Summer – Accessories Can Make the Look - Elegantly Dressed and Stylish
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Summer – Accessories Can Make the Look

Wouldn’t it be strange to see outfits without the accessories? Kind of bland huh? When the heat is on, you don’t have to wear alot of jewelry, but keep in mind the accessories that can make a look. In this outfit, it is my new brown belt. Where did I buy it, you say? Mango, of course!

Mom is here in Charlottte unti the 20th. We are enjoying showing her around the city and places we love to go. Had a great time at Rocketman, the Elton John movie, and we all kicked up our feet at the theatre, which brings food and drinks while you watch the show. I loved learning more about one of my favorite singers and hearing those tunes. Its always fascinating to me how  a musician gets started.

I’ve started to play my guitar more, as these things motivate me, but boy, I need my calluses back!

My Outfit

I’ve had this rust maxi dress in my closet for a number of years, and I like the bit of air conditioning, ahem, slits in the front. The style cn be worn on or off the shoulder, and I tend to prefer when I have that option.

I accessorized with this thick brown leather belt that caught my eye and I knew it would accompany many of my neutral dresses for summer. I will also pair it with a white linen blouse and tan linen pants adding a bit more rich color.

This woven straw bag I picked up on Poshmark, ( thrifted) for about $15! I love it styled with the belt like they were meant to be together.

I seem to prefer lately earrings with a cuff or bracelet, as sometimes it feels too hot for necklaces. I am wearing tortoise and gold earrings gifted by Soft Surroundings.

My Andre Assous espadrilles were gifted last year, and I loved the shiny gold band on the shoes.

There are plenty of dresses that have the cloth belt but adding a more textured belt elevates the look.



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  • thestylesplash
    Posted at 09:06h, 18 June Reply

    I love this colour on you Jess! And the accessories are fabulous! Thanks for linking up!

    Emma xxx

  • Nicole of High Latitude Style
    Posted at 00:54h, 16 June Reply

    This color looks so great on you! The belt is perfect with the dress. Thanks for sharing your look at the Top of the World Style linkup party.

  • Mel's 2nd Act
    Posted at 20:39h, 14 June Reply

    Fun post Jess! I like learning a little more about you. First, I always accessorize. It’s like something is missing if I don’t. That whole outfit is great on you. Working on getting my waist back so I can wear those belts too:).
    Have fun visiting with your Mom!
    Visiting from the Midlife Blogging Community on FB

    Xx Melanie

  • Gail Hanlon
    Posted at 14:38h, 12 June Reply

    Love the belt Jess, I love wide statement belts. They really add some drama and individuality. Thanks for joining #WowOnWednesday!

  • Noel
    Posted at 09:49h, 12 June Reply

    It is quite beautiful, Jess. Sleek summer style with elegance and poise. Have a great day, hon!

  • Rosemary Davis
    Posted at 06:57h, 12 June Reply


    Accessories do add that ultimate wow factor to any outfit.
    Today’s outfit is stunning…I love all your choices in accessories!

    xoxo dSs

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:55h, 17 June Reply

      Thank you Rosemary! I am looking for a lighter thick belt like this, but thought this one would go with so much! xx

  • fiercefashion
    Posted at 13:57h, 11 June Reply

    You’re wearing one of my favorite colors! If I had a small waist, I’d opt for a belt like that, too!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:25h, 12 June Reply

      Thank you Kim! I love rust and many of the other spicy colors 🙂 xx

  • Ruth
    Posted at 23:29h, 10 June Reply

    You accessories make the look. I love that belt and those earrings are so pretty!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:30h, 11 June Reply

      Thank you Ruth. I don’t buy many belts, but saw that brown belt and thought it would go with much in my closet for summer. xx

  • Aimee Carlson
    Posted at 21:48h, 10 June Reply

    Love all the styling tips!!

  • Neti
    Posted at 21:06h, 10 June Reply

    Love this color on You and Yes. . .accessories are game changers. I really need to step up my game.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:31h, 11 June Reply

      Thank you Neti! I love al of the spicy colors and the rust color is one of my favorites. I do enjoy jewlery and this belt did make an impression on me. xx

  • Susan
    Posted at 15:22h, 10 June Reply

    Jess, first of all, you look fabulous! Your hair, the color of the outfit, the accessories, all look amazing! And, second, my friend was recently diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos after so many missed diagnosis, and I know it’s a difficult illness and I admire your tenacity! Hope you enjoy your time with your mom!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:33h, 11 June Reply

      Thanks so much Susan. It can be tricky in the summer, as it gets mightly hot here and I just want to through my hair up in a ponytail! Oh, I have found some ladies too, that know someone with EDS, I don’t think it is diagnosed often. Best wishes to your friend. Thank you! xx

  • LadyPamelaRose
    Posted at 13:28h, 10 June Reply

    You took a fabulous dress and made it even better with your accessories! Very well put together (and if this is you in the photos, you are gorgeous!).

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:32h, 11 June Reply

      Hi Pamela!
      Thank you. I am not a big fan of the cloth belts that come with dresses, but I thought this one would amplify the look. Yep, its me! Thank you so much for your lovely comment. xx

  • Jodie
    Posted at 09:17h, 10 June Reply

    I do love how accessories seem to change up an outfit so well Jess!!!
    This is gorgeous on you,

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:07h, 10 June Reply

      Hi Jodie, thanks so much! I loved this belt as the style goes so well with many of my neutral outfits. Have a great day! xx

  • Suzy Turner
    Posted at 06:53h, 10 June Reply

    Gorgeous outfit, Jess! I do love that belt and those sandals. Gorgeous <3
    Suzy xxx

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:14h, 10 June Reply

      Thank you Suzy! I used to not wear belts, but couldn’t resist this one! I love espadrilles throughout the summer. Have a great day! xx

  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 04:42h, 10 June Reply

    Great outfit and yes the accessories make it! That brown belt is so pretty and totally looks like it was meant for that straw bag (good find!). The slits in the dress are so terrific for the hot summer weather.
    Glad you enjoyed Rocketman – such a sad life, huh? Our son is teaching himself the guitar and we’re enjoying listening to him pluck around on it – he’s learning Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here, it’s fun!
    Enjoy your time with your mom!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:33h, 10 June Reply

      Thank you Kellyann! I thought they would work well together. Yes, I didn’t know about Elton John’s background, so it was an interesting story as well as loving the songs. Thats great your son is interested in the guitar! Have a great day! xx

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