Accessories Access: Braided Summer Belts from JCrew Factory & Lane Bryant!


When it comes to summer, I’m wearing dresses most of the time, which also means, depending on the style of dress, I’ve selected a belt to add some shape to an otherwise too flowy frock or I’m playing with the possibilities of a casual dress for other occasions. For summer, I love a belt with texture & detail, including braided styles that recall a basket weave aesthetic or one in straw material. When always on the hunt for great bargains to share with readers, my mouse clicked upon the skinny braided leather belt from J.Crew Factory, originally $49.50, but currently on sale for $19.50 in white, sweet marigold, California poppy, & brown.

The style is exactly what I gravitate towards this time of year; however, it is only sold in sizes XS-L, so my search continued to celebrate styles for all & I was wowed by the variety offered by Lane Bryant in sizes 14-28, pictured below:

SHOP: 1. Covered Buckle Braided Cotton Belt in white (on sale $24.97), 2. Stretch Straw Belt in new navy (on sale $22.47), 3. Braided Rectangular Bar Belt in black (on sale $22.47), 4. Stretch Straw Belt With Tortoise-Print Buckle in natural (on clearance $12.99), 5. Wrapped Buckle Straw Belt in brown (on sale $22.47), & 6. Circle Whipstitch Straw Belt in brown (on sale $24.97).

Not only are these belts stylish to pair with a shirt dress or maxi, but the slimmer options add an extra polish to a blouse & cropped denim, halter tank & cutoff shorts, or a separates look with a blouse & mini skirt too.

How would you style these belts? Do you wear belts in the summer? Where are you shopping for the best summer accessories now? What kinds of belts do you typically buy? For more stylish posts, check out: the perfect crossbody bag for summer, my favorite midi dress from Amazon, fruity fashion finds, & New York & Company’s classic goddess dress on sale now! Happy Styling!

SHOP NOW: My Favorite Summer Midi Dress from Amazon!


When on the hunt to spruce up some summer staples, I fell into the Amazon abyss, naturally. However, I was happy to come up for air with the Women’s Bohemian Summer One Shoulder Smocked Midi Dress sold by Zesica on Amazon. There are other vendors that carry this type of dress, but my heart landed on Zesica also because of some other favorited items that I added to my cart from their Amazon store too.

Anyway, what I love about this dress is its lightweight fabric, smocked bust (perfectly stretchy), & the variety of 28 styles–in 4 solid colors & 24 patterns–for $39.99.

I bought the black (top left) to wear to a Jewel concert recently, along with the grassgreen (second on top left) when attending a graduating ceremony recently. I might just add 1 or 2 more to my cart since I love the fit & style so much, plus I’m constantly seeing discounts posted with the purchase, like currently there’s a $2 off coupon with purchase. I’d recommend pairing this dress with a cropped cardigan for a daytime occasion or breaking out the jewel sandals for a dressier event.

I must say… The only downside is the dress runs from S-XL, which excludes the amazing plus-size shoppers & readers out there, but stores like Lane Bryant have got you covered with their gorgeous variety of summer midi dresses that are on sale now!

What is your favorite style of summer dress? Where are you shopping for your summer staples? how would you style this dress? For more stylish posts, check out: my recommended final sale finds from New York & Company, affordable floppy straw hats (to pair with the above dress!) from Target, cotton & linen shorts from Walmart, & Blake Lively’s little white dress inspiration! Happy Styling!

SHOP NOW! Must-Have Final Sale Pieces from New York & Company!


Even though it feels like summer is just getting started, now is a great time to shop the racks & clearance finds to prepare for next fall/winter as stores attempt to clear out their inventory for new summer arrivals & the holidays. Looking back at my own personal style choices for the previous cooler months, I was glued to the many email blasts that I would receive from New York & Company, missing the local store in my nearby mall dearly; however, during my absence from the blogosphere in that time, I did find some stylish, comfortable, & timeless pieces that I will definitely usher into rotation for the next seasons to come.

This includes the following 4 pieces from New York & Company, all of which are now $9.99 -$19.99 on final sale, and up to 71%-89% off their original price, though there is limited size availability. These pieces come highly recommended as I do own each of them & love pairing them up with separates in different ways.

SHOP: butterfly-print midi skirt ($9.99), currently available in sizes M-XXL. The material is scuba-like, which means it’s heavier than a ponte, but it offers a lot of movement to be paired with the following suggested items: opague tights, patent leather pumps, & a crisp white button down shirt.

SHOP: Whitney high-waisted pull-on slim leg pant ($19.99), which is available sizes XS-XXL, as well as in petite. I suggest pairing this for a special occasion, such as around the holidays or a date night out, with a ruffle blouse & metallic sandals or bold cardigan & suede ballet flats.

SHOP: cable-knit v-neck sweater ($9.99) in beige or black, available in size XXL for both. This is an oversized sweater in the right way to pair up with faux leather leggings & stud earrings for a cozy day or plaid pants & colorblock heels for work.

SHOP: stripe slouch tunic sweater ($9.99), available in size XXL only. I wore this a few times with skinny pants & layered necklaces while in the office, but also suggest black jeans & ankle boots for a casual day with friends.

Where are you shopping for your favorite must-have clearance finds? Do you shop a season ahead when items are marked down? For more stylish posts, check out: pastel laser cut ballet flats for summer, fruity fashion inspiration, great gingham pieces from Old Navy for summer, & Beyonce’s latest cover for British Vogue! Happy Styling!

Style Tip: Fruit Fashion Finds for Summer!


There’s something about this time of year that gets me thinking about prints in my wardrobe, especially when it comes to my casual clothing–that is, outside of my regular rotation of leopard print, polka dots, & houndstooth. More specifically, I love mixing up my look with a fruit pattern to embrace all this fresh & summery, along with showing off a more laid back & playful side of my style.

I’ve rounded up some fruit-centric new finds on sale now to help inspire readers to incorporate bold, fun lemons, watermelons, strawberries & more! To pair with some denim cutoffs or linen shorts, check out these tees:

SHOP: EveryWear Printed V-Neck T-Shirt in fruit smoothie pink @Old Navy (sale: $6.00) & EveryWear Printed V-Neck T-Shirt in strawberry @Old Navy (sale: $3.97), prices may vary where available in sizes XS-4XL.

To go head-to-toe fruit for an upcoming weekend barbecue, vacation getaway, or when mixing up separates, check out:

SHOP: fruit-print maxi dress in burnt orange @New York & Company (sale: $64.96), fruit print off-the-shoulder blouse in burn orange @New York & Company (sale: $38.46), & fruit print paperbag-waist short in burnt orange @New York & Company (sale: $41.96), prices may where vary where available in sizes XS-XXL.

Recently while scrolling through Instagram, I came across & instantly fell in love with Tanesha Awashti’s Girl with Curves Collection, thus placing my order for:

SHOP: Girl With Curves Woven Peplum Top in lemon print @QVC (sale: $26.02), prices may where vary where available in sizes XXS-5X.

Fruit inspiration can even lend itself to your accessories, especially with these reduced picks:

SHOP: Lulu strawberry clutch @Nordstrom Rack (sale: $26.24) & Lulu When Life Gives You Lemons clutch @Nordstrom Rack (sale: $34.99).

SHOP: Maddy Crystal Cherry Stud Earrings @ Francesca’s (sale: $8.00) & LC Lauren Conrad Gold Tone Fruit Charm Bracelet @Kohl’s ($16.00).

Last, but not least, summer is all about colorful footwear, just like any other part of an outfit, which is why an espadrille upgrade is just the thing that any casual look demands!

SHOP: Fruit Embroidered Espadrille Flats @LOFT ($69.00 <– check frequently for sales & coupon codes via email subscription), prices may where vary where available in sizes 6.5-11.

Is there a fruit you love to wear? What fruity items from the above do you love? Where are you shopping for your trendiest summer styles? What summer sales have you hitting “add-to-cart”? For more stylish posts, check out: gingham must-haves from Old Navy, New York & Company’s versatile goddess dress, Target’s straw summer hats for $10, & a Juneteenth gallery of fabulous black celebrities on the red carpet, including Zendaya, Viola Davis, & Ciara! Happy Styling!

SHOP NOW! New York & Company’s Goddess Dress!


Back in 2019, I posted my love for New York & Company‘s goddess maxi dress, which has only heightened as the years have gone by & deepened as comfort in the summer moved higher on the list of summer style priorities (as a busy mother who works full-time). However, I’m excited to share that the short version of this dress (the v-neck goddess dress) is available on the retailer’s website in a fabulous variety of 7 colors (black, coral, green opal, grand sapphire, paper white, purple mardi gras, and scuba blue) in sizes XS-XXL while supplies last.

Currently, these dresses on sale for $19.99, but I urge readers to keep an eye on all of the major sales that New York & Company frequently posts about, not only on social media, but via email subscription; prices change quickly! I already have the black & navy versions of this dress, but I have the green & purple dresses on my mind too. Although, any of these frocks can be styled in a plethora of ways, including with high heels & a metallic clutch for a girls’ night out, gladiator sandals & a floppy hat for daytime, as well as with a sporty blazer & sneakers for a mix of athleisure & glam.

Additional adaptations of this flattering goddess style can also be found with New York & Company’s tie-waist goddess romper (available in 4 colors in sizes XS-XXL) & cold-shoulder goddess top (available in 9 colors in sizes XS-XXL); examples are pictured below:

What’s your summer go-to top style? Do you gravitate towards a flowy goddess piece or prefer more structured options? Where are you shopping for the best deals on summer must-haves? For more stylish posts, check out: $10 floppy straw hats from Target, Charlize Theron’s Dior and denim look, casual cotton & linen shorts from Walmart, & Blake Lively’s little white dress inspiration! Happy Styling!

SHOP NOW: Time and Tru Linen & Cotton Shorts!


I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with summer, even though the fashion I’ve touted (summer dresses, tops, sandals, & more) for over a decade on Style Darling Daily has been some of the most colorful, joyful, & stylish of the entire year. It’s the heat that gets me–literally & figuratively frazzled! I vehemently dislike having to plan my wardrobe around oppressively hot weather when it comes to outdoor events, such as family gatherings, headed to festivals or farms with the family, etc. However, last summer on a vacation to upstate New York with my husband & daughter, I sweat through my cute cotton dress & desperately needed a change of wardrobe just for the drive back to Long Island. Our sudden stop to a Walmart changed my perspective on one long-avoided summer staple: shorts.

I’ve been a fan of Walmart‘s Time and Tru label for some time now, but always steered away from shorts in my adult years out of self-consciousness about my body & feeling much more comfortable & feminine in a dress or skirt outfit. Now, I accept that my legs are my legs & worrying over my self image takes time away from the fun things I could be doing out in the world. I’m usually the only person thinking about my legs, anyways! So… I’ve come to learn that I feel much better about myself when I’m wearing something that I feel best represents me, especially on sunny days, which is certainly the case for the cotton & linen shorts featured below:

SHOP: 1. Linen Blend shorts in Black Soot, 2. Linen Blend shorts in Black/White Stripe, 3. Linen Blend shorts in Navy Stripe, 4. Tencel Shorts in Navy Tropical, 5. Linen Blend shorts in Vivid White, 6. Linen Blend shorts in Watermelon Floral, 7. Linen Blend shorts in White/Black stripe, & 8. Tencel shorts in Sea Turtle.

These shorts can be paired with any variety of tee or tank (see some options below), along with flip-flops, sandals, or wedges for a perfectly fashionable & budget-friendly day or night out this summer. Additionally, I love that Time and Tru designs for a variety of sizes; the featured shorts above are available in XS – 3XL while supplies last, ranging in price from $12.98 – $16.98. Suggested coordinating tanks below range in price from $6.50 – $12.98 in sizes XS – 3XL, which means that you can easily wear an outfit for under $20 before tax!

SHOP: 1. Knot tank top in Galapagos Blue (available in 7 colors), 2. High Low tank top in Orange (available in 4 colors), 3. V-Neck tank top in Black Soot Tie Dye (available in 7 colors), & 4. Tie Strap tank top in Vivid White (available in 4 colors).

What are you summer wardrobe staples? Where do you like to shop to refresh your summer style in season? What are your favorite & most affordable summer steals right now? For more stylish posts, check out: bargain barrettes from Ardene, Blake Lively’s must-have summer little white dress look, & bold suit inspiration from Priyanka Chopra Jonas & Salma Hayek Pinault! Happy Styling!