StyleHiving: Sweet & Flirty Dresses

Summer is in the air, a time of year to get in touch with your softer side — softer hairstyles (my favorite being soft, loose, beachy-waves), softer makeup, softer colors, and softer silhouettes. While my personal style is kind of on the edgy/eclectic side, I have a friend who seldom navigates away from flirty, ultra-femme styles. She rocks this look everywhere, from formal dates, to casual dates, from upscale bars to seedy, dive bars, this gal loves to embrace her femininity. This style is also a favorite of one of my favorite fashion trend-setters, Zooey Deschanel (one half of Frisky favorite, She & Him), who appropriately graces the cover of Lucky’s July issue in a sweet floaty number, a style she’s loved for as long as she can remember.
When it comes to this style the date-night-ensemble possibilities are endless. Wear the dress with strappy sandals for a sweet day-time look, with gladiators to add some edge, with daring accessories to spice it up, with sky high-heels to sexify the look for night — you get the gist.

I used Zooey’s cover look as inspiration for this week’s date-night finds. Inspiration is not the same as imitation, so the most important thing to remember, a standard that applies to all styles and trends, is to infuse your own personal style into the look. If it just doesn’t feel like you, play around with it until it does, if you don’t feel comfortable and confident in something, believe me, it will show!

[Vanessa Bruno, $416; Nanette Lepore, $280; Rebecca Taylor, $297; Caroline Hedaya, $495;
Jovovich Hawk, $475; ; J. Crew, $79.99]