The style of this French Connection dress is “California Dreaming.” I may be a Texas girl through and through, but I sure love spending time in Southern California. The ubiquitous sunshine and mild Pacific temps are good for the soul, and I am always inspired by the ever-stylish SoCal girls with their beachy waves and polished bohemian vibe — I’m looking at you, Gwen Stefani and Jessica Alba!
I bought this dress last summer for a beach trip. We decided to have family photos taken while on vacation, and this dress fit the bill perfectly. I loved it so much, and when summer was over, I really missed it! I was determined to figure out a way to continue wearing it in the cooler months without looking like a complete fashion failure. A quick closet search revealed a no-brainer solution. By pairing it with my go-to black blazer and a favorite pair of cage booties, I was able to tone down the seaside vibe of the dress and make it a year-round wardrobe staple! I have also worn it with my black leather jacket for a slightly edgier look that I also love.
The beading on this dress is stunning, but the silhouette is relaxed enough that it can work for day or night, depending on how it is styled. Even though I got this last summer, it is somehow still available and at a greatly reduced price! There are so many similar options that will be super fun for summer and music festival season — or with a favorite moto jacket or blazer year round!
Photos: Kelli Elizabeth Photography
Dress: French Connection ON SALE! (also on sale here, similar here and here) | Blazer: Theory (less expensive options here) and here) | Booties: Zara, sold out (similar and ON SALE here and here) | Beaded Clutch: Aspiga, sold out (here, here, and here for similar) | Earrings: Banana Republic, sold out (here, here, here, and here for similar) | Silver Bangle Cuff: here for similar | Silver Bangles: here for similar | Silver and Leather Bracelet: here for similar | Ring: here for similar | Sunglasses: Ray Ban Wayfarers | Lipstick: Bobbi Brown