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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photos: Alison Cornell