“To wear a floral shirt is an experience.” ~ Brian Wilson
Out of the Floral Comfort Zone
It seems that I am coming more and more out of my comfort zone when it comes to florals. I have bought more floral patterned clothes this season, then I think in my whole entire life.
And no, my mother dressing (and scarring) me in floral prints as a kid, does NOT count!
Ever so slowly, but surely, my wardrobe is being converted into a garden of the likes that would make The Secret Garden proud. And while it is still a process, it is one I am embracing, which leads to this gorgeous floral shift from Anthropologie.
Moving Outside The Comfort Zone
I bought this dress when I was in Charleston in February. I couldn’t help but do most of my Spring shopping when I was there. With the pull of warmer temps and Southern fashion trends, I was in true shopaholic heaven. Alas, New York did not get that memo and I only just got around to rocking this dress now.
This dress was very much outside my comfort zone and not just because of the floral print, but it is shorter then most dresses I wear.
We all have our body hang-ups and mine are my legs. I have written extensively about my love hate relationship with shorts, and that extends to short dresses. Even during the Summer, I try to keep my skater thighs covered. Some how despite being short, there are a ton of dresses, shorts, and rompers that barely cover my booty.
No one wants to see that!
That being said, in my “Old age” and newly single status, I am trying to embrace my body more, skater thighs, cellulite, and all. It is a process, one, that especially during Summer, despite loving the season, doesn’t always make it easy. Some days I succeed, more then other days. We all have what we equate to ourselves as “flaws,” but those same flaws are what make us unique and beautiful, and we need to own it and rock it. Lord knows I am definitely trying too.
Body love convo done, I was immediately drawn to the periwinkle blue background and salmon colored flowers. Anything with pink or blue, has my heart. Long sleeved with delicate pearl buttons at the wrists, the top is actually a button down with layered material adding a bit of that pizazz I always look for. The slight flare at the waist combined with the light silky material makes it easy to move and even do a twirl.
What truly sold me on this dress, was that it had pockets! Gimmee a pocketed dress and I will love it forever. There is something so endearing (and yes totally fifties) about pockets. As a kid I was obsessed with them, and it doesn’t seem to have diminished as an adult. So few dresses are made with pockets now and days that when I find one, I totally fan-girl and have to buy it.
Lace Espadrilles By Fergie
I admit, I had a hard time styling this. I knew I wanted to pair it with my pink Anthropologie jacket, but finding shoes that worked with it was difficult.
It isn’t a dress that looks good with leggings or tights, (I tried) and wearing boots was to Little House On The Prairie for me. This was not a dress to wear flip-flops with (unfortunately) and I couldn’t seem to find the right sandals that would work with it. Part of it was I was in the market for new espadrilles.
Than you Amazon! I found these adorbs lace espadrilles by Fergie for ONLY twenty dollars on there. AND they are comfortable! If you haven’t bought shoes from Amazon, you NEED too! They have so many options and great pricing. I highly recommend checking them out and I pinky promise this is not sponsored!
Once I found the espadrilles, the rest fell into place. I added my custom pink SeaMilligan jewelry, and simple rose gold hoops preferring to let the pattern do most of the talking. It was well worth the wait to rock this outfit. Overall it was a simple, but chic, spring day look, that was perfect for going to boozy brunch and enjoying the gorgeous warm weather in the Concrete Jungle.
What do you think of the dress and overall look? How do you practice body positivity especially during the Summer?
20 thoughts on “What DO I Wear?!?! The Floral Shift”
Oh my gosh you look amazing, I don’t normally like clothing the colour of your jacket but the jacket goes perfectly with the dress! I feel you on the legs thing (off to read about your love/hate relationship now). Legs are hard to cover in summer when it’s hot and you want to look cute, be comfortable and not feel like you’re exposing yourself xx
Awe thank you so much for your sweet words hun! I appreciate them so much! I don’t either. I actually usually prefer a more blush hue and it actually came in an olive which I adore, but I went out of my comfort zone and am so happy I did. I have been wearing it all Spring.
Awe thank you😊 it really is a struggle! Thanks so much for reading sweets!💗😘
A blush would have been super pretty too! ☺️
Aww I love this dress!! Floral looks great on you 🙂 Haha, you’d definitely make The Secret Garden proud! That was one of my favorite movies growing up. <3
Awe thank you so much beauty! You are so sweet! Thank you! Oh my gosh I love that! One of mine too! I am actually super excites because it is coming to Broadway next year!😍 I hope you are having an amazing weekend!💗
This made me want to buy something floral asap!! You look so pretty and amazing, love it xx
I love floral prints, and your legs look amazing!!! Dress pockets are the best! & those shoes are so cute! 😍
You look like a sunshine Goddess! Beauty! I adore this dress, and I love the way you styled it. You definitely did good finding the perfect shoes to go with the dress and jacket! I love those shoes 😍 also adore The Secret Garden reference! Now I want to watch that 😍 yes to embracing our flaws (not that you have any from the outside looking in) but you’re right, we all have things we aren’t so keen on about ourselves. I tend to overcome this by choosing to focus on the things I love about myself, instead of dwelling on what I’d wish to change, normally then the insecurities go away and I forget all about them. Also I think life’s too short, what’s the point in letting a body hang up get to us and keep us from enjoying our lives? I mean, who really cares anyway!!!? Great post lovely!! Keep being beautiful and fashionable as ever xxx
Oh my gosh you look gorgeous in this dress!! I love how you are embracing every part of your body and being positive about it 😊xx
I’m not a floral kind of girl (my wardrobe is neutral and all bland), but this looks gorgeous on you! Your legs look good too – I don’t get the hang up and I’m loving the shoes. Like I’m super loving the shoes as in why are they not in my wardrobe?! xx
Okay you look FREAKING GORGEOUS! Have I ever told you that I love your style? Well, even if I haven’t I’m telling you now. It’s really weird, but I’ve always thought you had gorgeous legs (there was one ootd post you did with jeans and heels and i was like i would KILL for such shapely legs) – but I’m really glad you’re embracing them. You deserve to rock those short skirts girl <3
A pretty dress always makes me feel confident in the Summer. As long as it fits great. Btw, love yours!
Girl, wooooorkkkk that dress!!! It’s so gorgeous on youuu! This whole outfit is where the phrase “on point” originated. Also… I reiterate what Mia said one hundred. *praise hands*
I’m the same when it comes to anything short on my legs. For some reason I just feel uncomfortable. I also have been very into florals lately! Well, I’ve never been into florals, so not sure what happened to me this season haha. I love that you’re embracing the confidence and getting out of your comfort zone – slay girl! xo
Beautiful effect! The colours suit you.
Thank you so much! <3
You always have the cutest shoes!!!!
Awe thanks beauty! These I actually got off Amazon! <3
“And no, my mother dressing (and scarring) me in floral prints as a kid, does NOT count!” –> you seriously had me cracking up! I look back on pictures of myself when I was younger and honestly wonder what my parents were thinking when they dressed me haha! I’m sure I’ll do the same to my child, though! The circle of life 😉
I love the floral shift, and you just look so beautiful in that jacket with it!
Hehe I am so glad! And right?!?! Some of those outfits. Sheeesh! LOL. And you are right, I probably will scar my own children with fashion choices! :p
Thank you so much sweets! That jacket is my Spring/Summer staple I love it <3