The Red Floral Dress I’ve Been Wearing All Summer

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While it’s true that floral dresses are the definition of my comfort zone, nude and white accessories are far from it. The last white handbag I owned was from Gwen Stefani’s inaugural L.A.M.B. collaboration with LeSportsac and within a few wears, the dye from my denim had transferred all over the back of the bag. That bag, like this Ted Baker Verina bag, has sentimental memories attached that I just can’t let go of. I know Marie Kondo wouldn’t approve, but I am who I am who I am. 

This NY Collection dress (via Gwynnie Bee) has all of the style elements that I look for in a summer dress: a flowing hemline that sways in the breeze, defined waistline, bold color and/or print, and a feminine silhouette. The purple flower center among the ivory petals is an unexpected and fun color combination. When it comes to comfortable clothing in the oppressive southern heat & humidity, it doesn’t take much to make me happy.

I wish that I could promise that this was my last floral look of the season, but I have a floral kimono (also from Gwynnie Bee) that will be making an appearance in the coming days. Besides, lush fall florals and gothic romantic prints are totally my jam. 

I’m already thinking about the pieces that I’ll be wearing this in the cooler months and putting a post together to share with you soon, so if there are any trends that you’ve got your eye on, please share them in the comments below!

Gwynnie Bee Red Floral Dress
Gwynnie Bee Floral Plus Side Dress

Dress: NY Collection Layered Elbow Sleeve Dress (via Gwynnie Bee)

Shoes: Torrid Floral Mesh Ankle Strap Flats (very similar styles here and here)

Bag: Ted Baker Verina (no longer available in white, still available in black, red, and baby blue)

Sunglasses: Ray Ban Round Double Bridge Aviators

Lipstick: Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in Penelope Pink

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Sarah Conley
Focusing on style and self-esteem with her inimitable sass, Sarah has helped change the conversation about plus size fashion. She is a socially connected influencer, has been the star of viral videos, and helped lead an anti-body shaming campaign that earned an apology from O, the Oprah Magazine. With an approach that is more Role Model than Runway Model, Sarah has built a credible connection with the fashion community as a whole. As a freelance writer, her work has appeared in TIME, CNN, Teen Vogue, Glamour, InStyle, Lucky, and more. As a consultant, her social strategies have been executed by former clients ELOQUII, Undone Beauty, NARS, MAC Cosmetics, David Yurman, Diane von Furstenberg, Nine West, Clé de Peau Beauté, and many more. Currently, she serves as the Director of Marketing for Arkansas’s only cut-to-order cheese shop, Sweet Freedom Cheese in Bentonville, Arkansas. When she’s not educating people on the wonders of artisanal cheese or taking her rescue dog, Blueberry Shortcake Flowers, for a walk, Sarah can be found on Twitter and Instagram at @imsarahconley.

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