Do you ever look through your closet and feel like you have ample dressy clothes and plenty of jeans and shirts, but you come up short on the casual and pretty? You know, the kind of ensemble you’d wear to an afternoon baby shower, a birthday party, a church picnic or a girls’ shopping day? I think a colorful printed shift like this one makes a smart addition to your wardrobe for spring and summer outings that call for something easy-breezy and pretty.
This Zig-Zag Printed Shift dress from Talbots has a jewel neckline with knife pleats for added interest. It’s made of a comfortable 100% cotton interlock knit and slips easily over the head. The manufacturer says you can machine was and dry the dress, but I would probably hang it to dry.
I slipped on a pair of strappy pink patent leather sandals I’ve had for years. But even white or neutral sandals would work perfectly.
Because there is so much color and pattern in the dress, I wanted something simple and dainty as far as jewelry. The Kendra Scott Elisa Pendant necklace is from Rocksbox, a jewelry membership service through which you can rent and/or buy jewelry that has been selected for you by your personal stylist for just $21 per month. Have you tried Rocksbox? I’d love to hear about your experience. The necklace I’m wearing is actually one a friend was wearing on loan from Rocksbox, so I haven’t actually tried the service myself. But I’m considering it.
My soft petal earrings are also on loan from Rocksbox. While I normally gravitate toward larger, sturdier pieces of jewelry, I’m trying to learn to appreciate the delicate and dainty.
I think the big take-away from a dress like this is that it reminds me of the importance of color. Many older women gravitate toward black and neutrals, and I like those colors myself. But these photos show me that color awakens my skin, hair and eyes. As we get older it’s all the more important that we wear pretty, brightening colors around our faces. The colors in this dress especially brighten my eyes, skin and hair.
Can you go wrong with a dress like this? Yep, I think so, if you over accessorize or add too much bling. This is the kind of dress that calls for subtle accessories and simple, but pretty shoes. Otherwise, it can look like you’re trying too hard.
Sometimes a girl just needs to slip on a dress, don’t you agree? And this one is pretty, simple and easy. Perfect for a cruise or a quick trip to your favorite ice cream shop! Versatile and striking every time you wear it.
I’ve provided some links to this dress, but also to other cotton shifts and fun sandals. Have a happy, happy day!