Wednesday, April 4, 2012

get the look -- long-sleeved mini-dresses.

Archer Metal Sandal
ATTAINABLE: Dolce Vita Archer Metal Sandal in Hot Pink (also in Black and Nude)
www.freepeople.com; $69
After seeing these darling little sandals on Kristin, I knew I was truly in love. Everything about them is so charming: the shape, the metal bar, and strappy silhouette, the sliver wedge... While both the black and nude would undoubtedly be more practical choices for me, I can't resist this fun candy-colored pink hue. What a perfect punch of color with anything from a flirty spring dress to a pair of denim cutoffs.

I'm a big fan of balance in fashion. Colors and neutrals, patterns and solids, and revealed skin with modesty. After the buzz around the Heidi Merrick dress that I featured in this post, I knew that I'd be writing soon about the joy that is long-sleeved mini-dresses -- pieces that perfectly capture my love of balance in style. There's nothing sexier when the weather turns warm than bare legs with a more modest neckline and covered arms. When paired with pumps and sparkly jewelry, these pretty frocks are a fabulous, ladylike way to celebrate spring.

Gift Basket Blue Shift Dress  - Click Image to Close
DEAL: Lulu's Gift Basket Blue Shift Dress
www.lulus.com; $35
The details on this sweet little chiffon dress are what make it so irresistible to me. I love the touches of pink at the back and hem of this pretty cobalt dress, and the slightly floaty sleeves are true perfection. My favorite part is of course the detailed back -- such a pretty way to show off a touch of extra skin if the neckline feels too constricting.

Joie Portia Dress
EXTRAVAGANCE: Joie Portia Dress
www.shopbop.com; $338
I think that what appeals to me most about this pretty Joie dress is its incredible versatility -- as tends to be the case for me with most Joie pieces. I love the sweetness of the lace and perfect silhouette, but I'm particularly enamored with the day-to-night quality it. Perfect with a pair of flats or sandals for day, this frock would transition seamlessly to evening when added to a tall pair of pumps and a long string of pearls.


DEAL: Gap Pintucked Print Dress in Green Print (also in Orange Print)
www.gap.com; $59.95
My obsession with chevron is slowly getting out of control, and the print manifests itself beautifully in this pretty frock. I love the bold green color (though the orange is fabulous as well) and the subtle lines of blue that run through it. The perfect wear-to-work dress, this would be perfect all summer with a pair of simple flat sandals and a leather tote.


Big apple tunic dress
EXTRAVAGANCE: J. Crew Big Apple Tunic Dress
www.jcrew.com; $150
As soon as I saw the punchy red hue of this J. Crew frock, I was totally sold on it. I love the bold, abstract pattern and that the contrasting white trim feels just slightly retro. The perfect cut and length to wear to work, this would be fantastic with an oversized clutch and bold earrings.

Are YOU wearing long-sleeved mini-dresses this spring?
xo Josie
Thanks to Free People, Lulu's, Shopbop, Gap, and J. Crew for the photos.

43 comments:

Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

I want to...but omg it's already 80 here. We skipped spring and moved into summer. Ugh.

Sandra Leiva said...

Nice dresses! <3

Erika said...

That shift from Lulu's is adorable! :)

I'maNolaGirl said...

the Lulu's shift caught my eye the minute your feed hit my google reader! I love the bow in the back!!!

TheChambrayCountess said...

I love the shift dress with longer sleeves theme going on here! And I just saw that dress at the GAP and have been thinking about it since...might need to get it for summer?

C said...

The first dress is super lovely! Looks like the cheaper line from Victoria Beckham!
Super cute!!!!!!!!!

Elizabeth said...

I saw those sandals the other day at nordstroms--they are to die for!
love your blog, Josie!
<3
nailvarnishvixen.blogspot.com

beancakes said...

my favorite is that gift basket dress, i love the color combo and the bow detail in the back, so cute!!
xoxo,
k

Honey said...

omg, i love your taste Josie. it's awesome. You won't believe it, i just bought a lace dress so similar to the one you featured from H&M for just $30. I'm gonna add it to Friday's Favorites. :) Those shoes are just the cutest, and even the dress from Lulu.. i'm a shopaholic! :-(

Beautygirl24 said...

I love little mini dresses with longer sleeves! I think it's because I'm not a huge fan of my arms, but I do like my legs. It's a great balance, and it's very flattering on almost everyone!

Alexa said...

So so cute...love the long sleeves. That first one is my favorite.

Ashley said...

I have the DV sandals in nude and love them- they seriously go with everything!

Cate said...

I love a long-sleeved mini - I think I need to do some shopping for some more based on the cute ones here:)
cate @ wildruffle.com

Nnenna said...

I adore all of these long-sleeve minis- they're perfect to wear to work when it's warm out! :)

Mitha Komala said...

nie tips dear!! really love the second dress, the lace one ^^ so pretty <3


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Blond Duck said...

Must go shopping....

meg said...

Such an amazing lulu shift dress!!!

Vicky said...

Love this!!

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Leopard In Leather said...

Great long sleeved mini dresses :) I hope you will follow my blog

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Vanessa. said...

I love the first one and the second one! Awww, I want them in my closet!

Jennifer Fabulous said...

Long sleeve mini dresses are my fave. They have been for a long time. There is something so MOD about the look. :)

I love those FP sandals. There is a FP boutique opening up in my town and I'm kind of freaking out about it. I think it's gonna open before summer, so yeah. Hyperventilating over here. Ha!

Morgan Brooks said...

I recently bought one that I am seriously in love with!This blog is simply lovely. Thank you so much for this wonderful post!
xoxo
Morgan
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lucia m said...

SO PERFECT!

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Fashion Tales.... said...

Yes, those are cute sandals. I love that orange printed dress and definitely the gorgeous lace. :)

yiqin; said...

the sandals are so cute

Alessandra Mazzini said...

Love the first dress!!!

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LoveT. said...

They look really nice :)

xoxo

Clara Turbay said...

IT´S GOOD TO SEE YOUR STYLE EVERY TIME.

S said...

I'm such a big lover of dresses!
The 1st one is just adorable!
xxx

S
http://s-fashion-avenue.blogspot.com

beckspick.com said...

i really like the dolce vita sandals!

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Lisa Lisa Lisa said...

Could I just have one of each from this post? Seriously! That sounds good to me!!!
By the way, I'm sending you an email!! I got plane tickets for D.C. :)

MosaMuse said...

AMAZING DRESSES!!
xo
MosaMuse

Punctuation Mark said...

i wanted to buy that one from the gap in orange and now they don't have it anymore... :((

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Darn you and your amazing finds! You always post the most beautiful things :)

Tamra {ever swoon} said...

Love the bow dress!! such a bargain deal.

Lindsay With An "A" said...

OMG! I have those first pair of sandals in black! LOVE them! I wanted to get the bright pink color, but I figured I'd get a lot more wear out of the black. I've been a horrible blogger lately - both myself and visiting other blogs! THanks for stopping by back pretty lady! :)

Ioana-Carmen said...

Hey sweetie!
You have a new follower :)
I hope you'll visit my blog and follow me too ;)

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BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

Thanks for the shout out! And they're so comfy!

Lesley said...

Love those hot pink sandals!!!

Fashion Meets Food said...

I am loving all of these dresses. Especially that first one - I think I need it! xo

Christen said...

That chevron dress is so cute!!

Christen said...

SIde note: YAY!! With the new format on Blogger I can actually write on your blog from my account again- woo hoo!

Kat Marcella said...

I love this shopping look. It is essentially free spirited and blissful.
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