It may have been a few months since we last posted on the blog, but I can promise you: this list of summer outfit ideas is worth the wait. We have been working HARD behind the scenes to launch our summer collection and I have to be honest with you, it's my favourite one to date. Whether your summer plans are filled with wedding invitations or casual brunch dates with your girlfriends, we have created the perfect feminine staples for every occasion.
What do we mean by wardrobe staples? Here at Betty x Bow, we believe in creating a conscious capsule wardrobe. If the thought of a capsule wardrobe makes you sweat, don't worry! We aren't strict and we won't make you keep five t-shirts and donate the rest. What we do believe in, however, is being intentional with each piece you add to your closet. As a small business based in Ottawa, we don't have the luxury of coming up with 412 pieces in every collection. Instead, we add just a few of what we are sure will be your new favourites, and show you how to wear them just about anywhere.
Enough small talk, let's get to what you came for...
The Lola Jumpsuit: Best for Busy Summer Days
Do you remember back in the day when you would grab your cosmo magazine and it would show you how to go from day to night but neither outfit looked quite right? Enter: The Lola Jumpsuit.
When I designed the Lola, I wanted to make sure it was comfortable, yet elevated. I wanted to make sure my customers would feel equally comfortable spending the day shopping at the farmer's market as they would heading out to drinks with their girlfriends. The Vanilla colour makes for the perfect neutral, the wide leg style makes it incredibly easy to dress up, and a TENCEL™ Lyocell, LENZING™ Viscose blend fabric that's both airy for hot days and sustainable for your conscience. An added bonus? Nobody will believe how comfortable you are.
The Molly Blouse: Best for Drinks with the Girls
You know when you ask your friends what they are wearing and they say "jeans and a nice top"? The Molly Blouse is that top. And it's also the top you are going to want to wear on days you want to take it up a notch (whether that's a girls brunch or a zoom happy hour). The material is a 100% Linen with an antique wash finish so it's incredibly comfortable (and so soft!) but it doesn't look it for a second. It's also incredibly lightweight so you can stay as cool as possible on all the hot summer days we are hoping for.
The only thing that could make the Molly Blouse better? Pairing it with the Molly Shorts...
The Molly Shorts: Best for Hot Summer Days On-the-Go
I have a special kind of love for how versatile these paperbag linen shorts are. I always try to add a signature feminine detail to each piece I design and for the Molly shorts it's a subtle slit and of course, pockets.
Here are just a few places you can wear them:
- Summer Brunches (paired with the Molly Blouse, obviously)
- Patio Drinks (paired with the Millie top)
- Pool Days (paired with a bodysuit or even just your swimwear!).
The Sadie Slip Dress: Best for Date Nights & Wedding Season
Tell your little black dress to sit this season out. I designed the Sadie Slip Dress to be your go-to for all of the events you are heading to this summer. Whether your summer is filled with wedding invitations (we aren't complaining after staying home for two years!), or date nights (we never miss the opportunity to dress up), the Sadie Slip Dress is universally flattering, with a soft cowl neckline and v-back, and you'll love the added feminine details of the tie straps and flounce hem.
Looking for a bridesmaid dress in blush or blue? The Sadie Slip Dress is something your friends will actually wear again...
The Millie Top: The Perfect Capsule Wardrobe Summer T-Shirt
Perfect is a bold claim but we stand by it. If you could only have one t-shirt, you would want The Millie Top in every colour (and you are in luck, because there are 6 to choose from!). We actually launched this capsule wardrobe staple last year but after customer feedback we added an extra two inches to the length and the response has been incredible! I mentioned earlier that as a small business, we can't launch huge collections every season. But what we can do, is listen to our customers. We heard you loud and clear, and you all made the Millie Top even better this year!
What are you adding to your summer outfits this year?
Do you have plans coming up this summer and aren't sure what to wear? Loving the vibe of this new collection but want a little extra guidance to make sure your summer outfits are just right? We LOVE your feedback and are always sharing fun new ways to style our clothes over on Instagram! Head over there now and tell us what you are most looking forward to this summer and more importantly - what you are planning to wear!