Peter Pilotto for Target Dress, Prabal Gurung for Target Heels
I’ve been a longtime admirer of Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos, the design duo behind the Peter Pilotto brand, so I was thrilled to learn about their recent collaboration with Target stores. The designers are known for their thoughtfully printed women’s wear pieces, which always make a statement at London Fashion Week. Their beautiful clothing also comes along with a hefty price tag, so I never thought I’d get the chance to call a piece my own, until recently that is. I love the feminine shape of this dress, with a belt to accentuate the waist, and the sporty racer back top with cut-outs at the shoulder. The printed lace sleeves are an unexpected touch and make it the perfect spring time dress. I’m not usually a Target shopper, but they’re doing some pretty great stuff with their designer collaborations lately.
Anthropologie Dress, H&M Vest, Nine West Heels, Gifted Necklace
As summer is quickly coming to an end, I’m both excited for everything fall has to bring and frantically trying to wear my favorite seasonal pieces before the weather gets too cold. Case in point, this green marbled cut-out dress from Anthropologie, and my sleeveless blazer from H&M. I had visions of myself sipping white wine and eating oysters overlooking the Charles River and Boston at sunset wearing this dress this summer. Sadly, that did not happen, but there’s always next year.
Shakuhachi for Free People Dress, Charles by Charles David Heels, Anthropologie Clutch
Orange is not one of the colors that I’m typically drawn to, but this dress was too special to pass up. The cut-out and the asymmetric draping, combined with the bright color, made for the perfect summer wedding (or drinks at home) attire. This dress is certainly interesting, but, more importantly, very comfortable, which made dancing all night with friends that much more enjoyable. My heels, however, were a different story. They’re just so pretty!
Calvin Klein T-Shirt, Urban Outfitters Shorts, Victoria’s Secret Sandals
When I’ve worn these shorts in the past, I’ve always dressed them up with a pair of heels and a fancier top for a night out. I wanted to try something a little different and dress them down for a more casual day spent hanging out with family. My main goal was to avoid the pajama look, which can sometimes happen when wearing silk bottoms. I opted to wear a white tee and hot pink gladiator sandals, letting the shorts do all the talking. I don’t think they said “I’m wearing pajamas,” so I’ll call this one a success!
I’ve gotten plenty of wear out of this Free People dress this summer. It quickly became my favorite thing to throw on after a day spent at the beach, to a barbeque with friends, or just running errands. It’s lightweight and comfortable, but I still look pulled together. Over the past couple months, I’ve gotten a number of compliments on it, but the most memorable was from a longtime family friend who said I looked like a butterfly! Now I can’t help but think of it whenever I wear this dress! Thanks Brian!
Lately I’ve been enjoying a more simple style. Blame it on summer, a more mature attitude, or being lazy, but I’m welcoming this shift. However, simple doesn’t have to mean boring. I am only wearing a t-shirt, jeans, and sandals, but it’s the details that make it special, interesting, and still fun to wear. My top has cut-outs in the back, my pants are camo print, and my shoes are bright orange wedges. It’s simple for the win!
On a side note, tomorrow marks my one year anniversary of starting Lady and the Duchess! Thanks for all of your continued support!
To take my cargoes to the next level, and show them a good time, I swapped out my usual T-shirt for a shimmery top with a cut-out in the back. A lady-like purse that I picked up in Paris (an important/annoying detail that I must include) is more elegant than my everyday bag and certainly adds to the dressier vibe that I was going for. Last, but not least, I wore colorful snake skin statement heels that would make a pair of pajamas look put together. Casual or chic, cargoes can handle it.