One of the pieces that has been on heavy rotation in my closet is this great patterned cotton dress I found at my local thrift store a few weeks ago. It is the perfect dress for when I need something easy to throw on and goes with anything for any occasion. As I said before, I'm really trying to get myself to buy bright colors and patterns (even with the occasional special black dress
) and while this isn't the brightest, it does have pattern and visual interest. I guess you could say I have the spring/summer blues.
This dress is only a few weeks old but it has already come in handy so many times. I've worn it with a cardigan and flats to work, black wedges and a statement necklace out to a show, and with a blue striped cardigan and sandals for a casual dinner and movie (I really like the idea of mixing prints, as long as they're in the same color family). I love the v-neck with the wider straps and tie waist, along with the easy cotton material. In this case, I paired the dress with some basic black booties to edge it up a bit, but I actually preferred other times when I wore this with less heavy shoes. I do like the addition of the (legitimately) fancy Marc Jacobs purse (my best EBay purchase!- even when I go designer, I still don't pay full price!) and the (illegitimately) fancy "Ray-Bans" from Cabo. Want to wear something easy and still look put together? Add a simple cotton dress in a flattering cut and some cool sunglasses, and you're good to go.
Blue print dress: Converse, $6 thrifted
Black booties: $17 thrifted via Out of the Closet
Aviators sunglasses : "Ray-Ban," $10 via Cabo street vendor
Black leather purse: Marc by Marc Jacobs via EBay