I'll be wearing lots of dresses this Summer. It's not a fashion statement or a trend alert, my dear friends.
Let me explain.
One unseasonably warm day a couple of months ago, I was inspired to get a head start on changing over my thick, loungy, Lou & Gray sweatpant set-heavy wardrobe to my lighter, J. Crew t-shirt, shorts and Old Navy swing dress outfits. I went deep into my closet abyss and what I found was unsettling.
image above: Juliet in J. Crew Brocade Sheath Dress (no longer available but adore this similar one) Shoes: vintage Nine West (only available in Tan in very limited sizes)
Way in the back on a long forgotten rack were tons of brightly colored dresses. From dressy to casual, it was all there. Dresses I'd bought years ago, some dated back to 2010. And there was one thing they all had in common.
The price tags were still attached.
Finding one or two items each season may be acceptable but the haul I found could fill a small boutique. These "vintage" (my definition = items older than 10 years) finds were still in fantastic shape - no fading or moth holes. They were all in the same condition they were when I bought them.
I toyed with the idea of actually opening a virtual dress shop (Atelier Juliet?) but what I quickly realized is that I still loved almost every dress I found, they were all quite wearable and remarkably, most were still in very much in style.
Since we seem to be headed in the direction of our lives returning to some sort of normalcy, as vaccines for COVID become more available and some restrictions are being eased, my hope is that as the weather gets warmer, I will be more comfortable getting back to doing the types of activities that used to mean dressing up for the occasion. Or just dressing.
(left) Juliet in Polka Dot Tunic Dress by Ann Taylor (no longer available but here's a style I LOVE, Bag: Gifted (similar style here), Shoes: vintage Nine West (no longer sold), (right) Sweater Dress by Ann Taylor (no longer being sold but I love with the print on this one), Shoes: vintage Nine West (only available in Tan in very limited sizes)
So while I won't be shopping for new clothes anytime soon, perhaps you will be. Maybe you already have weddings to attend, in-person meetings or dinner parties on your calendar. Or perhaps you'll be like me and take any opportunity I can find to put on something other than the wide leg pants I've come to adore and the long sleeve stretch t-shirts that have become my daily uniform.
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I've collected some of the prettiest, brightly colored dresses (available in lots of sizes and price points) in vibrant solids and fabulous prints that I could find to give you some options for whatever chance you may have, casual or formal, to show a little or a lot leg! Shop my finds below!
1. Kobi Halperin Sophie Printed A Line Dress
2. Johnny Was Cabot Mixed Print Silk Dress - out of stock but this one and this one are lovely as well
3. MICHAEL Michael Kors Chain-Print Fit & Flare Dress - sold out but here's a cute one.
4. Lauren Ralph Laren Ruffled Georgette Dress
5. Ramy Brook Olsen Rainbow Cable Knit Maxi Dress
6. Tadashi Shoji Cap Sleeve Lace Gown
7. Tommy Hilfiger Cotton Polo Dress - almost sold out of most sizes. Here's an alternative.
8. Kasper Sleeveless Sheath Dress - sold out but this one's a goodie!
9. Calvin Klein Cotton Chambray Maxi Dress - no longer available but I love this one too.
10. A.L.C. Mischa Cotton Printed Midi Dress
I hope you have fun shopping for Summer looks this year and until next time....
May your life be filled with COLOR!