TREND: Easy Eyelet


With the prospect of summer hanging sweetly over our heads and endless beach days just weeks away, sundresses are being freed from their closets as Fashionistas from east to west rightfully adapt their wardrobes. And while we typically envision the perfect warm-weather dress in a bright blue, a vibrant red or a lush floral pattern, today we're looking at things in shades of gray.

The best sundress is one that's light, airy and comfortable enough to spend a day in as you poke in and out of shops or wander the beach; as long as these bases are covered, a simple neutral tone or tinge of gray can be enough to make a statement. Proven by several other Style Gurus, the trick to making shades of gray stand out is through varying textures, embellishments and all the right accessories. One of the most summer-appropriate fabric textures is eyelet; often delicate and lace-like, eyelet trim on a white sundress makes for a timeless look. But today's Fashionista demonstrates how eyelet can also spruce up a simple gray jersey dress.

On a muggy day, this Fashionista stayed cool in a loose-fitting dress with light and effortless butterfly sleeves. A scalloped hem and quirky eyelet pattern made her dress a comfortable, carefree piece to wear on a humid walk to class. She played up the dress' neutral base with a variety of accessories, including a chunky charm necklace and embellished sandals. By far, my favorite accessory was her brown bag with gold studs, which transformed easily from a tote to a shoulder bag, mirroring the overall ease of this Fashionista's outfit. After spotting her on campus, I couldn't wait to break out my own drapey sundresses in preparation for a hot summer.

Hint: Madewell has one of the best selections of dresses around, with delightful versatility ranging from cotton to silk, and casual to dressy. Madewell has also built a beautiful collection from a foundation of neutral tones that beg to be accessorized and worn during the spring and summer months. For your own version of the featured Fashionista's effortless gray dress, check out Madewell's Palm Paisley and Pleated Pembroke dresses, or put a functional spin on your style with the Love Letter romper, perfect for those busy days when a dress won't quite cut it.


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