I love my fitted pieces, but in the midst of summer nothing beats something that's flowy and lets a little breeze through. This swing dress looks almost indecently short on the online model, which usually means a good length on petite ladies. When online shopping, don't let yourself get turned off by poor reviews without reading through them - a lot of times they are due to fit running small or short, which might actually be positive news for other shoppers!
This shift dress is fully lined in a pullover style, and swings playfully with each step. You can leave the chiffon ties hanging long or looped into a small bow. Please note the armholes are on the bigger side so I plan on taking them in a bit. I paired it here with all white and neutrals except for a hint of color in my bright blue tassel earrings.
For those of you looking for summer walking shoes, my Sole Society scalloped sandals are currently on final sale and silver is still fully in stock! They are adorable flat shoes for strolling around, fit true to size (front strap is slightly on the narrow side), and are comfortable with no breaking-in needed. One note though is the soles are on the thin and flat side, so for a lot of walking I'd suggest adding a stick-on cushion insert on the soles for padding, right below where your heels go. There is a mid-heel version of these sandals as well.
I also wanted to share this floral skirt that runs on the smaller side and fit high on my waist without alterations. I love finding pieces in regular sizing that are surprisingly petite-friendly. It comes with a coordinating top too if you want to wear it as a set! An XS regular measures 12" across the waist with no stretch, and the skirt is lined with an invisible back zip. It also looks cute with a black & white striped tee or mustard-colored top.
Along with the heat of summer comes the struggle of dressing for two extremes - cool enough for sweltering outdoor temps, yet warm enough to withstand blasting AC indoors. Nick keeps the house pretty icy these days, so I made the poor decision of heading out in these lightweight wool pants and was met with a sauna. I definitely need to pick up a new pair in this same "Martie" cut, but in their more summer-friendly cotton material!
I got several questions on this eyelet lace dress from Snapchat so wanted to post a few more pics. It's sturdily made in a thicker 100% cotton material, lined in the areas that need it, and has a flattering "Betty Draper" silhouette with two side pockets. It's a difficult decision between the classic navy and sprightly orange!
This past weekend we made a quick trip to visit my family in upstate New York, a quiet respite from the city. My parents showed us this trail with this quaint covered bridge over a beautiful pond, right around the corner from our house. I’ve been home so many times, I couldn’t believe I hadn’t come across this gem before!
This vibrant tiered dress from Banana Republic gives off the most beautiful movement as you walk. It has a slight bohemian vibe with the gathered tiers, and buttons down the front center. I like it unbuttoned to show a little leg to amp up the look, and can also see this worn into Autumn, fully-buttoned with a cropped jacket and scarf. With flats it's casual enough for everyday activities, yet the drama of the skirt makes it appropriate for dressier occasions too.