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Fashion Formula

Last summer, I started a small series called Fashion Formula where I shared with you some of my go-to combinations when I’m looking for an easy, fail-proof look. These are my formulaic solutions for those days with fashion questions. I’ve shared formulas for summer weekend casual, 4th of July festive look, and fall weekend casual.

I seem to use these simple formulas especially in the warmer months when, for me, my style seems to simplify and become less fussy with more of a focus on ease and comfort and practicality.

Summer Casual Formula

As the temperatures rise and we near the summer months, I can already tell today’s look is one I will be replicating plenty this summer…

This outfit was totally inspired by this awesome Kendra Scott gunmetal jewelry I found at Nordstrom, For some reason, this teal color and gunmetal combination had eluded my eyes before. But when I was browsing Nordstrom’s wide-array of jewelry, these pieces jumped off the screen at me! I love that I can turn to Nordstrom to find jewelry inspiration at any time of year for any occasion. Check out some of my favorite jewelry pieces from this collection here:

With this jewelry itself making this look pop, I kept the rest of the look quite simple. I squelched my natural instincts to inject more color and pattern in order to allow this edgy Kendra Scott gunmetal jewelry to take the spotlight. In fact, I was inspired by my sister Kelli who rocks neutrals (particularly black) like no one else.

So, here’s the formula:

Black Shift Dress + Denim Jacket + Sneakers + Statement Jewelry = Summer Casual Look

This was such an easy look to wear around town for a day of errands and such. I’ll definitely be wearing it tons this summer – and you can too! I’ve linked to several options for each element of the formula below – little black dress, denim jacket, sneakers, and of course the jewelry. There are affordable / inexpensive options for each.

Above all, add some fresh statement jewelry to your wardrobe this summer. It will definitely help elevate everyday basics that you already own.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this look. Thanks as always for supporting Wear + Where + Well and the brands that make this possible. I hope you have a great Monday!

PS – It’s Monday, so be sure to check out an updated edition of Carrie Curates – my weekly top ten picks, located halfway down the homepage. And as always, keep an eye on the Wear + Where + Well boutique for the top 100 items I’m currently loving.

Photos by Maritere Rice; Thank you to Nordstrom for partnering on this article. 

Details of My Look

Splendid pleat back shift dress (also available in pink and white; also like this black dress and this very inexpensive option) | Kendra Scott ‘Gwendolyn’ collar necklace | Kendra Scott ‘Layden’ pendant necklace | Kendra Scott ‘Lawson’ openwork cuff  | Madewell denim jacket (older; similar here) | Golden Goose Deluxe Brand sneakers (similar here; inexpensive options here and here) | Fendi cat-eye sunglasses | Chaenl handbag | Nars ‘jungle red’ lipstick | similar nail polish


  1. Jennifer says:

    Love this, Carrie! Love this collection and that turquoise is just so vibrant! You styled it perfectly and look adorable! Have a great week ahead!

    xo, Jennifer

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks, Jennifer! I love turquoise in general. I think I’ll get a lot of wear from these pieces as I mix and match them with everyday basics.

  2. Bella B says:

    I just adore this!! I love all the pieces they are so fun and such a great colour!!


    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks so much, Bella!

  3. Kelsey Bang says:

    those necklaces are super cool! very chic and cute summer look!

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    1. Carrie says:

      Aren’t they fun? I couldn’t resist the turquoise. Thanks, Kelsey!

  4. Sydney says:

    What a stunning collection! I am really drawn to the turquoise colours. I have definetly used that formula for an easy fast and reliable outfit!


    1. Carrie says:

      Isn’t the turquoise a nice touch? Thanks a bunch, Sydney!

  5. Nina says:

    Black and turquoise is always such a fab combination! I love the gunmetal as a little something different, as well.

    xo Nina

    1. Carrie says:

      Exactly, Nina! I’m glad you agree. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day, friend.

  6. Jenn Lake says:

    Loving the way you styled these beautiful pieces! Happy Monday!

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks a bunch, Jenn! Have a great day.

  7. Isabella says:

    Oh wow i love these look! The necklace is such a cool detail! Love turquoise!

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks, Isabella! I’m so glad you like. Turquoise is one of my favorite colors too.

  8. Merritt Beck says:

    I’m in love with the bracelet you’re wearing! The turquoise stands out so much against the black dress! Stunning!
    xx, Merritt
    The Style Scribe

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks a bunch, Merritt! Hope you have a great day.

      PS – let me know what you think about BBG! Week 3 starts today for me.

  9. Erin says:

    Love all of your turquoise choices. Turquoise is my favorite! xx, Erin – http://www.stylebythepeople.com

    1. Carrie says:

      Same here, Erin! Next to pink, turquoise is probably my favorite color. So glad you like.

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks a bunch!

  10. Hello Carrie,
    Love the turquoise, but it could sound too much “holidays”. You have found a great way to mix them. I would say that navy blue , for the dress, is an alternative. Lovely day/.


    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks so much for visiting!

  11. Ivana Radman says:

    I like a lot those sunglasses and bag!! 😀

    1. Carrie says:

      Hi Ivana! I’m glad you like. Thanks for visiting.

  12. Maddy says:

    Turquoise is my favorite, especially for summer. I love how you chose a simple outfit to truly let the jewelry shine.

    xo, Maddy

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks so much, Maddy! That’s exactly what I was going for.

  13. welovefur says:

    Great selection of jewelry. Turquoise on total black is really a winning choice
    I love your style and your blog too.
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    a lot of kisses

    1. Carrie says:

      Ah, many thanks! Yes, it’s hard to go wrong with that combo.

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