One day, I wake up and it’s close to 70 degrees, birds are chirping and tulips are starting to poke through the ground. Today, I wake up and there is 2+ inches of snow on the ground with a high of 29 degrees. Last week, I thought I packed away all of cold weather gear and accessories for good — I guess I should have known better! Good thing I’m obsessed with my DANNER BOOTS — at least I have another opportunity to break them out.
Well, what do you know?! It’s May!
The season of weddings, cocktail parties, benefits, graduations, etc. is officially upon us. I like to refer to the next 2 months as the “Season Of The Dress!” — or the season of one too many glasses of rosé!
With so many spring dresses out there, I know it can be an overwhelming project to narrow down the selection and get focused. To make your life a bit easier, I’ve put together a collection of some of my favorite styles — some long, some short, some floral, some graphic — to help every woman find her best spring dress!
Want to know my favorite?
I honestly adore them all, but I’ve had a recent love affair with the brand, SELF PORTRAIT (#14!). Although, not the least expensive of the bunch, the SELF PORTRAIT PEPLUM DRESS is so stunning and unique — definitely a stand out.
Here’s a tip: If you like that cut out lace-work look, but not the price, the marigold H&M MIDI DRESS might be right up your alley! It’s a fraction of the price and the color is oh-so-stunning on tanned skin.
One of the spring dresses I can’t help but love is the NEEDLE & THREAD COPPELIA BALLET DRESS (#4). It’s way more girly than my typical style, but it has such an elegant refined look that would be perfect for a summer wedding! The price tag is also fantastic for a dress with detailed embellishments and a great fit — winner, winner.
Which spring dress is YOUR favorite?
Did you ever purchase a dress for a special occasion that ultimately got shelved/hung in the back of your closet and never saw the light of day? When I saw THIS DRESS online I was immediately drawn to its bright pop of in-your-face chartreuse color.
What I’m Wearing:
So different from my neutral style M.O., right? Sometimes, it’s nice to get out of our color comfort zone a bit. This acid-bright, shade of green also happens to look amazing on brunettes with fair skin. i.e. me!
Unfortunately, comfort won over style in the case of the dress and I decided that in the heat of a summer Florida wedding a whisper thin, silk-like fabric might end up a mess of wrinkles and sweat stains. It was a good call by me.
Fast forward a few months and my chartreuse muse is still hanging in my closet. Rather than wait for another “perfect” occasion, I thought I could try to mix things up a little and style this dress for a casual affair more in synch with my lifestyle. Enter my army-green leather jacket (SIMILAR) and favorite booties (SIMILAR).
Never thought that army green and acid yellow/green could work together, huh? These photos tell a very different story!
So what are today’s style takeaways?
1) At only $23, this dress is the deal of the season.
2) Don’t overlook great pieces in your existing wardrobe. Before consigning/donating/tossing any style favorite that just didn’t work out, reconsider its purpose. Cocktail dress? Try to dress it down. Simple t-shirt? Try to dress it up. You get the point…
3) When wearing a bold bright, contrast it with a deeper, toned down version of the same color.
Chartreuse + Army Green…
Hot pink + Magenta…
Electric Blue + Navy.
If a chartreuse color pop is just what your wardrobe needs, here are a few more eye-catching finds in some irresistibly bright hues: