a dress & a pair of sandals is my summer uniform. there is nothing easier than a dress when it comes to putting together an outfit – no need to worry about a top & bottom; it’s one and done! this has come in handy this summer where I’ve needed to get dressed & out the door in as little time as possible. the funny thing is, dresses and I have a love-hate relationship. it takes me a whole lot of trial & error to find a dress for my body, but once I do, it becomes a classic in my closet. all three of the dresses above are in constant rotation. I wore the fit & flare dress (in a different print that’s now sold out) to a friend’s wedding with a cardigan, the shirtdress to a staff meeting, and the maxi for all the days this summer where it’s been too darn hot to wear much else. I love all three, but I have to rave a little about the maxi – it has a slit on the side, which makes walking & climbing stairs so much easier, as well as adding a little sexy detail. the petite length is spot on for me without needing alterations. when j. crew factory had a massive sale a couple of weeks back, I ordered the black, tried it on, fell in love, and then ordered it in the dusky blue and a turquoise. you know the dress is a winner when you have it in 3 colors & they all get used at least once a week.
I’m of the opinion that the more classic/basic the dress, the more liberty you have to amp it up with the shoes. I tell myself it’s ok I’ve worn all of these dresses to death this summer because 1) capsule wardrobe – go me! and 2) I change up the shoes. the wedges are so comfy (and now madly on sale!), the lace-ups are a good edgier option, and who doesn’t want a pair of embellished sandals to liven up the most basic of outfits?
what’s your summer uniform?