Like A Polka-Dotted Strawberry

Strawberries, yum.


Nothing more fun than shopping your mom’s closet…especially when your mom has a penchant for red polka-dot minidresses, too.

After dinner last week, Mom went rooting through her wardrobe in search of summery hand-me-downs, and came out with this gorgeous thing. I love it love it love it because it’s a) red, b) polka-dotted, and c) multitalented: you can wear it loose, cinched with a belt (I just used a vintage scarf*), with a jean jacket and flats for day, or with an updo and piled-on jewelry for night.

It’s hard to get me out of these sandals lately – beyond being incredibly comfortable, they go with absolutely everything. Even more versatile, in my opinion, than black, because they can so easily be dressed up for evening.

I recently had a reader ask me what kinds of undergarments I wear with light, floaty dresses, and these breezy-rooftop shots show why my answer is: hipster shorts. Always. Like these. In case of an unforseen subway draft (what is up with the gale-force winds that come rocketing through the stairwells?), it’d be embarrassing, oh yes…but not devastating.

And on top, I go for an excellent strapless bra for anything one-shouldered or spaghetti-strapped. I’m all for inexpensive underthings, but when it comes to strapless bras, I think that quality matters. I adore adore adore the Wacoal Silver Halo Lace Convertible Strapless and think that everyone should own it; it’s just that great.

On me: No-name sunglasses; vintage & DKNY necklaces, vintage scarf (as belt), Rebecca Minkoff MAC Clutch, DVF flat sandals, Mom’s dress.

One Red Dress, Three Prices:

Parker One-Shoulder Ruffle Dress ($255); Modcloth Cheery Deary Dress ($78); F21 Woven Floral Dress ($17.80)

Get The Look:

1. Modcloth Cheery Deary Dress ($78)

2. TopShop Neon Chunky Chain ($28)

3. F21 Sunglasses ($5.80)

4. 1928 Marrakesh Turquoise & Carnelian Moroccan Medallion Necklace ($32)

5. Max & Chloe Bellissima Crystal & Tortoiseshell Hoop Earrings ($45)

6. ModCloth Sonoran Desert Scarf ($9.99)

7. Essie polishes in Sugar Daddy (R) and Vermillionaire (L)

8. Rebecca Minkoff MAC Clutch in Red ($295)

9. Amrita Singh Priscilla Bangles ($40)

10. Nine West Arden Flats ($27.60 on sale)

*Mom would like me to mention that the scarf used to belong to her, too. Apparently I “borrowed” it a few years back. Oops :).

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