Monday, May 16, 2016

{ STYLING NOTES } THE SUMMER DRESS SITUATION...

If you asked my roommates and friends, they might tell you that my personal style is tomboyish, bordering on just boyish. I've discussed that a lot on the blog, too. But as with all things, a little progress, a little change—is natural.

*I would apologize for using a Sex and the City image for reference in 2016 but sometimes I am just that basic and I'm totally okay with it. Plus, how hot and actually completely on-trend for now is that dress?

Having more occasions to get dressed up (like weddings, engagement parties and fancy-ish New York social scenarios) has gently pushed me into seeking out more dresses in general. Couple that with my ever-present desire for getting dressed to be "easy," and here we are. In my mind's eye this summer is just an endless parade of beach days, trips to the farmer's market, sunset walks along the Hudson and late, sticky nights dancing on the Lower East Side—all of which happen in some amazing, pretty, perfect-for-the-occasion dress.

I've noticed that the last couple of years especially have brought out in me a (slightly) more romantic approach to dressing, and with a few summer weddings in the pipeline now, I'm craving an updated dress wardrobe more than ever.

Remember when I went through a phase where I was completely kimono obsessed? (Exhibit A, Exhibit B) Well tbh that never really ended, but now it's carried over into a craving for floaty, super-comfortable dresses like this blush mini from Yumi Kim (with a black bra and lace up sandals? C'mon.) and ASTR's floral wrap with kimono-style sleeves. (More kimono dresses, right this way.)

Speaking of which—wrap dresses are also my new obsession.What's not to love about an adjustable waist and a varyingly plunging neckline? Right now I have my eye on wraps in ultra-feminine florals like this silk maxi from Yumi Kim (perfect for wedding season) and this slightly sexier take (with kimono sleeves!) by Privacy Please. (Shop more wrap dresses.)

Per usual I'm also crushing on a few pieces from Banana Republic, and am patiently waiting for them to go on sale—especially this gorgeous pintuck maxi I want to wear with my Converse and this floral wrap that would be ideal for summer days at the office.

I'm excited to embrace this girlier side of my style as the summer starts to heat up—especially considering I've got trips lined up this summer everywhere from Palm Springs to East Hampton to Idaho. I rounded up all my dress crushes below, and am just hoping that Jesus will take the wheel and I won't end up buying them all in a Memorial Day-induced shopping blackout this weekend.

// SHOP 15 PRETTY AND VERSATILE SUMMER DRESSES BELOW //

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