the little red dress you need this summer

it is no secret that summer is my 
favorite time of year. the cold brew;
weekend festivals and street fairs; the bright colors; 
vibrant, seasonal trends – i love all of it.
my mom works as a montessori preschool 
teacher (with a beloved summer break!), but unfortunately, 
i have a limited number of vacation and personal 
days at my disposal. this has yet to slow me down, 
however, as i continue to fill my calendar with 
trips to the cabin, little weekend getaways,
barbecues, brunches, campfires on the beach, 
blogging adventures, and everything in between. 
traditionally, the start of summer 
also marks the beginning of wedding season.
last summer, i attended eight weddings within
three months. it was busy, but i had
a wonderful time celebrating, eating, dancing, 
etc. etc. my favorite part, however?
choosing what to wear!
disclosure: macy’s and lauren ralph lauren graciously
provided me with the dress and handbag in this post.
all opinions are my own!
a red statement dress is perfect for a variety
of spring, summer, and fall occasions, 
but i dream of wearing this particular bell sleeve 
dress to a summer wedding!
the length, fabric, and overall fit of the
dress are seemingly perfect. it is modest, yet
feminine and flirty! i love the eyelet detail on the bell
sleeves (you know i cannot say ‘no’ to a bell
sleeve top or dress). the sleeve length and light fabric 
will keep you cool for a daytime, outdoor wedding, 
but provide some coverage after sundown.
i paired the red dress with simple nude heels, but
these could easily be swapped out for basic
sandals, ankle boots, or leopard heels come fall.
add a gold belt and/or statement necklace for a 
completely different look!
do you have any weddings or other events
this summer that may require a little red dress? 
while i typically enjoy thrift shopping
and scavenging the sale racks at various department
stores, this dress is an investment. the quality
and design of the dress speak for themselves
(it photographs beautifully, too!). 
this dress fits true to size and is currently
available in sizes 4-14. i am wearing a size 4 and do
not mind the looseness. the straight fit allows for
 freedom of movement (particularly when you are on the 
dance floor); i will not feel restricted after having that 
slice (or two) of wedding cake either.
best of all? it is machine washable!
dress: c/o macy’s and lauren ralph lauren (exact here),
heels: nordstrom (similar here), ring: nordstrom,
purse: c/o macy’s and lauren ralph lauren (exact here)
i hope you all had a wonderful weekend.
and if you are searching for that perfect summer 
dress, happy shopping!

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