Yes, yes, I know, dresses are always in the stores, but this season there really is a myriad of style options to choose from. Slip, Tea, Shirt, Puff Sleeve, Embroidered, the list goes on and on and on, but what style to pick? It can be very easy to get swayed into what’s “hot”, but by sticking to a more subtle take on the latest trends, pieces will continue to look modern, current and cool. Take the time to choose flattering fabrics and cuts, so that it’s obvious that YOU are wearing the dress and not the other way round.
I’ve rounded up three of my favourite options and given them a day to night twist, who doesn’t love double duty clothes?
Let’s start with this cool red and white striped shirtdress by Inwear ($103.00). I am a huge fan of shirt dresses for their versatility and ability to flatter just about everyone. This one has 3/4 sleeves (which can be rolled up) and side pockets. Switch the self tie belt for a leather or suede to further change up the look.An easy and somewhat obvious daytime choice would be white plimsolls (superga for example), but how about the white point toe woven leather mules by Jeffrey Campbell ($210.00) to add a little chic. Finish with this braided , tan leather crossbody bag from Topshop ($55.00)and you a have an outfit that gives an ever so slight nod to the western trend, but with a smarter edge.
Even though this shirtdress really does appear to lend itself to more of a casual look, it can be glammed up. Undo a couple of buttons from the bottom up and wear over these Gap “Mom” jeans ($69.95) in a midblue hue. Team with these fabulous crystal embellished, black, Jeffrey Campbell sandals ($165.00) and a simple leather envelope with pony hair texture from Topshop ($35.00) to elevate this look.
Shirtdress – www.us.asos.com
Jeans – www.gap.com
White mules and black sandals – www.jeffreycampbellshoes.com
Tan bag and black purse – www.us.topshop.com
So seemingly simple in style, but this grey toned linen dress by Reformation ($218.00) has it all going on. The nod to the 90’s squared neckline is given a feminine vibe with these small ruffles (not too overpowering and give just the right amount of delicate edge) and the semi fitted style is much more flattering and easier too wear than a slip dress. Finally, that off centre slit that gives so much great movement to a fabric that can hang rather limply. For day, wear with Vans platform, espadrille laceups and , but bring back a touch of femininity with this pretty straw, embroidered clutch by Deux Lux ($49.00)
For night, a pair of strapped black suede sandals would look fabulous, but why not go for colour. These pretty light blue Licah sandals by Schutz Shoes ($200.00) are perfect with the grey and create softness, the sequin clutch in sliver by Santi ($128.00) brings the glitz.
Vans – www.vans.com
Straw Clutch – www.barneyswarehouse.com
Suede Sandals – www.schutz-shoes.com
Sequin bag – www.shopbop.com
So many white dresses are too flouncy and frilly, this one by Intropia ($466.00) hits the spot! What’s not to love about this 3/4 sleeve, floral embroidered midi dress,in cotton with crochet lace detailing. The floral embroidery placementcreates shape and the the cut means it skims away from the body, unlike a more traditional shift style which can hug in all the wrong places!
Suede is a perfect option for shoes with this dress and I love these Jeffrey Campbell “rowen” sandals ($129.95). A mini circle bag by Clare V ($365.00) completes the daytime look.Tan adds an unusual dimension to the prettiness of the dress and gives it a less “girly” appearance.Black suede would also look great, just choose strappy or thong sandals.
This dress can be given a nighttime upgrade by either wearing some black, suede or silk strappy high heels, OR, pick out one of the colours in the embroidery and work with that. In this case, beautiful,emerald green satin mules with crystal embellishment ($845.00) by Tabitha Simmons and a soft suede clutch by LK Bennett ($325.00) give an entirely new element to the dress.
Dress – www.us.asos.com
Tan sandals – www.shop.nordstrom.com
Circle bag – www.revolve.com
Green mules – www.shopbop.com
Suede clutch – www.lkbennett.com
How will you wear yours?
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