Ever wonder what differentiates a spring dress from dresses worn the rest of the year? Mostly it is the feelings of renewal, happiness, and carefree comfort they evoke through the use of colors and patterns that are associated with this special time of year. With spring dresses, I love incorporating pastels and floral prints. They represent the common themes I’ve been blogging about for weeks: bright, light, and full of fresh starts. Dresses are so effortless. They’re perfect for the days when you wake up late and need to throw something on without thinking about it, but still want to look polished and pretty. If you’re like me and need to refresh your spring dress collection, keep scrolling:
“Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.” ― Yves Saint-Laurent
It took me a long time to hop on the Off The Shoulder train. I always assumed I wouldn’t be able pull it off, or that I would need to pull it up every second like with strapless dresses—but I was pleasantly surprised.
I have found Off The Shoulder dresses to be way more supportive and flattering than strapless dresses. Not to mention, the femininity is effortless.
I normally don’t wear necklaces, but I love pairing an Off The Shoulder dress with a simple, dainty chain.
For those of us who don’t have sculpted upper arms, this cut is perfect. You get to show off what you want, and hide what you don’t.
This dress in particular is more supportive than most. The elastic in the chest section is perfectly placed, and the scrunched fabric looks cuter on than I had expected.
Shop my look: Urban Dress/Clarks Shoes/Marc Jacobs Sunglasses/Similar Necklace
Here are some other Off The Shoulder pieces I love:
A simple floral dress is one of my go-to looks for the summertime. It’s effortless, season appropriate, and just plain pretty.
Finding a pattern that doesn’t cross the line into grandma territory can be tricky, but here are a few suggestions that can help:
Choose a flattering silhouette. I have been reaching for off the shoulder dresses recently. As long as the dress itself looks good on you, the pattern will take a back seat.
Stick to a pattern that only focuses on two complementary color categories. In the dress I’m wearing, black and gold stand out. This way, it isn’t too overwhelming.
Unless your flowers are smaller (like in the dress I’m wearing), make sure the print is a bit scattered and spread out. It’s easier on the eyes.
“After women, flowers are the most lovely thing God has given the world.” -Christian Dior
On Me: Similar Urban Dress/Clarks Heels/Nine West Purse
Here are a few floral dresses I love:
Calvin Klein $74.66
Forever 21 $35
I’m a big fan of the Babydoll Blouse.
This type of blouse is flattering on everybody!
Not to mention, it can be dressed up or down, and pairs nicely with jeans.
The loose fitting, feminine design is perfect for the warmer months–definitely a Summer staple in my closet.
On Me: Urban Top & Jeans
The long days and warm weather has me wanting to upgrade my dress selection. Check out a few styles I’m loving right now:
“I’m a multidimensional person and that’s the freedom of fashion: that you’re able to reinvent yourself through how you dress and how you cut your hair or whatever.” -Emma Watson
A couple weekends ago I went to a beautiful wedding up in Sonoma. I had never been to Wine Country before and found myself stressing over what to wear….what else is new? I wanted something that would keep me cool in the heat, but also polished enough for a wedding. Enter The Keyhole Dress.
The day before the wedding I found myself shopping at a nearby mall, just in case I came across a dress better than the one I brought. And I did. At a Tilly’s. I was reluctant to try on the Keyhole style. I usually prefer a silhouette that accents my waist, and a neck line that isn’t too revealing. With pressure from my mom and sister, I tried it on and was pleasantly surprised. The neck line added a hint of elegance, and my waist didn’t completely disappear beneath the loose fabric. On such a hot day, I was thankful for the flowy design. I was reminded of why I love fashion so much–it pushes me to step out of my comfort zone.
Here are my favorite Keyhole Dresses from Tilly’s:
Full Tilt Floral Medallion Dress
Chloe & Katie Border Print Keyhole Dress
Socialite Floral Keyhole Dress
Full Tilt Keyhole Bodycon Midi Dress
“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
I am dreading the end of this season with the beginning of school around the corner.
I decided to wear something that embraced Summertime to its fullest last night–a 1970s babydoll, flower patterned, peasant top.
When I think of Summer, I imagine shorts and wedges, loose fitting blouses, natural hair, and sunglasses.
Trying to grow out my hair has not been easy. I’ve been making an effort to wash it less, try new products, and apply less heat. Fortunately, the dry weather in Grass Valley has been decreasing my hair’s natural tendency to create frizz, allowing me to let it air dry.
I have also been trying to wear shorts as much as possible, because Foggy San Francisco almost never allows it. It has been so much fun to dress up my shorts with heels. I used to fear the fashion-no-no, but now I have embraced it–making my own rules.
On Me: Urban Top
Montego Bay Club Wedges
Lucky Brand Earrings
One of my favorite patterns to wear in the Summer is Floral.
A good floral pattern is a classic staple to have in your closet. This particular pattern adds a romantic feel to a simple summer look.
I have been obsessing over accent pieces recently, and these definitely fall into that category.
I know so many people that are scared to wear bright colors…
Floral patterns are the perfect way to start stepping out of your comfort zone. The rest of your outfit can be completely tame by bringing out only one of the other colors in the pattern. I chose black because I was going for a more neutral look, but green or red would have worked nicely too.
My whole outfit can be found at Urban Outfitters.
ModCloth has some great floral pieces too: