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Summer Shower Ensembles

It seems that summer has (almost officially) arrived. Along with the sun comes everyone’s share of showers to attend. Sorry if I lost ya on this one guys, but pass it along to your wife/girlfriend/sister/mother!

I know it’s tempting to buy new dresses for weddings, but when it comes to showers I typically can’t justify purchasing a new ensemble. Unless of course it were my own shower, but with 6.5 years of marriage and 2 kids behind me that’s obviously not happening.

Regardless of how new or old your dress is, you always want to feel fresh. My suggestion is to add a pop of color that coordinates but doesn’t necessarily match your dress. This can be done via your bag, your shoes, or your jewelry. You shouldn’t harbor much guilt when you only need to purchase an accessory. Here’s the catch, try not to over do it or go too matchy-matchy. For example, if you’re going to make your shoes pop, keep your jewelry more neutral or if you’re going to have your accessories stand out, keep you’re shoes toned down.

Did I lose you? Check out the three outfits I have put together below as examples and have fun making an old dress of yours feel new again!


A pop of mint from the clutch looks beautiful against the coral in this dress. The earrings are colorful as well, but they pull from the coral in the dress therefore adding to the outfit, but not standing out.


With a neutral backdrop such as this dress, you would have quite a range of colors that you could pull from. I could also see this dress paired with teal, or a nice magenta heel as well.


I love the way the orange jewelry looks with this particular shade of blue. It makes the whole outfit feel bright and exciting. With the shoes and bag being neutral, the look is kept from feeling over done.

Try going through your own closet with a new set of eyes and see what you may find!

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