Hey, so, last week I mentioned that I'd bought the Old Navy fit and flare dress because my striped dress quota MUST BE MET. I don't know, you guys. It's a compulsion. Anyway, my friend Paula recommended it (she bought it in grey) and then my friend Carly emailed about it too and I was like, I am on it. Or, it is on me. Here:
It's cute, yes? Not bad for an under-$20 summer option! (I am also eyeing this tank version and maybe this tee dress, but we shall see.) I ordered the dress in a small and a medium and decided to keep the medium. The small fit me okay but the waist hit a bit too high. The medium gave me a bit more length, making it vaguely work-appropriate.
One other note: the dress material is a bit thin. I solve this by wearing a slip under it (which I usually do anyway) and I was sad to discover that my favorite Gap slip is no longer being made. However, Commando makes a really nice half slip and their cami slip is also good and on sale right now! Commando isn't inexpensive, but I've liked everything I've tried. It also looks like Halogen has a similar slip line and they're much less expensive!
I threw on an old Banana Republic cotton cardigan so I wouldn't freeze. I should probably think about a new one for summer. This BR sheer vee cardigan has potential, but I'm not holding my breath. I do think this LOFT sheer cardigan looks like a great summer layering option and there's something strangely appealing about this Lou & Grey poncho thing. Just me?
Details! I'm wearing my usual encrusted Giles and Brother Skinny Cortina bracelet. You can still get the encrusted version in silver but I like the plain version too. My necklace is a Vince Camuto gold spike which I can't find, but there are earrings that match! For your gold spike needs, I would recommend this ultra cool Alexis Bittar version. For the budget, this Sam Edelman spike is not bad either!
Red bag time. This is my LV epi speedy (via eBay) and is probably the nicest bag I own. eBay is a good option for the epi line, but if you just want an indestructible red leather satchel, I think this saffiano leather D & B is a very good option. This red ASH satchel over at 6pm is also a great option at a great price. If you don't want a leather bag, check out this cool Matt & Nat satchel. I would totally carry that in a second.
Shoes! These are a much loved pair of Chie Miharas that have the added benefit of being really comfortable. This cute pair of Chies is the updated version and the lower heel option is also taunting me, but I think you can get the same general look with the Madewell Mayla sandal (though I'd wait for a code!)