After yesterday’s expensive Miu Miu masterpiece, I bring you an equally lovely dress by Porridge ($148) that’s much more attainable.
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Mixing patterns can be a challenge for even the most seasoned fashionista, but this is a perfect example of how to do it. A small, repeating one on top and a larger, more abstract one on the bottom – broken up by a solid sash. Gorgeous!
Indulge me if you will and step back into fantasy-land for a moment.
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Everything about this Miu Miu dress ($2,075) is perfection. The silhouette is basic, yet timeless and elegant. The mosaic pattern is innovative and edgy. The colors are bold but understated so as not to compete with the print.
Another contender for the summer wedding dress… Evidently, I’m digging on purple lately.
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This Adrianna Papell silk halter-ish dress ($168) would definitely work to my figure’s advantage, playing up my best bits. As I’ve said a hundred times, I have an excellent collar bone and shoulder area and a halter definitely accentuates that. I also have a fairly small waist and any dress that has a band-type construction makes it look even smaller.
Plus, the ruching over the bust will add some much-needed…um…well…size to that area. I am not what one would call “blessed” in this regard.
I’m kinda-sorta maybe a little in love with this Banana Republic dress ($98).
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You don’t typically see a ton of purple going on in the summer, especially paired with grey. But I think it definitely works here.
This dress most definitely requires a heel, since the length would be down around the knees on a mere (5′ 3″) mortal, but I feel like the shoes they’ve styled this with are a little too “matchy-matchy”. (But I do love the color of them otherwise.)
I have a wedding to attend in August and I’ve been looking around for a new dress to wear. I ran across this one from ABS by Allen Schwartz ($118) on Nordstrom’s website and it’s a major contender.
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I’m in serious love with that cobalt color. I’ve written before about my affinity for halter necklines. It’s matte jersey and I’ve long sung that wondrous fabric’s praises. (Just try and wrinkle it. Just try! You can’t!!!)
But you want to know what the real clincher is? You see that twisty, knotty bit in the front there? Well, that twisty, knotty bit is a work of sheer genius and a godsend for carb-loving girls everywhere. That brilliant twisty, knotty bit creates some lovely draping. Right over the tummy area.
So I can literally have my cake and eat it too.
Intimidated by animal prints? A lot of women are. (And, if I’m honest, many of those who aren’t should be.) Here’s a great way to do an animal print without it being quite so obvious:
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This Anna Sui dress ($106.80 on final sale at Shopbop) is a more subtle and stylized take on zebra. In fact, it almost looks like a ribbon print.
I also really like how the strappy shoes sort of mirror the zebra stripe. Just remember to keep the jewelry simple!
Sorry – another “the perfect summer dress” post… But this one by Tbags ($115 at Bluefly, $192 retail) looked too good to pass up.
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Gorgeous print, eye-catching use of color, a bit of detail in the form of twisted shoulder straps, made of soft jersey, equally appropriate at Sunday brunch or on the beach – all the makings of a perfect summer dress, I would say!