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summer dress

It’s time for a summer dress  and the My Refined Style Fashion Over 40 Linkup #10!

summer dress

I love dresses and summer is the perfect time to wear them. This black and white sundress really caught my eye. The white design contrasts so well against the black back drop. The full circle cut is also extremely figure flattering.

summer dress

I am not usually a fan of spaghetti straps, so I paired my dress with a flowing jersey vest that I picked up from The Loft several years ago. I find that a simple vest, like this one, comes in handy to pull together a lot of my summer outfits.

summer dress

I am wearing the vest two ways. First, I tied it at the waist to follow the natural line of the dress.

summer dress

Then, I allowed the vest to flow free and belted it in the middle to better define my waist.

Just because my outfit was black and white doesn’t mean I couldn’t add a huge heap of color with my accessories…that’s the beauty of a simple color palette. I added some multi-colored shell and bead jewelry made in the Philippines…and finished the look off with a fabulous turquoise and silver ring.

summer dress

I have both of my kids together for the rest of the summer, so I am one happy mama! I hope you are also making wonderful memories. Now, let’s get to the My Refined Style Linkup. I’m excited to see what everyone has in store for us this month!

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  1. What a great summer dress and love the necklace with it.

    Thank you for being a part of TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you soon!


  2. Sheela Goh says:

    Your dress is lovely, Shellie, but it’s your accessories which have captured my heart this time around 🙂 xoxo

  3. CidStyleFile says:

    Cute look, so comfy and cool. I have a link up too called #UntamedStyle. Come take a look and linkup at CidStyleFile.com

  4. You and your outfit look just gorgeous, fun and elegant. I love the style and the vest is icing on the cake.

  5. I love your dress! Thank you so much for the link up!

  6. Michele says:

    Your looks always inspire me. I love dresses too, but am kind of stuck with Maxis due to a huge scar from a knee replacement that is still red and bumpy. I also don’t go sleeveless, despite my swimming I have lots of arm jiggles! I love the vest over the dress, and can do that with short sleeves as well.

  7. Love the feminine style and the fun pictures!. So joyful. Thanks for hosting. xo Sabina

  8. Cute dress, Shellie and that vest is such a great idea!

  9. I’m crazy about your colourful bracelets and necklace with that outfit! The colours are so cheery and happy, and you look beautiful. xx

  10. Nicole says:

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style.

  11. Love the way you’ve added the vest to make a bra wearable!

  12. Very nice dress. I love it paired with the vest!

  13. jessjess says:

    Love the dress Shellie! I am such a big fan of design or embroidery on dresses and I love the white pattern on yours. Those cat eye sunnies are divine! Love and the colorful accessories look perfect with this look!
    Thanks for linking up with My Refined Style!
    jess xx

  14. Trina says:

    Shellie, adorable dress for summer! Love how you styled the vest with it. With having my daughter and her husband moving back to our home town and talking our son into moving home for the summer, I also have my entire family here for the summer so I totally relate to how your happy momma heart is feeling. Enjoy every minute my friend!

    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      I have been following your family time on Instagram, Trina. That new grand baby is just around the corner!

  15. Dawn Lucy says:

    What a pretty dress and I thought the vest was part of it! What a great idea and you look lovely! Always a pleasure hosting with you! <3

    Dawn Lucy

  16. jodie says:

    That’s such a great idea with the vest to cover the straps….I thought it was part of the dress until you said that!! Just brilliant!!

    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      Thanks Jodie! I never accept an outfit at face value…always thinking of ways I can make just about anything work for me.

  17. Andrea Nine says:

    What an amazing dress on the MOST beautiful gal!! LOVE the pops of bright jewelry!

  18. Love this pretty dress and the added vest is such a nice touch! Thanks for the link up. 🙂


  19. Red Reticule says:

    Such a fun look! I love how you kept the outfit to neutral colors and added some playful and vibrant elements with the jewelry.
    Red Reticule

    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      Thanks! Although I love color, my wardrobe does seem to revolve around a monochromatic palette.