First things first, folks. ICE CREAM. Specifically, the “salty pimp” (I cringe saying those words) at Big Gay Ice Cream.
Get this – it’s soft serve ice cream that they douse in rivers of dulce de leche (it’s inside the cone, inside the ice cream), then they SALT THE WHOLE THING, lastly dipping it into chocolate shell. (You can see how it’s made, here.)
I mean. I just can’t even.
So if you get a chance (Philly and NYC only)…..GO. (Actually, we’d make special trips down from the mainline – it’s that good.)
Now that the important stuff is out of the way…let’s talk about this dress. If you recall, I bought it this past Spring during Shopbop’s Friends and Family sale. Since then, it’s been packed on literately every trip (even quick weekend jaunts), and has been worn more times than I can count. It’s just so comfortable. It’s one of those ubiquitous jersey dresses….but with a unique twist. (Uh, literally. LOL)
The key (for me, at least), is to find an easy, comfy dress that you love. Something swoon-worthy. Then add shoes with a bit of personality. That way you don’t have to fuss with a ton of adornment – simple wrap bracelets will finish the look nicely. I think this look could easily transition to Fall with some killer boots.
To better illustrate my point, here are four combos I would be thrilled to wear:
This is essentially my outfit. My shoes are long gone, but I wanted to show a pic of a similar style. To warm it up, I’ve also worn this dress with my bright blue Supergas and a denim jacket. I’ve also thrown Everlane’s parka on over this dress – it’s another cute option.
I’m obsessed with this, uh, almost shapeless (?) midi from Sole Society (and I mean that in the best possible way). The fit is “relaxed” and YES. I’m in. And check out the back! If you click through, you’ll see the model wearing the dress with the oxblood booties pictured, so you can get a good idea of how they look together. Would also be amazing with a trench coat or army parka this Fall. (Love that Sole Society’s new clothing collection is sustainably made in LA! Well done!)
Ever since Michael Kors came out with the Tatum bootie several years ago – a drool-worthy mix of buckles and pointy heels (google for a pic) – I’ve been waiting, Mamas. WAITING. Waiting for someone to do a twist on the Tatum bootie with a walkable heel. I think this is it. I’d show ’em off with a seriously cool tshirt dress, updated with muscle-shirt sleeves and a twisted hem. Warm it up for Fall with a long grandpa cardigan.
I’m still not over these Teva flatforms. The key to wearing Tevas with a dress is to find something with a slightly sporty vibe. A t-shirt dress is perfect. Besides, that little twist detail at the hip is ever-so-flattering. This is the kind of dress I’d wear with bare legs now, then layer over leggings and over-the-knee boots later.
My very favorite dresses are featured above, but there were a few others worth mentioning. All of the dresses below made the list IFF (if and only if) they looked comfortable, would be easy to wear, look cute with both sandals and ankle boots AND have some sort of unique detail, justifying the cost. In short, these are dresses I’d genuinely wear.
Readers, as always, share any other ah-mazing dress or interesting shoe finds!
ps. Which format do you prefer – the big boutiques with styling notes, or the collage of fewer items? Or – oh help – both? Would love some feedback!