I remember in the midst of early pandemic life in 2020 of seeing headlines about the 'Nap Dress'. I even had people sending me the links and asking for my opinion, as the resident dress connoisseur. I didn't get the excitement over these branded 'Nap Dresses', as I find just about every dress comfortable enough to nap in. I don't know if this is odd- but I think I would nap in just about every dress in my closet. And I do. Especially throughout this pandemic, I have really doubled down on the thought that dresses are the most comfortable option! Especially the smocked ones, but again I didn't see anything particularly special about these 'Nap Dresses'.
Spring of 2021 I started seeing more and more of the Hill House Nap Dress, and actually ended up falling in love with their English Garden collection. I however didn't realize that by this point that had somewhat of a cult following, only to find that everything in these pretty florals was sold out. I needed another smocked 'prairie girl' dress like a hole in the head, but I told myself if the 'Pastel Trellis' print came back in stock or if I found one second hand, I'd have to try one for myself.
Long story short I saw they were having a re-edition of their Trellis collection, and had to pick one up. Or two... okay three. I told myself I would return the ones I didn't like, you know like a fool. Because I ended up loving all three. I grabbed two Ellie nap dresses, and one Nelsi. I grabbed the Ellie in Pastel Trellis and a pink floral they did in collaboration with Bridgerton, and the Nelsi in Emerald trellis that I could wear into fall, and again in the spring.
Now, are these dresses worth the hype? For me, with my lifestyle and style- 100% yes. I work from home, so these are appropriate for me to 'wear to work' per se. And I do! They are comfortable enough for me to wear all day, while still being put together and cute. They are also easy dressed up with a headband and heels to wear out to dinner!
And yes, they are comfortable enough to nap in. On the weekends when I wear them I do nap in them. I wouldn't say they are more comfortable to nap in than other dresses, but they certainly are comfortable enough to nap in.
So, have you bought into the 'Nap Dress' yet? Not too late- the pandemic seems as though it will be dragging on a for a while still!
I really feel like I have lucked out with the trends the past few years. I love all things frilly and feminine, and I think we have brands like LoveShackFancy & Zimmermann to thank for these ultra feminine dresses coming into style. However 70's inspired trends haven't really been my thing, until I started seeing these exaggerated collars coming back.
I remember the 'Peter Pan' collars of the early 2010's that seemed to be on every shirt, dress, and sweater for a few years. And I remember being sad to see the detail fade out of style in favor of edgier looks coming in around 2014 and '15. I was happy to see them popping back up this past spring, and I am happy to see them be more prevalent heading into fall '21!
I'm not so sure I'll be wearing them with the trendy sweater vests and pleated mini skirts, but I am loving them on dresses like this one by ChicWish! I can always count on them to add some trending details to my frilly dresses. I love this one's sort of shirt dress inspired style, with the feminine details of the rose print, tiered ruffle skirt, matching belt, and exaggerated collar. This is more how I will be trying this trend out in my closet!
Anyone else excited to see these collars come back into style?
I don't know if you can tell by clicking through my blog, but jeans are not my thing. In high school, after spending hours looking for jeans for heading back to school I came to the realization that I just didn't like jeans. And for several years, I just never really wore them! In Texas I could really wear dresses year, round, and in college I just grabbed for leggings to wear with sweaters on those few cold weeks we'd get down south.
However moving to Minnesota last year had to make me re-evaluate my wardrobe. Yes, I could just wear leggings. But Wearing leggings for months on end was making me feel like a bit of a bum. So I was forced to make amends with my relationship with jeans, and find a few staple pairs to add to my closet. And after adding some staple pairs to my closet, I do actually love wearing denim now!
I was excited when more styles than just the basic skinny jeans were coming into style. It is a fun way to switch up your looks! Just like playing with different styles of dresses. So I was excited to partner up with Liverpool to style a pair of their straight legged jeans! I was sort of scared they'd be too long and baggy on my petite height, but a couple of cuffs fixed that right up. And I love the fit! They are relaxed and comfortable, without being baggy and shapeless.
I paired it with one of Liverpool's classic white tanks, and layered a bralette underneath for a layered look with some lace peeking out. Topped off the outfit with a statement headband, and my Kate Spade 'picnic' bag for a summery touch!
While I won't be retiring my go-to skinny jeans, I am excited to have another style to play with heading into fall this year!
I know we are in the midst of summer- the humidity, the bugs, and waiting for the evening to walk our dogs. But I can't help but start to get excited for fall. I'm a basic girl, what can I say? As much as I adore my frilly summer dresses, I am starting to dream of frilly fall dresses, you know?
Morning Lavender is one of my favorite places to shop for pretty, unabashedly feminine pieces year round. Lots of florals, ruffles, and twirly hemlines that just make me smile. So I picked out a few of my favorites that I think will be perfect to wear now with wedges, and later with booties & a denim jacket!
If you haven't noticed, I have a little bit of a formula for a summer outfit. It isn't ground breaking, in fact it is probably a little boring. But what can I say, I like what I like! Dress, sandals, pink bag. I have been loving this basket bag I picked up this year, but that is is about as adventurous as I get. And sometimes I'll top off my outfit with a knotted headband.
In fall, the formula only changes out some of the pieces. I swap my sandals for booties, toss on a denim jacket, and opt for a brown bag. And instead of the headband, I'll toss on a hat! Again, not groundbreaking- but makes these frilly dresses feel more fall appropriate!
What are your favorite ways to take your dresses from summer to fall?
Gingham always makes me feel like a picnic blanket. A cute picnic blanket, but a picnic blanket none the less. It is a print I gravitate towards in the summer every year without fail, and I think it is a timeless print at this point. Sort of like a buffalo plaid is to fall, and florals for spring- gingham is always going to come around in the summer.
I love this trendy take on the gingham dress, in this 'puff dress' style. This style has been popularized by the designer brand 'Selkie', with their voluminous tulle & puff sleeves that make for the most darling, statement silhouette. However those Selkie dresses are several hundred dollars, and not something I would see myself getting a ton of wear out of. So I was happy to see some more wearable, and affordable takes on this style popping up this summer!
This one is from Morning Lavender, and the gingham print in this pretty light blue just felt so summery to me! I've been loving this relaxed, comfy style for working from home. But I had to dress it up a little for pictures! I paired it with this Kate Spade strawberry adorned basked bag, rightfully part of their 'Picnic' collection. My mom actually got this bag for me while I was on my honeymoon, and was so excited to give it to me when I got back. She said it was so ridiculous, she knew I would love it. And she was absolutely right. I'm a sucker for a kitschy bag! And it is perfect with this bag.
Together this makes for such a cute, quirky pairing for an over-the-top picnic inspired look! Don't you think?
In the summer time, I am such a sucker for a fruit printed piece. There is just something so charming about them! I even got Piper a lemon printed harness. There is just something about these fruity prints I can't resist! This dress is from ChicWish, and they had previously sent it over in the loveliest antique floral print and I just adore it. So needless to say, I couldn't pass up it up in this print!
If you're taller, I think this would be more of a midi length. It shows to be more of a midi length on their site, but I'm a shortie. The bow-tie straps to make it easy to adjust, so it hits me around my ankles. But I don't mind one bit! Give me all of this print, please. I love that the back of it is smocked as well, so I've just been wearing it around the apartment because it is just so comfortable! And it is a light, linen-like material which makes it perfect for summertime.
Here I paired it with some white scrappy heeled sandals from Marc Fisher, and a little straw basket bag to dress it up a little. This would be darling for a trip somewhere tropical, or date night! I'm hoping to wear it to the Culver's drive through to get some of their summer Lemon Ice, which almost makes up for Minnesota's lack of Sonics! What is your favorite summery lemon treat?
Puff sleeves have been so on trend this season, and I am probably way too excited about it. I love looking and feeling like an adult princess while working from home! And it only garners a few odd looks out in public... totally worth it though! These puffy babydoll style dresses have also been so on trend this summer. I think this style was popularized by the brand Selkie, with their now famous puff dresses. Those are really dramatic in rainbow shades of tulle, which unfortunately just not something I'd reach for often. So, I appreciated the style from afar. But this little number reminded me so much of that shape, but in a more wearable style. And when I put it on, I knew it would be a fast favorite.
I love that this one is actually made of a really light, soft, cotton poplin fabric. The blue florals are so delicate and sweet, and the clip dots add an extra feminine little touch. The top of this dress keeps this relaxed style flattering, and it cuts off right under the boobs. Sometimes these babydoll styles make you look bigger than you really are, but this one just makes me feel fun and cute! And the square neckline & puffed sleeves? Yeah, done deal. I've had a few people tell me it is very 'Bridgerton', which I've never seen. But after a little googling, I was flattered!
I styled it here with some heeled mules to dress it up a little. I also love it with some Keds, and I've tossed a denim jacket over top for a light layer for here in MN. I topped off my look outfit with some butterfly earrings & layered necklaces from Audrey and Vivian. You already know I love a bee motif, and these butterflies remind me so much of TS's ME! music video which is a very good thing in my book. I love how these pieces are trendy, without being chunky or borderline tacky. I can see myself wearing these long after the trendiness fades!
Puffy dresses- love 'em or hate 'em?
One of the most exiting moments in life is getting to tell people that your dress has pockets, right? Well, I have discovered something that is just as exciting- finding out your dress is a skort.
I'm not going to lie, I did not pay attention when ordering this. So, the shorts in the skirt were the best kind of surprise. I may have gotten stuck in it a little when putting it on the first time, but now this is one of my favorite grab-and-fo looks this summer! Free range of motion, sitting, and twirling and not having to worry about flashing anyone? A dream.
I dressed it up here with my favorite heeled sandals of this umber, and this Lele Sadoughi headband dupe from Amazon. Most of them don't have that dramatic, puffed look to them, but this one does which I love. And don't worry it is super comfortable & doesn't squeeze your head! On the day-to-day I have been wearing it with Keds sneakers, and a white denim jacket.
This piece is making me want t seek out some more skorts to rock for the rest of summer. What do you think of shorts- excited for the comeback or should they stay in the early 2000's?
I am a frequent user of my mom's Amazon Prime account. My most recent purchase include things like popcorn seasonings, nail polish, storage bins, and this dress. Until now, I haven't really ventured into the realm of Amazon Fashion. I just hadn't ever seen anything I couldn't pick up somewhere else, or that I felt I really must have. That is, until I saw this dress.
I actually saw this dress probably a year and a half ago. I just could never bring myself to buy it! I thought there was no way it would be as absolutely adorable as the pictures. But a few weeks ago I was bored, threw caution to the wind, and bought it. When it showed up two days layer, I was blown away!
This is one of my top favorites in my closet. It is the most darling swiss-dotted cotton poplin material, with the sweetest florals, and it is fully lined. The smocked bodice fits perfectly, and it so comfortable yet flattering. And I am such a sucker for a puff sleeves, and these are the perfect size and draping to them. And the ruffled neckline detail is a nice finishing touch! If this dress had been double or even triple the price, I would have thought it was fair. But is is under $35!
So if you were looking for a new dress to add to your closet for this spring & summer, I suggest this one! Dress it up with heels, or down with some white sneakers and a denim jacket. It comes and more colors, and I am resisting the urge to buy all of them! Do you have any Amazon fashion favs I need to check out?