A Dress of Many Colors

Dress • Dillard’s | Hat • similar here, here and below | Sandals • Steve Madden (also here) | Bag • Louis Vuitton (old), other options here, here and below | Watch • The Horse | Lip Pencil • M·A·C Candy Yum-Yum | Lipstick • M·A·C Candy Yum Yum

I could have titled this post Helen and the Amazing Multicolored Striped Dress.  The rainbow of color is what makes this dress such a great choice.  If you like options, you’ve got them.  I added my bright pink Louis Vuitton bag, but turquoise, light pink, tan and orange would be equally at home here.  You’ll also find navy, white and various shades of green would make great accent colors.  No wonder the dress reminds me of the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

As an added feature, there is also a really unique neck treatment.  A metal necklace, complete with lobster clasp, is the way the dress fastens.  You have color and built-in jewelry.  Sounds like this pretty dress has you covered!  It definitely felt as though it belonged on a tropical vacation (hence the floppy hat).  I think it would also work well for an outdoor wedding.

Even though I have a little thicker waist, I think the style works.  One could also add a leather belt (maybe in tan?) in place of the same-fabric sash.  I wanted something a little closer to an unbroken line of fabric.  I’m a bit ambivalent about the shoes.  I’m not sure if I would have liked smooth leather instead of suede. Perhaps I’m not completely sold on the chunky heel with a dress this flowy.  A strappy sandal might work better.  What do you think?

Thanks for reading!

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Dress • Romwe | Panama Hat • Nordstrom (similar here) | Shoes • Christian Louboutin | Sunglasses • Ann Taylor (similar Nordstrom) | Watch • Michael Kors | Wallet, Louis Vuitton, old • similar here and here | Lip Liner • M·A·C Burgundy | Lipstick • Lancôme Sugared Maple | Lip Gloss • M·A·C Lipglass in Russian Red

My search for inexpensive summer dresses continues.  This cute striped dress from Romwe is the latest acquisition.  It is light-weight and summery, but still office-appropriate and stylish.  One of my pet peeves is stripes that don’t align, but I was willing to deal with it here because the mismatch isn’t as noticeable as it would be if the entire dress were horizontally striped.

On another note, I’m resuming Money Mondays today!  I’ll be posting them separately to keep them in the Finance category.  I’ll continue discussing financial topics I believe are important to women, although many, like today’s discussion of trusts, are important to the entire family.   Please check them out and feel free to comment and ask questions.  I am also available by email at helen@hautebusiness.com if you’re more comfortable asking questions privately.

Back to fashion; the Nordstrom Anniversary Early Access sale is in full swing.  As a Nordstrom debit or credit-card holder you can gain access to this fantastic sale online as well as in stores!

Happy Monday!


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