Fruit & Flowers Shift Dress for Summer

Friends, I can hardly believe it, but today Cyndi and I are wrapping up 22 Days of Summer Fashion! For my final look in the series, I’m styling a floral shift dress from Talbots.

I saw this dress on the website, and the cheerful color palette caught my eye.

I really love the fabric on this dress. It has a subtle texture and a nice weight to it, and the dress is fully lined.

The straps are wide enough to be bra-friendly, and the cut is simple and classic.

I’m typically more of a sheath girl, but it looked like it might have some shape through the waist, so I decided to give it a try, and I’m glad I did.

It has more structure than a typical sheath, and it’s also a little longer. I’m actually wearing the 8 petite in these pictures, although I could probably use the 6 petite.

I also ordered the 6 regular, and it was a little big all over. All that to say, this dress runs a little big, so you may want to size down, and if in between petite and regular sizes, go with the petite.

I also ordered the sandals that are pictured with the dress on the website. I thought they were the perfect pairing, and I don’t have anything quite like these.

They’re very comfortable, with a memory foam footbed and soft leather straps. They don’t rub anywhere, and the buckle adjusts to fit the foot.

And I also grabbed these pearl hoops.

I know, I can hardly take credit for “styling” this dress when I copied the entire look right off the website, but I just thought everything worked together so nicely!

Finally, I added this mixed metal bangle. It’s a nice piece that goes with so many looks, from dressy to casual.

And I carried my woven straw clutch. Unfortunately it sold out, but I also really like this straw minaudière and this stripe straw clutch.

This outfit is perfect for causal summer events and gatherings you might have coming up.

You could also dress it up with a wedge sandal, if you want, or throw a jean jacket or cardigan on top if it gets chilly. Actually, this linen dress cardigan at Ann Taylor is on sale.

With a dress like this that is so bright and busy, it’s best to keep the shoes and accessories simple and neutral so they don’t compete and allow the dress to shine. But you want them to have that same easy breezy summer feel.

The metallic flat sandals, straw clutch, and simple jewelry all work together to support the dress without overwhelming it.

I hope you enjoyed 22 Days of Summer Fashion! Tomorrow I’ll post a recap for those who like to have that resource, and then it will be back to my regularly scheduled programming, but never fear. There is plenty more summer outfit inspo to come!

Outfit Details:

floral shift // metallic sandals // pearl hoop earrings // mixed metal bangle // similar clutch or minaudière // sunnies (option)

Be sure to visit Cyndi and see the summer look she’s styling today!

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10 thoughts on “Fruit & Flowers Shift Dress for Summer

  1. I love that floral dress on you! It just exudes happiness:) Happy to hear you got to see Ozzy! It is great that you are able to see him–a nice resolution to a difficult situation.

  2. WOW!  Ozzy sure is growing.  I’m so glad that he let y’all know he hasn’t forgotten you and showed you that he is also happy in his new home.  I’d take your slight asthma flare up as a sign from God, assuring you and Becca that the right decision was made.  And of course, Ms. Savannah reminded you that she is the only dog that belongs in your home.  What a pretty dress and those sandals are really pretty!  While the footbed is cushioned, it not having arch support is keeping me from giving them a try.  That’s probably a good thing though since I’ve recently done plenty of shopping.  Let us know what you learn from the allergy testing.  Good luck with the braces Becca!  I had them as an adult, so I get how badly you want them off.

  3. Love this dress and you and Cyndi did a terrific job with this series under the circumstances of Covid. I did order a few things but just not getting out much to wear them yet. I received the Loft cream drawstring dress and love it. I had to order the extra small because it didn’t come in petite and it worked out great “thank you” Wearing it to work today 😀 
    Unfortunately the drawstring shorts didn’t work out. Just a big to wide around the thighs so I’ll pop in my local store and return them today. Luckily it’s located in an outdoor strip mall so I don’t have to go to the regular mall. Covid cases in Texas have spiked to an all time high so I’m trying to continue to be as safe as possible. Thanks for a great series! 

    1. Gloria… drawstring cream dress is suppose to be in the mail today.  I too ordered an XS and hope it works.  Thanks Jo-Lynne for the great recommendation.  Its my favorite thing you styled.  🙂  

  4. Such a pretty dress and looks great on you.  Thanks for all the hard work you put into this Summer series. It was so nice to get away to fashion each day from Covid.  Looking forward to what you have for July.  Can’t believe its tomorrow already.  Hope all goes well with your allergy apt.  Great pictures of your daughter and Ozzy.  I think you made the right decision for sure.  

  5. So glad you and Cyndi teamed up for the summer series! Lots of great fashion ideas and a welcome diversion from news. Thank you for good writing and superb styling!

  6. Thank you, Jo-Lynne, for doing this style series. They used to be my favourite in the early days when I started reading your blog years ago (9-10 years?). I especially appreciate all the effort you put into this at a time when deliveries are so haphazard and it must have been hard getting the right sizes, etc. in time. I live in NZ and have already lost two packages I ordered from the US. All that to say, thank you for your hard work, for striking such a healthy balance between keeping things light and cheerful but also being real about the emotional-mental-physcial toll these months have taken on you. Your blog is a bright spot in my day. God bless and prayers for sorting out health issues. Love, Csilla

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