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Casual Striped Tank Dress with Floral Scarf for an Evening by the Lake


Morning Friends

It was one of those  semi-relaxing weekends along with errands and blog work. We visited our favorite wine bar, The Cottage, where the pups are more than welcome – and the “fur”-niture is equally dog friendly. We began going to The Cottage years ago, as it is beside one of our favorite restaurants on the Lake, North Harbour Club. We popped in on a whim one afternoon, looking for a cute place to sit and have just a glass of wine and enjoy the view of the harbour and various boats.

The staff is so welcoming, we now tell the pups we are going to Grandma Trudys or to see Aunt Theresa.  What? You don’t talk to your dogs? 🙂  Regardless, it was a beautiful, cool night, with temps in the 70s and low humidity, and I would wear a very casual striped midi dress I bought from Target about 3 years ago.


This dress is light, its comfortable, and I loved the angeled grey and olive stripes making it a more flattering style. I don’t own many stripes in my closet, but the striped garments I do have are designed differently instead of the traditional horizontal striped pattern. My Ann Taylor striped skirt is another example of a different use of stripes.

As retailers are now showing Fall selections and colors. it is still Summer in the South. It may be throughout September. Regardless, I will later be showing you Fall clothing, but now I added just a touch of Fall to this outfit. I used my necktie scarf with oranges, rust, olive and deep purple to bring a bit of the “Fall Season” to you and create another interesting element in this look. Sure, I could have worn a long silver necklace, but I decided to incorporate “Pattern Mixing 101” with florals and stripes mixing in this look.

What is fun about fashion is experimenting and trying different things. Before blogging, I may have just grabbed the closet matching necklace to wear with this look. Try scarves, fabric belts as thin neck scarves, adding a brooch to your scarf, like I did HERE.

One of my favorite pair of summer sandals that have been getting a lot of wear, is the Andre Assous black leather pair, called The Cadence. These sandals with the platform base are so comfortable, perfect for wearing with summer dresses.

Adding a Jacket/Layer

As we head into Fall, a leather moto jacket and booties would work well to transition. I also wear my trusty denim jacket! The denim jacket is one of those “must have” items in your closet to wear throughout different seasons. A long cardigan or duster would add visual interest to this look. I would choose another Fall shade, perhaps taking color from the scarf. I have a rust orange long cardigan I would add as we transition to Fall for more color.

The Cottage etc. 

We had a lovely time, with Gibby and Truffles acting as “the greeters” at the entrance of the wine bar. Smiles, always accompany them wherever they go! My hubby and I enjoyed a medium bodied Tempranillo we had sampled a month or so before.

What made the weekend only semi- relaxing? Well, the photoshoot I had to do for Soft Surroundings, had to be done a second time. When we got home from taking the pictures, the camera card was corrupted! It was bound to happen at almost 5 years of blogging! But it meant I would want to go back there and take the photos again. Good thing I have a strong work ethic! 🙂 and everything did work out in the end.

Do you mix florals and stripes? How would you transition this look to Fall?

Apparently, I have had a love for scarves lately. If you missed these posts, have a look at how I added a scarf for a more interesting summer look.

Silk Scarf with Olive Dress

Neck Scarf with Floral Dress

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  • Reply
    August 30, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    I adore you style Jess – thanks for joining me on the #chicandstylish #linkup Jacqui Mummabstylish

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    August 28, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    Ooh, I love the diagonal stripe pattern on this dress! I am feeling inspired. Pinned. Thanks!


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      Jess Jannenga
      August 29, 2018 at 11:09 am

      Thank you Alexandra! For me, when i wear stripes it has to be something different. 🙂 xx

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    passion fruit, paws and peonies
    August 28, 2018 at 3:37 am

    Beautiful photos Jess! I love the Autumn colours in your outfit and the dress looks amazing with your lovely slim figure. Yes, of course I talk to my dogs haha and I love taking our dogs away with us too. It looks gorgeous there! xx Maria

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      Jess Jannenga
      August 28, 2018 at 11:12 am

      Hi Maria!
      Yes, it is one of our favorite places, great bottles of wine at very reasonable prices and I love the view. Glad you like the outfit! 🙂 xx

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    Amy Christensen
    August 27, 2018 at 10:49 pm

    What a great spot to relax and enjoy the view! Being by the water is always so therapeutic. You look fabulous, and that dress looks like one you could wear with so many different accessories, sweaters and jackets. Have a great week, Jess! – Amy

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      Jess Jannenga
      August 28, 2018 at 11:11 am

      Hi Amy! It really is. We go here often, a popular hang out because we can bring the doggies. Everyone loves them there and it is very relaxing. Thank you Amy! 🙂 xx

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    Lisa D.
    August 27, 2018 at 9:50 pm

    I would have never thought to put floral with stripe but it looks really good. And that dress is perfect on you.

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      Jess Jannenga
      August 28, 2018 at 11:13 am

      Thank you Lisa! I am going to try more pattern mixing in the Fall. 🙂 xx

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    August 27, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    Those darn blogging photos! So glad you were able to get back out there and re-shoot. I know how troubling it is to work so hard taking pictures only to see it differently on your computer or in your case, not at all. That’s one of those heart sinking feelings isn’t it? The color of your dress is beautiful and I love that the stripes aren’t the standard horizontal or vertical lines. Adds a bit more character and really attracts the eyes! Autumn is still ways away but I see so many sweaters coming out already. I guess you can never prepare too early! Lol

    Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

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      Jess Jannenga
      August 28, 2018 at 11:15 am

      Thank you Maureen, that is what I liked about this dress too, the directions of the stripes and the olive. Yes, happy to get the shoot done and we now have a new camera card! xx

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    August 27, 2018 at 9:24 am

    I love being adventurous in wearing prints like this, Jess!! What a wonderful evening (except for the corrupted camera card…eek!!)

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      Jess Jannenga
      August 27, 2018 at 9:56 am

      Thanks Jodie, we got a new card and went back to shoot the store. It all worked out. Yes, I do like to experiment! xx

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    August 27, 2018 at 4:39 am

    So pretty and perfect for your night out! The Cottage looks so lovely and Gibby and Truffles are precious! That is so neat that you can take them with you. I bet they love it. I am so jealous of your weather, it has been nothing but hot and humid here, I am always so ready for a change of weather right about this time but it never happens. Seems like we don;t get a break until the end of October or November, guess I’ll have t be patient. Sorry to hear about your corrupted photo – I have never experienced that but it’s good to know that;s a thing!
    Happy Monday gorgeous Jess!

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      Jess Jannenga
      August 27, 2018 at 9:56 am

      Thanks Kellyann! Since we go there often, I thought my hubby should include a picture. We do enjoy the people and the wine selection. Plus i do enjoy sitting on the Lake. I know what you mean as it is supposed to be hotter and more humid this week, but we had a week of unbelieveable 80 degree days with litle humidity.. that was heaven! xx

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    August 27, 2018 at 2:48 am

    Another fabulous outfit combo Jess – and I loved seeing Gibson and Truffles in their role as “greeters” 🙂 So precious!

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      Jess Jannenga
      August 27, 2018 at 9:54 am

      Thank you ! You know I try to get the puppies in there when possible! they love the place, they even wrestle when they are in there, thinking it must be Trudy’s living room. 😉 x

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