The Best Dress (and Accessories) – Spring 2015

linen-dressUntil a catalog arrived in the mail a few weeks ago, I had mostly forgotten that Chadwicks of Boston existed. They probably forgot I existed for a while, too, because it’s been years since I had need of suits and professional-person clothes. Since I was in the market for dresses to wear to weddings and graduations (mine is 18 days away now – cue panic), I flipped through the catalog. Curvy people aren’t always successful at ordering clothes online, so I vastly prefer to shop in person where I can try things on, but I’m so glad I took a chance on this linen a-line dress.

It’s a simple, classic style, which I adore, but the bright green color is what really drew me in. I ordered a size down since I’m still slowly shrinking, but that size actually fit me perfectly. It runs a bit big. The cut is super-flattering and the dress is comfortable to wear, even for hours and hours of dancing at a wedding reception. I liked the green version so much that I ordered it in navy, as well, for events where I don’t want to be so…. bright green. :)

The solid color and clean lines mean you can go classic on jewelry with a string of pearls, or pair it with a long, trendy necklace in a contrasting color. Or skip the necklace altogether and add a sparkly broach. It’ll look good any way you accessorize it!

maurices-wedgesI’ve been finding every excuse I can to wear these Maurices Maybel wedges this spring, so they’re my go-to pair for this dress in either color. Not only are they cute, they’re comfy, too. I confess, I ordered these shoes in black, as well. They’re just so pretty with nearly any outfit (yoga pants excluded, but I won’t judge if you go that route). Skirts, dresses, skinny jeans, leggings…. it doesn’t matter what I wear with these shoes – someone says, “I love your shoes!” every.single.time.

coach-snakeskin-bagA snakeskin bag is the perfect final touch. I’m madly in love with this Coach Campbell Python Leather Satchel, but my handbag investment funds are low for now. This Henri Bendel Faux Snakeskin Clutch is more compact, but offers the same texture contrast at a much lower price. If the Coach bag is Mr. Right, this George Knightly Belted Tote can be Mr. Right Now. It’s $23 at Walmart, which means you can adore it for a few months and feel no guilt when you part come fall.

What are you wearing this spring?

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