My mum taught me to never wear heels to a garden party. Frankly, I should not wear heels period, as I still haven’t mastered walking in them properly after all these years. At any rate, it is my lucky season, as all my favorite looks are floral, and look best with flat sandals, boots, and platform wedges. Unless you are Victoria Beckham (who continuously claims she can only walk in heels—and I buy it because she showed up to every AYSO soccer game in stilettos), embrace it and join the front row at my Flower Power Fashion Show in the Garden.
CHANEL SPRING/SUMMER 2015 LOOK 11
Can’t get through a season without one fab Chanelo. This go-around it is very bold and very bright. Hence, only the very brave can pull off the full look. I am thinking we just hold onto the shirt or cape. Either one is forever and super wearable. No one will miss you in one of these blooming babies. I would even go out on a limb and carry a bag in yet another unexpected color or print.
ANDREW GN SPRING/SUMMER 2015 LOOK 32
I am a huge fan of Andrew GN, mostly because I don’t see it coming and going everywhere. Also, it fits like a glove and feels like a wearable piece of art. Love that he pulled off the floral motif while staying true to his characteristically minimalist lines. This dress is very comfortable and can be worn for a gazillion different occasions. Do it with sandals for day, platforms at night. Again, not inexpensive but ultimately a classic—worth it (in my opinion). Grab a white or yellow clutch and you are good to go!
DELPOZO SPRING/SUMMER 2015 LOOK 28
Again, another opportunity to almost guarantee you won’t be playing “who wore it best” with anyone else in the room. Delpozo’s designs are most often very sculptural—so much so that, as much as I adore each and every one, some are just not wearable unless you are a five-foot-nine-inch stick. Since I am not of that variety, I love this colorful, feminine little dress. It certainly says spring has sprung, but I would wear this year-round with flats, platform wedges, or even a little kitten heel. Keep the handbag simple, as there is a lot of beautiful craftsmanship and texture happening here.
DURO OLOWU SPRING/SUMMER 2015 LOOK 2
I adore Duro himself so much that I often do a sanity check: “Do I really love the look or is it just him?” Thus far, I have consistently fallen in deep with the clothing itself and, as important, really wear the pieces I have acquired. Again, Duro Olowu prints are so fun and unique, they feel collectible. I love mixing a dress like this one with an animal-print wedge sandal (actually, his zebra-print pony is divine), fabulous neckpiece, and some organic-looking little bag. This one can take you day to night, business or pleasure.
GUCCI SPRING/SUMMER 2015 LOOK 20
Admittedly, this one is a little more coverage than I am looking for in the summer. However, it is a perfect transitional piece during springtime, when I always seem to be dressed incorrectly for the weather. It is lightweight, but the sleeves are great for indoor AC and chilly mornings. My big concern with Gucci prints is that they risk being “one and done” when they are soooo “this season.” This floral print is subtle enough that I think we are safe to indulge. It is beyond chic, and you go crazy with the Seventies accessories thing or just do a neutral bag, sandal, or suede boot. There are all sorts of great possibilities, and you can even take this one into fall.
MAISON MARGIELA SPRING/SUMMER 2015 LOOK 15
As much as I am wild about Margiela, the fit often doesn’t work for me. I have pushed it a bit with this one, as it probably looks better on someone with a little “less body.” It is my opinion that the optimal bod for this look is a tall, slender one. However, I don’t object to we little women pulling this off with a great wedge. Really, one can wear almost anything if she does so with confidence. Definitely do a structured, monochrome clutch with this dress.
NINA RICCI SPRING/SUMMER 2015 LOOK 35
Nina Ricci is another designer whose creations grab me almost every season. However, it consistently fits me quite poorly. In past seasons, there have been really beautiful pieces for my friends who eat a blade of grass for lunch whenever we get together. Imagine my excitement when this one worked! It is “my” color and can be worn so many different ways—day, night, garden, luncheon, flat sandals, wedges. I mean, it is so fresh and fun.
MARNI SPRING/SUMMER 2015 LOOK 27
I am always a sucker for a marvelous Marni floral jacket! I mean, you could wear almost anything under this one and look like a million bucks. However, I wouldn’t really wear it closed on the street. I would go neutral with accessories as this layering piece definitely makes a statement (of course, never too much for a statement neckpiece as well).
STELLA MCCARTNEY SPRING/SUMMER 2015 LOOK 40
What can I say, other than I just feel pretty in this little summer number? It moves, it flows, it’s light, it’s better than Cats (okay, bad ’80s joke). Seriously, though, I live in feminine dresses like these in the summer. It goes with city, beach, and even travel abroad. This is another awesome day-to-night option. Just pop back into your closet to change from your flat sandals to your nighttime wedges. Whatever the height, it should be nude with a skin, nude, navy, or pastel clutch bag.
VALENTINO SPRING/SUMMER 2015 LOOK 16
This floral dress is another summer big easy. It is adorbs for lunch with the girls, date night, or just scooting around wherever you may be summering. This one may actually fall apart from being dry-cleaned too many times, as I know I will live in it starting now. So comfortable and you can wear it with flat sandals, a wedge, kitten, you name it. Think I would stick with black, beige, or nude for accessories, though I wouldn’t object to a little Olympia Le-Tan book clutch.
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