Summer Outfit Ideas to Help You Transition Your Look from Day to Night 

PHOTOGRAPHY BY REALTOR BRIAN JOHNSON

Summer is rolling in fast and furious down in the lovely Sunshine State. Expectedly, this mama is embracing the summer glow and balmy evenings with a little bit of a minimalist vibe. If you have been following my previous style posts, you probably have seen a bit of a trend when it comes to my fashion choices: I tend to favor neutral hues, white especially, but with unexpected details. 

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White is the perfect summer outfit idea when you want fresh, clean aesthetics—whether you are planning a weekend beach rendezvous or simply heading out for happy hour with girl friends. Plus, white offers the perfect contrast to show off your beach-ready tan complexion!

Like its more popular sister, the Little Black Dress, the mini white dress is extremely versatile and can be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion. While searching for summer outfit ideas that I can easily transition from day to night, I came across two current favorites from The Lillipad Boutique, a new online shop that carries an adorable collection of on-trend fashion.

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Summer Outfit Idea 1: Daytime Bohemian

Nothing says summer than a touch of cool bohemian to a favorite summer outfit. I adore the airy silhouette of this white off-shoulder dress. It's casual enough for window-shopping but equally interesting to be paired with strappy heels for a fun dinner date. 

The off-shoulder detail adds just the right amount of sass, so it shows a little skin but still exudes an overall classiness. I absolutely love the boho-inspired stitching as it gives a lovely visual interest against an otherwise all-white dress.

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To make it appropriate for a completely chill Saturday, I paired this summer dress with a statement piece—a pair of gladiator sandals. These Roman-inspired sandals make for a killer fashion piece for summer as they can be worn with shorts, dresses or denim skirts.

To finish off this daytime boho-inspired look, I opted to accessorize with a subtle Dear Isabella necklace with Larimar gemstone in safety pin design and a Jessica Simpson white and gold weaved shoulder bag.

Summer Outfit 2: After-Hour Classic

When I saw this Temple dress by The Lillipad Boutique, I know I've found a versatile piece that I can wear with a pair of flats for a daytime coffee run or heels for a night of dancing.

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For an evening look, I kept the accessories minimal so all eyes are on the ultra-feminine lace and ribbon detail around the neckline. The lace says prim and proper but the skater silhouette suggests adventure and fun as it makes for a great swing dress. 

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Ultimately, I opted to pair this with simple strappy heels but kept the evening bag interesting which has embroidery, sequins and glass beads.

Which summer outfits are pulling double-duty for you as you transition from day to night? Which statement piece do you add to change the vibe of your dress so it may fit from beach to happy hour? Let's chat fashion, style sisters.

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Disclosure: Although this post is sponsored by The Lillipad Boutique, we always give our honest opinion as we only work with brands we love. To learn more about this new online shop, read their latest blog. Or keep up-to-date on their latest arrivals by following them on Facebook and Instagram.

Style Chat: A Mother's Take on Fashion and Wardrobe Essentials

Style Chat is a special section about fashion influences, style evolutions and wardrobe staples. In this first Style Chat feature, we highlight Leah Weber, the fashion-loving mom behind the blog, scenesfromcedarstreet.com. If you want to be on our next Style Chat seat, connect with me at thegospelofbeauty@gmail.com.


Stay-at-home mom Leah Weber favors classic comfort over trends when shopping for her style essentials.

Stay-at-home mom Leah Weber favors classic comfort over trends when shopping for her style essentials.

As a mom, Leah Weber wears many hats. She juggles her time between taking care of her 10-month-old baby girl and working alongside her husband who works for a ministry called Campus Outreach at The University of West Georgia. "I help provide counseling and lead Bible studies and Discipleship groups to college students. We live in a small town and our favorite activities are having people over to hang out, playing with our baby, and hanging out on the square in downtown Carrollton," she says.

In this Style Chat, the stay-at-home mom talks about her personal style, her fashion influences and the style essentials she can't live without. 

The Gospel of Beauty: How would you describe your fashion sense?

Leah Weber: Classic, feminine and simple.

TGOB: What's your typical mommy weekend outfit?

Weber: My favorite pair of jeans, a comfy but cute blouse, and a pair of boots, Converses, or sandals—depending on the season.

TGOB: Who would you consider to be your biggest fashion influence?

Weber: Joanna Gaines. She’s obviously known for her amazing interior design skills but I also love her fashion sense. She has impeccable taste and combines function and style well together. This is essential for any mom.

TGOB: What's the one piece of wardrobe staple you can't live without?

Weber: It’s a tie between my my black LuLaRoe leggings and my favorite pair of jeans.

TGOB: What types of apparel fill up your closet?

Weber: I’ve recently downsized my closet to include only the things I love. I have a dress for every season and occasion. Numerous neutral-colored tops and blouses, and a few fun, colorful pieces.

This pair of black LuLaRoe leggings is one of Weber's favorite items in her closet.

This pair of black LuLaRoe leggings is one of Weber's favorite items in her closet.

TGOB: Where are a few of your go-to shops for your fashion essentials?

Weber: We live in a small town so shopping for clothes can be difficult sometimes. I like our local small boutiques as well as jane.com. When I do have the chance to go to a mall, my favorite stores are Anthropologie, Madewell and The Loft.

TGOB: Who are some of the fashion icons who inspire you?

Weber: Audrey Hepburn, Kate Middleton and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. 

TGOB: What's the best fashion tip you've ever received?

Weber: Trends come and go. Wear clothes that you love and feel comfortable in.

TGOB: Looking back at how your fashion style has evolved, what's the one fashion item you swore yourself you'll never be caught wearing again?

Weber: I hated skinny jeans when they first came back into style. I thought I would never wear them. Now, I wear them almost every day!

TGOB: How do you share your love of fashion to your little one?

Weber: My baby girl is only 10-months-old so I haven’t been able to share my love for fashion with her yet but when she’s older, I want to teach her not to be defined or consumed by the latest fashion trend or whatever everyone else is wearing. I want her to be confident in who she is and not let fashion define her. I want her to be a trend setter, not a trend follower.

TGOB: What's your advice to other mothers to help them elevate their personal style?

Weber: When you become a mom, it’s easy to neglect yourself in a lot of different areas of your life because you are completely consumed by taking care of your baby. I would encourage you to take time for yourself and your style. Re-evaluate your wardrobe. Go through your closet and get rid of clothes you don’t like and slowly replace your wardrobe with pieces you love. Don’t feel like you have to keep up with the latest trends. Just buy what is comfortable, practical for your lifestyle, and makes you feel beautiful.

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