Your Favorite Summer Dress Redacted

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by Leandra Medine
August 18, 2014
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Three ways to wear your favorite dress without feeling meh.

Dresses can be difficult. I don’t mean because sometimes they’re restrictive, or too short, or too long, or don’t quite fit as well as they could, or even because they’re often fussy. I mean it paradoxically — as in, they’re hard because they’re so easy.

See, a dress is like a blender — it does all the legwork for you. It takes all of your ingredients, no matter how strategically you’ve placed them on a plate, combines them in an isolated setting and then with the mere press of a button, it has created a substance that is later displayed as new progeny. This progeny often does not show for the thoughtfulness that went into selecting the incipient materials — ingredients you spent time bringing together, deliberating on what would taste best and why, before resolving to have them irrevocably conjoined — liquidated if you will.

Make sense?

Think about it. When you put on a dress, you resolve to let someone else’s creative endeavor account for your stylistic decision. Where with a pair of pants, you maintain the priestly power of fashion marriage (will you wear them with a crop top or a button down? Will you place a skirt over them? Etc.), with a lone layer of sheath, there are no variables that visibly and often craftily speak to what brought you to the point of dress. It’s like no matter how hard you tried (and I mean that in a good way), you look, frankly speaking, like a mannequin.

Saying this makes me feel like I’m turning my back on some of the greatest pieces of clothing that I have come to know but I also realize that wearing a dress could be as interesting an experience as, say, any number of Lessons in Layering. Enter the jean jacket/floral short/polka dot dress confection (and the two looks that follow) staring at you while you presumably think: aren’t Mondays hard enough? These three outfits are how I’m bringing a little bit of a soul to a one-piece wonder.

The dress: Opening Ceremony

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Look 1: Acne jacket, Anne Fontaine blouse, Yves Saint Laurent shorts, Alaia sandals, Oliver Peoples sunglasses

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Look 2: Veda cropped blouse, Stella McCartney pants, Jimmy Choo purse

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Look 3: Giulietta pants, Carven sandals, Steven Alan hat, Dannijo earrings.

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  • Christina Storm

    Love this look!
    The Style Storm

    <3, Christina

  • ee_by_cc

    Word, word and word to this. We must not be lazy when it comes to the easy breeziness of a dress!

    http://www.enduringethereal.com

  • Sarah

    Very cool looks. I love the pants underneath!

    If you have a moment, I’d love to hear your thoughts on my latest outfit post in Rovinj, Croatia:
    http://www.bohochiccafe.com

  • Natali

    You’re such a fashion icon! I’m in love with everything you put on and write about. Girl, you rock!

    http://lartoffashion.blogspot.com

    • Ariel

      totally agree!!

  • Nico

    Interesting ideas!

    lb-lc fashion blog

  • http://www.ashliwithaneye.com Ashli Pollard

    this first look is my absolute favorite look i’ve ever seen you in !! great pairings.

  • Mrs. Walsh

    LM: I love you, I love your blog, I love your style, but I’m not doing pants under a dress..(or shorts for that matter) On you it looks….fashion-y, like you meant to do it and god bless, you’re doing something different. On most of us it would look like the poor homeless (but closet-full!) fashion hoarder down the street finally lost her marbles deciding which outfit to wear so she (I) wore all of them. Sorry. Not sorry.

    • MippysMom

      Thank you. On those of us who are short and curvy, this will make us look like fireplugs.

    • Inkygrl

      Yes, exactly. I try this look and always chicken out at the last minute. It just doesn’t work in (my) real life.

  • http://www.dominiquecandido.com Dominique

    gotta love this

    xxx

    http://www.dominiquecandido.com

  • Emilia Petrarca

    Hole-y moley, those Alaia sandals are killer.

    • Leandra Medine

      I’d lend them to you but I know all too well what they say about big feet now that we’re comrades.

  • Paulina Villalpando

    I love the second look! http://www.thepaarblog.com/

  • http://blog.phantomlover.com/ phantom lover

    really great styling and perfect print mixing!

    blog.phantomlover.com

  • Une petite Bruxelloise

    Creative and inspiring as usual!If you decribed the way you wore your dress to me,it wouldn’t make any sense, yet again these pics look brilliant…mystery of fashion!

    unepetitebruxelloise.wordpress.com

  • Alexandra Puffer

    That dress is killer – but I love to spice things up with a change of shoes, cardigans, & accessories.

    Warm regards,
    Alexandra
    http://www.littlewildheart.com

  • Julia

    You’re a genius! Thank you for fashion inspiration all the way to Sweden (where all we have is Acne Anxiety and Whyred Whinings).

    http://prick.blogg.se

  • http://www.fawnclothing.com Fawn Clothing

    Jeez those Alaia sandals are to die for.

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  • Ariel

    CLASSIC MR. I especially love the first one! You always make the layers look easy to wear

  • http://Medium.com/@hager_emma Emma Hager

    I needed this post. I have so many dresses that sit idol because I feel so plain when I just wear them on their own at this point. It’s the same nasty feeling of changing your mind about an outfit halfway through the day, except doing so right from the moment you put the dress on.

  • Cristina Feather

    I love you for your articles, your humor and all, but boy when you play with the clothes it’s like I’m crazy in love!! :)

  • claudia

    Love the layering in the first look and your sandals are to die for!

    http://trendenciesblog.com

    https://www.bloglovin.com/blog/12630625

  • http://www.audreyisaboy.com/ AudreyisaBoy

    I prefer to keep things simple.
    http://www.audreyisaboy.com/

  • Esther Levy

    dresses are like blenders! that’s what I’m always sayin mannnnn

  • Larissa May

    I love the tips you gave to revamp the summer dress! So perfect for this time of year

    xoxo

    Livinlikelarz

  • http://www.orrblog.net/ Oroma Roxella Rukevwe

    I love the first look. I’ve been known to wear a dress as a kimono and as a top. You take styling dresses to a whole other level !

    ORRBLOG
    SHOP MY WARDROBE

  • jordy

    brilliant! i miss this kinda man repelling a lil bit tbh

  • Kandeel

    *because that dress is cute but you dont want to outfit repeat in front of the group of friends you hung out with last week wearing the same dress* dilemma

  • http://afmu.net/ Afmu

    Interesting combination of clothes <3

    http://afmu.net/

  • http://channelspirits.bandcamp.com/ Josie Fillat

    what about dresses on dresses on dresses?

  • anna lisa

    LM: I love you, I love your blog, I love your style, but I’m not doing
    pants under a dress..(or shorts for that matter) On you it
    looks….fashion-y, like you meant to do it and god bless, you’re doing
    something different. On most of us it would look like the poor homeless
    (but closet-full!) fashion hoarder down the street finally lost her
    marbles deciding which outfit to wear so she (I) wore all of them.
    Sorry. Not sorry.
    check out my latest blog post how to take care of your skin click here!

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