Summertime Stripes | Dressing Up In The Heat, Part Two

 Man oh man, I love a good black-and-white stripe. On blouses, on sweaters, on peplum, on crop tops—it’s probably my favorite pattern, and I now own it in a formal version, thanks to this uber adorable ruffle dress from London Times.

Now, I know what you’re thinking… A dress made entirely out of ruffles sounds painfully girlie. However, a neutrally-hued but incredibly bold pattern—LIKE STRIPES, DUH!—tones down the ultra-femme aspect to create a look that’s balanced and fun.

Here’s the other thing about an all-ruffle dress: depending on your shape, it can add flattering curves (hooray!) or accidentally fill out the space between your curves, like your waist. Oops. A fitted blazer with serious waist accentuation creates the perfect hourglass look. Add a few fun accessories, like these tuxedo shoes and a bright necklace, for a creative cocktail ensemble.

Want to wear it to a work function? Swap the flats for pumps in a solid color and switch the heart necklace for a second long chain.

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Currently wearing… Sleeveless Ruffle Dress, c/o London Times [HERE on sale!] | Blazer, Express [HERE] | Heart necklace, old [SIMILAR] | Long necklace, H&M [SIMILAR] | Earrings, DIY | Flats, c/o Vogue Footwear [HERE / Discount Code: OJH15OFF ] | Clutch, Target [SIMILAR]

Need more ideas for warm-weather formal-wear? Check out installment number one.

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