She SAID: Float On By

Terri Kennerson

If April fashion showers sprung May flowers, most of those blooms were decidedly lacking in color. For Spring/Summer, sea of white invaded ready-to-wear runways and department stores across the globe. The result is a selection of floaty frocks guaranteed to make every day feel like a holiday weekend at the beach.whitedress

Roberto Cavalli tones down his usual animal print and ostentatious styling for a decidedly demure interpretation of the quintessential eyelet dress. The simple lines make it appropriate for day or night with the addition or subtraction of a few accessories. at $4k, we’re not so sure you’ll be taking it to the beach, but if so you wouldn’t exactly be out of place.

whitedress1Oscar de la Renta interprets eyelet in more conservative fashion for the season. Think, quaint little garden party in his collared fit&flare shirtdress with cuffed 3/4 length sleeves. The only thing that keeps this adorable frock from falling back and firmly planting in the 1950’s is the fabric itself; instead of traditional eyelet flowers, the patternwhitedress2 takes a modern turn. This might be the only acceptable time to wear white pumps (honestly, we’re not even sure why those things are still hanging around for anything other than the bride who’s not interested in making a fashion statement below her ankles).

If you’re the polar opposite of conservative, the folks at Liv may be able to help. Their racy lacy tunic manages to cover and uncover all at once. From shoulder to hem, this little number measures only 32 inches. We’ll let you do the math on that one. Hey, if you’ve got it and all that jazz… you know how it goes.

From brunch to lunch and onto dinner, there’s a version of this season’s white dress to satisfy just about every need. Just be careful with the condiments.

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