee
Moorea Seal Desert Monument Necklace c/o (similar)
Clare V. Clutch c/o Farfetch
Karen Walker Sunglasses c/o DITTO (The Netflix of Sunglasses. Use code STORYOFMYDRESS & get one month free!)

Photos by Maggie Bradshaw Photography

Patterned and floral dresses are another great way to add some pops of color in Summer. You can stick to a neutral background and depending on the size of the pattern incorporate as much color as you want to.I've mentioned previously my love for Midi Dresses, and this floral sleevelesss midi dress from Banana Republic is no exception.

This Banana Republic floral sleeveless midi dress is perfect for multiple summer occasions. With wedding season upon us, I can definitely see wearing this to a rehearsal dinner or outdoor wedding. It's also super easy to dress up for work with heels and a blazer, and transition to night with a moto jacket and clutch. For weekend days, just find your favorite denim jacket and heels or sandals (your preference) and you're ready to rock the farmers market or shopping downtown.

I absolutely love the floral pattern of this dress and how it wraps to accentuate your waist. Both stylish and comfortable (there are pockets!), this floral dress from Banana Republic is super flattering and perfect for adding pops of color this Summer!


Outfit 2 Details: 
Banana Republic Floral Sleeveless Midi Dress c/o
Banana Republic Black Pumps (similar)
Forever 21 Lightweight Denim Jacket (similar)

Photography: Maggie Bradshaw Photography

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*Banana Republic provided free product in exchange for this post. All opinions expressed are, as always, my own.


  1. Love love love the floral print dress! Pretty dresses are my favorite part of warm weather fashion.

  2. I adore these outfits on you! And that dress - oh my goodness! Gorgeous, as always!