I found this floral number over Ebay a couple weeks ago and I've been aching to wear it out. It wants to be at an outdoor party, a luau, or a beachside cafe. On this particular day, it was a little chilly, but not enough to need a jacket, so I decided to try something different with this dress and layer it with a striped top.
Next time I wear this during cool weather, I'm going to wear a cropped jacket with rolled sleeves to show of the stripes.
I think the shoes are an important element, to keep the look low-key. I think heels would feel too forced.
The back of this dress has a set of buttons from the top to the waist. Fun!
Dresses that nip in at the waist are always flattering for any figure. Normally I would belt dresses like this, but because of the band of fabric around the waist (and the mix of patterns) this outfit doesn't need one.
I also didn't want to overwhelm the outfit with a lot of jewelery, so I just wore a couple simple strand necklaces. I've really been getting a lot of use from my "lucky" necklace, and the green one is a new piece from Bauble Bar.
Dress: Vintage via Ebay. I found a cute blue floral version on Modcloth, and a version by Jessica Simpson that has longer slit sleeves.
Shirt: StyleMint. Here is a super-cheap navy version at Charlotte Russe, Here is a thin-striped top by Michael Kors, and a boat-neck version from Ralph Lauren.
Shoes: Dollhouse. Here is a great version by Bass (who also makes a plastic cut-out version for their collaboration with Rachel Antonoff, and here is a leather version by Koolaburra via Anthropologie.
Necklaces: Mini Gem Bloom Pendant at Bauble Bar. Get Lucky necklace at Forever21.