Monday, March 14, 2011

get the look -- floral dresses.


ATTAINABLE: Old Navy Women's Faux-Leather Thong Sandals in Tortoise
www.oldnavy.com; retail $10.50
It's times like this when I really, really love Old Navy. And I say it without shame. I purchased these inexpensive but super cute sandals in every metallic shade they sold last year and absolutely LIVED in them. So when I popped into Old Navy on a whim the other day, I couldn't resist purchasing a pair in this fun tortoise print. How fantastic will these be with denim shirts and crisp blouses for summer? I can't wait to pick up EVERY color.

Some trends stay in style forever. And the pretty floral dress for spring is most certainly one of those. So regardless of the fact that I did the same post last year (here), I'm completely confident that it's still relevant. There's nothing like slipping into a bright, cheerily printed sundress when the weather finally starts to warm up and sliding on a pair of wedges to match. Perfect for moving from errands to dinner seamlessly.


DEAL: Forever21 Silk Floral Contrast Dress
www.forever21.com; retail $22.80
I love contrast dresses -- I think they have such a clean, chic look. And this one is so elegant. I love the subtle watercolor print of the skirt, and the bright magenta flowers are so punchy. The colors pair perfectly with the more subdued navy top, but the ruffle manages to spice up the bodice without feeling contrived in the slightest.

http://images2.freepeople.com/is/image/FreePeople/20280533_007_a?$detail-item$
EXTRAVAGANCE: Free People Parisian Bouquets Halter Dress
www.freepeople.com; retail $128
I need this dress. Immediately. It's no secret that I'm a sucker for marketing techniques, but this is just ridiculous. The name, combined with the adorable fedora and perfectly-captured movement in this photo, is all I need to sell me on this charming little frock. Best of all, though, is the ladylike neckline and the crossover back -- the perfect surprise when you slip out of your cardigan to let the sun warm your shoulders.

One After the Other Floral Dress
DEAL: Threadsence The One After the Other Floral Dresses
www.threadsence.com; retail $42
How floaty and lightweight does this dress look? I love its utter simplicity. The colors are bright and fun, the shape is flirty, and the print is splashy. It's just right for adding bold, pretty accessories -- I'm thinking chunky wood bangles, an oversized patent leather clutch, and a chic pair of nude wedges.

Parker Strapless Dress
EXTRAVAGANCE: Parker Strapless Dress
www.shopbop.com; retail $242
The dressiest of the bunch, this dark floral strapless Parker dress is nothing if not sophisticated. I'm kind of obsessed with the darting at the waist and perfect sweetheart neckline... How amazing would it look with a sweet side braid and a pair of tall, tall heels for evening?

For more pretty dresses, I've done a guest post over at Sweet Tea and Champagne -- be sure to check it out!
xo Josie
Thanks to Old Navy, Forever21, Free People, Threadsence, and Shopbop for the photos.

70 comments:

Anna Jane said...

Always florals for spring. Always.

Annie said...

DYING to get new spring dresses - especially floral ones! I'm in love with this last one! xo

Jean said...

Fab picks! I'm always such a sucker for spring florals!!

xo
Jean

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Laura said...

love the florals! I just got a couple new tops from Gina Tricot that are all flowery! :) So springy and fun!

Erika said...

Ooh, that Free People Parisian Bouquets Halter Dress - swoon! I will totes be wearing floral dresses for spring!! :)

Kayla said...

Why do Parker dresses have to be so expensive? I'm obsessed.

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Bonnie said...

I think floral dresses are so pretty and flirty, but I just do not look right when I wear one. For some reason, it just doesn't seem like me. I don't get it. It makes me sad.

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jessica whitley said...

these are all so beautiful! i adore the free people dress, wow xx

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

Eek I need some new spring florals!

Lisa Lisa Lisa said...

I'm not going to lie, I really really want the Free People dress now! Gah! And I already splurged over the weekend on the rainboots and a yet to be revealed AMAZING bag. Josie! You Kill me with your temptations!

Leigh said...

love florals for spring/summer! and those flip flops are awesome...what a score! i also love love love that free people dress...i have that photo on my inspiration board!

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Julie and Lauren said...

I <3 that free people floral dress! Great find.
Xoxo

featherfactor said...

Great purchases! Thank you for posting :)

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Krystal said...

I'm glad that floral dresses are making another round this year, I grew to love them so much last year!

Marissa said...

I'm not ashamed to admit I love Old Navy too! I'll be staying away from their traditional rubber flip flops this year in favor of these adorable must haves. And can I even tell you how much I'm itching to slip into floral dresses this spring? These are all so cute! xoxo Marissa

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PursuitOfLLT said...

love florals for spring! absolutely!

Annie said...

how perfect! I've been wanting to find THE floral dress for this summer!!

style'n said...

yes definitely and these are so pretty! I just added one from Target :)

Vanilla said...

I love florals for spring :)

Love, Vanilla

Punctuation Mark said...

these type of dresses become my uniform during the summer months in miami... love them!

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Hazel☺ said...

i need these floral dresses in my closet... NOW!:)) Summer is almost here in my side of the world HAHA

-hazel

Marie said...

Floral print dresses are a must for every girl.:D

Happy Monday, Josie!:D

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meg said...

Such awesome finds..gives me a chance about what to look for.

Katie said...

All so cute and perfect for spring!

modanistajunkie.com said...

I'm loving the 2nd and 3rd look. So pretty and so perfect for Spring.

xoxo,
melrod

sharonlei said...

Oh goodness, I am in awe of that FP dress... super sweet, great for spring! :) And what a deal on those ON sandals..

xx Love & Aloha

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

i love a good floral number, cheers me up!

Jennifer Fabulous said...

I have to have that Free People floral dress. Or I will die. (Okay, not really but it feels that way! LOL!)

Valerie said...

YES! Absolutely! I can't seem to get enough of the floral look right now and those Old Navy sandals are awesome for such a cheap price. Hope you had a great weekend, Josie!

Sophie said...

omg i literally love every single one of these dresses. they are gorgeous! cannot wait to be able to wear pretty dresses like these when it gets warmer x

audrey marie said...

i want a floral dress to wear my moto boots with! that forever21 one is a great steal!

kirstyb said...

floral skirt yes pls xxx

Jess said...

love the last one - I am definitely into floral prints right now, especially with spring right around the corner!

Courtney said...

LOVEEEE the tiny floral prints. Watercolor patterned dresses are the best. I'm super excited about doing this shit up all summer, I already have a few dresses I wore on vacation :) YA!

Lisa Griffin said...

well i haven't been over here for a while but i love these picks! i'm actually dying for a crazy ikat print dress, but i love the shape of the free people!
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jessica said...

i need some new spring dresses!! love these, especially the free people one!! very cute!

Style, She Wrote said...

Great dresses for spring! Especially love the F21 one. What a steal! xo style, she wrote

jess said...

I love the polka dot and flower dress.

lauren said...

I can't wait to wear floral dresses this spring! Love the post! And I love your blog! I just subscribed and I hope you'll subscribe to mine too :) http://happylifeinnyc.blogspot.com/

the late afternoon said...

such pretty florals. love this. can't wait to get my spring dresses out!

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Kimmiepooh said...

I am obsessed with floral dresses (and scarves) for the spring and summer. Paired with a lightweight blazer or cardigan, it will be my go-to look!

I haven't been in old navy in a while but these flip-flops are too cute. I lived in flip flops last summer so these are right up my alley!


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TheChambrayCountess said...

I agree with you about the Free People marketing. On a hanger, it would be cute, but in the ad it seems epic!

Gregory said...

As always, you did a great job with this post!!

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Lucy Lu said...

Oh I love the second dress!! So cuteeee!!
xoxo

Cathy said...

I love the Free People dress!!! I about died Rachel Zoe style when I saw it...it's just so perfect for spring!!

xoxo
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Kristin Hjellegjerde said...

Can't wait for the occasion to wear flower dresses again!

Closet Fashionista said...

Love all those dresses!! But the Forever 21 is a bit much for me in the brightness department, haha
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Diana Mieczan said...

I cant wait to get a few new floral dresses this spring:) happy Tuesday, sweetie

A "cheery" disposition said...

loving the free people dress.

Melanie said...

I love florals.

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Audrey Allure said...

I love floral dresses! :)

Megan said...

such dresses! i love floral for spring, but sometimes it can be hard to find dresses that really suit me without aging me... but the ones you posted are lovely!

im gonna check out your guest post :-)

..R May A.. said...

all those dresses have jumped to the top of my wish list :)
the free people one is gorgeous - thanks for posting, I always forget to look at them!! x

Kavery said...

Those simple sandals are so comfortable. I have some with a back strap too

Style, She Wrote said...

Great sandal at a great price! xo style, she wrote

Anna Katrina said...

you have great picks - the last dress has to be my favorite



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Kayraheart.fashion said...

i love florals..definitely looking forward for summer..so that i can incorporate them in my outfit!!

E said...

This is the time of year I get excited about florals, too!

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Those sandals are awesome! I need a pair ;) And the Free People dress is perfect for spring!

I'm off to check out your guest post :)

JenniferAnhDo said...

love floral dresses! once the weather gets warmer, i'll bring all of mine out!

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this free bird said...

Josie that F21 dress is so darn cute. Of course I love the FP, but I'd take the F21 any day if I could pull it off.

So good to hear from you. Happy to be back...need rest. :(

xo,
C

Emily said...

the tortoise flip flops are great. the sandals at old navy always look nice and never cheap!

~k said...

That second dress is my favorite!
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Sandy a la Mode said...

i just found your blog and am now a follower!! love it and i LOVE floral dresses! i need more in my life although i bet my husband would think i have too many haha!!

Ivana said...

Awww, I WANT that Free People dress soooo badly!!! It´s beyond gorgeous!!!

Great post!!!

xo Ivana

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t said...

I got those sandals last year and they were so uncomfy lol.

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Kristen said...

Nothing screams 'spring' louder than floral dresses! Love your picks, Josie, and I can't wait to wear mine ASAP!

Ashley [Free Honey] said...

Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking.

JK, love it. I need to look at Threadscence, apparently. I wonder if all of their pricepoints are that reasonable...

xo, AShley

Sara Louise said...

I am LOVING those tortoise shell tongs!

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