I bought this dress at Old Navy in the summer of 2008, during a heat wave. I bought about six dresses that day, and they remain the core of my summer casual wear. This one is my favorite–the smocking gives me a tiny waist, and the embroidery on the straps and around the hem has Swiss Miss/Sound of Music-y “alp-peal.”
The skirt is a nice in-between cut and easy to wear–it neatly avoids those typical summer dress hazards of getting stuck between your legs or blowing up in the wind.
Can also be worn with a turtleneck and tights for winter, but I usually pack it away for the season so it isn’t ready at hand when I might wear it. Sometimes I do this late in the fall, when it’s cold but I haven’t gotten around to putting the summer clothes away yet.
Sadly, this one’s starting to look a little worse for wear….the embroidery is starting to come loose, etc. This may be its last summer.
Bridesmaid dress shopping, summer 2008. Gladiator sandals also from Old Navy. Broke them later that summer, to my dismay, while wandering home after a happy hour.
Engagement party, August 2008. Accessorized with a stylish nametag. You know, in case anyone at the party doesn’t know who the bride is. Earrings from Falling Water. Gold chain bracelet was a high school graduation gift from my grandma. Can’t wear it now because the clasp is broken. Must remember to get it fixed!
Mini-golfing at Putterz, summer 2009. I’m not sure why I bothered with the short-sleeved shirt underneath. As I recall, it was very hot out, and this shirt had really tight sleeves. Uncomfortable and unflattering on my upper arms. Rubber/plastic sandals from Old Navy.
On our honeymoon in Portland, OR. With a wraparound green 3/4 sleeve cardigan and black canvas wedges, both from Target, 2009.
At the Lincoln Park Zoo, September 2010. Eve’s reharsal brunch. With a cardigan from Old Navy, 2010, and flats bought in Rome, 2004.
Punting in Oxford, July 2011. With the same Old Navy cardigan and necklace from Orchid Lane
Puerto Vallarta, April 2012. Bag from Meijer, 2012. Necklace from The Garlic Press, 2007. Shell earrings from…Forever 21? Not sure. ca. 2008.