Dress: Winners, similar here & also love this | Jacket: J.Crew (I cut the bottom off to give it a raw hem and make it more cropped) | Shoes: Stuart Weitzman however, these are great dupes for a great price! Also, love these block heel, bright suede version | Purse: Chanel, similar here & here
Hey, Y’all! Sorry for the delay in posting. I am just returning from vacation in Georgia and South Carolina. It was our first ‘official’ family vacation. We have done long weekends away, but haven’t had a real vacation since our glorious babymoon last summer. So, it was much needed and I promised myself I wouldn’t work, but instead, practice being present, enjoying every moment to the fullest with the fam jam. We had an incredible time soaking up the culture, exploring, relaxing, eating and making memories. I can’t wait to tell you all about it in another post!
When I think of places in “the south,” I think of southern hospitality, southern belles and southern charm. All these things conjure up visions of all things pretty and picture perfect. It’s all true, too! The southern style is so romantic, from their fashion to their architecture. It is as lovely as I imagined and more! Thus I felt inspired to discuss the current romantic tones that are trending in fashion for spring and summer.
Florals always seem to bloom to popularity for spring and summer fashion, but this year it’s all about the botanical versions. Florals are a lovely choice for any spring or summer occasion and I love that you can take it from day to night by simply switching up accessories. For instance, pair a romantic floral maxi with a straw hat or loosely done top knot and some flat slip on sandals or espedrilles for day or opt for softly waved hair with a deep side part or loose chignon and some strappy heels for night.
Floral pieces have come in various cuts and styles this spring season, and most will transition into summer with ease. I instantly fell in love with the cut of this dress. It has an early 90’s vibe, which totally brings me back to that era. I was too young to sport or appreciate a dress like this then (it would have been too mature for my pre-teen self). So wearing it now, seriously transported me back in time, which was sort of what captured my attention when I decided to purchase the dress. We tend to purchase things that make us feel good or give us a sense of nostalgia. This is something I LOVE about fashion. I feel it has the ability to evoke feelings, allowing us to travel in time to another era, by simply getting dressed! (Whoa! Deep thoughts! Ha!)
Anyway, back to the dress! The colours work well for day or night. The black backdrop lets it move into night with ease, while the bright florals give it its spring/summer vibes that make it fun for day as well. The material is rayon, so it’s nice and light and breathable. It’s non-fussy fabric has a bit of natural wrinkle to it, so it wears really well! This is great when in a hurry and you don’t have time to iron (as a mom, this is always a bonus). It was a great choice for a recent wedding shower I attended this weekend, as I could tote baby Elle around on my hip and not have to worry about it getting wrinkly and looking sloppy. Also, the buttons make it nursing friendly!
Aside from spring/summer wedding and baby showers, you could wear this style or something similar, for a nice day of window shopping with the girls or it could be easily dressed up for a date night on the town. I wore it with my Stuart Weitzman nudist sandals. These are a classic and tend to look good with anything, but I find they also give it a bit more of an elegant feel. I also think it would look really good with ankle strap, block sandals as well! Especially a pair in a bright fuchsia or coral suede, to pull the colours out from the floral pattern.
I wore a denim jacket, as it’s still a bit chilly here, which does dress it down, making it more causal. I really couldn’t imagine wearing it with anything else though, except for perhaps a boyfriend blazer or a long fine knit sweater/cardi. I would go sans jacket for a more dressy feel, which would also show off the sleeve, one of my favourite details. A clutch would work really well for evening events, but a tote would be great for a more casual daytime look. I’ve opted for my Chanel. I think a chain style bag looks perfectly ladylike and it could be worn both day or night, without being too casual or formal. I purchased this dress at Winners, but have linked some similar options above.
I hope everyone’s week is off to a wonderful start and that you all enjoyed this post. Feel free to hit me up and let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for reading!