Minty Stripes: Flattering Fit & Flare Dress for $40!

And just like that, it's already June. Can you believe it? How are we already almost half-way through the year? At least Summer is right around the corner! Bring on all the fun, summertime events -- grad ceremonies, parties, weddings, bridal and baby showers, brunches.... 

With several of these already on the horizon, I started shopping for dresses early before all the good ones in my size sold out, and happened on this petite, fit-and-flare dress for only $40!
Isn't it precious? It looks even better in-person! 

I love the stripes! The mint and ivory colors are fresh and summery, and play nicely off the subtle, metallic stripes that alternate between them. They add just the right amount of shimmer to elevate it your typical fit-and-flare dress, making it perfect for upcoming special events! (Outdoor weddings or brunch dates, anyone?) 
This darling, little number is packed full of pretty details! My favorites:

 - the chevron paneling down the front of the bodice 
- the feminine pleats of the skirt
 - the attached belt that pulls everything together

Yes, the belt comes with the dress! And it's a decent-quality one, too! Wear it as-is or swap out the belt for another one to change up the look. The small belt loops will keep it secure. (For wider belts, just tuck the belt loops under or remove them altogether.)  
This dress is super flattering! I'm wearing size 2p, and it fits nicely with a little room to spare in the waist/hips. Flattering and comfy is my holy-grail combo when it comes to fit! Normally, I would order a 0p, but the 2p is the smallest size available for this dress. That said, I think it still looks lovely. The length is also ideal, hitting just above the knee. I'm 5'2 and the dress length is approximately 37", for reference.  

It's easy to get on and off, zipping smoothly up the back. I find that some dresses at this price point tend to skimp on decent zippers, causing them to get stuck or break in the fabric (such a pain!) but I'm happy to see that this one feels durable. The only caveat: the dress itself is unlined. You'll need to wear a half-slip skirt and nude or light-colored undergarments for modesty.
The only other thing that would've made this dress any sweeter is pockets! But for all its other perks, it's still definitely a keeper! I love how ladylike it is! 

It works great for the office, too -- it's polished, pretty, yet still professional. For shoulder coverage in more conservative workplaces or for meetings, I add a crisp, white blazer and then belt it, like I've done in the past here
Chanel classic flap - vintage (similar Chanel here; affordable dupes here & here) //

You can't go wrong with a versatile dress like this one, especially for the price!

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend! 


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