Wow. You all have blown me away with your comments from my last post. I am reading through each and every one, working my way through and trying to reply to each one. If you didn't get a reply to your email, your address didn't come through to me when you commented, so I replied back on the post. But, I'm still working to finish some of the later comments up, too. A million thanks, I'll talk a little more about what y'all said in an upcoming post.
Many of you seemed not to mind an occasional fashion post, and I'm glad, because I really wanted to share this darling dress with you today! (But please don't hate me if you were one of my readers who would rather not see fashion posts...I already had this one planned. I'll see you next time!) :)
Collyn Raye is an Etsy shop that makes custom, Southern, lady-like wardrobe pieces, as well as a few accessories. And, a good majority of the pieces are made from gingham, so how could I resist?? The owner and seamstress, Shannon, can even do a custom listing individualized for you if you need specific measurements or if you'd like to choose a different fabric from her selection than what you might see listed.
I selected the "Derby Dress," an off the shoulder loose fitting dress that is ruffled across the top. The fabric is a nice, crisp weight, and although the dress is not lined, it is thick enough that I did not find the need to wear a slip with it.
Although off the shoulder ("OTS") dresses and tops are super trendy this season, I found this to be a very versatile piece that I plan to wear well into the Fall. So, I shopped my closet and came up with three different ways to wear this dress, now and later.
As I share these 3 looks, know that most of my accessories I've had since at least last year so I don't have exact sources for you. However, I've tried to find very similar options to link to in case you're looking for something similar. Case in point, I've probably had these ribbon tie espadrilles for 10 years(!), but I found some pretty close that are linked below the photo.
One fit tip I did want to mention- I'm 5'7", and I let out the generous hem in the dress about 1 1/2" to make it a little longer for me. The measurements for the dress are in the listing, so just be mindful of the length if you're a little taller, and Shannon can add length if needed for a small additional fee. It could definitely be a darling tunic as is for you taller girls, too!
Although it's late in the summer, I know I have at least another month with hot temperatures in Oklahoma so I can wear this dress just as is for a while longer, but I'll be able to layer it up a bit and wear it well into Fall as well.
I've proclaimed my love and tips for mixing black and white with leopard, so I thought this was another good opportunity to try out that mix! When the temperatures start to cool off a bit, I can add a scarf and boots to this dress. I chose riding boots here, but would also love a pair of cute booties with it as well (just searching for the perfect black pair for the coming season). My scarf came from Kohl's last year, but I think it's a pattern they might carry regularly. I couldn't find it online, so there are some similar ones linked below.
I ended up putting all of my favorite things together... black and white stripes, blue, and kelly green, and it goes with so many outfits!
If you like girly, Southern style I hope you'll take a look around Collyn Raye and tell Shannon I sent you! I've got my eye on a Carolina top to try out next, isn't it a darling style too?