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.
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.
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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.
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
Beautiful Summer dress! I love the contrasting horizontal stripes on the pockets.
Thank you Emma. Happy birthday to darling Isobel. And you look terrific in your new gold top! xox
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!
Thanks, Alison. Loving your zebra-striped summer dress! xox
That is such a cute dress and so perfect for the heat…bonus points for no bra needed! xo
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.
Loving this dress on you – it’s a one and done summer outfit! =)
I hope you are having a great week so far!
Thank you Amber. Your pleated culottes are so summery, and you look fab! xox
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!
Hi Darlene and thanks for coming by! Your summer top is so pretty and I think will look terrific on your upcoming cruise, xox.
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.
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 love the shape and the bold stripes. We’ve been having uncomfortably hot and humid weather in Ontario and that would be the perfect dress for the current temperatures.
I always am surprised at how hot it gets in Ontario! I could see you in this dress, adding your own fab touches, xox
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
Simple is wonderful! I have been wearing a lot of tees and skirts lately!
Thanks, Mireille! I just love your full, floral skirt today – so summery and cheerful. xox
Just stunning! Love that dress!
Thank you Amy. You look lovely in yellow – and I hope your precious grandson arrives today! xox
Love this dress. The yellow and white stripes look great on you.
thank you Julie. I really like your book recommendations! xox
I have a pair of Sofft sandals and they are the best! Perfect dress for our hot, humid weather Patti!
Thanks KellyAnn – you’re facing the same weather as me, and you always look so fresh! xox
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
I love &Other Stories! And your wedges are fabulous!
Thank you Nancy, and your “pre-loved” dress is beautiful! xox
Loving the simplicity of your stylish look – and the story behind Stories.
Thanks Gail – it is an interesting spin-off, isn’t it? xox
That dress was a great find! I love the vertical stripes, the colors, the fit—everything! And I am also a minimalist in summer, because it’s too hot to do too much!
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Thanks Cheryl! I love the simple summer dresses you showed in your post today, xox.
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
Love that gorgeous sundress and you got it for a great price! Thanks for hosting!
Hi Debbie and thanks for coming by. I adore a little black jumpsuit such as you’ve featured today – very smart! xox
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
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
I would never have guessed that the dress was thrfted Patti. It looks fabulous on! xx
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.
What a fabulous thrift find! I love the stripes and the the straps.
Thank you Lisa! I hope you have a lovely week ahead, xox.
Gosh I love this look Patti! Big score! The bold stripes are so fresh. It looks like it’s made out of linen. Is it?
I think your influence on me is also expanding my acceptance and love for simplicity.
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
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