Summer Style: Villa Dress & Ezra Tassel Suede Sandals

 With temperatures hovering in the 90's this time of year in L.A., light and airy sundresses are an absolute must. As a dress-lover to the core, Summer is one of my favorite seasons for this very reason: just throw on a pretty dress and go. No fuss, no muss, and no worrying about mixing this or that blouse with that skirt or pair of pants. It makes for easy outfit planning and can get you out the door in a pinch when you're pressed for time -- gotta love that!

Cream or white dresses, in particular, are some of my top picks this time of year because they're crisp and fresh and serve as the perfect backdrop for my favorite colorful accessories. 

I was immediately drawn to this beautiful Villa Dress from LOFT. I'm finally getting around to posting it here on the blog, but I've already worn it several times and featured it on my Instagram over the past month or so (be sure to follow me there if you're not already; I share daily outfits, style inspiration, sale alerts, and more!).

There's so much to love about this dress: the soft, "whisper white" color, the ruffled off-the-shoulder sleeves, the crochet lace inset detailing and trim along the hem, and the flattering fit-n-flare silhouette. It's so lovely and romantic! 

I took size XXS, and for LOFT dresses, I'd say it fits true-to-size. It fits perfectly sans alterations (note: for fit reference, I'm 5'2", about 100 lbs., and measure 34-25-36.) It is slightly tight across the bust on me, but not uncomfortably so. Slipping into the dress is a bit tricky at first due to the shoulder straps and the off-the-shoulder ruffled sleeves; they're easy to get tangled if you're not careful, so you have to be more deliberate with your hand placement to avoid any frustration. But once you get into the sleeves correctly, it's easy to just zip yourself in with the side zipper. The dress is fully lined, which I love, so lighter undergarments are nicely concealed, and the midi length is refreshingly modest, hitting right below the knees. 

It's a great "event" dress: wear it to a bridal party, baby shower, luncheon, graduation party, or Sunday brunch. Every time I wear it, I get tons of questions and compliments on it, even from my fellow LOFT "girls" (associates) when shopping at my local store!

 This dress is currently an additional 40% off, bringing it to just under $33 -- such a steal! (Original retail price: $89.50.) No code is needed online, however the dress is marked as "final sale" with no exchanges or returns accepted. Also, sizes are fairly limited online. That said, I've noticed several sizes popping back over the past few weeks, so be sure to bookmark the product page and keep checking back if your size is out of stock. I've scored several items this way!

I've rounded up a few more cream/white, cold-shoulder dresses that would be great options for Summer as well.

White Cold-Shoulder Dresses for Summer

In keeping with the romantic feel of this dress, I styled it with pretty pastels in hues of blush and aqua. These Ezra Suede Tassel Sandals in "paloma" (blush-pink) from Ann Taylor are the cutest and are oh-so-comfy, too! The heels aren't too high, measuring about 3 inches, and the footbed is padded, which makes all the difference in the world. I wear heels often and these sandals don't pinch or squeeze my feet at all. I can wear them for hours on end without any issues. The tassel ties do tend to untie while you're walking, so just be sure to tie and knot them tightly to avoid this minor annoyance. These sandals are currently $50 off with code "RSVP" which brings them to just under $100 (original retail: $148.) They come in a pretty light grey color and a black color, too. I took size 5.5, which fits true-to-size for Ann Taylor shoes for me. They've received several glowing, 5-star ratings online for both their beauty and comfort, and I couldn't agree more -- love them and highly recommend them, especially for Summer! Snag them on sale while they last!

My aqua tote is a few years old from Kate Spade and no longer available online, but I've found a few really similar KS ones I'm loving here, here, and here. Blush and aqua play off each other nicely, and keep the overall look light and airy while still adding small splashes of color against the crispness of the dress.

LOFT Villa Dress (xxs) // Ezra Tassel Suede Sandals (5.5) //
Kate Spade Aqua Tote - old (similar here, here, here) // 
Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor in "HD Spark"

This has been one of my favorite Summer looks so far. There's just something about easy-breezy dresses in a soft color palette, don't you think?  What are some of your favorite warm-weather pieces? 

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you have a great day!


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