Easing into Fall is no longer a daunting task. The late-Summer/early-Fall wardrobe is usually a difficult transition; however, there are so many fun ensembles that keep you cool enough for the hot temps, but bring a fun vibe to your style. I am a true Southern girl and was raised with the first commandment of fashion: “Thou shalt not wear white after Labor Day”! But, with varying shades of white and tons of fabric options, I am loving the trend of white no longer being relegated to the Spring and Summer months. This sassy Alice + Olivia dress has a heavy enough fabric to stay relevant after Summer and keeps you stylish throughout autumn and into the winter months.
Heading off to a brunch, I decided to pair this dress with leopard print shoes to transition into the new season. With the peep toes, these cute wedges added a bit of flair to the basic white piece and also kept me from looking overdressed on that hot and humid day. I can see this dress with nude pumps for a lighter look and tall black suede boots for a winter outing. I chose a vintage inspired drop necklace to add a little Sunday bling but kept the earrings and arm jewelry very simple. What I love the most about Alice + Olivia, is that every piece is not only designed well, but the line is true to size which is always helpful to me since I am a world renowned last minute shopper. If I can run into a store or shop and know that I do not have to try an outfit on, my day has been made.
During my days as a lawyer, I tend to gravitate to dark colors (admittedly mostly black) as my work uniform. Once I slipped this dress on, I knew it would make the work rotation soon. The cut and length of this dress allow it to be cute for a brunch, yet still courtroom (or boardroom) proper. From the exposed back zipper to the little swing at the hem, this dress wows while still keeping a classic look. I can envision this little number becoming a staple in many a closet.
To add a pop of color, I chose my favorite Elaine Turner clutch in persimmon. This bag can also transition from the green grass days to the changing of the leaves. I love that it is not a dainty clutch, but one that can hold some substance but still look very polished. Changing from dressy to casual is also no problem for this clutch as I have paired it with a denim top and white jeans as well. The color is the perfect punch to compliment this look. A fun hide purse (sans the animal print shoes) would be a fabulous way to accessorize. A black patent handbag throws off a modern vibe and would give this outfit a entirely different look.
Using this minimalist dress as a base, accessories can and do create so many options for an outfit to take you to various events. By switching up the jewelry, shoes and handbag, so many looks can be created. But, if you are still leery of white this Fall, break those chains! Liberate your wardrobe with the right pieces and your white dress can take you beyond the neighborhood pool party. However, I am drawing the line at seersucker in the Fall. Y’all know I was raised better than that!
Photos by Justin James Photography
Dress: Alice + Olivia | Clutch: Elaine Turner (also love the orange clutches here, here, and here, and this one is a great bargain!) | Leopard wedges: here, here, and here for similar | Necklace: here for similar | Earrings: here for similar | Lips: Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Color in Cherry Pink