Stuff We Love: Affordable, Strappy, Summer Dresses

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Go to Target. Now! Run! There are loads and loads of cute, strappy, printed dresses and most are under $25. Can you hear them calling your name? I did. 

Here are two of my picks: 

I love this dress cause you can do a lot of fun accessorizing with it. Here I kept it simple with an Anthropology belt and some long necklaces. 

 This dress is my favorite mostly because I love how the coloring looks on my skin tone. Plus, the fit is perfect for my petite lil’ self. Don’t worry if you don’t love the pattern. There are TONS to choose from.  I didn’t accessorize at all with this one because I really wanted the shoes to be the star of the show. 

These two dresses cost me a whopping $40! Not too shabby for two frilling outfits that can make multiple different looks. 

Now I’m wondering if you even finished this post or are already perusing the aisles at Target. 

- A

Summer Style Tip: The Bandeau

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I love spring and summer’s many options for strappy, v-neck, filmy-see-through, lacey, flowy tops, but I don’t love baring quite so much of my bosom.  And many times, especially if I’m in Texas or Louisiana, it’s just too hot to wear a cami or tank underneath.  If you have this problem too, say hello to your new friend, the bandeau.

This lady gives coverage and cleavage-hiding without the heat!  And can often liven up an outfit just so, giving it a peek of color or hint of lace, and adding a layered look without the layered warmth. Here are some ideas for how to use your new friend.

I particularly like this one, which can be worn both as bandeau, and as racerback. But I’d recommend having at least one nude, lacy one in your repertoire (like the one I paired with the black maxi dress).  The nude color tends to go with anything, but the lace keeps it from looking like you’re showing your bra on accident.  Plus, lace is so “spring ‘11 sweet-sexy”. If you need more support (hello, mama-boobs), you can wear your regular bra underneath, especially with tops that have straps but are maybe too low-cut in the front. 

Do you have style tricks you love to use?  Share in the comments!

-f

May 5, 2011 10:22 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

fran & aurelia

Fran likes knitting, cooking, reading design blogs, curating her home, and wearing chunky jewelry.

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