When I found this beautiful orange eyelet dress by Jude Connally, I knew I needed to add it to my wardrobe. I recently had my “colors done,” and I learned I’m a “true spring,” which means that colors like oranges, greens, pinks, blues, and creams look best on me. While I don’t plan to pigeonhole myself into these colors, it did make me realize that I didn’t own anything orange until I got this dress!
Wearing white in the summertime is such a crisp, clean look. I particularly love dresses with many white eyelet layers because they add elegance and timelessness to any silhouette. This fun mini dress combines several of my favorite aspects of a good dress, like eyelets, ruffles, layers, and scallop details. Since it’s all the same color, it’s simpler and more understated, which makes it feel sophisticated yet easy to throw on and go.
Another part of visiting Grand Hotel that I love is dressing up. Their dress code requires guests to dress a certain way, and it’s the perfect excuse to break out my favorite dresses and go all out. This summer blues look is polished off with pearls and gold accents, plus my new favorite pair of Tieks.
I love bright colors, and Juliet Dunn makes many gorgeous colorful, fun dresses. I love that they’re so bright and comfortable. This pink Palladio tie shoulder dress has tie shoulders, mother-of-pearl buttons, and darling scallop trim. This pink is one of my favorites. It’s comfortable, easy to wear, and looks elevated without trying. I wore it during our stay at Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan, and received many compliments, so it’s easy to see it’s an instant classic!
Wearing a pop of bright color is such a great way to add interest and fun to an otherwise monochromatic outfit. It’s also a great way to mix up your wardrobe. Take the outfit I’m wearing below for example. This white, timeless eyelet dress could be worn with absolutely anything, which is part of the reason I bought it, and this red Prada backpack goes perfectly with it. Swap out the backpack for another colorful bag, bright shoes, or other eye-catching statement accessory and it’s an entirely new look. Rinse and repeat over and over again to give simple garments or pieces in heavy rotation a new lease on life!
I love pretty dresses, particularly when they’re pink with a floral print. It’s even better when they’re sustainably handmade of organic cotton! This Monsoon & Beyond Dress is precisely that. This soft, easy-to-wear dress with full sleeves and an asymmetrical scoop hem is something I wore on our recent visit to Atlanta, GA, during our tour of the Atlanta Botanical Garden. I received many compliments on it, ranging from a Southern bell to a woodland fairy princess, the latter of which is essentially the best compliment I could have ever received!