Southern California summer’s usually mean the same tank and shorts you may don for daytime will leave you with a bit of a chill come nightfall, as the temperatures tend to drop substantially. Of course, our recent heatwave has been the exception to this norm. Given the average summer day here in Los Angeles, light fabrics that can be layered are ideal.
This Rachel Pally maxi dress is perfect for a hot summer day because of the lightweight choice of fabric. It hangs and flows beautifully, I usually like to utilize strong accessories with it because of the nude shade and simple cut. I appreciate Rachel Pally maxi dresses because they are flattering on most figures, however, my dilemma is often finding one that drags the ground, with my 5’8″ stature (6′ with the ideal platform), Ms. Pally delivers. Although it gets a bit dirty as it goes about the day dragging the ground, I’m able to throw it in the hand wash cycle with Woolite and cold water, and it’s back to new again.
The bodice has a lovely Grecian feel, with an asymmetrical cut, the one sleeved look has become classic. with a tasteful kick of sex appeal
Belt: Urban Outfitters/Kimchi Blue
Layering with this H&M oversized boyfriend shirt is one of many options. This transforms the look to the bohemian, and because I enjoy layering so much, I might also add a beanie and summer scarf depending on how cool it gets. I have a few of these shirts and they are now a staple in my wardrobe, so comfy, I often find myself reaching for it. Because it can look a tad masculine, I always wear feminine accessories when I choose this style… at $12.95 the quality is outstanding.
I endearingly refer to this piece as my “chandelier” necklace, I’ve had more than a couple of observers share with me how it reminds them of just that. I totally agree, which is probably the reason it is one of my favourite pieces, I happen to have quite an affinity toward chandeliers. It is from one of my favourite consignment boutiques in Chicago, Selections, where one of the city’s most talented stylist’s, Konah Hatcher, is available to help enhance your look and personal flair.
These Jean Paul Gaultier leggings have become a staple in my wardrobe, I wear them with so much. Although the Rachel Pally dress covers them, in certain lighting because of the transparency of the dress, the pattern can be seen. Sometimes I knot the dress to one side so they are revealed which also changes the look entirely.
What’s a maxi dress without a great platform? Still a lovely dress… nonetheless, I opt for these great canvas Steve Madden’s. Owning a pair of Steve Madden shoes is like owning a Japanese car, in my experience, both are made to last a lifetime. I have yet to wear a pair out, I typically end up giving them away. I can just see all you shoe snobs now with brows raised as you read this, and yes, I appreciate a great pair of Loub’s or LV’s as much as the next girl, but until I can freely purchase them with cash while living within my means, I know they’re in safe keeping at my local Barney’s, Neiman’s or Saks.
For some reason, whisking about the city in a maxi dress and tote is so idyllic and apropos. It also gives me plenty of room for my beanie, a lightweight summer scarf and all the other “girly” essentials. I am a true fan of Gwen Stefani’s L.A.M.B apparel and accessory line, the pieces are constructed well and super edgy, this tote has been through the gamut, yet when it starts to show, I just toss it in my trusted hand wash cycle with Woolite and cold water… ahhh, back to new again.