Graphic love

Bike Lane Dress from Anthropologie
{ Bike Lane Dress from Anthropologie, Leather belt borrowed from a Myne dress, Feather print wallet from Urban Outfitters, Turquoise arrowhead earrings from Urban Outfitters, Sandals by Mossimo Supply Co. (from Target) and - finally - Revlon Colorstay Stormy Night nail polish }

I love this quirky, 50s inspired dress from Anthropologie for, oh, so many reasons.

For one, its structured bodice is fitted to the waistline, keeping this strapless dress in place and accentuating the narrowest part of my torso. There’s nothing more frustrating than a strapless dress that is always falling down and provides no support (ladies), but this dress is truly made well.

Bike Lane Dress from Anthropologie
{ Bike Lane Dress from Anthropologie & Panama hat by Olé (from a hat stand on Third Street Promenade) }

This particular silhouette flatters all women, but, for me, it works because – even though my waist is narrow – I have a relatively wide rib cage so that I don’t always have the curves I want from the front. The A-line skirt adds volume to my lower-half, giving me a smaller-looking waist and more pronounced hourglass figure all the way around.

Bike Lane Dress from Anthropologie
{ Bike Lane Dress from Anthropologie & Panama hat by Olé }

The cream white fabric flatters my fair skin-tone. Tan may be in, but I try to be gentle with my skin – plus, I burn easily. So, I often worry about looking washed out or too pale, but this warmer shade of white actually has people coming up to me to compliment my skin. (Seriously, I had someone stop me at Panera.)

Bike Lane Dress from Anthropologie
{ Bike Lane Dress from Anthropologie }

Finally – and I think most importantly – this large, graphic bike pattern just makes me smile. The bright, humorous pattern keeps this dramatic dress appropriate for the daytime with flats and a wide-brimmed hat, like today when I grabbed lunch with Matthew. But the shape and length let me dress it up with my turquoise pumps for a special night out, like our spontaneous date at The Cheesecake Factory a couple of weeks ago.

Here are a few more dresses with statement patterns that make me go weak in the knees:

Palm Tree Dress by Jill Stuart
{ Palm Tree Dress by Jill Stuart }
Houndstooth dress by Marni
{ Houndstooth dress by Marni }
Chevron Midi Dress by Bar III
{ Chevron Midi Dress by Bar III }
Directional Stripe Dress in Delft and Ecru by Tracy Reese
{ Directional Stripe Dress in Delft and Ecru by Tracy Reese }
Reilly Dress by Shoshanna
{ Reilly Dress by Shoshanna }
Francesca garden print dress by Milly
{ Francesca garden print dress by Milly }
Flared Caraz Dress by Weston Wear
{ Flared Caraz Dress by Weston Wear }
Feather digital silk printed dress by Sass and Bide
{ Feather digital silk printed dress by Sass and Bide }
Printed Tees dress by Ella Moss
{ Printed Tees dress by Ella Moss }
Strip Back Dress in Totem Violet by Mara Hoffman
{ Strip Back Dress in Totem Violet by Mara Hoffman }

Oh, did I say a few? It’s really true. You can’t have enough dresses.









About Alison

Artsy-nerdy, fashion and lifestyle blogger. Loving wife, baby sister. Uprooted Texan living in SoCal. Writer, shopper, photographer, reader, listener, drawer - loving the aesthetics and the depth in life.
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