There are so many fun trends this season and one of my favorites is stripes. Another favorite is breezy loose flowing dresses. Whether they’re babydoll waisted or A-line, I love the cozy feel of this design. But, sometimes you just want to give your look a little definition and a belt isn’t always the go to choice (I like one on very rare occasions but not for my everyday looks). Sometimes, you don’t have to look to the waist to update the shape. 

This striped dress is a perfect example. I love it just the way it is with the mid length, silky, soft fabric and pretty lines. However, I knew as soon as I saw it that it would be the perfect knot dress. That said when I tried to knot it it went from sweet demure to quite risqué. So, maybe not a knot. But, I still wanted to spice it up. That’s when I remembered the hairband trick. So, I grabbed one of my girls’ tiny rubber bands (the last thing I wanted was for a bulky scrunchy hanging out on my thigh). A quick tie at the hem instantly took my dress from basic to chic. Some days you want plain and simple, sometimes you want a little more. 

The look felt quite beachy so I threw on my simple black sandals and grabbed my straw bag that I got almost 10 years ago on my honeymoon (I knew I’d use it again someday- it has survived many a closet purge for sentimental value alone). Paired it with my other favorite summer trend: the straw hat (if you haven’t noticed I have a lot of favorite trends right now). I’m loving this one because it’s double duty: cute and functional. The older I get the less I like the sun (you can keep the wrinkles and skin cancer thanks) and the more I appreciate any cover from it. 

Lastly, I want to take a moment to point out the background. It’s actually…get this a laundromat. A rather decrepit looking one at that. But, that adorable teal white washed look, gives me the beachy feels every time and would you believe it’s called something like a “whale of a time” laundromat. I love everything old and that doesn’t stop at old buildings. It’s amazing how your perspective changes when you start looking at everything as a backdrop for photos. 

Dress: c/o Gozon

Shoes: Hush Puppies (note: these run a little big, may want to consider sizing down, they’re even a little roomy on my wide-ish feet)