It’s been some time since I’ve posted here on the blog, or on my Instagram for that matter. I’ve been feeling some changes in me & needed some time to figure out exactly what they meant for me & my life. Don’t worry, I’ll be filling you guys in on what’s been going on in my head & heart soon.
But until then..I’m back! Not only am I back, but I’m sharing with you the dreamiest toile dress I’ve been wearing to death that’s under $20! Scroll to see more…
Now that the weather is starting to feel more like fall, I’ve been playing around with how to wear this gorgeous toile dress into the colder months. My favorite way has to be with a pair of knee high boots, a beret, & my classic trench coat over top. You could also wear it with black tights, heels, & a fluffy faux fur coat to dress things up a bit. Either way, you better believe I’ll be wearing this many times in the coming months. I can’t pass up this dreamy, classic print!
Dresses are definitely what I feel most comfortable in. They give me confidence, make me feel like such a lady, & bring me so much joy to walk, twirl, run, skip, frolic, & jaunt around in. Ok, so maybe I don’t skip on a daily basis, but I could & doing so in a dress is like living out my childhood dreams. If wearing dresses makes me this happy, then doing so should not be reserved for evenings & special occasions. No, dresses should be worn on the daily, exuding all the lady-like confidence & joy.
Let me share with you what I look for when shopping for day dresses, & how I like to style them for an everyday, casual yet sophisticated look.
A good day dress is a “no fuss” dress, in my opinion. One that I won’t have to worry about revealing too much when I lean forward or bend over to pick something up. It’s comfortable, not tight, & makes you smile when wearing it. I love this classic wrap dress from Chicwish for literally all of those reasons. This dress is comfortable to wear. It’s a nice, no-fuss length, & there is even a small button at the top of the wrap to keep from revealing more than you’d like. I love the subtle & sweet blue & yellow floral pattern with the slightly puffy sleeves. Finding a “no-fuss” dress with great design details such as these ensures you’ll wear it with ease over & over again.
Styling day dresses looks slightly different depending on the current season, but the same principles apply. For shoes, a classic ballet flat is a great year-round choice. In the fall & winter, you could also pair your day dresses with a pair of knee high boots, loafers, or oxfords. Choose the pair that will be most comfortable for your daily activities while still adding to that feminine, boss babe vibe.
A great bag like this embroidered brown bag I can’t stop wearing, is an ideal bag to have in your collection. It can be worn year-round & has that same “no-fuss” feel as your day dress. There are no zippers that get stuck, contraptions to maneuver, just a simple snap under the buckle for easy opening & closing. It also comes with a gorgeous embroidered crossbody strap for when you need to be hands-free!
Accessorizing your day dress should be minimal & casual, yet strategic & cohesive. Adding one simple hair clip adds a bit of interest to your look while also keeping the hair out of your face. Functional & fashionable! For earrings, I say go as big as you want! I love these pearl drops for a bit of intrigue & design detail while still being very minimal. Pair with your favorite everyday lipstick & a fun pair of sunglasses & your look is complete!
I sometimes have a hard time finding shorts that still have that feminine feel. When searching for the perfect pair, I look for feminine details that will help elevate my look & make a fun statement. Today I want to share a bit about this super cute outfit I’ll be living in this summer. Also, I’m rounding up my favorite feminine shorts on the market right now!
This outfit perfectly displays print mixing that follows all the rules I outlined in my Print Mixing For Beginners post. The contrasting sizes & common color palette help make these pieces a perfect match. Also, I love the silhouette this outfit creates. The high waisted shorts combined with the wrap top & puffy sleeves make that classic feminine shape I’m all about.
What To Look For…
When it comes to searching for the perfect pair of feminine shorts, there are a few things I tend to look for. First off, I don’t want them to be too short or too tight. I like my shorts to fully cover me so that I can even bend down without fear of showing more skin than I would like. This goes without saying, but of course they will also have to be high-waisted. I can’t comfortably wear non-high waisted things anymore. What can I say, I’m hooked!
As far as details go, I love these shorts because of the lovely floral print on display. Not to mention this is a Laura Ashley print which I have loved basically my entire life. I search for those details like a fun floral print, bows, or a unique color to make a statement & bring that feminine flair I love so much.
Isn’t gingham the happiest print you ever did see? This must be why once the sun comes out & brings about warmer days, I gravitate towards pieces like this sweet gingham dress. This iconic print also reminds me of one of my favorite things to do this time of year…PICNICS! My girlfriends & I recently took a trip to Charleston & had the loveliest picnic one afternoon. What do you know, I wore a gingham top on the picnic too! Seriously, nothing says, “sunny days” more than a bit of cheerful gingham.
I forget how attracted I am to blue until the weather warms up—then I’m utterly obsessed! Give me all the blue & white things! That’s why when I was browsing through Prim + Pop’s website & I found this dress, I knew it belonged in my closet. Not only is it blue & white, but it has the sweetest feminine shape. I love the square neckline combined with the back cutout & of course, the bow details. You wouldn’t believe how soft it is too!
Along with the endless hair accessories you can find just about everywhere, there seems to be one other constant theme from retailers recently: shells! Shell accessories are an easy way to stay on trend this spring/summer. Whether it’s a pair of gold shell earrings or a shell woven bag, this trend is one I am so thrilled to take part in this season. What a fun way to feel like you’re bringing a bit of the beach wherever you go?!
Look At This Stuff, Isn’t It Neat?
How fun are these pearl embellished gold shell earrings? I’m totally obsessed. These lovelies will go with just about every outfit I will wear this spring/summer. I just love the statement they make while staying totally in my comfort zone with the gold tone & pearls. Another fun shell accessory I’ll be wearing this season is this fun woven shell bag. Of course, I’m keeping this in the same theme with the sweet pearls covering the clasp. This bag can be worn as either a clutch or as a crossbody making it easy to transition from day to night. I already love woven bags for the coming season, & this adorable shell shape is just the icing on the cake!
A few other pieces I’ve added to my collection recently include these gold shell hoops, my starfish studs, & my nautical charm bracelet. There are so many amazing styles out right now, & the great thing about this trend is that you can find quality pieces at an affordable price.
You know that perfect outfit you own that you can wear to grab brunch with your girlfriends? Now imagine that look gently sprinkled with touches of sparkle. Do you smile at the thought of that like I do? I just love a little shimmer! Personally, at the moment I’m not into wearing necklaces, but items on my radar include earrings, bracelets, rings, hair accessories, & even hand bags. I am on the hunt to find the best affordable sparkly bits. These little pretties know how to catch people’s eyes & elevate any look.
I’ve had my second piercing done for years now, but I don’t always take advantage of it. I’m really into the look of huggie earrings (dainty gold earrings that “hug” your ear) layered up on the ear. Especially if they are asymmetrical! The star + moon set I’m wearing in these photos is one of my favorite sets at the moment. On the other side, the star & moon are reversed! I also have this larger pair of affordable star + moon earrings that are great for making a statement. Earrings that are asymmetrical like this are also seen from some of my favorite designers such as Dior, Gucci, & Oscar de la Renta.
Another great way to add a touch of sparkle to your look is with bracelets & rings. I’m typically drawn to items that are mostly gold with a few sparkles thrown in the mix. Like this dainty nautical charm bracelet I’m wearing here. Old school charm bracelets are making a come back you guys! Time to whip out your old ones or find new affordable ones such as this. There is something so satisfying to having a little jingle on your wrist.
It’s no secret that I love love love pearls right now. And how could I not? They are everywhere right now & so perfectly feminine. Designers like Jennifer Behr are influencing the accessories scene in a major way. Her use of pearls in bows, headbands, & clips for your hair is just stunning. Ever since seeing her work, I’ve been searching for similar pieces that give that same feel, but at a more affordable price point. This pearl headband (also seen here) is one of those pieces, & I can’t stop wearing it! Also pearl hair clips like these & these are so gorgeous & are currently on my shopping list. As far as earrings go, some trending pearl pieces include these pearl heart earrings (under $5) (worn here), & these super fun shell + pearl statement earrings.