9.08.2017

wardrobe building 101: the pretty + versatile dress


style tip: at the end of summer/start of fall, great deals can be had for certain perennial wardrobe staples.

one of these staples is the pretty + versatile sundress, ideal for any number of events and special occasions that may pop up on your social calendar during the warmer months – weddings, anniversaries, barbecues, graduations, baptisms, etc. i do think the sundress is a bit underrated in terms of its versatility. i love a fuller skirt for comfort and dancing. you can layer with a cardigan or jacket to take these into fall, and add some ankle boots or tall boots to the mix for an easy fall weekend look.

over the years, one of my most reliable sources of the sundress is j.crew, and lately they've been very on point with the quality and designs on their s/s dresses (like this pretty gingham number, this midi in classic eyelet, or this breezy cotton-linen indigo version). 

on a somewhat more whimsical note, i am totally feeling the ballerina-off-duty ball skirt (also on sale in a darker pink). 


a tulle ball skirt is more 'wildcard', but IMO makes a statement in all the right ways and is a year-round option. depending on how you style the top, accessories/jewelry, and shoes (or add a little moto jacket), you could go from casual all the way to formal with this as the foundation piece. 

if you're thinking of mining the current sale, pay attention to the reviews for fit intel, and let me know if you find something lovely!

P.S. this week's news cycle has been particularly brutal. ways to donate to Harvey relief here. sending prayers to everyone affected so far by Irma, it's heartbreaking to follow the coverage of the devastation. let's all help however we can. hoping everyone in FL prepares and stays safe.

6 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you're posting again. This is my favorite blog!

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    1. Karen, thank you for being a reader! :)

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  2. I'm so happy you're posting again! I've learned so much from you (about style, fabrics, building a wardrobe), really admire your style and editing, and can't wait to see more of what you've been wearing lately.

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    1. thanks Maria, this means so much! so happy that you've found my posts helpful :)

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  3. I'm really glad you are posting again! Your blog was the single most influential for me when I lost fifty pounds a few years ago and was faced with the totally enjoyable task of overhauling my entire wardrobe. I love your essentials page and agree, years later, with many of your choice picks. I just ordered the H&M utility parka this morning, ha! I actually purchased a very similar one from Uniqlo about five years ago for around the same price. It's gone through serious usage and I thought it needed an update. I look forward to more posts!

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    1. aww thank you, this is so wonderful to hear. and H&M def makes some great utility jackets at such an affordable price point ;)

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