Keeping It Light And Simple: Visible Monday

Keeping it all simple and light. It seems I am moving toward my Minimalist Period; it could have something to do with the hot wet blanket that is Florida summer. Just the essentials, ma’am, and make them spare. Like an effortless cotton/linen sundress.

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I am crazy for this simple sundress, that does not even need a bra. Love the stripes and the open neckline, and smocking on the back bodice, for a perfect fit. It’s by And Other Stories, a brand owned by Swedish clothing giant H & M. I thrifted the dress in NYC at Housing Works for about $25. Summer score!

Stories originally started as an idea to launch a beauty brand, but the H&M team behind the secret project realized they had more to say. So from its conception, & Other Stories intended to be a collection of different perspectives, hence their name.”  Source.

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This dress needs only sunglasses and sandals to make a cool summer outfit.

The metallic wedge sandals from Sofft are on heavy rotation. They harmonize well with dresses and skirts as well as palazzo trousers. I’m wearing my much-loved ruby ball ring, crafted by artist O, and a vintage ID bracelet gifted to me by Bryan. Even my jewelry has to be minimal now, and my eye is starting to love the simple look.

My darling husband/photographer moved some potted plants around, and now Kitty is jungle Kitty. Roar.

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  1. Missed this one due to being on vacation, but I do love this simple and elegant dress on you, Patti!

    I am still a maximalist at heart, but I tend to do fewer accessories when it’s really hot out. Now, if only it would get higher than 70 degrees here!

    • Hope your vacation was excellent, Sheila! And thanks for dropping by – have a great Sunday, xox.

  2. Thanks, as ever, for hostess-ing-with-the-most-ing!! What a great score your dress was. By the sounds of the summer you guys are having, it seems perfect!! And you’re cost-per-wed will become negligible. I really must check out O’s stuff. You guys always have such good pieces of his. Have an amazing week!!

    • Yes, O makes beautiful things, and so precisely! It’s lovely to see you again and thanks for all your kind words. xox

    • Thank you Emma. Happy birthday to darling Isobel. And you look terrific in your new gold top! xox

  3. Such a fabulous dress. I love linen/cotton dresses like this in the Summer months
    and tend to live in them constantly. I agree with you, regarding the no bra needed attraction too! Perfect!
    Alison xx

    • Lol! I loved your post about wearing bralettes and letting the straps show – I do the same! Thanks for your kind words, and for linking up, xox.

    • Thank you Amber. Your pleated culottes are so summery, and you look fab! xox

  4. Patti, I do tend to dress more minimally in the summer. We’re still waiting for it here in Southern California, however. I suspect we will have our summer in the fall! That dress is such a great find and looks amazing on you with your hair color! Accessorized perfectly, of course!
    xx Darlene

    • Hi Darlene and thanks for coming by! Your summer top is so pretty and I think will look terrific on your upcoming cruise, xox.

  5. LOVE this dress on you Patti! I would wear this too in a hear beat! NC gets mighty hot too! Love the color of the stripes and style. I have been living in either jeans shorts/halters or dresses myself.
    jess xx

    • Hi Jessica! Happy, happy birthday to you. the hotel you stayed in looks absolutely charming – i love the idea that they pamper your pets, and adopt out other pups. xox

    • I always am surprised at how hot it gets in Ontario! I could see you in this dress, adding your own fab touches, xox

  6. Patti, the striped dress is perfect for that hideously steaming hot weather Florida is having. You looks so chic and cool in it. The metallic wedges are gorgeous and complement the dress nicely. Fab minimalist look!

    • Thank you Theresa and thanks for coming by. The Don Luis de Espana dresses you featured are marvelous! xox

    • Thanks, Mireille! I just love your full, floral skirt today – so summery and cheerful. xox

    • Thank you Amy. You look lovely in yellow – and I hope your precious grandson arrives today! xox

    • Thanks KellyAnn – you’re facing the same weather as me, and you always look so fresh! xox

  7. you look (particularly) gorgeous in this sundress, and particularly summery!, love the light colors and cool shape, simple but interesting!. You really rock!

    • Thank you dear Sra. You look rocking today too, in your colorful maxi! xox

    • Thanks Cheryl! I love the simple summer dresses you showed in your post today, xox.

  8. What a pretty dress! I’m definitely a minimalist during the long hot days of summer. I don’t want anything touching me. LOL

    • Thank you, Daenel, and thanks for linking up. Your 1780’s embroidered pocket is simply gorgeous. xox

    • Hi Debbie and thanks for coming by. I adore a little black jumpsuit such as you’ve featured today – very smart! xox

  9. Seeing your simple summer dress, I immediately felt that sense of calm that comes with seeing images of sailboats and lounge chairs on the beach. I’m transported to somewhere warm and free from obligations. To wear a dress with such visual symbolism must impact how you see yourself as you go about your day in sunny Florida. What a fabulous find! I love those shoes, too!


    • Thank you Sherry! It is a lovely life, retired on the Florida coast! But your coast is gorgeous too and I hope you’re enjoying all the PNW beauty. And your overalls are all that and more, love them. xox

  10. Patti,
    Love the dress!
    I am a minimalist in the summer too but tend to go big and flowy. I hate anything close to my skin when the temperature rises as well as the humidity!
    Your dress is perfect for the hot summer weather!


    • thank you dear Robin! Your post about breast cancer is a must-read, and very moving. xox

    • Thank you Laurie. And I enjoyed your week of style review – especially the blue and white floral dress! xox

    • Love your striped dress Patti and I totally agree that in the heat and humidity minimalist dressing is the only way to go. Many thanks for hosting.

    • Yes, it’s linen and cotton, and thanks for the kind words! I’m flattered to be of influence to a talented fashionista such as you : > xox

  11. Love that dress, Patti. The stripes and the contrasting pockets are great. You’ll have no trouble staying cool in that this summer.

    • Thanks Sue, and thanks for coming over! I love your ode to sneakers, and I agree: they are timeless. xox

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