My Refined Linkup-#8 A Few Favorite Looks from May - Elegantly Dressed and Stylish
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My Refined Linkup-#8 A Few Favorite Looks from May


Hello everyone,

Since it took another 11 hours to come home from our visit, I put this together before we left, imagining I might need a few days to recover. Today I wanted to share with you some of my favorite styles from this past month of May. It is hard to believe it is June. I feel like this year is going by quickly. On to the fashion notes, there are some great trends I love right now: espadrilles, off the shoulder dresses and shirts, all of the new denim styles, ( kick crops and cullotes) I am still searching for.

Presently, I am in love with all things white, especially for the warm weather, as impractical as it may be some times. Jumpsuits and jumpers are on trend right now, and I will be sharing some jumper looks ( short jumpers) and dressing up the look. Today I am sharing looks that involve floral, off the shoulder, classic black white and red pairings, and military looks. I do love a romantic feminine style, but this takes on many looks.


This look I put together with a find from Poshmark. I was looking for a striped dress, but for me, it has to has something unique to the cut, or details that stand out to me. I love a black and white combo and the silver button detail with the rusching and the angle of the stripes at the waist. The pop of red with my new favorite block heels add some color to this classic color combo . You all know i love unique statement jewelry, this from ZARA as well. Leaning more again to trends, a floral clutch or bag, would be a fun mix of prints. If you were a bit bolder, try to mix patterns with a floral jacket if the weather isn’t too hot.


I dont wear all trends, but have had this dress for almost 8 years! What goes around comes around from LOFT. I am very fond of the off the shoulder look and am looking for others to add. I brought out the lilac color in the dress with my Coach handbag. Jambu footwear gifted me these Sugar Sandals. Memory foam, yes! The off the shoulder trend is very big this year in dresses and tops, balance the look of OTS tops with some cigarette trousers or ankle pants. Another fun trend if you are into denim looks this year is the off the shoulder top with some kick crop jeans!


This look was inspired by when I went to NYFW in the fall and saw Betsey Johnson show. Corsets were worn over shirts, and it gave me this idea. I do like corsets and there are quite a few pretty ones from White House Black Market. If you are one to be more modest or a bit more conservative with your dress, perhaps give this look a try! I am wearing a dotted sheer white blouse from LOFT under my floral pink and green corset. Adding another white piece, one of my favorite springy pieces from Ann Taylor,  my eyelet pencil skirt would do the trick. Last, I added my retro pink colored strappy flats to finish the look.


Another outfit showing a variety of looks and my fun with fashion.Inspiration came from this raw edged military jacket with a feminine shape  from LOFT that I have had for years. I love the metallic bronze buttons and added metallic earrings and went with a neutral look with the cargo pants and cognac Rebecca Minkoff bag. The fringe sandals and the cut of the jacket, shapely, not boxy, makes it fun and my style! Try the military jacket or style with white trousers or white jeans or pair it with trendy metallic sandals.

I just left it at 4 because, I know you too want to get to the linkup! Enjoy!

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Out of some of these trends, military, stripes, florals and white, which do you enjoy wearing or incorporate into your wardrobe?

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  • Coombe Mill
    Posted at 15:17h, 06 June Reply

    I love that striped dress #CreativeMondays

  • Ada
    Posted at 22:30h, 05 June Reply

    Three great dresses from May. I especially love how you styled the striped one and the white dress. I certainly own several bustiers.I will try that with one of my more fitted dresses. It is a great idea Jess. Thanks for the inspiration! And thank you for this awesome linkup, too.

    I would love for you to join my linkup and link this pretty outfit. A new linkup is LIVE every Thursday! Thanks and have a great new week ahead!

    Ada. =)

  • Dawn Lucy - Fashion Should Be Fun
    Posted at 18:36h, 05 June Reply

    Always gorgeous and fabulous!!!!

    Dawn Lucy

  • jennie1969
    Posted at 23:10h, 04 June Reply

    Very nice looks to feature his month, Jess! I really like the waist details to your striped dress and it looks wonderful with your red shoes. Also your corset look is so creative and pretty!

    Thanks for linking up with Fabulous Friday! Hope to see you back next week.


  • Michelle - The Barefaced Chic
    Posted at 12:56h, 04 June Reply

    I love anything with stripes so it isn’t surprising that I love that striped dress on you. It has a really unusual cut – love it.
    Michelle xx

  • Nicole
    Posted at 23:50h, 03 June Reply

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style.

  • cassidl
    Posted at 10:55h, 03 June Reply

    I do love that striped dress. Like you I want something unique but I have to admit I found one at forever 21 for 12.00. I create my own ruching around the middle by pulling it up and it seems to work.

  • Rena
    Posted at 02:41h, 03 June Reply

    Your favorites for May are my favorites as well (it would too hard to pick otherwise) You look stunning in all of them. Thank you for adding your post to my Powers The Flower link-up.


  • Lana
    Posted at 00:48h, 03 June Reply

    I’m loving all the florals this season – and your Loft dress is beautiful! Love all these looks on you! So pretty!

  • cheriejamesp
    Posted at 22:05h, 02 June Reply

    All of your May outfits are so great, but my favorite is the floral off the shoulder, so feminine and sweet Jess! Always a pleasure co-hosting with you!!


  • robjodiefilogomo
    Posted at 13:49h, 02 June Reply

    I always gravitate towards white in the summer too—so much so that I feel the need to not wear it because I think I’m overdoing it!!
    I wonder if it’s a newer thing though because my step mom (the 60’s model) doesn’t even have a white dress in her closet—so we’re on the hunt!

  • shelbeeontheedge1
    Posted at 12:03h, 02 June Reply

    I enjoy all the trends you mentioned! But definitely stripes and denim dominate my closet! My favorite is that striped dress and those fabulous red shoes!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:04h, 02 June Reply

      Thank you Shelbee! I will wear stripes if there is something unqiue about them like the rusching and directional stripes, and the shoes I loved right from the beginning! x

  • happinessatmidlife
    Posted at 09:48h, 02 June Reply

    I love the stripe dress on you!

    Thank you for hosting and hope you are having a fab week!


    Hope to see you for TBT Fashion link up.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:05h, 02 June Reply

      Thank you Alice! Yes, it is a fun dress to wear. Yes, enjoying the week but too darn hot already! xx

  • Andrea Nine
    Posted at 07:39h, 02 June Reply

    Your May was Magnificent!! LOVE all your looks but the Floral, Flirty dress and stripes were my favorite!!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:08h, 02 June Reply

      Aww, thanks friend! I am a girly girl mostly, what can I say? Enjoy the week xx

  • Suzy Turner
    Posted at 06:35h, 02 June Reply

    I love that girlie off the shoulder dress on you. It’s totally cute!
    Suzy x

  • nancy
    Posted at 06:27h, 02 June Reply

    I think I love the striped dress the most. You’ve got such a great taste for bags! thank you for hosting. Hope to see you tomorrow on Fancy Friday.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:07h, 02 June Reply

      Thank you Nancy, just came back from an 11 hour car ride, and playing some catch up! Ill do my best And I am a bag girl for sure, but always firnd deals 🙂 x

  • Sheree
    Posted at 01:11h, 02 June Reply

    Love the recap, my fav is the floral off the shoulder Jess!! I’m co-hosting Thursday Fashion Files Linkup with Jill and Carrie hope you can stop by and share your styles.

    xo Sheree
    IG: @poshclassymom

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:09h, 02 June Reply

      Thank you Sheree, I think me too! It is light and cool, which is what we need right now! I will do my best,! yes. xx

  • Andrea@WellnessNotes
    Posted at 00:16h, 02 June Reply

    Fabulous May looks, Jess!

    I love the black & white dress! I am pretty obsessed with stripes, and the interesting angled stripes at the waist add just the right interest!

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:06h, 02 June Reply

      Thank you Andrea! That is what I liked about the dress too! Enjoy your week! x

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