White Hot

By: Jen Shoop

So it was nearly 90 degrees in the capital today, and all I could think about was jumping into a breezy LWD (little white dress), like this Lilly Pulitzer number (the “Pearce” dress):

I’ve been strategically collecting little white dresses over the past few years — nothing looks fresher or cooler in the muggy D.C. summer — but this year, with the upcoming wedding and honeymoon, I’ve been snagging pieces left and white (right).  I’m envisioning honeymooning around in white sundresses with girly little details (shoulder ties and eyelet are plusses in my book!), a big straw hat or some killer Jackie O. face-encompassing shades (like the pair below, by Oliver Peoples), and gold or neon pink thongs/sandals/Jack Rogers.

Just yesterday, ChickDowntown returned to the WWW after a brief (coupla’ month) hiatus.  It is now under new ownership and, though the functionality of the site continues to leave something to be desired, it has a killer sale section.  I’ve been blabbing non-stop about the It factor of those neon K. Jacques thongs, and — to my surprise! — they had a whole bunch of them in a rainbow of neon colors for only $52!  Get ’em while they last, ladies…

At any rate, on my first visit to the site, I snagged a white maxi dress by Milly I’d been eying for — literally — a year.  Originally around $500, I picked it up for a ultra-low $131.  I’ll be hemming it (I’m 5’0…) and placing it in my ever-expanding “Honeymoon Trousseau” section of the closet.

I’ve also been eying a lovely sheath dress by Shoshanna with some jeweled detailing around the neckline — perfect for a bridal shower or luncheon!

I’m just waiting for it to go on sale, since I know I’ll be seeing it in the low $200’s in the next few weeks…I just hope I can still find it in my size.  (The other problem is that I know I’ll need to have it taken in — her sheaths are always way too big up top! — and I’d rather wait for a price plunge to account for the fact that I will need to shell out an extra $30+ for alterations!)

I’m also kind of drooling over this super-cool, nod-to-the-80s-but-VERY-of-the-moment Laila Azhar dress:

With sky-high heels (hot pink?) and a little clutch, you’re more than Miami chic.  However, this Pheobe Couture dress (a label that seems to have materialized out of thin air and is now drawing me in every time I see it at Neiman’s) is more up-my-alley.  Feminine, ethereal, innocent…I just adore it:And finally — even though it’s not a dress — I have to include this precious Shoshanna romper.  I’ll be the first to admit that I am not too keen on the romper look…for a petite gal like myself, I’m scared I’ll look about 12.  But Kourtney Kardashian has inspired me, in a strange way, to take some leaps of fashion faith, and this little getup could be beyond chic on the beach:

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