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Chicwish Wavy Flame Contrasted Crochet Sleeveless dress, Cat Eye sunglasses, Vintage shoes (similar styles linked below), Vintage earrings

summer style in an off the shoulder Chicwish dress and retro sunglassesThe official start to summer is here! Hooray! I can definitely appreciate the change in seasons…having been born and raised in New England accounts for that I think. When you grow up here you learn to embrace whatever the weather throws at you and try to join it, not fight it. To me that means doing the things that you can only do seasonally, like pick apples and have cozy bonfires in the fall, ski and ice skate in the winter, and watch the newness of the earth burst forth in the spring. So I love all the seasons, but more and more I am becoming a summer person. I don’t mind hot weather, no matter how sticky it gets. Now I suppose if I lived in the South or in regions that had longer stretches of hot, humid weather I might feel differently – it’s probably because the summers are short here that I love them so much! But regardless, I am relishing this weather and excited for the official kick off of summer today!

a retro start to summer in an off the shoulder dressSummertime dressing to me is all about color. Ok, actually I could say that about every season but summer in particular is the time to wear bold colors and patterns. Summer is also the time when I get to wear my favorite cut – off the shoulder. So much of my summer wardrobe consists of off the shoulder tops and dresses and I won’t apologize for it. The cut highlights a pretty neck and is the perfect frame for some statement sunnies and earrings.

Chicwish off the shoulder dress for summerChicwish red and white summer dress I am wild about this pretty dress from Chicwish. The neckline falls in the most flattering way and the A-line shape is so swishy and easy to wear. Plus it’s red, which is a bit of a signature color for me! Today I kept it more on the casual side with these awesome retro sunnies, a top knot, and vintage kitten heels. Side note about the heels: when I bought them, they didn’t have an ankle strap, which made them kind of difficult to walk in. I got some red silk cord, cut a piece, tied a knot around the little heel of the shoe, and then wound the ties around my ankle in a criss cross pattern. So don’t ever dismiss a vintage piece just because they are not perfect. Think outside the box and see how you can make them your own! This dress could easily be dressed up for evening with a change of accessories. That is one thing I alway look for in pieces, particularly summertime ones – prettiness with a dose of practicality. I want them to be special but still something I can wear multiple ways. And this dress does just that. Now off to the carnival!

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