Three Easy Ways to Style a Black Swing Dress

Happy Friday, babes!

For this week's OOTD post, I wanted to do a bit of a styling tip post, per se. As a mom, one of my favorite things to wear during the summer (or really any season) is a jersey swing dress. They are so breezy and comfortable, as well as versatile.

My favorite is this one from Old Navy, which is currently on sale for $19! I also own it in a thin black-and-white stripe, which has been discontinued, but they have it in a thicker stripe as well as other prints and solid colors as well.

I've been wanting to do a styling challenge on the blog so that you guys can have some ideas on how to get more use out of what you already own, so this is my attempt at that, and hopefully it brings some inspiration for you!

I didn't style these looks with handbags in the photos because, quite frankly, they are scarce in my closet right now and I'm sick of seeing the same ones on the blog. BUT, I've included some suggestions for each style for you below. So let's get to it!

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high-tops and a flannel button-down

As you may or may not know, I am a California girl, and any (true) Cali girl will tell you that skate shoes and a flannel shirt are included in her list of casual essentials. And while Converse surely had their day, it is now time to accept the one true cool-girl sneaker: Vans.


Normally I'm an Old Skool kinda gal, but I think that the Sk8-Hi's really work well with the swing dress. Also, for summer I might pick a different color than the maroon, but these are the only high-tops I have right now, so I guess we'll have to deal with it.

My flannel is sold out, so I'm linking some other options for you. A great idea when you're looking for casual shirts is to check the men's sections, especially for things like flannels or boyfriend sweaters. They almost always have a better selection.

Last but not least, I would pair this look with a sleek, simple cross-body bag or backpack. And for God's sake, don't spend a ton of money on it (unless it's a really good understated staple that will last forever). Nothing ruins skater girl aesthetic more than an obnoxiously expensive bag. Here's some reasonable suggestions for you:

strappy block heels and a bold blazer

This is a really good look for when you want something easy to wear for work. The jersey dress combined with the knit blazer and block heels make it about as comfortable as you can get for workwear. I was really skeptical about knit blazers at first, but when I tried this one from Old Navy on, I was sold. The fact that I don't really have to worry about it wrinkling is a selling point on its own.

Depending on your needs (and the blazer you pick), I would style this with an eye-catching clutch or shoulder bag, or a modern tote. You could also throw on a nice statement necklace if you wanted to take it from the office to drinks with the girls. Here's my favorites right now:

gladiator sandals and tassel earrings

Gladiator sandals (particularly beaded ones) and fringe earrings are a great way to blur the line between casual and glam. I like this look for a casual Sunday brunch or an afternoon date. I would throw on a drapey cardigan for good measure if it gets chilly. For a handbag, I would pick a hobo bag or a slouchy crossbody.

My sandals seen here are sold out, but I'm linking some similar pairs, and my earrings can be found here. P.S.: Many of the Bauble Bar earrings I've linked below come in lots of different, amazing colors, so be sure to click through and check them all out!

That's all for now! Hopefully that gives you some fun outfit inspiration for the weekend!

Much Love,