The last thing my wardrobe needed was another dress, especially a dark floral frock when I’ve already been adding them to my closet with abandon this season. But you know what? Sometimes you just have to stick with what works for you. I’m a dress die-hard and I knew I had to have this little Joie number the moment I spotted it. I adore the feminine ruffles along the shoulders and the whisper-thin silk chiffon that catches the wind just right. (There’s a slim-fit slip underneath that keeps you from having a Marilyn Monroe moment, which I definitely had with a different dress recently. So embarrassing!) There aren’t many days left where I can go without tights, but this dress is just as cute with tights and a turtleneck sweater layered underneath for a winterized version of the look.
Shoes: Kate Spade
Bag: Banana Republic (similar steal; love this; another bag with the o-ring detail)
Necklace: c/o Julie Vos (similar)
Bracelet: c/o Julie Vos (love this; ring version)
Rings: c/o Julie Vos (similar), Monica Vinader
Between the Old Navy dress I wore here, the Joie dress I recently purchased, and this budget-friendly number, I can’t stop adding dark floral dresses to my fall wardrobe. It’s just so darn easy to throw one on with a pair of ballet flats and feel pulled together. And, if we’re being honest, it’s that kind of simplicity I’m aching for right now. After a heavy workload over the last couple of months, I’m finally able to put the stress behind me and really enjoy carefree autumn days starting with this week’s road trip. We’re heading to Louisville on Thursday for a couple of nights and then continuing to Nashville on Saturday. Judging by the forecast, it looks like the Joie dress is going to be the perfect thing for Tennessee’s summer-like temperatures!
Well, it’s officially sweater weather. (Although today is expected to reach 72 degrees, which is all the excuse I need to break out my favorite summer dress one last time before packing it away for the year.) I typically hate the change in seasons and the hint of frost in the air, but this turtleneck is easing some of the post-summer blues. It’s a cozy, non-itchy wool blend that’s perfect for crisp fall days. (Seriously, how cute would it be for autumnal photo opps? Think apple picking, enjoying the fall color, getting lost in corn mazes, etc. It’s why I’m going to wear it pretty much constantly this season.) It’s available today for 30% off with free shipping. Go with your regular size for the intended relaxed fit. I’m also a huge fan of how it looks with a navy a-line mini skirt and the block-heel pumps in this Instagram.
As you’ve probably gathered, I’m not much of an Old Navy shopper. By in large, I think the quality of the garments is too low even for the price and the thought put into designs is lacking. However, there are times when Old Navy does it right: insanely affordable denim, basic t-shirts, and this dress. Prints are a hard thing for a discounted retailer to pull off, which is why I typically go with solid colors if I’m shopping for inexpensive duds, but Old Navy nails it with this multi-colored floral dress. The variety of flowers and colors in the pattern make it look more expensive than it is, unlike the other two-color prints for this dress that look cheap.
As with any low-cost apparel, pairing it with luxe accessories elevates the look. I went with my go-to Ferragamo flats and a DVF clutch. Both of these have high price tags, but the cost per wear makes it worthwhile. I normally wore out a pair of black flats in the $100-150 range within a year. The Ferragamo pair still looks brand new. I’ll have them resoled when they start to look worn. The clutch is one of my absolute favorite accessories. I splurged on it a couple of years ago and haven’t had a desire to buy another black clutch since. The classic shape won’t go out of style and it’s large enough for all of your essentials.
Dress: Old Navy
Clutch: Diane von Furstenberg (hands down my favorite clutch)
Rings: Monica Vinader, c/o Julie Vos (similar), Melanie Auld (love this)
Lips: Stila “Bella”