Southern summers and smocked dresses just go together, don’t you think? When you pair an on-trend midi dress with the feminine detail of smocking, it calls for a celebration. Whether you splurge or save, this summer outfit combo helps you master the art of looking cute while staying cool. For more styling tips, visit JammieBaker.com.

Splurge

The Great “Clover” Dress, $395 | Veronica Beard “Cara” Jean Jacket, $398 | Clare V. “Alice” Handbag, $225 | Hermes “Oran” Sandals, $840

California casual meets Southern feminine to create these gorgeous summer vibes. The raw hem on the denim jacket is a perfect contrast to the clean lines and crisp color of the dress. Style Tip: throwing the jacket over your shoulders creates a statement (and less sweat) without looking like you’re trying too hard. I love the simple elegance of a circular straw bag and the chic slides to finish the look. This is the perfect outfit for a summer date night, drinks with the girls or to pack for your beach vacation. If you wanted to add a pop of color, try a coral lipstick or statement earrings.

Save

Sweetest Stitch Smocked Eyelet Maxi Dress, $80 | J. Crew Denim Jacket, $66 |Billabong “Sincerely Jules Keep It Simple” Straw Crossbody, $54 | Steven “Greece” Slides, $89

The bow-tied shoulders add so much Southern charm to this eyelet midi dress. A lot of detail in the dress calls for a simple completer piece, the jacket. Style Tip: Roll up the sleeves of the jacket to just under your elbow to instantly look slimmer and add style. Just because you’re saving on an outfit, doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. I’m a huge fan of these blush slides that add just enough pop without being overbearing to the outfit. This totally affordable round straw bag is on-trend and fits more than just your lipgloss.