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Friday, February 26th 2010

Flirting with Floral Dresses for Summer

From left: Dolce Vita Hope Dress, Rebecca Taylor Floral Shirtdress, Tibi Halter Dress, Joie Mary Tank Dress.

Last August at Lollapalooza, I witnessed a parade of pretty print dresses in all imaginable silhouettes. One after the other, these unique, summer-perfect frocks left me feeling bored with my all-solids wardrobe. I made a mental note to find my own print dress (in a floral, to be exact), and then promptly abandoned that goal with the arrival of the fall fashions.

This week I took it up again, thanks to the Rodarte fall 2010 runway collection. The Mulleavy sisters’ masterful (and wearable) mix of winter-white knits and upholstery-inspired patchwork florals reminded me of those summer flowers I never found. Sure, it’s a little counterintuitive to take summer inspiration from a fall collection, but there was a lightness at the root of the Rodarte runway that aligns beautifully with the warmer months.

In the spirit of this renewed passion for flora, I’m picking up the Rebecca Taylor dress pictured for an upcoming trip to Napa, and an airy, sleeveless number (I like the nipped-at-the-waist silhouette on the Dolce Vita dress above) to pair with K. Jacques sandals or Frye wedges on warm June days.


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