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One and Done -The Beauty of a Summer Dress

Full disclosure- A client came up with the “one and done” phrase when describing why she loves to have dresses in her summer wardrobe arsenal. This struck me as such a brilliant description of the ease and utility of a good summer dress, it inspired Look #1 and the whole blog post. Inspiration number two for today’s post was another client’s purchase and enthusiasm for the silk Equipment shirt dress in Look #2. Then, once we had started this blog post, a third client asked about a dress for the French Open. This would be the Carolina Herrera dress in Look #3. Happy shopping and happy almost summer!


Look #1

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T Tahari Dakota Watercolor Sheath Dress, $178

Mango Suede Waterfall Jacket, $190

Michael Kors Vikki Slingback Wedges, $295


Don’t you just love a good watercolor print? A perfectly fitting shift dress in a gorgeous print is always a summer staple.



Look #2

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Equipment Michaela Dress, $228

Michael Michael Kors Reversible Saffiano Belt, $48

Splendid Edgewood Sandal, $54


I love the look of white against the colored silk dress. The silk is light enough for the hottest summer day but polished enough for the workplace.



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Carolina Herrera Sleeveless Mushroom-Print Sheath Dress, $1,390

Oscar de la Renta Ivory Mini Envelope Clutch, $950

Manolo Blahnik Suede BB Pumps, $595


Kyle and I have been running around the stores oohing and aahing over the multiple mushroom prints at all price points this season. (Aside: Kyle, should that be a blog post?!) Of course the Carolina Herrera one is our favorite. Check out the Carolina Herrera store for more of her fun prints in awesome summer dress shapes.

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Lani Inlander is a personal stylist, working with women who want to feel their best and look put-together every day. You can find her in the Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia and New York areas.

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