Happy Friday, friends! Now that things are starting to open up around the country, I’ve been getting requests for spring event dresses, so I ordered a few from Ann Taylor to try.
Current dress trends lean towards flowy, shapeless silhouettes, but I will always feel like I look best in more fitted styles, so I decided to feature this tweed button front shift dress. (And hey hey hey! It’s 50% off today!!!)
I think the tweed fabric with fringe trim is so fresh and fun, and the bright cornflower blue is on trend. The square neckline is another trend at the moment, and I appreciate that the straps are wide enough to cover a regular bra.
All of these little details are what set spring event dresses apart from something you might wear to work… although I suppose there might be a work environment where this dress would be appropriate?
This dress is a shift, not a sheath — that means it is cut a little straighter, especially through the skirt area. (A sheath tends to form more of an hourglass silhouette.) In my perfect world, I would have this skirt part of this dress tailored so it fits a little closer to the body, and I could probably take the straps up a half inch or so as well.
I didn’t have time to do that before this shoot, but I’m going to look into it. Otherwise, I’d say this dress runs true to size; I have my usual 6.
I styled this tweed shift with my Dolce Vita Paily Slide Sandals, and I carried my Tory Burch McGraw Hobo. These are pieces that I’ve been wearing a ton lately — they go so well with both dressy and casual looks.
The one thing I noticed, though, is that they kind of read like a higher shaft shoe, even though they are open. That braided strap near the ankle looks more bulky with the dress than it does with pants and jeans. I’d probably wear something more like this or this.
For accessories, I wore gold Kendra Scott earrings and a mixed metal cuff. I’m a huge fan of Kendra Scott jewelry, especially for special occasion dresses. The quality is excellent, and the prices are what I’d call mid-range for fashion jewelry. Her feminine styles are both modern and classic, and I’ve had most of mine for years. They really hold up well.
This dress would be perfect for bridal or baby showers this spring, graduations, Mother’s Day… even weddings where the dress code allows.
I don’t have any weddings or baby showers to attend this spring, but I do have a high school graduation to attend… we just found out it will be in-person! And I might also wear this for Mother’s Day brunch.
How about you? Do you have any events on the horizon?
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photos: Alison Cornell