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What to Wear to Dinner When You’re At the Beach

Happy Monday friends,

I hope you had a fantastic weekend. Here the sun was shining and it was a rather relaxing weekend for us.  I suppose I have Summer on my mind, when it is officially here 2 days from now!  When do you start to think about what to pack for your summer beach vacation?

Well, I know I start to think about what I am going to pack  well in advance. I hope to write a post on what I pack, but in the meantime, when I selected this dress from my closet, I thought it was the perfect dress to wear to dinner for a beach vacation.  You all have heard me talk about Karina dresses before, as they are among my favorite easy-care-, easy -wear dresses. When I am on vacation, I want something easy, and love something where I can just add accessories, put on some sandals and go… seafood here I come! We will be going in July and I then later share our trip on the blog.

One thing I want when I am packing is a garment that won’t wrinkle. ( sorry linen!) These dresses are light, don’t wrinkle and won’t take up much space in the luggage. Since we are going to the beach, ( Tybee Island in Savannah, GA) I love to wear some blue hues; since this dress has blues and brown tones.. think surf and sand!

This dress fulfilled both of those needs, as the light and darker blue swirls mixed with the greens and brown tones. I also don’t like to pack much jewelry when I travel, so I try and bring pieces I can wear with other outfits. This Ernesto Barcelona wooden necklace, bracelet and earrings set has a beach/sea/land vibe so I knew I would be paring it with this dress.  The sandals are Steve Madden from DSW and I loved the braided straps and platform espadrille look. The platform makes them easy to walk and go with much in my closet.  If I wanted an even more casual look, I could wear my white leather puma sneakers for walking around the town.

If you aren’t comfortable baring your arm in a sundress, then a light cardi would work as would a simple white tee under the dress.

Details c/0 Audrey- Karina Dress, Ernesto Barcelona jewelry c/0, bag: Zara, watch Frankie c/o Jord

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Have a great day!

Jess xo

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What do you like to pack for a beach dinner?


  • Vanity And Me Style
    Posted at 15:44h, 02 July Reply

    The dress is gorgeous Jess. Lovely colour x

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:40h, 03 July Reply

      Thank you Laurie! I will be taking this with me to the beach soon. xx

  • Chrissy
    Posted at 22:24h, 28 June Reply

    You look beautiful. I love the way the dress fits you and the accessories are right on point. Finding a dress that is easy care and doesn’t wrinkle is a great addition to a beach trip. Thank you for sharing and for linking up with the Thursday Moda.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:07h, 29 June Reply

      Thank you Chrissy! Karina dresses are some of my favorite! I am so ready for the beach! xx

  • thestylesplash
    Posted at 06:04h, 27 June Reply

    I love the print of this dress, the colours are beautiful. I’ve decided I’m only taking clothes on holiday that don’t crease from now on becuase I can never be bothered to iron, so I end up not wearing anything that wrinkles, and that’s a waste of case space. Karina dresses are brilliant for travelling, I may need to add to my collection of one! I tend to favour wooden jewellery on holiday too, it just goes with everything. Love the matching set you’re wearing!

    Emma xxx

  • clairejustine
    Posted at 14:08h, 25 June Reply

    Lovely outfit Jess, love your sandals 🙂 Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:19h, 26 June Reply

      Thank you! They are a new favorite pair 🙂

  • dousedinpink
    Posted at 08:25h, 25 June Reply

    The print of your dress is gorgeous! Love that you styled it with the wood accessories! Perfect for a beach vacation!

    Doused In Pink

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:06h, 25 June Reply

      Thank you Jill! I am so ready for our trip, Ill be taking it on vacation as I love to wear blues and whites at the beach. 🙂 xx

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:21h, 26 June Reply

      Thank you Jill, I will be taking it to Savannah in a few weeks! xx

  • Gail Henderson
    Posted at 02:45h, 25 June Reply

    Great dress Jess – the colour really suits you. Love the shoes too. Xx

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:51h, 25 June Reply

      Thank you Gail! I’ll be taking it on the Summer vacation in a few weeks. Have a lovely day! xx

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:06h, 25 June Reply

      Thank you Gail. I love Karina dresses, and this color scheme I thought would be just right for the beach. Have a great day! xx

  • Nicole Mölders
    Posted at 00:51h, 25 June Reply

    This dress looks great on you. Its colors are perfect with your skin tone and hair color. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style party!

  • Elle
    Posted at 15:58h, 23 June Reply

    I love that dress on you and that print is divine! My favorite so far from Karina! I am also loving the wood necklace and watch, a great organic element to add to this lovely ensemble ! The simple white bag is perfect too! Enjoy the beach and use your SPF! 🙂
    xx, Elle

  • Anna Marcus
    Posted at 07:06h, 21 June Reply

    You are so right about taking clothes that does not need ironing Jess. This dress is made for vacations

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:41h, 21 June Reply

      Thank you Anna! Hubby and I go on vacation in a couple of weeks and I will be bringing a few Karina dresses so I don’t have to iron or iron much on vacation! xx

  • jacqui
    Posted at 14:36h, 20 June Reply

    Fabulous outfit. Jess you have an amazing array of outfits, how do you fit them in your wardrobe??? Have you got plenty of storage, that’s one thing I long for when my new house is built (heaven knows when that is) Nice to see your blog. x Jacqui

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 15:01h, 20 June Reply

      Thank you Jacqui, I have a good amount of clothes, you are right. I am being pickier about about what I want to add to my closet! I keep winter/fall stuff in one room’s closet, and spring/summer in my main closet. Its not that big, so things are kinda stuffed. In our next house, that will be a requirment, but at the same stuff, I don’t need much!

  • Ada
    Posted at 12:15h, 20 June Reply

    Such a pretty dress, perfect for dinner by the beach. Love your jewelry as always. And oh my I love surf+turf.

    P.S. Did I miss this week’s linkup Jess?! Do come by Thursday and don’t forget to linkup with me as well. Thanks, Ada. =)

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:25h, 20 June Reply

      Hi Ada, today is the linkup. I come by Thursday as always! I will be there 🙂 Thank you, so lad you love the oufit, and I am looking forward to some delicious seafood! xx

  • Patti
    Posted at 15:01h, 19 June Reply

    Surf and sand – a great description of your getaway, and this gorgeous Karina dress. And the accessories too! Thanks for linking up, xox,


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:24h, 20 June Reply

      Thank you Patti! I am so ready for vacation! Seems we all need a change of scenery from time to time… 🙂 and good food… beach etc…xx

  • Suzy Turner (@suzy_turner)
    Posted at 11:32h, 19 June Reply

    You look gorgeous, Jess! I never really have to worry about what to wear to a beach vacation because we only ever go on holiday in the winter months!!!
    Suzy xx

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:38h, 19 June Reply

      That really is the smart thing to do Suzy! I know it will be hot when we go next month.. but the beach awaits! xx

  • Jodie
    Posted at 08:54h, 19 June Reply

    That’s a smart way to think about what to take to wear on vacation, Jess!!
    And the colors in this dress make it so perfect for the summer!!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:58h, 19 June Reply

      Thanks Jodie! I try not to pack alot, because let’s face it, when you are at the beach, how many articles of clothing do you need. I’ll probably write about packing for our Savannah trip soon. I loved the bright colors in this dress as well. xx

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