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Summer Day to Night Top

While I feel pretty content with my wardrobe basics, one area where I felt like I was lacking is the "cute tops" department. Most of the year, I depend on jackets or cardigans to add interest to my outfits. They're easy to throw on over a basic tee or tank and voilá! Magically improved outfits! In the heat of summer, this isn't always an option. I spent some time searching for tops that had some visual interest on their own, but I also wanted them to be something I could wear with a regular bra! This was quite a challenge! I finally found this top from American Eagle and it hits all the marks for me.

Has details beyond a basic tee/tank? Check! Works with a regular bra? Check! For size reference I'm wearing an XS here, which is what I generally wear in tops at Express or LOFT. It's on sale for under $30 right now, and if you have a ShopRunner account, you can get free 2 Day Shipping and free returns if it doesn't work out. I'm a big fan of ShopRunner personally! It's like Prime Shipping from a big variety of retailers. It's normally $79 per year, but it's free if you already have an AmEx or Mastercard! Also, you only have to use that card to start your free membership but you do not have to use it for purchases. You can still checkout from the retail partner stores using any card you like. I'm not affiliated with ShopRunner, BTW, nor do I get a kickback or commission if you sign up. I just genuinely love the service and want people to sign up so they can enjoy the benefits and so ShopRunner can stay in business and get more retail partners!

Well, I didn't mean to go on that much of a tangent about ShopRunner, but truthfully there's not much else to say about this outfit since most of the other pieces I'm wearing are "old." My earrings are new and I'll talk about those in a little more detail below.

Like the title says, I think this top is a great option for daytime to date night, and I really don't have many tops that meet that criteria! Most of my daytime tops are basic knit tees and tanks, and most of my "date night" tops are too sexy-ish or fancy/sparkly for day time. But this one is pretty versatile! It might not be suited for a fancy venue, but for the usual California dressy-casual restaurants I go to it's perfect. I swapped my shorts for black jeans and sandals and I was ready to go!
Top | Jeans | Sandals | Necklace

In case you missed it, I shared six outfits with the nude and black version of these shoes back in this post. They're my go-to summer date night shoes!

While I'm consciously trying to avoid buying too many colors of one particular item, I'm still good with having two of one style if I really love it, and such is the case with this top. The price and the regular-bra-friendliness were a winning combination so I got the washed black version too. They're listed under different product pages (rather than one page where you select from multiple colors/sizes), but it's the same top. I personally prefer it when all the colors are listed in one place and you can select color/sizes from there, how about you all? 

I didn't style the black version all that differently from the striped option on the first go-round, but there's plenty of summer left so I know I'll be wearing this again!

Also, I tried to get these earrings into the photo above (which is a literal pain in the neck, ha!), but here's a closer look from the product listing. These are fun and affordable ($12 with Prime Shipping), and also very similar to the Kendra Scott Marty earring.

If you're used to Kendra Scott earrings, these are not the same quality as KS earrings. They're plastic, vs. the beautiful stones and metals that Kendra uses in her pieces. On the plus side, these are definitely lighter weight than most of my KS earrings in similar styles. As much as I love Kendra Scott pieces, sometimes I don't want to splurge on them if I'm not sure it's a classic color or style. Or it may just not in the budget at the time! Either way, these are a fun "look for less" style.

That's a wrap for today friends! Hope to see you back on Friday!

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  4. Well, those earrings are on their way to me now! Thanks for a great find! I love the new top too! I wish it was still available in my size in the striped version - it is super cute and I really like being able to wear a regular bra with tops - such a plus for me.
    I'm also going to check out ShopRunner, we normally use Visa but I think I have a Mastercard hidden away somewhere!
    Great post Gina!

  5. That's such a cute striped top! I really like kimonos to add colour and interest to my outfits in summer, but I have quite a few printed tanks when it's too hot to even consider a kimono, haha!

    Thank you for the link up!

    Hope that your week is off to a good start :)

    Away From Blue

  6. Gina, this top looks so great on you! And I am loving the shiny block heeled sandals with your shorts. Super sassy!


  7. That is such a cute top and I love how versatile it is! I'm in need to neutral basics and that one is perfect! I'm also loving those fun earrings!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

  8. Love this very cute top and love that the peplum detail is not too exaggerated.


  9. Yes! I have been on the same mission this spring/summer. Our summer lasts a long time so I may wait until more sales come up to grab more tanks etc. Love your find!

  10. American Eagle has some cute stuff and I love this top. You know how I feel about smocking.😍And stripes😍I have Shoprunner, but I got it through a free offer from Soma (I think). When that's up, I'll have to look into it through our MC. I didn't know that entitled you to it. THANKS!

  11. I could have written the first few sentences to your post! I keep trying to find one or two that will fit the bill. I have my eye on a Free People one, but sometimes they are sooo voluminous. THANK you for the ShopRunner tip. We have AmEx and are not receiving any "extras", the shipping benefits, alone, would be great.

  12. I feel like I am also lacking in the cute top department. I love these tiered tops, so pretty!!

    xx, Elise

  13. Love that adorable little top! It's definitely one you can dress up or down which is always a strong selling point! I know what you mean about struggling with the "cute top" department. I struggle with it too! I like buying tops that I can easily layer with, but in the dead of Summer we don't have that option. Love your new earrings too, such a fun vibrant color :)

  14. This top is so flattering on you, Gina! I love the stripes too, of course! =)

    I hope you are having a great week so far!


  15. I agree! I like to splurge on more classic pieces, but trendy jewelry I try to get from amazon. Then I don't feel bad when it stops getting worn after a year or so. They are so cute! Love your top too!

  16. Gina! What a fun find! I love it so much. And those earrings, ooh la pretty! xo

  17. That tank is so cute! I love getting a great neutral to wear with anything!


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