Wednesday, July 28, 2010
The weather here finally cooled down enough (read: low 90's as opposed to almost 100) for a couple days for me to appreciate summer. This heat wave really has me itching for fall! I decided to celebrate being able to walk around outside without instantly feeling dehydrated by wearing the most summery pattern: Floral!
Today was another long day of doing errands. I wanted a lightweight shirt because even with the heat breaking a bit, low 90's is still really hot! Because the shirt is a bit flowy, a structured denim pencil skirt came in handy to streamline the bottom half of the outfit. A colorful, contrasting belt also helped give shape to an otherwise pillowcase-y frock. The flirty ruffle details and the bow at the neckline give the shirt an even more feminine feel. Tip: Don't be afraid to mix and match with color! I wore both the green belt and the coral sandals to bring out those colors in the pattern. Just make sure that you accent with solids...too many patterns can make you dizzy! I like the 'gladiator sandal' trend, but I find that most have a bazillion buckles, and really, who has the time? These have a back zipper making them really practical while still stylish, and the chain detail gives a bit of edginess to a super girly ensemble.
Quick Anecdote: I used to be afraid of patterns to the point that my entire closet was solid colors. My closet is organized by color (read: huge Dork!) and I realized that half of a full closet rung was full of black shirts, sweaters, blouses...etc. After being inspired by a former coworker, I made a pledge to my self: NO MORE BLACK! I started looking for patterns wherever I went. Slowly but surely I have been adding a new area to my organized closet: The Pattern Corner! For all of you that think black is best, I challenge you: make your next purchase a patterned one. Patterns are all over the place right now: madras, gingham, florals, etc. There is surely a pattern to please every person:)
White Undershirt: Ruthie's (in Monsey)
Floral Frock: The Pink Orchid (in Passaic)
Belt: Ann Taylor
Are you a fan of flirty florals??