Four Casual Summer Outfits + 3 Pairs of Great Shorts!

Casual Summer Outfits

Casual Summer Outfits

Ohhh yes, we’ve got a warm week ahead, and I’ve got four perfect casual summer outfits for it, full of many summer staples!  For today’s post I’m partnering with Nordstrom, and since they have some of the best staples I’m really excited to share them with you.  Here we go!

SIZING: I’m 5’6″ and usually S/M or 6/8 in clothes, 8.5 to 9 in shoes.


Summer Outfit: Striped Tee + Jean Shorts + Cognac Tote + Sandals Striped Tee + Jean Shorts + Cognac Tote + Sandals Cognac Tote + Cognac Earrings + Jean Shorts + Striped Tee

Denim Shorts + Striped or Plain White Tee + Tan Accessories
I usually add tan accessories to this really basic combo to make it a little more interesting and to help ground it a bit.

Denim shorts are a summer staple, but it’s hard for me to find a great pair!  I want them to be longer than 3″, have a wide enough leg opening to not squeeze my thighs (which for me means a 23-24″ leg opening) , and be comfortable.  Well, THESE ARE WINNERS!

They’re on the expensive side, but you’re getting what you pay for.  Not only do they have a 3.5″-4″ inseam and a leg opening of 23″ (!!), they are stretchy and sooo soft!  I didn’t even know denim shorts could be soft until a couple months ago, and now I’m never turning back!  See the shorts HERE.

I also NEED to tell you about these sandals.  I got them last year and paid more than I’d ever paid for sandals.  Usually I buy cheap $16 sandals, but these were so, so, soooooo worth the money!  They have a cushioned footbed, rubber sole, and soft, flexible leather.  They are SO DARN COMFORTABLE.  I wear these for all-day walking.  They’re a great sub when you need comfy shoes but it’s too hot for sneakers!

My exact pair is from last year, but they have an updated version this summer that is just as comfy HERE and they’re ON SALE!!!  They come in tan, metallic leather, black, blush, and white.  PMTers have been telling me they LOVE them, so catch them HERE!

Shop for the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (exact–wearing size XS)
Shorts: Nordstrom (exact–wearing size 29)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)
Sandals: Born (this year’s version–wearing size 9)


Casual Summer Outfit: Black Twist Tee + Linen Shorts + Cognac Bag + SandalsLinen Shorts + Black Twist Tee + Bib Necklace + Cognac Bag Cognac Bag + Black Tee + Green Linen Shorts + SunniesOlive Shorts + Black Twist Tee + Bib Necklace + Sandals

Olive Shorts + Black Top + Gold Necklace
While denim shorts are a no-brainer summer staple, I actually wear olive utility shorts more!  These are lighter weight than denim shorts.  They are made of linen which is breathable and keeps you cooler on humid summer days.

These have a 3″ inseam, but since I wear them lower on the hip, they seem longer than 3″.  The leg opening is 25″, and the rise is 10.5″.  Wearing size M.  Small fit, but I preferred M around my hips.  If you’re unsure of sizing, just order two sizes like I did, since Nordstrom offers free shipping and free return shipping!  🙌🏽  They come in tons of colors and prints HERE!  I’m tempted to get the chambray pair and the Ikat pair too.  😀

And PSA: this twist tee is on sale for $13!!  I have it in 4 colors and it’s one of my most-worn pieces because it’s so easy to wear!  I wear size XS but could also wear S for a looser fit.  Scoop it up in black, white, or grey HERE!

(I remixed the black twist tee 3 ways for spring/fall HERE.)

I added a subtle pop of leopard with these sandals!  Mine are old, but there’s an almost identical pair HERE in a classic Sam Edelman style that has a bit of cushion in the footbed.

Shop for the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (exact–wearing size XS)
Shorts: Nordstrom (exact–wearing size M)
Bag: c/o Sole Society (exact)
Sandals: Old Navy (super similar)
Necklace: Nordstrom


Blue Maxi Dress + Turquoise Necklace + Cognac Bag + SandalsBlue Maxi Dress + Cognac Bag + Turquoise Jewelry Cognac Bag + Turquoise Necklace + Blue Summer Maxi Dress Sandals + Maxi Dress + Cognac Cross Body + Gold Earrings

Comfy Maxi Dress
You would think maxi dresses wouldn’t be great for casual style, but this one is soft and feels like pajamas.  Because maxi dresses are longer, I don’t feel self-conscious bending down or moving around a lot to do things with my kids!

I’ve had this dress in black and in a blue print for 3 years and continue to wear them each summer.  I’d been resisting the blue one for the last couple years, but I finally caved–it’s too pretty of a blue!!  And yes, you have to wear a strapless bra with this.  Last year I found this bra by Natori that I LOVE.  It was the first strapless bra that I didn’t hate or have to constantly adjust.  A strapless bra that stays in place?  Who’da thunk?

See the dress in several colors HERE.  I wear size S.  See the strapless bra HERE.

Also, this crossbody bag is another piece I’ve had for over 3 years and continues to be a go-to each summer.  I’m sooo glad it’s back again this summer, and you can find it HERE!  See some outfits I’ve worn it with HERE.

Shop for the Look:
Dress: Nordstrom (exact, also exact–wearing size S)
Necklace: Nordstrom
Bag: c/o Sole Society (exact)
Sandals: Target (similar)


Yellow Peplum Top + White Necklace + White Shorts + Cognac Tote + Sandals Yellow Peplum + White Shorts + Tan Sandals + Cognac Tote + White Pendant White Shorts + Yellow Peplum Top + Cognac Bag Yellow Peplum Top + Sandals + White Shorts + Cognac Bag

White Shorts + Top with Details
When I can’t rely on layers in the summer to make outfits more interesting, I make sure my tops have interesting details. The color, stripes, and peplum detail of this yellow peplum top help with that!   And confession: this top is a current obsession right now.  It’s also soooo soft!  It comes in 7 solid colors, this yellow stripe, and a black and white stripe HERE.

Lastly, white shorts are a summer must for me.  They freshen up all tops!  I already own a pair of white shorts, but they are distressed and sometimes I want a cleaner look.  Lucky for me, Nordstrom’s on a roll with shorts!  These have a 4.5″ inseam, 24″ leg opening, and 9″ rise.   And of course, they’re soft and stretchy which is now a requirement for any pair of denim shorts I own!

I’m usually a size 8 in shorts to accommodate my thighs, but I’m wearing 27 in these which is equivalent to size 6.  Find them in white or pink HERE.

Shop for the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (exact–wearing size S)
Shorts: Nordstrom (exact–wearing size 27)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)
Sandals: Target (similar–sooo comfy; similar)
Necklace: Nordstrom


This post was created in partnership with Nordstrom


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  • Reply
    June 12, 2018 at 6:04 am

    Do you dry clean the maxi dress? Just wondering if you’d tried and had any luck with hand washing or machine washing on gentle cycle. Thanks!

    • Reply
      Audrey @ Putting Me Together
      June 12, 2018 at 7:58 am

      I do not dry clean anything unless it’s a fancy party dress. 😀 I always hand wash or machine wash on the “hand wash” cycle and air dry this dress.

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    June 12, 2018 at 10:22 am

    Just wanted to say thank you for the twist tee recommendation. While the baby weight came right off after my first, it has stubbornly stuck around this second time. I do not want to invest in a bunch of new bigger bottoms, so having a top that’s cute and camouflages some mom bod/muffin top is oh so helpful. Also got a few Old Navy swing dresses on sale to get me through the summer. By fall I will be back in my jeans! I hope!

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      Audrey @ Putting Me Together
      June 12, 2018 at 11:01 am

      I’m so glad to hear that you like them! I almost exclusively wore the twist tees during my first few weeks postpartum. I mean…honestly, that’s not that different from before being pregnant because I wear them so much, haha! And yay for the Old Navy swing dress! If you need some jeans that you’ll be able to wear now and later, try the Ab-solution Wit & Wisdom jeans. The Ab-solution line (different from their regular line) has elastic panels in the waistband. The W&W brand also has an offshoot called Democracy that also has the Ab-solution tech in some jeans. You can find Democracy brand at a discount at Nordstrom Rack and I think Marshall’s.

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    Erica Autumn
    June 12, 2018 at 10:31 am

    The slim fit distressed denim shorts from Old Navy are super comfy and soft as well. I just bought them a few weeks ago and they are the only shorts I want to wear! 4 inch inseam and nice lighter wash for casual summer looks.

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      Audrey @ Putting Me Together
      June 12, 2018 at 10:58 am

      Thanks for the rec! I tried a pair of Old Navy shorts a few weeks ago, but I didn’t like them. They were tight and shorter and not as soft as the BLANK NYC ones, but I need to check my order to remember which ones they were. And I’ll have to check the pair you said!

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    June 12, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    Do you get holes with the madewell tees? I just had to return four of them after wearing them only 1 time! 🙁 I loved your recommendation on the tees and they are such a comfortable fit. Wondering if you do anything to prevent them?

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      Audrey @ Putting Me Together
      June 13, 2018 at 8:30 am

      Hi Dee! I haven’t yet, but it seems to be pretty common with the Madewell tees, or any tissue tees like this, unfortunately. I’m kind of awaiting the day mine will have holes. However, four tees for you after wearing them one time seems more frequent/quicker than usual! Do you wear belts? Maybe those are making them get holes quicker?

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    June 13, 2018 at 7:39 am

    I have always wondered, for tees like the striped above do you actually tuck it or do you just fold it over to look like a tuck? I like the look but, I never find the tops long enough to actually tuck. We are the same height so was just curious!

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      Audrey @ Putting Me Together
      June 13, 2018 at 8:38 am

      I tuck them and pull them out as much as I can. I have a short torso, but also these Madewell tees are pretty long.

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    June 13, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    are wrinkles an issue with the linen shorts?

    • Reply
      Audrey @ Putting Me Together
      June 13, 2018 at 12:33 pm

      Yes! They wrinkle a lot, but what you see in the pics above is them at their wrinkliest. (Is that a word? haha!)

  • Reply
    June 13, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    I LOVE that maxi! but the floral isn’t available in my size! 🙁 I feel like it may work, I usually order from old navy online for their tall sizes, but this may work, it looks pretty long!

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      Audrey @ Putting Me Together
      June 13, 2018 at 3:56 pm

      The measurement is on Nordstrom’s site so you can know for sure if it’ll be long enough! Can’t remember off the top of my head though, sorry! And I think they don’t count the length of the straps, so measure from your chest.

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    Kelly Hayes
    June 15, 2018 at 9:38 am

    do you think you could wear a regular bra with the maxi dress?

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