Hi friends! Happy Saturday! My birthday was one week ago today– and I have to say, being 23 isn't so bad. This past week was actually pretty damn good. Work went well, the weather has been fantastic, and I even got to go to the terrace last Sunday. And the icing on the cake? Target is selling Cheesecake Brownie Ben & Jerry's again. It's been like, several years since I've been able to find it. I went in looking for my Limited Edition Peanut Butter Half Baked and found the ever elusive Cheesecake Brownie. I naturally bought both. The universe is really rooting for me this week.
With yesterday's weather being truly hot outside (not just warm), I thought it was the perfect time to chat about spring dresses. I am truly a dress advocate– and not just because I'm a dresses merchant. I've always been a big dress fan, wearing all kinds of styles, all four seasons of the year. I truly believe there is a dress out there for every woman, it's just a matter of finding the right fit and style for your body and taste. A true girly-girl at heart, I have too many dresses to count– but you don't need a closet full of dresses to have a dress for every spring occasion. There are 5 key silhouettes that I define as must-have dresses for your spring wardrobe. These 5 silhouettes will really cover all your spring dressing occasions!
1. The Sheath
The sheath is a timeless, classic silhouette that is ultra flattering. It creates an hourglass shape by accentuating the smallest part of your waistline, fitting close to the body through the hip. The sheath is often very refined, perfect for your dressier occasions (i.e. weddings, graduation, Mother's Day, etc.). Although many are woven (which can be more restrictive), there are many knit options that are super comfortable and stretchy, but still dressy enough for your formal occasions. Lands' End's Ponte Sheath is incredibly comfortable (I know this, because I own four), and has pockets!
2. The Aline
Speaking of flattering silhouettes, the aline dress is universally flattering across all body types. It, like the sheath, emphasizes the smallest part of your waist, while creating that coveted hourglass figure with a full skirt. The aline also errs on the refined side, great for your big occasions– but can easily be worn with sandals for a more casual style. As someone with bigger hips, I love the aline style, because it shows off my trimmer waist, and flows away from my hips.
3. The Shirtdress
The Shirtdress is an easy, casual dress that can easily go from work to play with just a simple shoe change. Shirtdresses come in a variety of silhouettes and sleeve variations. They can read preppy, edgy, or full-on feminine depending on your styling, making this dress one of the most versatile in your closet.
4. The Maxi Dress
For the days you're wanting a little more leg coverage (perhaps you didn't have time to shave your legs? We all know how that goes...), the maxi is your go-to. Pretty, flowy, and feminine– the maxi dress is the perfect dress to transition you from spring to summer. It's really a statement piece, so accessories are minimal– it's very much a throw-it-on-and-go type of dress.
5. The Shift
The epitome of casual, this waist-less dress just screams simplicity. The shift works as the perfect weekend dress, complete with a bucket bag, sunglasses, and a hat to cover your bedhead. It's an easy silhouette, straight through the waist and hip that is great for showing off your legs in the warm weather. I personally love the shift dress with a pair of sneakers for a sportier style. Although a casual dress, don't rule out the shift from formal events. A shift dress, such as the Modcloth one above, works for more refined occasions, with just a simple necklace and strappy sandals.
How many of the must haves do you have? Are you covered? Or do you need to go out to the mall? Luckily, there are some good sales this weekend (hello, 40% everything at LOFT!), so you can snag a good deal. As for me? I'm still on my no-shopping freeze for another 2 weeks! Wish me luck!
Until next time–