Keep Palm and Summer On

Just a quick post today to share with you how much I am loving these summer finds! It feels really good when you make some great shopping decisions because we have all had purchases that we've regretted. I hate wasting money on items that were impulse buys or that I thought I would get more wear out of than I really did. No buyer's remorse here, hurray! These items won't let you down and are so versatile! You'll find that they will carry you straight through to Labor Day. 

Follow my lead: palm printed dress, the carry-with-everything striped clutch, bold (and comfy!) red wedges, a popping statement necklace, and sleek sunnies. 

I haven't loved the midi length until I met this dress. While other midi looks made me feel squatty, this one makes me feel really sleek! It comes in petite and regular. Mine is an 8 petite for reference. In the mirror pic below I am wearing a 6 petite but sized up for extra room in the bust which helped to reduce the underarm pudge.

There are currently cardigans in navy, green, and a navy/white embroidered palm pattern that coordinate well with this dress. You never know when summer air conditioning will have you thinking it's mid-December.

Breastfeeding mamas (myself included) will enjoy how convenient this dress is for nursing--just untie the top! You can't wear a regular bra with it but my strapless bra is a total dream. Here's the link to the strapless bra that I got for the season, and it's been great under dresses and off the shoulder looks. It comes with straps that convert a few ways so I have been rotating it in as a regular bra because I really like the support of the four eye hooks and how the wide band smooths all my back fluff.


Here are a couple of dressing room pics as well so you can see the full length of the dress. Again, this is the petite and I am 5'2" wearing a flat sandal.

This dress can really be styled very casually with a big straw bag and flip flops or be paired with heels/wedges and statement earrings for a summer wedding, rehearsal dinner, cruise, or other dressy occasion. I intend to wear it to church too with a cardigan. See similar looks including shoes, clutches and statement necklaces by clicking the link below. For this exact dress, call Melissa at 843.839.9099 at Ann Taylor Factory and she can ship to you. She can include a coordinating cardigan too so you can get that green to match just right if you're OCD about color.


Also, if you are specifically interested in the coral necklace in the first picture, contact Candace at Downtown Divas by calling 252.482.0144.

Here are a few other ways that I styled this dress. Most people might call it a day with a palm dress and stick to simple white accessories which looks really beautiful, especially for summer. You know that I love to add more layers of color and pattern so I just couldn't help myself! Hopefully these pairing will inspire you. 

A basket style clutch really gives this dress a natural vibe and a peachy-pink (or yellow) pop at the neck is unexpected. 

I love how the creamy coral branch necklace pops against the dark background of the dress. These muted leopard peep toe wedges give an old Hollywood feel to the look and add another layer of visual interest.

Hot pink plays so well off the green and blues of the dress! I added a beaded necklace that I found at a resale shop for $5 and my favorite Thirty-One clutch (comes with a crossbody strap too) found  HERE. The clutch comes in cherry red and a beautiful cork with gold metallic accents that would really make this look very summer chic.

This is a "vintage" bolero shrug. Vintage in that I've had it for over 12 years now. It came from LOFT and it is such a great length for accenting your narrowest part. It hits above the waist, and the cap sleeve creates such balance of the shoulders and hips which makes your middle look smaller by comparison, even if it isn't a true hourglass on its own.

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